Joshua MacCluer

Trumpeter, Producer, Educator and Performance Coach

The Hong Kong Brass Quintet Plays Killer Tango

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Chamber Music, The Creativity Challenge | 0 comments

Today for Week 12 of the Creativity Challenge my colleagues and I of the Hong Kong Brass Quintet are pleased to release this live performance video.  It comes from our performance on RTHK’s Morning Brew with Phil Whelan on November 2, 2015, playing Killer Tango by Sonny Kompanek. The HKBQ has been in existence for three years now and we all enjoy playing together very much.  It’s a welcome departure from the orchestra brass playing paradigm, and very nice to play some real melodies and extended passages of music together.  For more from this group please visit our Facebook page...

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Meditation from Thaïs for Trumpet and Guitar)

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Chamber Music, Classical Trumpet, The Creativity Challenge | 0 comments

Today for week 11 of the Creativity Challenge I am pleased to present this video of myself and great friend and music colleague Soujit Ghosh on this version of Massanet’s Meditation from Thais, arranged for trumpet and guitar.  It’s a beautiful piece, and a favorite of mine and Soujit’s as we both love meditation.  I recorded this track previously on my album Elevation.  Sometimes when I am in the parks of Hong Kong I see the old Chinese guys doing qigong while listening to this track on their little radios.  However it’s always a version with the violin.  I hope...

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Elevation Solo Album Release and the Myriad Benefits of Recording

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Music Production, Solo | 0 comments

I am delighted to announce the release of my album Elevation, my fifth album as a producer and my first as a classical solo artist. Elevation is the result of almost two years of work and was a tremendous learning experience for me as well a very enjoyable artistic process. The album is now released electronically and if you’d like to download the album or a track please visit CD Baby, iTunes or your favorite online music retailer. I made this album without the expectation of making money or being famous; those are not things that happen as a result of making a self-produced solo...

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The Essential Role of Modeling for Mastery and Rafael Mendez

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Solo, Videos | 1 comment

One of the most effective and time tested methods of getting better at something is modeling. I highly recommend the power of modeling for the development of any skill in any area of performance or life. What is modeling exactly? It is a simple three step process: 1) First find someone (or something) who does well what you want to improve. 2) Study your model carefully, over and over. Notice, learn and internalize every detail you can. 3) Finally, do your best imitation of your model, compare the results, and then repeat the process of 2 and 3. For musicians I highly recommend the...

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The Rite of Spring for Two Trumpets

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Chamber Music, Classical Trumpet, Music Production | 2 comments

Today I am excited to share a fun recording of Edward Hoffman’s arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring For Two Trumpets. Seriously! Normally the Rite of Spring is performed by a huge orchestra, but this is the Cliff’s Notes for two trumpets. It takes special talent to make an effective miniature of such an enormous work, and Ed succeeded admirably in this 15 minute arrangement. William Day and I put in long hours rehearsing this in Bali last summer and we recorded a few months ago in KL. Trumpet dorks, Stravinsky fans, and those who like to cut to the essence of...

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Developing Long Term Relationships with Music

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Classical Trumpet, Solo | 0 comments

Today I’d like to write a little about the value of developing long term relationships with music. Relationships with music are no different than relationships with people, and just as truly meaningful friendships develop over time, a special performance of a piece of music comes after a long term musical relationship. To connect deeply with a piece of music takes time. To bring depth to any relationship whether musical or personal it’s important to spend time together at different times and places and in different emotional moods. In music this brings solidity to the...

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