March 3, 2023
16-year-old trombonist Bugs Kelley can’t wait to return to the Merkin Hall stage at the 2023 Contemporary Festival this Sunday! A Lucy Moses School student of Matt Walley, he’ll perform David Uber’s “The Ballad of Enob Mort.” Get tickets
- What should we know about this piece? “’Enob Mort’ is trombone spelled backwards! I love it because it has a great story with a fun, lively feel – it has a slow, sentimental opening and then gets exciting with syncopated rhythms full of action and suspense.”
- What’s most challenging? “The rhythms are very hard to play. The piece demands a lot of patient practice to get all the intervals and slide positions and notes across the whole range of the instrument. There are also a lot of details with dynamics, slurs and special articulations to remember.”
- What‘s great about the trombone? “It’s a unique instrument. You don’t hear a lot of people playing it. And compared to other low brass instruments, in my opinion it has the best sound.”
- What other pieces written for the trombone do you like to play? “Music by Guilmant, Blazevich and Handel, and contemporary pieces by Warner Hutchison and William Grant Still.”
- Did you know? Bugs is also a trained vocalist! When he’s not practicing the trombone or playing basketball, you can find him singing early Italian arias, French art songs and Schubert lieder.