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Rocky Mountain Alphorns

'Rocky Mountain Alphorns' is a father/son duo composed of William & Jim Hopson; William (father) is a French horn player in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jim (son) is a freelance trombonist based in Vancouver. They are also both internationally acclaimed performers, composers, and teachers of Swiss Alphorn music. The Alphorn, an iconic instrument of Swiss folk music, is a twelve- foot long wooden natural horn that produces all its notes without the help of valves or keys.

Their debut collaboration 'Generations: Hoch uf em Bärg, tief im Thal', released in 2018, was recorded using Alphorns hand-made by William, who has built over 150 of these instruments over the past 30 years. The album features masterful interpretations of hauntingly beautiful traditional Alphorn melodies, alongside original compositions that bring the instrument into modern styles like Polka, Blues, and free improvisation.