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Contraptions - Chamber music with tuba by Miles, Olson, Newman / Ben Miles, tuba; Jun Okada, piano; Sarah Miles, flute; Bryan Pokorney, bas trombone

Audio Samples

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Sonatina for tuba & piano
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Contraptions, for tuba
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Fantasy for flute & tuba
>Olson, Curtis : Incursion, for trumpet & synthesizer
>Newman, Ron : Duo for bass trombone & tuba
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Perspectives, for tuba
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Sketches (3) for tuba & piano

Album Summary

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Sonatina for tuba & piano
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Contraptions, for tuba
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Fantasy for flute & tuba
>Olson, Curtis : Incursion, for trumpet & synthesizer
>Newman, Ron : Duo for bass trombone & tuba
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Perspectives, for tuba
>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Sketches (3) for tuba & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is the debut recording of Ben Miles, Associate Professor of Tuba at Middle Tennessee State University and winner of the 2005 Leonard Falcone International Artist Tuba Competition. Besides works by Curtis Olson and Ron Newman, this recording includes Miles's original compositions, one if which, Contraptions, is on the required music list for the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Artist Tuba Competition and also on the list for this year's Concorso Internazionale Citta di Porica. Ben Miles is joined by pianist Jun Okada, flutist Sarah Miles and bass trombonist Bryan Pokorney.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
Ben Miles is tuba professor at Middle Tennessee University, having served previously at Wright State University and the University of Central Arkansas. He has terrific technical skills, and he plays expressively at all times. He is also a very good composer - most of these works are his. This is one of the best, most impressive tuba recordings to come along in years. Terrific pieces and excellent playing by all performers.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (06/2011).



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Works Details

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Sonatina for tuba & piano
  • Performers: Jun Okada (Piano); Ben Miles (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Contraptions, for tuba
  • Performer: Ben Miles (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Fantasy for flute & tuba
  • Performers: Ben Miles (Tuba); Sarah Miles (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Olson, Curtis : Incursion, for trumpet & synthesizer
  • Performer: Ben Miles (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Newman, Ron : Duo for bass trombone & tuba
  • Performers: Ben Miles (Tuba); Bryan Pokorney
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Perspectives, for tuba
  • Performer: Ben Miles (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miles, Ben [Tuba] : Sketches (3) for tuba & piano
  • Performers: Jun Okada (Piano); Ben Miles (Tuba)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary