Faculty Artist Series features Trombonist Josh Bynum

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The Faculty Artists Series continues its season with Brass Area Chair Josh Bynum on trombone and Anatoly Sheludyakov on piano. The concert takes place on Tuesday, March 6th at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Hall.


The concert features pre-dominantly American composers and has a great mix of styles that pay tribute to both the classical and jazz traditions of the trombone. Audiences can expect to hear everything from Moon River to a mashup of American blues and Arabic drones, and everything in between.


“My program has a balance of music originally written for trombone, and songs that I've ‘borrowed,’” Bynum said.


Now an Associate Professor of Trombone at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Bynum is no stranger to universities, having received degrees from Temple University, the University of Iowa, and Jacksonville State. Among other accolades, Bynum was the featured artist for the 2017 International Trombone Festival held at the University of Iowa.


Outside of academia, Bynum plays trombone with the Georgia Brass Quintet and the MOD[ular] Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He also regularly performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Augusta, the IRIS Orchestra, and is first call substitute with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Bynum has recorded two releases with the ASO and his solo CD Catalyst features previously unrecorded works for trombone. Bynum has performed with various UGA Bands along the way, such as the Hodgson Wind Ensemble for the state premiere performance for John Mackey’s Harvest: Trombone Concerto in 2010 and Dana Wilson’s Trombone Concerto in 2017. Working with other UGA musicians has been part of Bynum’s performance history, so it’s no surprise that he brought in UGA resident accompanist Sheludyakov to play with him for this concert.


“It's always such an amazing experience to collaborate with Anatoly Sheludyakov, who is undoubtedly one of the finest musicians I know,” says Bynum of his pianist.


Sheludyakov, a native of Moscow, graduated from the Gnesin's Musical Academy and completed doctoral studies there under professor Anatoly Vedernikov. He has a long composition history, which includes Variations for Orchestra, Ostinato for Orchestra, Suite for Oboe and Piano, Suite for Violin and Piano, the cantata Brotherhood Songs, and even Trombone Quartet. Sheludyakov has recorded twenty-five solo piano and chamber music CDs. Named “Honored Artist of the Russian Federation” in 1999, Sheludyakov’s repertoire includes the major works for piano, piano and orchestra, and piano chamber music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.


These musicians are sure to give the audience a great evening of music. Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults. They can be purchased online at pac.uga.edu or by phone at 706-542-4400. For those unable to attend this event, the concert will be streamed at music.uga.edu/streaming