Vlatkovich/Roper Brass Duo

Veteran brass players of the L.A. improvising scene, Michael Vlatkovich (trombone) and William Roper (tuba), have finally done what everyone has been telling them to do for years - document their zany antics. "Chobraty" is a co-led project with compositions by Vlatkovich and Roper.

The written material provides a jump-off point for the duo to have their way with each other. No matter how far afield they go, home is never forgotten. At times it is difficult to determine which parts are written and which are improvised. The duo masterfully blurs the line.


Michael Vlatkovich, trombonist, composer, and arranger, is one of the leading talents among Los Angeles improvisational players. Located on the West Coast since 1973, he is an emotionally charged performer, comfortable in a variety of jazz and world music styles. Vlatkovich has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. His improvisionally free music expresses raw power and beauty in a minimally structured format.

In addition to leading his own diverse imaginative ensembles, Vlatkovich has performed with a wide array of singers and instrumentalists including Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway, Rob Blakeslee, Rich Halley, among many others. The trombonist has also performed on sound tracks for a variety of television and film projects including The Mask, Jingle All The Way, and the critically acclaimed John Cassavette's film the Tempest.
In 1981, the composer formed Thankyou Records in order to document the truly unique forward thinking musical concepts and ideas of both himself and his music collaborators. (These recordings have received critical acclaim in music publications and periodicals throughout the United States and Europe. Many of them have been selected for the lists of ten best jazz recordings.

Most recently the trombonist has been performing with his own ensembles, and co-leading Transvalue with poet Charles Britt. Vlatkovich is also a regular member with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble and Rob Blakeslee Quartet.




William Roper is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Los Angeles. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Case Western Reserve University, Cal State Northridge, Los Angeles City College and Carnegie-Mellon University. As a performer, his experience ranges from the symphony stage to free improvisation groups. He has toured Europe, North and South America as a soloist and with ensembles. He has released six recordings as a leader and five as a co-leader. He is cofounder and a performing member of Judicanti Responsura, an ensemble specializing in classical and improvised music. Roper has held residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and the Oberpfalzer Kuentslerhaus. He has received awards for the creation and performance of new work in composition, performance, theatre and dance from the NEA, California Arts Council, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, Durfee Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. He has fulfilled commissions from Dance L.A., Gloria Newman Dance Theatre, Rudy Perez Dance, Cal Arts Cello Studio,Tomato Sage Consortium
USC Max Kade Institute and SASSAS.

As a visual artist, he has exhibited in the United States and Europe. He has received awards from the Brody Arts Fund, ArtMatters Inc., LACE/Patrick Media and the Organization of Independent Artists.



Details will be added as they become available. 
This tour is: Funded in part through NewMusicUSA's Metlife Creative Connections program.


Download some video excerpts of Michael discussing aspects of compositions from his "Chobraty" book, during a performance at CalArts in 2011.


Download an .mp3 of Chobraty playing Michael's Just Another Picture On The Piano...



Purchase CHOBRATY from Nine Winds   and iTunes:Chobraty - Michael Vlatkovich / William Roper


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