Contra-Dictions was written for my long time friends Dan Perantoni and Bob Tucci, and for the Summit Brass. The work is scored for two solo tubas, two antiphonal brass sextets and two percussionists. It is 10 1/2 minutes long in three movements, tonal and modal sounding with lots of rhythmic fun for all. The movements are Oom Pas de Deux (a waltz for two oversized danseurs); Vis a’ Vis (a ballad-slow and pretty with vibes and flugel horns); Au Contraire (march-like with lots of rhythmic energy, percussion and interplay between the antiphonal brass sextets and the soloists). The world premier was June 20, 1998 at the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Jim Self is a Los Angeles free-lance musician, a veteran of thousands of motion pictures, television shows and records, and tuba soloist on many prominent movies. He is Principal Tubist with the Pasadena and Pacific Symphonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific orchestras. His compositions and arrangements include works for solo tuba, brass quintet, and other brass and woodwind chamber music. Jim has produced nine solo jazz and classical recordings.
His recordings are available from:
Basset Hound Music