Solo Bass Trombone
Boston Portuguese Festival, Portuguese Consulate
Angel Subero, Emmanuel Church, Boston on May 9, 2013
Lápis (Pencils) is dedicated to the memory of my late mentor Bob Brookmeyer and to his wife Jan. Bob was a virtuoso valve trombonist, a legendary composer, a great teacher, and a dear friend. After his passing, Jan gave me a set of pencils that belonged to Bob. In it, each pencil has a distinctive colored eraser at the tip and so the work is similarly divided into small sections, each representing a different color and mood. These pencils remind me every day of the extraordinary man and mentor with whom I had the good fortune to cross paths.