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Masterclass with Ric Becker on composing for low brass

On November 7th 2020, MusicNYC’s founder and brass instructor Ric Becker gave a 1 hour masterclass to composition students at the Los Angeles Inception Orchestra. He performed excerpts of two works: Stefan Zeniuk’s El Segundo Diablo for unaccompanied bass trombone, and the tuba part from Sergei Prokofiev’s 5th symphony.

The students in the LAIO have been working on a phenomenal process called “live composing,” in 2 or more students work together (remotely, at current) with the help of an LAIO mentor to compose a short work. During Ric’s class, several groups live composed for tenor trombone and Mr. Becker played each student’s work for them, providing feedback from the perspective of a professional session musician.

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Ric Becker, low brass and trumpet

Ric Becker is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in low brass including trombone, bass trombone, tuba, and trumpet. A graduate of Mannes College of Music as a student of both David Finlayson and David Taylor, is work ranges from classical and jazz to pop and contemporary styles. He has toured or recorded with Postmodern Jukebox, Easy Star All-Stars, the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, contemporary classical ensembles Contemporaneous and Mimesis Ensemble, and more. He has appeared on screen including MTV, VH1, Hulu, and Amazon Studios.