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Micah is a freelance trombonist, pianist, improviser, and a resident composer/arranger of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his Masters of Music degree from the University of New Mexico in Music Performance and Theory/Composition and a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University in Music Performance. His performance credits include the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Opera Southwest, The Figueroa Project, The New Mexico Symphony Chorus, Chatter, Carmina Escobar, Bob Farrell, The Temptations, Darren Cordova y Calor, Christiane Noll, Hugh Panaro, Dwight Loop, among many others. Commercially, Micah’s talents have been recorded in the music of Dynette Marie, Darren Cordova, Lovers & Madmen, The Noms, and many others.

As a soloist, Micah was one of three international soloists to compete in the 2012 International Trombone Association’s Frank Smith Solo Competition held in Paris, France. He was also featured as a soloist with the Texas Tech Chamber Wind Symphony performing the Derek Bourgeois’ Concerto for Trombone. Micah is currently the tenor trombonist for the resident brass quintet of The Cathedral Church of St. John, Breaking Brass.

As a composer, Micah is influenced by historical Christian liturgical music, nature, machinery, principles of physics and mathematics, visual art, contemporary harmonic practices, and blurred rhythmic and harmonic movement. His score Separation of Light from Darkness for chamber winds, piano and fixed media won him the 2014 Scott Wilkinson Composition Competition, a competition that is held in-tandem with the annual John Donald Robb Composer Symposium at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Micah’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, Texas Tech Red Trombone Choir, as well as many other soloists and ensembles. As an advocate for new and experimental music, he is involved with electro-acoustic improvisation as a member of Martian Funk, a staple group in New Mexican experimental music. He received the 2012 UBIK Award from UBIK Sound Studios for his electro-acoustic instrumental development and services to the experimental music scene in Albuquerque, NM. His collaborative installations with sound engineer Rodney Gurule and photographer Ursula Coyote entitled Depravity - which creates an awareness of historical New Mexican ghost towns through photo-sonic experience – have gained considerable attention in the New Mexican experimental music scene since the premiere of Depravity – Estancia in 2013.

Currently, Micah teaches Music Theory at the Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design and Music Appreciation at the University of New Mexico Main and West Campuses. He gives clinics and masterclasses in performance, composition, free improvisation, jazz and music technology to schools within the southwest.

For more information about performances, clinics, masterclasses, and commissions, please contact Micah at:

trombonist.m.j.hood@gmail.com

M. J. Hood Micah Hood, Albuquerque, United States

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