Panama visit – March 1-3

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It was an incredible experience to meet students from Panama, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Guatemala at the Trombone Festival in Panama “II Taller de trombones”.
I had the joy to play the Panamanian premiere of the Trombone Concertino, Op.4 (Ferdinard David) with the “Orquesta Simfònica Juvenil” and a solo recital with the Costa Rican pianist Alonso Saavedra.

poster por recital en Panama

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New solo album!

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Discoveries Cover- Achilles Liarmakopoulos  - Amy J. Yang

Click on the album preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1GrdmmBak

The album is available on itunes, amazon, amoebamusic, etc
Physical copies are available exclusively at the Canadian Brass store. http://www.canadianbrassstore.com/discoveries-achilles-liarmakopoulos-trombone-and-amy-j-yang-piano-cd/

New works for trombone and piano by Minas I. Alexiadis, Elizabeth Raum, John Ellis and Hua Yang.
The music on this album was recorded at Yale University in 2009 and at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012.

New Canadian Brass CD is out!

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The Great Wall of China breaks into new territory both musically and culturally.

In 1977, as China emerged from the Cultural Revolution, Canadian Brass arrived in Beijing for a concert tour that was part of a cultural exchange.
They were the first Western musicians to visit the country since Western music & art were banned in May 1966. The experience was the inspiration for this album that features the world famous ensemble performing arrangements of some of China s most popular songs.

Christmas Time is here

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Canadian Brass new Christmas CD is officially out!

Canadian Brass brings you Charlie Brown, Frosty, Mr.Grinch and more as it pays tribute to some of the most popular animated specials created for the holidays.

To buy the CD click here: http://www.canadianbrassstore.com/christmas-time-is-here-canadian-brass-cd/

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Canadian Brass releases new album!

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‘Carnaval’ follows the 2012 best selling release, Canadian Brass Takes Flight, and is specially arranged for the Canadian Brass by members Chris Coletti and Brandon Ridenour. Schumann’s monumental keyboard works are given breathtaking, and reverential, performances. ‘Carnaval’ once again displays the ability of the Canadian Brass to adapt uniquely virtuosic works to their own unique virtuosic skills – the result being a fresh, rewarding, and entirely legitimate interpretation of a masterwork.

For more information click here : http://www.canadianbrassstore.com/canadian-brass-carnaval-robert-schumanns-carnaval-opus-9-kinderszenen-opus-15-compact-disc/Carnaval - Canadian Brass

Tango Distinto Album Reviews

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James T. Decker
International Trombone Association Journal, October 2012

Liarmakopoulos’s playing is very sweet and expressive, flowing well from a phrase to phrase. It is clear that he is “telling a story” with every piece. Each work evokes a characteristic setting, which is portrayed well by Liarmakopoulos. The trombone never seems to be an obstacle to the intended emotion and nuance he presents with each composition.

The trombone playing with an ensemble of strings, piano, guitar, percussion and the aforementioned bandoneon is delicate, understated, and technically fluent. The light, transparent quality of this ensemble helps to bring about distinctive colors and qualities of the trombone not readily apparent in other contexts.

The performance throughout is quite impressive, warm, soulful and contains some fabulous arrangements that are great additions to the standard solo repertoire. © International Trombone Association Journal

Geoff Adams
Otago Daily Times, March 2012

The award-winning, Greek-born trombonist (a permanent player with Canadian Brass) serenades and scampers with seductively sweet tones in popular, jerky tango rhythms used by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).

Assisting the soloist are backing musicians ranging from solo guitar in two parts of Histoire du Tango, to a string quartet in the Serie del Angel, with bandoneon (Hector del Curto) and marimba notable in places.

Included is Le Grand Tango, written as a virtuoso item for Rostropovich on cello, and now a brilliant tour de force for trombone and piano (Robert Thompson).

