OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s campus will host free concerts the afternoon of March 25, featuring a quartet of Texan trombonists playing music from a wide variety of genres and time periods.
Based in Dallas-Fort Worth, the Maniacal 4 will offer half-hour concerts during afternoon appearances that include, so far, Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Cafe at noon that day and the Marano Campus Center food and activity court at 12:30 p.m.
Thriving on spontaneity and high energy, the Maniacal 4 has been praised as “four great musicians telling one inspired story after another” and “a force to be reckoned with.” Well versed in classical, jazz, Latin and rock music, the group performs concerts almost exclusively from memory.
The combo can generate unique sounds, like a band with more diverse instruments. For example, Alex Dubrov on tenor, electric trombone is able to imitate guitarists such as Kerry Livgren, Jimmy Page, Tommy Shaw and more with electronically synthesized, effects pedal-driven distortion. Maniacal 4’s other members are Matt Jefferson on bass trombone and Nick Laufer and Carl Lundgren on tenor trombone.
Alex Iles, a Los Angeles recording artist, said, “The number of good brass ensembles in the world seems to keep growing, but only a select few project a clear, unified, uplifting and committed musical vision on par with great CHAMBER ensembles. The Maniacal 4 is one of those groups.”
The combo’s local host, Trevor Jorgensen of the SUNY Oswego music department, said the Maniacal 4 also will be presenting a clinic for the college’s trombone students.
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