Author Archives: thrmoore

Thin Air in the papers again

Happy to see that Thin Air, a solo-project I did at the behest of Jelle Dierckx and Lunalia Festival, continues to resound around the world.
Here is a nice write up by Gail Wein on Classic Voice North America:

Out of ‘Thin Air’ Came Rich, Fresh World Of Musical Connections

Point Ones | Nadar | Musica

This coming Thursday from 2-3 pm, Nadar will present Schubert’s Point Ones as part of Musica’s educational programming. There will be a short introduction (in Dutch) prior to the performance and an in-depth Q&A session afterwards.

While it is mostly intended for students, the concert and Q&A are open for all. So please feel free to attend. You’ll find all the necessary info on this page: Toekomst en perspectief – Online concert & interactie met Nadar Ensemble

Articulate does Cage

I am very proud to invite you all to a special online performance of John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra presented by Alina Taraban, Ensemble XXI and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. The concert will take place at this year’s ARTICULATE festival and broadcast via their YouTube channel.

Here is a link to the concert program which also includes information for the live stream. Cage: Concert for Piano and Orchestra

See you tomorrow evening, the 4th of March 2021 at 8 pm (20h UTC+1)

On TV! On Podium 19

Yes, lookdowns are terrible, but this one has at least seemed to have produced some new outlets for the performing arts. Last night the new digital channel Podium 19 ‘broadcasted’ our recording of Beethoven’s Drei Equales for Trombone Quartet. Here’s the link. Enjoy!

Lode Smeets: Alto Trombone
Soeren Brassaerts, Thomas Moore: Tenor Trombone
Bram Meese, Bass Trombone

Lunalia Festival

Doublespeak | Doublethink in unerhoerte Musik, Berlin

Yesterday I performed my new solo program Doublespeak | Doublethink in the longest-running new music series, Unerhoerte Musik in the BKA Theater, Berlin. One of the good things about this period we all are trudging through are the lasting mementos of our streamed shows. Here it is!

Doublespeak | Doublethink
Thomas R. Moore | Trombone

“You do not exist,” George Orwell 1984

In the iconic book, 1984, Orwell defines Doublethink as the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s head and to believe them both simultaneously. In this program we will walk the edge between two thoughts, doubling and negating the original, both the sound of the trombone and the physical performance itself. The soloist, Thomas Moore will take on a split personality, be pre-recorded, live-manipulated, duplicated and nullified. 

Program

  • Marino, Jessie: Commitment :: Ritual :: BiiM (2011) for solo performer, lights and tape – 4′
  • Beyer, Stefan: Strandung (2016, rev 2020) for trombone and electronics – 12’
  • Maierhof, Michael: Splitting 53* (2016-18) for trombone, amplified splitter and tape – 9’
  • Bark, Jan & Rabe, Folke: Ach Chamberlin (1965) tape – 6’
  • Henderickx, Wim: Akasha*, from VOID (2020) for trombone/voice and live electronics – 10’
  • Ivičević, Mirela: Orgy of References (2012, rev. 2019) for speaker/singer and live electronics – 8’

*World Premiere 

A small warning: This program acknowledges the existence of and explicitly refers to sexual acts. It may therefore not be appropriate for some people. 

On the radio today!

Today I had the chance to speak live on Klara, the Belgian classical music station. My thanks to Olaf Grondelaers for the fun interview and Carlo Siau for the great prep work!

Here’s a link to the web-story. On that page you’ll find all the music I was asked to introduce plus the actual 10 min (!) interview clip, too. Enjoy!

Music Matters and the Belgian Music Week

Doublespeak | Doublethink

In the coming weeks I will present a new solo program that will be streamed twice from two wonderful locations. The program is titled ‘Doublespeak | Doublethink’ and features works from Jessie Marino, Stefan Beyer and Mirela Ivičević as well as two premieres, one by Wim Henderickx and the other from Michael Maierhof. It would be wonderful to ‘see’ you all there!

