SPANISH BRASS & TIMOTHY TULLER

November 8, 2019 at 7:30PM

St. John’s Cathedral

256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Spanish Brass

In 1989 five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.”

In 2017 the group received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain, for the most influential musical artists.

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), National Auditorium (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy), Barcelona Auditorium, Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others.

With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as 25 years! (brass quintet), Metàl•licsand Brass Brass Brass (educational concerts), Brassiana (with jazz trio), Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules (with pianist Albert Guinovart) and Metalls d’Estil (with singer Pep “Botifarra”). They have recorded 24 CDs, including two DVD-CD.

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School (England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc.

Spanish Brass also runs two major brass festivals in Spain, the SBALZ Festival in Alzira (www.sbalz.com) and the Spanish BrasSurround (www.brassurround.com).

A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist).

They are sponsored by Buffet Group and play with B&S trumpets, Hans Hoyer horn, Courtois trombone and Melton tuba.

Spanish Brass is sponsored also by the Institut Valencià de Cultura and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM. 

Timothy Tuller

Timothy Tuller is a native of Elmira, New York, where he began piano and organ lessons at the age of eight and gave his first performance at age fourteen. He graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College, and then earned his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Todd Wilson and received the Valedictory Prize.

Tim served as the Assistant University Organist at the University of the South from 2000-2003 under the direction and tutelage of organist and educator, Dr. Robert Delcamp. While on “the Mountain,” Tim assisted with every aspect of the music program, accompanying up to nine services per week at the University Chapel and the School of Theology. During his tenure at Sewanee, he accompanied the University’s choir on several tours, including a residency at York Minster, and was featured on the resulting 2-CD recording. After Sewanee, Tim subsequently served as the Music Associate at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. In addition to serving as the primary organist for the Cathedral, he accompanied the Cathedral Choir on a 2004 residency at St. Alban’s and Ely Cathedrals, in England. He was also the featured organist for their 2006 recording “Praise ye the Lord.”

Since 2007, Tim has been the Canon for Music at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. As Canon, Tim’s duties include playing the Cathedral’s magnificent 1983 Austin organ for all Cathedral services, conducting the 40-voice Cathedral Choir, and presiding over an extensive music series of secular and sacred performances. Under Tim’s direction, the Cathedral Choir has sung choral residencies at Ely Cathedral (2010), Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (2014), and the National Cathedral in Washington, D. C. (2018).

Tim has more than thirty years of ecclesiastical performance experience in several denominations and has a particular fondness for English choral music. In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Tim has been active in the Jacksonville musical community. He has served as accompanist for several local choral groups including the Orange Park Chorale and the choral department at the University of North Florida. Tim is also the classical music critic for the Florida Times Union newspaper. An active recitalist, Tim was a featured performer at the 2017 Southeastern Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and at the 2018 St. Augustine Music Festival. As a pianist he recently appeared with Trio Peña in a performance of chamber music by Mendelssohn and Schumann.

The Cathedral Organ is a 1983 Austin instrument which was extensively renovated and enlarged in 2006 by Roger Colby Organ Company and Walker Technical Company. The 2006 renovation included replacing the console, adding new pipework, extensive revoicing, the addition of digital stops, and the addition of the new West Organ. The organ presently includes 76 ranks of pipes and 46 digital ranks in the 4-manual console.