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