Jeremy Wilson — “For the Beauty of the Earth” (2021)

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Cat Martinez. (October 5, 2021). Jeremy Wilson — “For the Beauty of the Earth” (2021). International Journal of Music. Accessed July 25, 2024. https://ijm.education/winds/brass/trombone/jeremy-wilson-for-the-beauty-of-the-earth-2021/

In the realm of music, creation is an ever-evolving process, a journey filled with inspiration, challenges, and a profound sense of purpose. Reflecting on my latest album, “For the Beauty of the Earth,” released in 2021, I find myself drawn into the intricate web of emotions, experiences, and the unifying concept that defines this musical endeavor.

The genesis of this project traces back to the initial commissioning of several pieces for my debut album. Little did I anticipate the flood of creativity and the profound connection I would establish with these compositions. The end result was an overabundance of material that, while a delightful challenge, sparked the idea of a second album. Thus, the concept of “For the Beauty of the Earth” was born—a musical exploration inspired by the eponymous hymn-tune.

The unifying thread that weaves through this album is the theme of gratitude. In a world grappling with the harsh realities of the pandemic, finding moments of gratitude can be a daunting task. However, I was determined to infuse this album with the spirit of thankfulness. Each note, each composition, serves as a reminder to hold onto gratitude even in the face of adversity. The recording process, undertaken in December 2020, became a personal journey, and taking charge of the editing and mixing enriched the experience, allowing me to mold the music into its final form with a deep sense of connection.

A unique aspect of this project is my decision to offer the album for free. In a world often dominated by commercial pursuits, I wanted to break away from the norm and share this musical journey without the constraints of monetary exchange. Anyone interested can access the digital version of the album for free by using the code “Gratitude” in my online store. It’s a small gesture, but one that aligns with the essence of the album—an expression of gratitude and a gift to the listeners.

Looking ahead, the journey continues with the prospect of a third album in the works. The upcoming winter holds the promise of new recordings, further expanding the repertoire of commissioned works. The roots of much of the music for trombone can be traced back to the Paris Conservatory, and subsequent waves of compositions emerged in the vibrant musical landscape of the 90s and 2000s. In the last five years, I have taken on the responsibility of commissioning approximately twenty-five new works for the trombone—a testament to the evolving nature of the instrument and the ever-growing landscape of musical possibilities.

The upcoming album represents another chapter in this journey of musical exploration. As I delve into the creation of new works, the excitement and anticipation mirror the initial stages of any artistic endeavor—a blend of curiosity, creativity, and a touch of the unknown. The trombone, often seen as a traditional instrument, continues to evolve and find new expressions through contemporary compositions, breathing life into its timeless voice.

This journey, marked by a series of albums and commissions, is a collaborative effort between composers and performer, a symbiotic relationship that fosters innovation and pushes the boundaries of musical expression. The collaborative aspect of commissioning brings together diverse voices, each contributing to the rich tapestry of trombone music, ensuring its relevance in the contemporary musical landscape.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the release of “For the Beauty of the Earth” and the upcoming projects are not merely musical endeavors but reflections of a broader philosophy—an ethos centered around gratitude and a commitment to the evolution of musical expression. As the trombone takes center stage in these compositions, it becomes a vessel for emotion, a conduit through which gratitude finds its voice.

In a world where challenges often overshadow moments of beauty, these musical creations serve as a reminder of the inherent beauty that surrounds us. Through the timeless melodies and contemporary interpretations, I invite listeners to join me on this journey—a journey marked by gratitude, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to the ever-expanding landscape of musical exploration. As the notes resonate and the trombone weaves its spell, may the beauty of the earth, in all its manifestations, be a source of inspiration and solace for all who lend their ears to this musical narrative.

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