Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “expertly played” performances displaying “meaty lower brass textures,” the Guidonian Hand is New York City’s leading modern trombone collective.
Tireless advocates for contemporary music, this adventurous ensemble collaborates frequently with living composers, bringing to life compelling new works. They have commissioned over a dozen new works and received grants from organizations such as Chamber Music America, the Barlow Foundation, and New Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer). The Hand has premiered works by Eve Beglarian, Conrad Winslow, J. Mark Stambaugh, Galen Brown, and Jeremy Howard Beck. Current commissions include pieces by Mary Ellen Childs, Jeremy Howard Beck, Max Seigel, Christian Gentry, Tim Hanson, and Alex Weiser, the group’s composer in residence for the 2012-13 season.
An exhilarating addition to New York’s vibrant music scene, the Hand has performed extensively in the New York metropolitan area at such venues as the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Le Poisson Rouge, The Stone, The Juilliard School, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, Manhattan School of Music, The Tank, Mannes College of Music, New York University, INTAR Theater, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and the Gershwin Hotel’s New Music series. In 2010, they appeared as featured guest artists at the International Trombone Festival in Austin, TX. Upcoming engagements include appearances at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and tours to California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
In addition to modern literature, the Guidonian Hand gives a fresh voice to classical repertoire, juxtaposing art music of the past with modern works. Programs frequently reflect eclectic and wide-ranging musical interests, from Bach to Mozart to Thelonius Monk to Jacob TV. The Hand is passionate about creating original performance experiences that blend music with other art forms such as film, dance, theatre, and spoken word. Recent collaborations include a concert that paired new music with machines constructed by kinetic sculptor and MIT Artist-in-Residence Arthur Ganson.
Members of the Hand have performed with diverse ensembles in New York City and across the country, including Ensemble ACJW, the Either/Orchestra, Tilt Ensemble, the Darcy James Argue Secret Society, the Shrine Big Band, Signal Ensemble, Argento, Wet Ink, ACME, and numerous symphony orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Akron Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony in C, Canton Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Vermont Symphony.
Dedicated to educating and inspiring young musicians, members of the Hand actively participate in community outreach and music education through such organizations as Barge Music, the Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Kaufman School at Lincoln Center, USDAN Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and Third Street Music School Settlement. They have also presented masterclasses at various colleges and universities including the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and West Chester University.
Originally hailing from California, New York, Texas, and Utah, the trombonists of the Hand now call New York City home. They hold graduate degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Mannes College of Music.
The Guidonian Hand is Mark Broschinsky, Will Lang, Sebastian Vera, and James Rogers.
2014/15 Program Offerings
- Musical Odyssey
Haydn, Debussy, Albrechtsberger, Beglarian, Brown, Mozart, Bach, Beck, Monk
- Evolution of Minimalism
Beglarian, Glass, Gordon, Pérotin, Brown, Marshall
- State of the Art
Winslow, Brown, Beglarian, Stambaugh, Gordon, Rabe, Beck
Current & Recent Programs
- Transcendent Sonorities II
Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Palestrina, Perotin, Victoria, Ockeghem
- Bach's 'Broke' Organ
J.S. Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude
- The Lost Viennese School
Beethoven, Michael Haydn, Albrectsberger, Fux, Dittersdorf, Sussmayr, Wagenseil
- Organ and Trombone Quartet Collaboration
Bach, Gabrieli, Couperin, Pezel, Clarke, Schuetz, Frescobaldi, Speer
- Concerto Offerings
Quartet with Orchestra
Koetsier, Concertino with String Orchestra
Premru, Music for Three Trombones and Tuba and Orchestra
Quartet with Wind Ensemble/Band
Trio with Orchestra
Bourgeois, Concerto for Three Trombones
Ewazen, Emerald Rhapsody
Trio with Wind Ensemble/Band
Hartley, Concerto for Three Trombones
Bourgeois, Concerto for Three Trombones (arr. for band by composer)
- Chamber Music and Solo Masterclasses
The Guidonian Hand greatly enjoys working with and training the solo and chamber musicians of the future. Collectively, members of the Hand have decades of experience in the solo, chamber, and orchestral fields. The Guidonian Hand gives masterclasses t...
- College Composers Forum
One of the primary goals of the Guidonian Hand is to expand chamber music literature for brass instruments. One of the ways they achieve this goal is to collaborate directly with composers. The Hand can design a program that demonstrates specific ...
- Children's Programs
The Guidonian Hand offers a flexible lecture/demonstration program designed to engage students’ imaginations while teaching them about classical music and the trombone quartet. The program addresses listening skills, concert etiquette, and historic...
- Wind Ensemble Collaborations
The Guidonian Hand would be honored to perform any of the following works with university or high school wind ensembles or bands: Zacares, Oracles (Quartet with Wind Ensemble/Band) Hartley, Concerto for Three Trombones (Trio with Wind Ensemble/Ban...