Soon We Will
Not Be Here

Thousand Rooms Quartet is a 3rd-stream chamber music ensemble made up of baritone voice, trombone, piano, and percussion. Founded in 2013 in New York City, the ensemble performs original settings of poems by contemporary poets.

Thousand Rooms' debut release, "Soon We Will Not be Here," includes settings of poems by Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize-winner Emily Ruth Hazel, Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, and New Issues Press Poetry Prize-winner Malena Mörling. The body of work spans themes that are dark, brooding, and sometimes humorous. Paolo Javier's disjunctive free associations are paired with free jazz, while Tina Chang's introspective verses are set to modernist chamber music. Lines separating composition and improvisation, and classical music and jazz are blurred, crafting a style that might best be called 21st-century art song.

Since releasing "Soon We Will Not be Here," Thousand Rooms Quartet has been broadcast in Europe and the U.S. on Taran's Free Jazz Hour, and has performed special engagements at the American Bible Society, Fridman Gallery, International Arts Movement, and IBeam Brooklyn.

Press Release

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 30, 2013

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Debut release pairs contemporary New York City poetry with third-stream chamber music

Straddling the jazz and contemporary classical scenes in New York City, James Hall is the latest in a string of talented trombonist/composers to emerge from Brooklyn. After diving into the world of poetry setting at last year's Chelsea Music Festival, Hall's collaboration with poets is bearing its first fruit in the form of his debut CD as a leader, Soon We Will Not Be Here, featuring James Hall Thousand Rooms Quartet.

The CD features six new compositions by Hall, setting poems by notable contemporary NYC-area poets, including Brooklyn Poet-Laureate Tina Chang, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize-winner Emily Ruth Hazel, Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, and New Issues Press Poetry Prize-winner Malena Mörling.

Dubbed Soon We Will Not Be Here, the body of work spans themes that are dark, brooding, and humorous, to create a macabre, irreverent portrait of New York City. Paolo Javier's disjunctive lines are paired with free jazz, while Tina Chang's introspective verses are set to modernist chamber music. Hall blurs the lines between composition and improvisation, classical music and jazz, crafting a style that might best be called 21st-century art song.

James Hall is a two-time winner of the ASCAPlus Award for composition, and was a featured composer/performer at the 2012 Chelsea Music Festival. His trombone playing has been recognized at the Antti Rissannen, J.J. Johnson, and Carl Fontana international trombone competitions (3rd place, runner-up, and honorable mention, respectively). Thousand Rooms Quartet includes Hall on trombone, as well as baritone Matt Vitti, pianist Evan Mazunik, and drummer Ronen Itzik. The project is produced by Ryan Keberle, another notable NYC trombonist.

For more information, visit www.jameshallmusic.com/thousandrooms, or contact James Hall at 646-484-1287 or james [at] jameshallmusic [dot] com.

Samples from "Soon We Will Not be Here"

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Purchase "Soon We Will Not Be Here" CD (USA ONLY)
- 10% discount on 3+ CDs
- 15% discount on 5+ CDs

€15

Purchase "Soon We Will Not Be Here" CD (INTERNATIONAL)
- Includes shipping to CAN or EU

$50

3 CDs incl. a Signed Copy
- One CD signed by James, Two additional CDs

$100

Signed Score, Invitation to Release
- All benefits of the $50 level
- Signed copy of the score to "Listening," a new piece by James, poem by Emily Ruth Hazel

$500

A new original piece
- All benefits of the $100 level
- An original jazz tune composed in your honor (or in the honor of the person you choose) by James. The signed lead sheet will be sent to you, and James will record the piece on a future project.

$1200

A private concert
- All benefits of the $100 level
- A private concert by James Hall Thousand Rooms Quartet
- Travel costs not included
- Subject to availability

Call James at 646-484-1287, or email at james@jameshallmusic.com to set this up.