DEVILS & ANGELS

This is a special piece of music.

Doug Yeo (former bass trombone with the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Gerry Pagano (current bass trombone with the St. Louis Symphony) asked me to write a piece for their upcoming CD called Fratres.

I'll be sending you something shortly about the CD, but they gave me the privilege of recording them in my studio and of allowing me to create sound designed arrangements of various pieces. Some that might surprise you.

This piece is a study in contrast. It's a contrast of the old and the new, the familiar and the unexpected and the devil and the angel. I'll leave it up to you to hear which is which.

In the end, the devil reaches out doing his best to meet the angels on their own terms. If you don't recognize the manifestation of the devil in the end, it is Doug playing his serpent, a 16th century hybrid brass and woodwind instrument on which he has become a renowned performer. Before this, Doug never considered himself an improviser on his beloved historical instrument!

Being familiar with the great alto trombone playing of Michael Lake, I can attest that his words of wisdom don’t come from a theoretician, but from a remarkably  accomplished artist. I highly recommend this great book!!”

– Cristian Ganicenco, Principal Trombone, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

I really like this interesting and well-disposed book. So many good thoughts, facts and tips on alto trombone. Good guidance for the searching alto souls out there. A must-have for the shelves.

– Håkan Björkman, Principal Trombone at Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

I highly recommend Alto Trombone Savvy for players around the world wanting advice on handling the alto trombone at the highest level. Classical and jazz players both share the same challenges, and it’s great to have this book in either bass or alto clef to help answer some of those challenges.

- Carsten Svanberg, International Trombone Soloist and Professor of Trombone at the University of Music and Arts Graz

For anyone interested in learning to play the alto trombone, whether for classical or jazz, this book is a must. Clearly written, with excellent exercises and links to audio examples, Michael Lake has provided the trombone world with a wonderful new resource.

– Ralph Sauer, Former Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic