Professor of Music Thomas Erdmann had an article published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
Professor of Music Thomas Erdmann had a 6,000-word article published in the January 2017 issue of the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
The article is on trumpeter, vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Linda Briceño. She’s been nominated by many recording academies, not the least of which is the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States, which nominated her album “Tiempo” for two Latin Grammy Awards in 2015.
Wynton Marsalis, never one to easily give out accolades, is impressed with the young phenom saying, “She possesses an excellent awareness of time, rhythm and a great sound, but above all she has a deep understanding of musical concepts and ideas. There is a weight in her sound, weight, weight. This you either have it or you don’t and it is very unusual for such a young person to have it the way she does.” Add to the above accolades how in 2012 the World Economic Forum recognized Linda as a Young Global Shaper in gratitude of her efforts as a musician and entrepreneur in developing empowerment strategies for young artists, especially musicians, to assert their rights as creative individuals and also as a collective in Latin America.
Briceño first performed in the recording studio at the age of eight when she was the youngest artist brought in to work on the “Tocando Tierra – Tribute To Lati” recording on the now defunct Latin World label. On that recording she shared the studio with fellow musicians Alex Acuña, Ary Barroso Paquito D’Rivera, Pedro Esutache, Bela Fleck, Don Grusin, Abraham Laboriel, Armando Manzanero and Roger Nichols, to list a few.
In 2004, she successfully auditioned for the Orquesta Juvenil de Caracas directed by Gustavo Dudamel, playing first trumpet in a number of performances including Mahler’s First Symphony. Very quickly after that she accepted an invitation to join the Simón Bolívar Venezuelan Youth Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. The years 2010 and 2011 found Briceño working as a soloist with The Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera.
In 2012, she made a special guest appearance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, becoming the first Venezuelan woman to perform with the ensemble. In 2013, she performed in the Kingdom of Bahrain in conjunction with The Gran Prix Formula 1 race. Among the other artists she has performed with include the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band Alumni and Brian Lynch, to list just a few.
Her interest in giving back as an educator was demonstrated when she and her father Andres Eloy Briceño, himself a jazz musician, formed the Simón Bolívar Big Band which has toured the United States and become one of the world’s leading youth jazz ensembles.