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Leaf Music and Adam Zinatelli Present: Fifteen Feet Closer to the Sky

(Halifax/Kjipuktuk, NS) Leaf Music and trumpeter Adam Zinatelli are delighted to announce their forthcoming album Fifteen Feet Closer to the Sky, recorded in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Calgary, earlier in 2023. The recording consists entirely of premiere recordings of new works, some of which have not yet even had their first concert performance. All the music explores the composers’ inspiration in writing for the trumpet as a solo instrument, with its unsurpassed vast and varied expressive range.

Adam Zinatelli is Principal Trumpet of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He studied at the Glenn Gould School with Andrew McDandless and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Michael Sachs. Adam is a Yamaha Artist.

The recording features a stellar group of musicians, including timpanist Alexander Cohen, fellow trumpeters Aaron Hodgson and Miranda Cairns and pianist Akiko Tominaga. Composers include Gabriel Dharmoo, Tobin Stokes, Jeffrey Ryan, Eric Nathan, David John Lang, Claude Lapalme, Dorothy Chang, and Karen Donnelly. Chang’s All that glitters was commissioned specifically for the recording and possible through funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Funding for the project was also provided by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

The recording features many styles of music for trumpet, including virtuosic writing in Tarantella dell’Ubriaco by Claude Lapalme, a “romp” showcasing the cornet at its agile and articulate best. Other pieces were written during COVID lockdowns, including Karen Donnelly’s Fanfare for the Backyard Birdfeeder (2020), utilizing the trumpet to imitate birds.

Leaf Music is an independent recording label based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, making and distributing high-quality classical music recordings by artists and composers from across Canada. Our growing catalogue of solo, orchestral, and chamber music is distributed by Naxos of America to the world’s most important music retailers, download providers, and streaming services. Leaf is also a provider of professional audio and video production, post-production services and integrated music marketing and distribution in Canada.




For more information/photos or to arrange interviews, please contact Peggy Walt, (902) 422-5403 (office) or (902) 476-1096 (cell). 

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