The goal being to create a means by which to bring the Bigband into the 21st century with a sound that satisfies the modern day listener as well as ardent Bigband fans. Critiques by the internaltional press for his productions Large 2 (2002), Large 1 (1998) and Traces Of Trane (1992) confirm this intention with radiant reviews. Before concentrating on big formations of Jazz he was the trombonist in his group Acute Insights. Together with this Septett he produced two records: Peter Herborn’s Acute Insights (1988) and Peter Herborn’s Acute Insights Subtle Wildness (1986). For these JMT-Productions he received excellent critical reviews on a par with those received for the Large-productions. After the release of Large 2 in 2002 his focus shifted to contemporary music. With his JMT Production Something Personal for string quartet and jazz soloists in 1991 he created his first ties to contemporary chamber music. Between 1991 and 1998 he deepened this work with a releases for string quartet „On Golden Wings“ (1993) and a further four musical productions for theatre which clearly show the classical characteristics of chamber music. Due to the work with stage compositions and chamber music as well as symphonic works his interest in music theatre grew.
Up to the end of 2005 his main focus has been devoted to theatre music. In the following years his interest will go in the direction of theatre music and symphonic works. After having received a composition request from the „Kunststiftung NRW“ (Art Trust NRW) linked to a CD production of the WDR, Cologne, he composed, after several preliminary studies of orchestral techniques, the Opera LORCA between 2002 and 2005 including the Libretto.This opera is about the life and destiny of the Spanish poet, dramatist and director Federico Garcia Lorca, who in 1936 was one of the frst victims of the Spanish civil war after being killed by the fascists. The first production of this music theatre work took place in December 2005 (duration of the theatre piece approximately 130 minutes) The WDR Radio orchestra played under the direction of his designated conductor Michail Jurowski. Thomas Dewald sings the role of Lorca. Peter Herborn is a Professor for Jazz-Composition and Arrangement, Theory, Ensemble and Bigband leadership at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. „Herborn’s music habitually achieves a balancing act between academic ormality and the improvisational freedom still largely demanded of jazz. Though it is on the surface a very „European“ sound, ist roots are always to be found in American jazz (and rock) of the 1960s.
Like another erstwhile trombonist-turned-composer, Mike Gibbs. He has a brilliant melodic instinct and a sure feel for unexpected voicings.“ The Penguin Guide For Jazz On CD / Fourth edition „ Even in the old days of 1992 there was nothing new about combining a string quartet with jazz soloists. Hence, what is so special about the re-release of Peter Herborn’s recording on JMT? It is very simple: He is one of the few who managed to produce an exciting result. Herborn’s composer personality radiates out of this record as heard only rarely.“ Jazzpodium 07/2004 Read more on Last.fm.
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