Multi-Platinum and Gold Record recording artist, Johnterryl Plumeri, has
recently completed his first in a series of four concert DVDs as
composer/conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic. Johnterryl Plumeri and The Moscow Philharmonic Live at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow will be available in the Fall of 2012. His 2009 release of Romance For Clarinet, Strings and Harp - The Chamber Music of Johnterryl Plumeri – Volume I, has garnered, “Hauntingly
captivating…A high level of poise, polish and proportion…A sound world of
poetic poignancy that casts an enthralling spell!” from Fanfare Magazine
Maestro Plumeri’s 2007 recording of the 4th, 5th and 6th Symphonies of Tchaikovsky as conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic has received such words of praise as “Exquisite
sound…Haunting sense of tragedy… Vivid virtuosity…Exquisite
balance…Ingenuous grace. Plumeri's Tchaikovsky is fashioned in the
grand style of the Russian school. It permits him and his Moscow
Philharmonic any number of shining moments." from Audiophile
Audition. In regard to his recordings with the Moscow Philharmonic
of his original compositions, Fanfare Magazine has said, "These
well-prepared composer-conducted performances and recordings are both
technically and esthetically stunning. The emotional curve of Plumeri's
music has a dramatic inevitability that carries the listener along
without questioning and leaves him fully gratified, very much like the
best of Tchaikovsky's efforts." The Washington Post has said of these recordings, "Plumeri conducts the Moscow Philharmonic in a performance sensitive to the music's smallest nuances."
Johnterryl's innovative style of bowing jazz solos on the acoustic bass has garnered comments like "Stunning…a very high level of music" from the Washington Post. "Plumeri's bowed bass work is endlessly compelling" from allaboutjazz.com. "Extraordinary bowing facility" from Jazz Improv Magazine. "Extraordinary bowing skill" from Jazzreview.com. In speaking about his latest jazz release Blue In Green, Audiophile Audition has said, “Blue In Green may well be a disc unique in the history of jazz. The sheer virtuosity of Plumeri’s arco bass often astounds.” In speaking of Plumeri’s recording with pianist Herbie Hancock, allaboutjazz has said, “The landmark release, He Who Lives In Many Places, is nothing short of Magnificent!”
While on scholarship to Manhattan School of Music in New York City, Plumeri studied with Robert Brennand, principal bass of the New York Philharmonic. During his period as a bassist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., he studied composition and conducting with the Hungarian conductor/composer Antal Dorati, himself a student of the legendary Bela Bartok.
Johnterryl's lectures on music have been heard at the Smithsonian Institute, Georgetown University, Maryland Art Institute and The University of Southern California. He has performed with such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Les McCann, Yusef Lateef, John Abercrombie and Woody Herman. Notable performances include Carniegie Hall/New York City, Albert Hall/London, Herodicus Atticus Theater/Athens, Tchaikovsky Hall/Moscow, as well as the Newport, Monterey and Montreux jazz festivals.