NEW-Benoit was granted EB-1 status by the USCIS.
That means that the United States officially recognize
his extraordinary contributions to the world of music!
-excerpts from the cover article on the Orlando Weekly Magazine:
By Jeff Gore
...For the past decade, Glazer has conducted, directed and performed as the sole trumpeter for Cirque de Soleil’s La Nouba. He has also co-produced feature-film soundtracks that earned him Gemeaux and Felix awards (considered Quebec’s Emmys and Grammys, respectively), lectured to the world’s top trumpet players and he owns a U.S. patent on a new trumpet design. At 21 years of age, he was hired into a conductor position in the world-class Jazz Orchestra Program at McGill University, a feat that the dean of the university says “hasn’t happened since and likely won’t happen again.” He’s considered a legend within the Drum Corps International movement, and he’s also an adept bassist (electric and upright), drummer, keyboardist, woodwind player and sound engineer. He’s the founder of an acclaimed nonprofit in Orlando, the Timucua Arts Foundation, which this publication called the city’s “best saving grace” in its 2009 Best of Orlando issue. ...
...Benoit Glazer’s eyes are trained so intently on the bell of his trumpet that it’s almost as if he were anticipating that he might see the notes come out of the instrument. He plays a simple musical scale, then takes his lips off the mouthpiece and vibrates them like a sputtering motorboat. He’s warming up.
“With the trumpet, every day you’re a beginner,” he says. “There’s no escaping that.” He puts the instrument back to his lips, resumes the unflinching stare and plays the scale again.
The room he’s practicing in – the custom-built Timucua Arts Foundation performance space, which is set to host its 200th concert this fall – has his fingerprints all over it. Glazer and his eldest son installed much of the ship-lapped wood ceiling themselves, not to mention all the electronic gadgetry snaked about the place.
Glazer knows every detail of every surface in the room; nothing exists without an acoustic purpose, not even the Tiki masks hanging from the second-floor balcony. (Their uneven surfaces help to diffuse sound waves, which reduces unsavory reverb.)
He brings his face to within a few inches of an unfinished brick wall adjoining the stage. “One, two, check,” he says into the wall, then turns and says: “You see? It’s a very warm sound.”
Fifteen minutes from now, Glazer will cross the street to teach his class at Boone High, where he manages the school’s “big band” jazz orchestra program. It’s unpaid work, but it’s not the light duty of a typical volunteer gig. Piles of books for the class sit below his desk, each designed for a different player in the orchestra, each filled with many scores written by Glazer himself. Near the books sits his computer, on which Glazer is editing the latest in a series of self-published DVDs documenting performances by various artists at Timucua, including some shows put on by the kids he teaches at Boone. Somewhere in the pile of folders and papers can probably be found some sketches or model printouts of the trumpet he invented, which he says is “only two hours of work” away from completion.
The “White House,” as those outside of the Glazer household call Timucua, was finished in 2007 after two and a half years of construction. Although it’s both a venue and the family home, Glazer considers it his gift to the community and it has become the foundation for a thriving part of the local arts scene in Orlando.
In its short life, the house has hosted top-tier musicians from all over the world; some have been so impressed by the venue (and Glazer’s technical prowess) that they have recorded albums there. Yet the heart and soul of the White House are its live shows, and the schedule for this fall includes a tribute to Leonard Cohen later this month, a performance by a Japanese percussionist in October and a visit from a “funky brass band” from New York in November.
“We always try to emphasize living composers and new music as much as we can,” Glazer says.
Financially speaking, Glazer says he’s poured everything into the White House. He points to his car – a Toyota Echo – as evidence that his largesse is limited. The example may be unnecessary, as during this interview Glazer dons a pair of Wrangler cargo shorts and a plaid button-up that looks like a shirt one of his students could have left behind in class.
Glazer’s frequent – and free – concerts have brought many Orlandoans to his door...
-NEW- Benoit has been granted a patent for his new brass
instrument valve section and open wrap trumpet design-
US patent number: 7501566 B2
Montréal-born Benoit Glazer has been making music professionally since 1981. He is a conductor, arranger, trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist who was teaching at McGill University at 21 years of age, and did so for 9 years. He has recently been putting more energy in composition, and you can see some of his original titles at the COMPOSITIONS page. His freelance career saw him play in most North American cities, as well as in Europe. He has been the conductor at La Nouba (Cirque du Soleil) in Orlando, Florida since 1998.
He just patented a revolutionary valved brass instrument design. To see it, see the TRUMPETS page
As regards to the Timucua email LIST:
Click here to get ON the TIMUCUA EMAIL list
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Benoit est maintenant un inventeur breveté. Il a reçu son brevet US #7501566 B2
Pour son système de piston de cuivre, et son design de trompette à grands rayons.
Benoit Glazer est impliqué dans la vie musicale professionnelle depuis 1981. Sa carrière de pigiste l'a vu jouer dans la plupart des
grandes villes nord-américaines ainsi qu'en europe. Benoit a enseigné à l'université McGill dès l'âge de 21 ans, et ce pendant 9 ans.
Il réside maintenant à Orlando en Floride depuis 1998, ou il dirige l'orchestre de La Nouba, le spectacle du Cirque du Soleil à Walt Disney World.
Benoit vient de breveter un nouveau concept de cuivres à pistons. Pour le voir, visitez la page TROMPETTES.
Pour voir la liste de ses titres originaux, visitez la page COMPOSITIONS.
Pour ce qui est de la liste email pour les concerts Timucua:
Appuyez ici pour vous INSCRIRE à la liste des Concerts TIMUCUA
Here are a few of the recordings I have made. Apparently, I appear on over 80 CD's (including a few singles), so this list is actually quite incomplete.
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Voici une petite portion des enregistrements auxquels j'ai participé.
Mardi Gras at Timucua, Timucua, 2005
Il Regalo dell Imperatore, Timucua, 2005
La Nouba DVD, Cirque du Soleil, 2004
La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil, 1999 Click here to listen
Omertà II, Michel Cusson, 1998
Le Jardin D'ecos, Michel Cusson, 1998
Unknown Title, Gerry DeVilliers, 1998
L'heure du Blues, Michel Cusson
Play!, Alain Caron, 1997
Omertà I, Michel Cusson, 1996 Click here to listen
Rhythm and Jazz, Alain Caron, 1995
La Comptesse de Bâton Rouge, Michel Cusson
Wild Unit II, Michel CussonClick here to listen
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Tres Americas, Tadeü de Marco
Wild Unit I, Michel CussonClick here to listen
L'automne Sauvage, Michel Cusson
Day and Nite, McGill Jazz Ensemble, 1988
Pop Artist's CD's:
Diane Dufresne, Marie-Denise Pelletier, Robert Charlebois, Dan Bigras, Terez Montcalm, Daniel Seff, Blue Steel, Pierre Flynn, Les Frères Groulx, Gaston Mandeville, Nelson Mainville, Richard Fortin, Dan Blouin, etc....
Acrylic on paper from 1993.
Benoit with Michel Cusson
At the Omertà I record launching in a major record store in Montréal.
Benoit at a fund raiser in Feb 2008