Adam Rapa is a dynamic performer, composer, producer and educator who has become widely known for the excitement, energy and enthusiasm he brings to stages and classrooms around the world. Rapa was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He began studying the trumpet at 11 years old, playing professionally at age 13 and was playing lead trumpet in many of the big bands at Berklee College of Music by age 16. By the age of 18, he had appeared in many Jazz festivals around the country and played at every major Jazz club in Boston and many in New York, including the Blue Note. Rapa has been featured as a special guest artist and clinician at trumpet conferences around the globe including the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) conference, and festivals in dozens of countries. Adam is grateful to have shared the stage and/or recorded with Grammy Award winners Nicholas Payton & Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Doc Severinsen, Soulive, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Cyrus Chestnut, Fred Wesley, Jorge Pardo, Belgian Brass, Alice in Chains, Academy Award winning film composer A.R. Rahman, and many other great artists over the years. From 2001 to 2007, Rapa starred in the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show, “Blast!” and several other productions by the same company, performing over 2000 shows across North America, Japan and the U.K. Since then he has composed and co-produced several brass theater productions in Japan. Now living and freelancing in Copenhagen, Rapa has played lead trumpet in the Danish Radio Big Band, the Danish Radio Entertainment Orchestra (Underholdnings Orkester), Salsa concerts with members of the Afro-Cuban All-Stars, and guests with brass bands, concert bands, big bands and other ensembles in Denmark and across Europe. His first solo album, “Life on the Road” received critical acclaim for its vast musical diversity, virtuosity and soul. And his second album, “Rebelión” (with Zoltan Kiss, of Mnozil Brass) gave the brass world a unique and unparalleled fusion of Classical, Jazz and Tango sensibilities. Both albums are available on iTunes, and in higher quality on www.adamrapa.com. Adam looks forward to a long career of producing innovative and inspiring musical and theatrical experiences, and contributing to the greater good through the medium of art.
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