Ham Jam House -Concert
The McCain Duo
The outstanding McCain Duo will play a fine acoustic concert on Friday,
January 31st, at 7:00 PM.
Dr. Martin McCain:
Known for his musical expression and warm sound, trombonist Martin McCain’s
career as a musician spans an impressive scope of genres. A third-generation
musician, he maintains a versatile performance schedule. McCain has appeared
with numerous ensembles and has performed throughout North America along with
appearances in Italy, Austria, France, Spain and England. His performances
and arrangements have been broadcast on Austin's 89.5 KMFA and Tucson's
90.5 KUAT Classical radio stations. McCain has performed as a guest artist
at the International Trombone Festival and Eastern Trombone Workshop on
several occasions. He is a founding member and leader of the highly acclaimed,
award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonez, who has been featured at
several major conferences including the International Trombone Festival and
the Eastern Trombone Workshop.
As a chamber musician, Dr. McCain is also a founding member of the
Minor 4th Trombone Quartet. As an orchestral musician, McCain performs
with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed with the
Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Victoria Symphony Orchestra,
Brazos Valley Symphony, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi
Symphony Orchestra and San Antonio Opera. As a jazz musician, he has
performed with the Vendetta Big Band, Monster Big Band, Contemporary
Works Jazz Orchestra and other commercial touring bands. Last season,
McCain performed in Kentucky, Colorado, Iowa and Virginia as well as
the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival,
Great American Brass Band Festival and Gateways Music Festival. His 2013-2014
performance season includes appearances in Tennessee, Mississippi, Iowa,
Puerto Rico and Hong Kong
An active member of the International Trombone Association, Dr. McCain
serves as the Events Coordinator for the ITA website and state representative
for the ITA TAPAS (Trombone Artists Performing for Amateurs and Students)
Project. He also writes CD reviews for the “Audio Visual” column of the
quarterly Journal. A promoter of music education in the public schools,
McCain is the co-director for “Raise The Bar” a concert series dedicated
to educating young classical music audiences. Dr. McCain has been selected
to choose the All-State bass trombone repertoire for the state of Texas on
numerous occasions and has presented performance clinics at the Texas
Bandmaster’s Association Convention in San Antonio.
As a scholar, McCain contributed four articles for the New Grove Dictionary
of American Musicians and the British Trombone Society's Journal. In 2012,
McCain founded his own record label and publishing company Kairoi Music. Dr.
McCain joined the faculty at Texas State University in 2010 where he directs
the Trombone Choir and Jazz Trombone Ensembles. Under his direction, the
Trombone Choir and Jazz Trombone Ensembles have been invited to perform
at the International Trombone Festival, Big 12 Trombone Conference and
Texas Music Educators Association Convention on numerous occasions. Dr. McCain’s
students have also been successful in solo and ensemble competitions including
the International Trombone Association competitions, the Eastern Trombone
Workshop competitions and the Big 12 Trombone Solo Competitions. In recognition
for his teaching, McCain was the nominee for the Presidential Award of
Excellence in Teaching for the School of Music and Runner-up for the College
of Fine Arts and Communications.
Dr. McCain is also the founder/director of the Texas State Trombone Symposium.
Dr. McCain holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. and M.M.)
and The University of Southern Mississippi (B.M.). His primary teachers are
Nathaniel Brickens, Marta Hofacre, Greg Luscombe and Loy Hetrick. He has also
received instruction from Charles Villarubia, Stefan Sanders, Doug Yeo,
Randy Hawes, and Charles Vernon.? ?McCain was a prize - winner at the
International Trombone Festival and Eastern Trombone Workshop competitions
as a soloist and ensemble musician.
Dr. McCain can be heard on his debut EP ”Trombone Czar: Russian Treasures
Recorded Live!” the JazzBonez album “Watch It!” and the Willie Nelson movie,
“Fighting With Anger”. Martin McCain is an artist/clinician for
Michael Rath Instruments and plays on the “McCain” signature model mouthpiece
manufactured by Pickett Brass. He is also an affiliate of AirTurn and The GigEasy.
Pianist, Artina McCain, enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber
performer, teacher, adjudicator and presenter. She has performed nationally
and internationally including Czech Republic, Italy, China, and throughout
the United States. McCain's performances have recently been broadcast on
Chicago’s WHPK 88.5, KUT (NPR affiliate) 90.5, Toronto 98.5 CKWR,
Hong Kong's RTHK, Houston’s KWWJ and Classically Austin’s KMFA 89.5
Pianoforte program as both a soloist and chamber musician.
In the 2012-2013 season, she was a featured guest artist at the Great
American Brass Band Festival, Gateways Music Festival and the Texas Music
Festival. An avid chamber musician, McCain tours regularly with soprano
Icy Simpson Monroe and her husband, Martin McCain, bass trombonist. McCain's
recordings include an album of African American Spirituals and Art Songs
on the University of Texas’ Naxos-Longhorn Records titled “I, Too” which
was nominated for/received an Austin Critics Table Award. A solo album
including works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff entitled "Preludes at the Piano"
and "Trombone Czar" which are available on the Kairoi Music label. In the
2014 season, the McCain duo will release an album of contemporary works
with several commissioned works by composers Marcus Wilcher, David Wilborn
and Pierce Gradone.
A dedicated teacher, she has coached at the Cleveland Institute of Music
Summer Chamber festival, appeared as guest artist at the Ennis Arts Commission
summer concert series and on faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center Academy
and Summer Music Festival. She served on the keyboard faculty at Baldwin
Wallace College Conservatory of Music, University of the Incarnate Word and
currently assistant professor at Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX.
McCain's research interests include audience building and performance injury.
She received best presentation award for her lecture/recital "Classical Music:
The Silent Hall" at the National Black Graduate Student Association Conference.
A strong advocate of performance injury prevention, she has presented many
lecture/performances at universities and music teacher associations conferences
on Muscle Activation Techniques. Recently, McCain’s article on Muscle
Activation Techniques was featured in the 2013 May/June issue of Clavier
Companion and a book on the subject is to be released in Fall 2014.
Ham Jam House Program!
Performing a unique blend of Latin American, Spirituals and jazz influenced
works for bass trombone and piano.
Tom Dosset's Jazz Scenes
Amazing Grace 2013 Commission for the McCain Duo
Ol' Time Religion
Latin American tunes: Tango, Retratos
"Shades" by Austin Composer Marcus Wilcher
2013 commission for the McCain Duo
Artina Mccain Pianist
Martin McCain - Trombonist
Austin Chamber Music, People: Artina McCain
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!