Cantus Curatio VIII (Healing Melody No. 8)

Cantus Curatio VIII (Healing Melody No. 8) for Tenor Trombone, Trombone Quartet, and Piano (option with Live Electronics or 2-Channel Electroacoustic Music) is written for Carl Lundgren. It includes visual elements, dramatic gestures, and visible motions. It explores the origins of the instrument and transforms ideas about virtuosity, lyricism, and all the possibilities in trombone playing that we could think of through exploration and experimentation. Leukemia is newly diagnosed in about 29,000 adults and 2,000 children each year in the United States. Approximately 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia. This piece is dedicated to the victims around the world who are diagnosed with leukemia.

Instrumentation: Tenor Trombone (soloist), Trombone Quartet, Inside Piano, and Live Electronics (or 2-channel Electroacoustic Music)

Duration: 20 min

Premiere: Ludwig Esteban Carrasco Curíntzita (Conductor), Carl Lundgren (Tenor trombone soloist), Nick Laufer (Tenor trombone 1), Evan Sankey (Tenor trombone 2), Scott Avant (Tenor trombone 3), John Lambert (Bass trombone), and Jiri Levicek (Inside Piano) at Spectrum Concert, MEIT, UNT, Denton TX, USA at 8:00 p.m. Monday April, 4, 2011