Classical music combos rarely talk smack. But Jon Nelson, trumpet player for the Meridian Arts Ensemble
, refers to most of his groups peers as well-dressed polka bands. Ouch. The N.Y.C.-based sextet has pushed the boundaries of brass and percussion music for more than 20 years. Most brass groups ignore contemporary music altogether, says Nelson. I dont know why. I think its a pretty bad policy. Theyre not advancing the medium. The Meridian players are committed to contemporary American music. They consistently champion music that might otherwise fall through the cracks. They also employ living, breathing composers to write new pieces for them. We steadfastly try to advance and influence the medium, says Nelson.
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