Doublespeak | Doublethink
Thomas R. Moore | Trombone

“You do not exist,” George Orwell 1984

In the iconic book, 1984, Orwell defines Doublethink as the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s head and to believe them both simultaneously. In this program we will walk the edge between two thoughts, doubling and negating the original, both the sound of the trombone and the physical performance itself. The soloist, Thomas Moore will take on a split personality, be pre-recorded, live-manipulated, duplicated and nullified. 

Shows

Saturday, 30 January 2021 at 8:30 pm (UTC +1)
PXP: Thomas Moore – Doublespeak | Doublethink / warmup: Taha & Yassine Posman
Facebook event | YouTube Live Stream

Tuesday, 16 February 2021 at 8 pm (UTC +1)
Unerhörte Musik: Thomas R. Moore, Posaune – Doublespeak | Doublethink 
Website Venue | YouTube Live Stream

Program

  • Marino, Jessie: Commitment :: Ritual :: BiiM (2011) for solo performer, lights and tape – 4′
  • Beyer, Stefan: Strandung (2016, rev 2020) for trombone and electronics – 12’
  • Maierhof, Michael: Splitting 53* (2016-18) for trombone, amplified splitter and tape – 9’
  • Bark, Jan & Rabe, Folke: Ach Chamberlin (1965) tape – 6’
  • Henderickx, Wim: Akasha*, from VOID (2020) for trombone/voice and live electronics – 10’
  • Ivičević, Mirela: Orgy of References (2012, rev. 2019) for speaker/singer and live electronics – 8’

*World Premiere 

A small warning: This program acknowledges the existence of and explicitly refers to sexual acts. It may therefore not be appropriate for some people. 

Doublespeak | Doublethink

photo (c) Kristof Lemp

Doublespeak | Doublethink, a new program has two new dates in two months in two cities in two countries:

PostX – 30 January 2021 – Merelbeke, Belgium

Unerhoerte Musik, BKA Theater – 16 February 2021 – Berlin, Germany

“You do not exist,” George Orwell 1984

In the iconic book, 1984, Orwell defines Doublethink as the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s head and to believe them both simultaneously. In this program we will walk the edge between two thoughts, doubling and negating the original, both the sound of the trombone and the physical performance itself. The soloist, Thomas Moore will take on a split personality, be pre-recorded, live-manipulated, duplicated and nullified.

Program

Marino, Jessie: Commitment :: Ritual :: BiiM (2011) for solo performer, lights and tape – 4′

Beyer, Stefan: Strandung (2016, rev 2020) for trombone and electronics – 12’

Maierhof, Michael: Splitting 53* (2016-18) for trombone, amplified splitter and tape – 9’

Bark, Jan & Rabe, Folke: Ach Chamberlin (1965) tape – 6’

Henderickx, Wim: Akasha*, from VOID (2020) for trombone/voice and live electronics – 10’

Ivičević, Mirela: Orgy of References (2012, rev. 2019) for speaker/singer and live electronics – 8’

*World Premiere

En Avante Marche – Trombone style

This Wednesday, the 7th of October I am going to play a solo-recital in a small castle in the Ardennes that, due to COVID19, the organizer also is going to live stream. It is a benefit concert for Music Fund and the concert can be viewed via Facebook live at this link: www.facebook.com/MusicFund. The concert starts at 7 pm (Brussels time, GMT +2).

Music Fund does wonderful work, collecting and repairing second-hand instruments to then distribute to musicians and music schools in conflict areas, including Gaza and the Congo. They also train instrument repairers and have their own studios. During my concert, the trombone specialist from the studio in Marche-en-Famenne will also talk about her work and the history of the instrument. 


The concert program is very diverse, with some 20th century works by American composers and a local Belgian hero from the previous century, Lucien Goethals, a premiere by Frederik Neyrinck and even a couple snippets of Bach.