The marriage of bass trombone and piano is a dynamic duo rarely presented in the concert venue. The McCain Duo (Artina and Martin) have multifaceted careers as concert performers, recording artists, educators and arts entrepreneurs. Known for their eclectic programming, the duo presents programs of rhythmic, musical and colorful artistry.
The duo performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert series and universities. Recent highlights include Hong Kong Radio Television, The Great American Brass Band Festival, Eastern Trombone Workshop, Gateways Music Festival New York, Macau, China, Arizona, Tucson’s 90.5, KMFA Classically Austin and Chicago’s WHPK.
In addition to their performing careers, the duo has a passion for commissioning new works for bass trombone and piano by up and coming contemporary composers. In 2012, Martin and Artina McCain launched Kairoi Music-a publishing, recording and booking company to create opportunities for outstanding emerging musicians. They released Trombone Czar, which according to africlassical.com “we continue to enjoy this CD and we can recommend it without reservation” and “enjoyable” (Geoff Appleton, Australia).
Dedicated educators, Martin is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Texas State University and Artina is Assistant Professor of Piano at Texas Lutheran University. The McCain’s also serve on the faculty for the Austin Chamber Music Center Summer Workshop and Academy. They regularly promote and perform outreach concerts for youth through their program Raise the Bar, which has brought professional concerts to over 1,000 youth throughout Texas.