Terry Plumeri

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Terry Plumeri

Multi-Platinum and Gold Record recording artist, Terry Plumeri, has recently completed his first in a series of four concert DVDs as composer/conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic. Johnterryl Plumeri and The Moscow Philharmonic Live at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow will be available in the Fall of 2012. His 2009 release of Romance For Clarinet, Strings and Harp - The Chamber Music of Johnterryl Plumeri – Volume I, has garnered, “Hauntingly captivating…A high level of poise, polish and proportion…A sound world of poetic poignancy that casts an enthralling spell!” from Fanfare Magazine

Terry’s 2007 recording of the 4th, 5th and 6th Symphonies of Tchaikovsky as conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic has received such words of praise as “Exquisite sound…Haunting sense of tragedy… Vivid virtuosity…Exquisite balance…Ingenuous grace. Plumeri's Tchaikovsky is fashioned in the grand style of the Russian school. It permits him and his Moscow Philharmonic any number of shining moments." from Audiophile Audition. In regard to Terry's recordings with the Moscow Philharmonic of his original compositions, Fanfare Magazine has said, "These well-prepared composer-conducted performances and recordings are both technically and esthetically stunning. The emotional curve of Plumeri's music has a dramatic inevitability that carries the listener along without questioning and leaves him fully gratified, very much like the best of Tchaikovsky's efforts." The Washington Post has said of these recordings, "Plumeri conducts the Moscow Philharmonic in a performance sensitive to the music's smallest nuances."

Terry's innovative style of bowing jazz solos on the acoustic bass has garnered comments like "Stunning…a very high level of music" from the Washington Post. "Terry Plumeri's bowed bass work is endlessly compelling" from allaboutjazz.com. "Extraordinary bowing facility" from Jazz Improv Magazine. "Extraordinary bowing skill" from Jazzreview.com. In speaking about his latest jazz release Blue In Green, Audiophile Audition has said, “Blue In Green may well be a disc unique in the history of jazz. The sheer virtuosity of Plumeri’s arco bass often astounds.” In speaking of Terry’s recording with pianist Herbie Hancock, allaboutjazz has said, “The landmark release, He Who Lives In Many Places, is nothing short of Magnificent!”

Terry Plumeri began music at the age of 10 and went on to attend The Manhattan School of Music in New York City on scholarship. It was here that Terry studied with Robert Brennand, principal bass of the New York Philharmonic. Later, during his period as a bassist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., he studied composition and conducting with the Hungarian conductor/composer Antal Dorati, himself a student of the legendary Bela Bartok.

During the past 15 years he has written the music to 57 feature films, which includes the score to the award winning crime story One False Move, which has recently been added to "The New York Times List of the 1000 Best Films Ever Made". His score for One False Move was nominated for, Best Score by the IFP Spirit Awards.

Terry's lectures on music have been heard at the Smithsonian Institute, Georgetown University, Maryland Art Institute and University of Southern California as well as in his private classes in the Los Angeles area on the Vocabulary and Psychology of the Music of Bernard Herrmann in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Psycho.

Terry has played with such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Les McCann, Yusef Lateef, John Abercrombie and Woody Herman. Notable performances include Carniegie Hall/New York City, Albert Hall/London, Herodicus Atticus Theater/Athens, Tchaikovsky Hall/Moscow, as well as the Newport, Monterey and Montreux jazz festivals.

 

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