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Melvyn Poore
Brass Academy - Tuba Tutor

Born in 1951. From the age of four, he played euphonium. Later, he started piano as well; and at twelve he finally decided in favour of tuba. From 1971 to 1975 he studied in the University of Birmingham. Afterwards he acted in there as a musical leader of the Arts lab and organised concerts and workshops. From 1979 to 1986 he was active as a composer and in groups like the Cambrian Brass Quintet, Barry Guy’s London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Georg Gräwe’s Grubenklangorchester, Wolfgang Fuch’s King Übü Orchestrü, Radu Malfatti’s Ohrkiste, the Contraband and the English Tuba Consort. With Pinguin Moschner, Larry Fishkind and Paul Rutherford he founded in 1981 the European Tuba Quartet which exists (with Carl Ludwig Hübsch) till today.

Poore’s first experiments in the Arts Lab with tape and electronics led him on to a new passion: the experimental interaction of acoustic instruments and technology, which for him now has the same priority as purely acoustic experiments involving the sound possibilities of the tuba. Poore has passed on his experience in the capacities of interpreter, composer and also lecturer: he was Research Assistant at the Salford College of Technology (1989-1991), a guest at the Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnologie (Centre for Art and Media Technology) in Karlsruhe from 1992 to 1994; where he developed his concept ‘METAinstrument’, and 1993-95 Visiting Professor for Electro-Acoustic Music at the Royal College of Music in London.

Since 1995 he is a permanent member of Ensemble Musikfabrik and dedicates himself to the creation of the pedagogical department of the ensemble.
But exactly how far one can go with this apparently unwieldy instrument only became clear to Melvyn Poore while he was studying. His experiences as music director of the Birmingham Arts Laboratory contributed to the realisation that there is a life as tubist beyond the humdrum of the orchestra. “Even as a student, I preferred to play pieces that weren’t written for tuba at all.”

Melvyn Poore will be guest at the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Course as tuba tutor in the Brass Academy that will be conducted by Marco Blaauw.

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