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.

McCain Duo

The McCains...

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.

Artina McCain:
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.

Set One:
Tom Dosset's Jazz Scenes

Set Two:
Deep River
Troubled Waters
Amazing Grace 2013 Commission for the McCain Duo
Ol' Time Religion

Set Three:
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!