Nicole Abissi The world-class trombonist talks about her experience navigating motherhood while freelancing in New York City.
Nicole Abissi has some serious trombone “street cred”. She’s performed and held positions in several big orchestras like Alabama and Colorado Symphony as well as being a member of two touring brass groups. And like me, her husband is pretty good at the trombone. Nikki is married to Colin Williams, associate principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic. They reside in Inwood, what we call “Upstate Manhattan” with their sons, toddler Christopher and newborn Alexander. Continue reading Nicole Abissi – This is Only the Beginning→
I am a stubborn person but I’m never as stubborn as when people tell me I can’t do something. That’s how I became a professional trombonist – my whole family told me I couldn’t and I did it just to prove them wrong. I did an Ironman triathlon (140.6 miles) a year after having hip surgery just because someone said I might want to consider not running anymore. That’s how freaking stubborn I am.
a climax of musical excitement, characterized by feelings of pleasure centered in the ears and experienced as an accompaniment to hearing a group of trombone players.
This is a project that I have wanted to put together for years. When I heard Alan Ferber‘s tune called North Rampart, it was so gorgeous I couldn’t NOT play it. And I happen to be married to a damned fine writer and arranger who helped me get the ball rolling. I’m also surrounded by awesome musicians in New York City and a few of them agreed to write some more tunes.
I do hope you will be able to experience your first Bonegasm with us on Thursday, July 27 from 6-8pm at Silvana. It is our mission to bring peace, love, and trombone to the unsuspecting masses. Music by Robin Eubanks, John Fedchock, Alan Ferber, Sara Jacovino, Nate Mayland, Edward Perez and more!
Trombones: John Fedchock, Alan Ferber, Nate Mayland and Jennifer Wharton
Piano: Mike Eckroth
Bass: Evan Gregor
Drums: Don Peretz
The 2017 International Trombone Festival was held at University of Redlands in Southern California. As part of the XO Professional Brass family, I joined John Fedchock, Paul McKee and Tim Coffman for the XO all-stars and performed on the first day of the festival. That left me free to enjoy a lot of the exhibits and performances while making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.
One face I was stoked to see was Doug Yeo. I studied with him at New England Conservatory and hadn’t seen him in almost 10 years. He’s one of the teachers I have remained in touch with and is very generous with his time to people near and far. I knew we’d have a great time working together from the moment he crawled over the desk during my NEC audition. I still email him for advice from time to time and he is always kind and encouraging. Everyone should have a Doug Yeo in their corner.