Jan Bach’s recent work, Duologue (for English horn and piano), was commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and premiered at their 2007 summer conference in Ithaca NY with Pedro Diaz, principal English hornist with the Metropolitan Opera.
Several works appeared on CDs in 2008, all having appeared in previous commercial recordings: Concert Variations (fourth recording), Four Two-Bit Contraptions (fourth recording), Rounds and Dances (third recording) and Eisteddfod (fourth recording). Some recently-written works are slated to appear on CDs for the first time in 2009-2010: Foliations for brass quintet (Stockholm Chamber Brass), Oompah Suite for horn and tuba (Jay Hunsberger and James Marshall), Blowout for brass quintet (Nebraska Brass), Music for a Low Budget Epic for piccolo and bassoon (Danilo Lonzano and Robert Müller), Victor R. Gook’s Band Concert for brass quintet and old recording (Laudete Brass).
Recent performances have included Jon Boen’s performance of several pieces from his CD Music of Jan Bach at the International Horn Symposium in Macomb IL in June, 2009; Concerto for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra by Jay Hunsberger, tubist, and Leif Bjaland conducting the Sarasota Orchestra in October, 2009; several performances of the Oompah Suite for horn and tuba in various venues around Kansas performed by Darrell Barnes, horn; and Liam Teague’s performance
of Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra with Christopher Wilkins conducting the Akron Symphony.
At the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Convention in Tucson AZ in the summer of 2010, the Oompah Suite will be played by Jay Hunsberger and James Marshall; this piece was awarded an honorable mention in the recent ITEA composition contest. Also,
Concerto for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra will be the final hurdle for those tubists competing in the professional solo compeitition.
On a personal note, Jan and Dalia very much enjoyed their trip to Peru and Machu Picchu in the spring of 2009, made that much more pleasurable by the atypical beautiful warm weather and none of the mudslides that make the sites dangerous so often at that time of the year.