Highlight: magnificent trombone swoops in Michelangelo ’70 herald dazzling performances. © 2012 Otago Daily Times Read complete review

Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

A swinging, sultry collection of arrangements of the Tango King’s music showcasing the exceptional talent of Greek trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos. © 2012 BBC Music Magazine

David Denton
David’s Review Corner, December 2011

I wonder how many arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos can be made, this most recent one involves a solo trombone and an eleven-piece ensemble. It takes us into the jazz world where Piazzolla’s music had its origins, with the Greek-born trombonist, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, playing his role with a backing group ranging from solo guitar in the Histoire du Tango, to a string quartet in the Serie del Angel. When reviewing a host of Piazzolla discs for various publications over the years, you soon learn that a personal reaction is really everything, and while I warm to the approach from classical musicians one moment, I can equally fall under the spell of jazz performers the next moment, though anyone who has heard the ensemble, Astoria, will think they have come as close to the composer as you can get. Here we can admire the nimble and silky smooth playing of Liarmakopoulos, a member of the legendary Canadian Brass and last year appointed principal trombonist of the Greek Radio Symphony. Sitting firmly on the fence, I will have to commend his playing and suggest you sample track 4, Soledad, where he is joined by the bandoneon, piano and double bass, and you will have at least heard my favourite part of the disc. Recorded at America’s Yale University last year, the engineers have created a nice smoky nightclub ambiance.

Michael Tumelty

Herald Scotland, November 2011

When you think about it, Astor Piazzolla went from being peripheral to a cult figure in quite a short time, since when the thudding rhythm and erotic throb of the tango, especially in Piazzolla’s earthy and darkly-coloured vision of the dance, has gripped the musical world and attracted musicians of every hue, from Joanna MacGregor to Mr McFall’s Chamber. To be honest, I’ve always dipped in and out of tango albums: a little of it goes a long way, and I haven’t sat right through a CD of tangos until this one. Greek trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos, who plays with Canadian Brass, is an astonishing player, a musician of extraordinary subtlety and understatement. With the sweetest, most seductive tone imaginable, he glides through the Piazzolla classics, including the full Histoire du Tango, all three movements of the beautiful Serie del Angel, Michelangelo, Oblivion and a heart-wrenching, soulful rendition of Soledad. His group, including the great bandoneon player Hector del Curto, is superlative. An outstanding disc.

Tango Distinto reviews in Spanish

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Rafael-Juan Poveda Jabonero
Ritmo, July 2012

Achilles Liarmakopoulos, el trombón de los extraordinarios Canadian Brass, se revela como protagonista de excepción de este nuevo disco dedicado a Piazolla. Los tangos del famoso compositor argentino ya se han adaptado a las más diversas formaciones instrumentales, tanto por él mismo como por otros seguidores o admiradores de sus obras. En este nuevo disco se proponen nuevas adaptaciones en las que el trombón funciona como denominador común. Piano, guitarra, contrabajo, violín, viola, marimba y, ¡cómo no!, bandoneón, se alternan en distintas combinaciones instrumentales acompañantes del griego, que además de ser el trombón solista es el responsable de las diferentes adaptaciones de los tangos que incluye el CD. El resultado es un producto musical ameno y de gran interés que seguramente hará las delicias de una muy variada diversidad de público, pues en estas adaptaciones, sin abandonar el espíritu del tango, se integran elementos del Jazz junto a otros clásicos y de la música ligera, que las harán atractivas a diferentes tipos de oídos. Los integrantes del conjunto musical y solistas demuestran musicalidad y el dominio adecuado de los diferentes instrumentos para esta música. © 2012 Ritmo

Núria Roig Dolzà
Jugar con fuego, May 2011

Bien distinto es el tango interpretado por Achilles Liarmakopoulos, un tango especial cantado por el trombón pero un tango ante todo, un tango intimo, cálido, sensual, un tango a Buenos Aires y, cómo no, un tango al marplatense Astor Piazzolla. Puede sorprender que una nueva visión de este estilo venga de las manos del trombonista griego Liarmakopoulos, y quizá los más ortodoxos vean esta combinación como un simple sucedáneo del género; sin embargo no es casualidad que sea la obra de Piazzolla la encargada de abrir—nuevamente—puertas y ventanas al tradicional camino del tango, siendo un compositor que siempre manifestó su interés renovador buscando en cada composición un tango distinto. Bajo esta idea aparece el lanzamiento de Naxos, tratando de ofrecer una mirada personal de la obra del marplatense, cargada de la expresión, del sentimiento y de la musicalidad del joven Liarmakopoulos.

Como carta de presentación se interpreta Michelangelo 70, pieza breve y enérgica en la que el violín es sustituido por el trombón, el cual hace gala de su buena técnica a través de diferentes efectos como el frullato, la rapidez de la ejecución y el nítido picado. El solista se acompaña del bandoneón, el contrabajo y el piano, instrumentos que contribuyen a la energía de la obra junto con la fuerza y la acentuación que aporta el ritmo del tango. La misma plantilla instrumental se utiliza en Escualo, así como también el carácter audaz, alcanzando en esta ocasión un virtuosismo más sorprendente en la parte del trombón.

