This Is My Letter To The World
Format: COMPACT DISC
Spark Duo; Gookin, Amanda; Friedman, Leanne; Sims, Kyra; Frey, Carrie; Barmotina, Kate; Michel, Roberta; Kuhnert, Alia; Amrine, Kate; Lusby, Maddi
This is My Letter to the World is an exploration of music for trumpet inspired by politics and social concepts. In her second album, Kate Amrine chooses to address pressing topics facing each of us including gun violence, abortion rights, discrimination, climate change, feminism, identity, immigration, and more. In the liner notes Kate writes, “As an activist and storyteller, I created this album of different stories and viewpoints that I am excited to share with the world. Many of these pieces bring up issues that are extremely important to everyone and I hope that upon listening, you will act and inspire others to do everything they can to make this world a better place.” The works are meant to start a conversation and inspire people to reflect. And yes, increase awareness of what is possible on the trumpet. While some of these pieces were written as early as 2018 with multiple performances completed, several were finalized very close to the recording session. However, with the subject matter, the pieces always feel fresh and timely – with another opportunity to connect performances to the incidents and moments we experience. In a review about Kate’s first album As I Am, the International Trumpet Guild Journal writes: “An accomplished performer, educator, composer, music contractor, and commissioner of new works, Kate Amrine is the epitome of the 21st century renaissance artist.” In addition to her work as a solo artist, Kate Amrine is an active freelancer and educator in New York City.