In addition to their incredible abilities musically, I admire their ability to push into the 21st century of classical music in terms of their style of live performance. The days of a simple walk on to the stage and take a bow at the end are nowhere to be found with this group. They possess a very refreshing balance of musical satisfaction and audience engagement through visual and/or dramatic means.
Below are a few recent videos that I have just discovered recently. Because the group is so active, it's tough to keep up with the material they put out!
This first video is an incredible mixture of pieces and styles that ends in an incredible jazz finale with legendary trombonist Jiggs Whigham as the soloist. This was part of a historic concert in 2010 that featured over 20 trombonists. The quality of this live performance is extremely impressive.
This second piece, Alice in Trombone Wonderland, written by Evert Josemanders, is an excellent example of the boundaries the New Trombone Collective pushes and breaks through.
And finally, an Astor Piazolla piece, Maria de Buenos Aires, performed here live in 2013 in Amsterdam. Again, a complete different genre of music, that is performed to an incredibly high standard.