Por lo que se refiere a la Historia del Tango contada por Liarmakopoulos, cabe decir que no tiene principio ni final, puesto que el trombonista selecciona los movimientos centrales de la suite Histoire du Tango, olvidando así dos partes importantes de esta historia que, sin duda alguna, merecen ser escuchadas. Todas las secciones de esta pieza representan épocas distintas del tango, por ejemplo en Cafe 1930 la atmósfera romántica creada por el trombón y la guitarra recuerda las reuniones que tenían lugar en estos rincones, en cambio el ambiente de sensualidad que aporta la marimba a Nightclub 1960, así como su carácter vivo, nos trasladan a los frecuentados clubes nocturnos de Argentina.

Con Soledad y Oblivion nos encontramos ante dos piezas de melancólicas y nostálgicas melodías que nos evocan el tema del desamor, tan común en el tango, melodías que requieren una atención especial, que piden ser escuchadas con minuciosidad. En Soledad, además, dialogando con el trombón, aparecen las imprescindibles quejas de bandoneón. Por otra parte, el tema Le Grand Tango se presenta cargado de erotismo, refleja un baile que muestra la íntima conexión que necesita la pareja durante la representación, por ello piano y trombón se funden en uno mismo para transmitir ese swing que tiene el tango con una pieza rica en melodías, en intensidad rítmica y en potencia sonora, finalizada con un guiño jazzístico que marca el final del gran baile.

La Serie del Ángel aparece como colofón final, pieza en la que Liarmakopoulos puede mostrar las múltiples facetas de su instrumento, desde la exhibición técnica hasta la expresión más íntima y personal. El primer movimiento, La muerte del ángel, es el más impactante por la energía rítmica que se consigue con todos los instrumentos, el contrabajo marcando el ritmo del tango y las demás cuerdas junto con el trombón realizando un contrapunto de aire barroco. Los dos últimos tiempos, Milonga del ángel y Resurrección del ángel, se diferencian del primero por su tempo más pausado y por las melodías más románticas, además de centrar el protagonismo en los fragmentos solistas del trombón, intervenciones que culminan en la cadencia final del tercer movimiento clausurando el concierto y dando paso a los aplausos. Pero todavía hay más, Liarmakopolous tiene tango para rato y por ello nos concede su último suspiro con Tanti Anni Prima “Ave Maria”, breve pieza de carácter expresivo que sirve para despedirse de todos los tangueros seguidores de Piazzolla.

Y hasta aquí la distinción, esperemos que Troilo desde el cielo reciba alegremente los buenos aires que rodean al tango, que la renovación de Piazzolla no se quede en el olvido y que la interpretación de Liarmakopoulos no le deje piantao, piantao, piantao…

Greek god to replace Superstar! Achilles appointed trombonist with Canadian Brass.

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10Last year when trombonist Gene Watts told us he was leaving our group after forty years we knew we needed a superstar to replace him–Keith Dyrda is that superstar.  After an incredible year performing together Keith told us he was indeed going to follow through on his original plan to attend graduate school.  On hearing this, trumpeter Brandon Ridenour summed up our feelings about his time with us, “Keith has been an incredible addition to the group. He is a consummate professional and a wonderful player. We all wish him luck and know that our paths will cross in the future.  He is definitely part of our Canadian Brass family now.”

In light of Keith’s decision, we of course needed to search for a new colleague. Canadian Brass is delighted to announce that internationally known trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos is joining our group.  Achilles, a native of Greece, is an established and award-winning trombone soloist dedicated to performing new pieces and important works revived from the archives as well as standard repertoire. He has premiered many pieces from emerging composers who have written specifically for him. Achilles has given solo recitals in the U.S.A, China, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland and Greece and has performed as a member of many leading orchestras worldwide.

Chuck Daellenbach remarked, “We are thrilled to have Achilles join us. He is young, charismatic and one of the finest trombonists performing today.  We all love his presence, focus and personality and think he will be an ideal team member of our ensemble.”

Achilles is a graduate of Yale University, The Curtis Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.  He was recently appointed principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony – ERT.  Just this year Achilles saw the release of his solo project featuring Piazzolla compositions on the Naxos label.

Achilles says this about joining the Brass, “There are no words to express how excited and honored I feel to be part of this legendary and phenomenal group.”  For his first appearance with the ensemble, Achilles will return from Greece in June to join us in a soon-to-be-announced performance.

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