Soloist and recording artist Adam Unsworth is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As a performer he is dedicated to commissioning and performing works of living composers, with a goal of expanding repertoire and redefining the boundaries of the horn.

His new CD release, Snapshots, on Equilibrium Records, is a compilation of previously unrecorded music, much of which Adam commissioned since starting at Michigan in 2007. Currently he is anticipating the release of Balance, a jazz recording for horn, jazz quintet, and chamber orchestra, which features arrangements of his original compositions.

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excerpt this!

© 2006 Adam Unsworth

Tracks

1
excerpt this!
6:13
2
third time's the charm
11:23
3
halfway there
11:23
4
waltz with a view
8:32
graham's crackers
5
ballad
4:02
6
swing
2:48
7
samba
3:43
     
8
all i need
6:09
9
bluefire crown II
10:14
10
use guise
4:05

Adam Unsworth
Tony Miceli
Ranaan Meyer

Cornell Rochester
Diane Monroe

Les Thimmig

horn
vibraphone
bass
drums
violin
bass clarinet, flute, alto flute

credits
excerpt this! was produced by john vanore and adam unsworth
recorded and mixed by john vanore
assistant engineers were glen carty and dave rainey
mixed and mastered by acoustical concepts inc
design and artwork by jeff curnow
all compositions by adam unsworth
except bluefire crown II by les thimmig
and graham's crackers by dana wilson
graham's crackers made possible through a grant
from the boyer college of music at temple university
adam unsworth plays a kortesmakl schmidt model double horn
tony miceli uses amt microphones and balter mallets

Artist Statement
Adam Unsworth
excerpt this!

After twelve years in the French horn sections of the Detroit Symphony and The Philadelphia Orchestra it has become increasingly clear that for me, creativity, spontaneity, and originality are fundamental to my musical well-being. Like all classical hornists, I have spent literally hundreds of hours learning and striving to perfect solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts (passages of important orchestra music). As its title implies, the Excerpt This! project is a conscious break from the world of classical hornist into the role of creative musician/composer/improviser -- a role I find very comfortable, gratifying, and rejuvenating.

While I play an instrument thought unwieldy for jazz, I have always felt a strong musical affinity for the genre. The sense of freedom and ease inherent in jazz I wholeheartedly embrace. In my opinion, the ability to improvise well is the most attractive, inspirational quality a musician can have. My endeavor to obtain this skill has opened my ears and imagination, as well as many musical doors. I am convinced that it has brought facility and expressiveness to my playing I could not have achieved otherwise.

The opportunity to collaborate and record my own compositions with the five creative musicians on this CD has been incredible. I truly admire them for their passion, their unbelievable ears, and their seemingly endless innovation. Without a doubt, this project has been the biggest thrill I have experienced as a musician. I hope you enjoy listening and exploring the potential of the French horn as much as I have enjoyed creating this music.