Buzz Brass

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Since 2002, Buzz Brass quintet has been travelling all over the globe to captivate classical music lovers. Whether its concerts consist of brass quintet alone or together with guest musicians, the original artistic propositions it presents leave nobody cold. With...

Since 2002, Buzz Brass quintet has been travelling all over the globe to captivate classical music lovers. Whether its concerts consist of brass quintet alone or together with guest musicians, the original artistic propositions it presents leave nobody cold. With over 1,600 appearances to its credit, the ensemble has reached more than 350,000 music lovers throughout North America, Europe and China. The numerous awards and distinctions that Buzz Brass has earned over the years (Opus, ADISQ, and Trille Or) attest to both the quality and the relevance of its musical performances. Thanks to numerous innovative programmes, praiseworthy recordings, a unique repertoire and a vision of classical concerts that reaches out to a wide audience, the group now features among the most reputable brass quintets in Canada. Its appearances abroad (Edinburgh’s 2015 Fringe Festival, Beijing’s 2016 Meet in Beijing Arts Festival, and New York’s 2018 Chamber Music America) enable Canadian musicians’ know-how to shine forth and inspire youths from everywhere to learn music. Its latest productions have had Buzz collaborating with established symphony orchestras such as those of Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Winnipeg and Quebec City as well as with Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

AWARDS
Nominee – OPUS Award 2017
Concert of the Year—Multiple Repertoire | Buzz Beat
Winner – Editor’s Award 2015 – Three Weeks Edinburgh newspaper
Ten top picks among the titanic array of productions taking the stage at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe | The History of Music
Winner – TRILLE OR Award 2015
Francophone solo artist or group from outside Ontario having most distinguished itself in Ontario (Canada) | L’histoire de la musique
Winner – OPUS Award 2014
Concert of the Year—Multiple Repertoire
Finalist – Young Audiences Music Awards 2012 –Jeunesses Musicales Internationales
Production of the Year | The History of Music
Nominee – ADISQ 2010
Album of the Year – Classical – Solo and Small Ensemble | The Planets
Winner – OPUS Award 2007
Production of the Year – Young Audiences | The History of Music

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Projects

Famous Inspirations

Christmas à la Buzz Brass

The Planets

Buzz salutes Gershwin

Symphonic Buzz - The History of Music

Reviews

An attractive recital with each of four gems in this repertoire being polished to a glittering sparkle. […] All are highly creative re-arrangements; wholly satisfying both structurally and expressively.

— WholeNote (Toronto)

The sound of Buzz Brass is splendid. The musical environment they create radiates with a bright and golden glow […] memorable melodies such as Satie’s Gymnopédies and Dvorak’s famous American Quartet (originally for strings) find themselves enhanced, almost sharper.

— Ici Musique, Radio-Canada (Montreal)

A first-class brass quintet, with a likeable flair for humour and for pleasing a crowd without uttering a word.

— Three Weeks Edinburgh Newspaper (Scotland)

Époustouflant. Les instruments font mieux que se compléter, ils s’inscrivent dans le prolongement des uns et des autres pour assurer le déploiement fluide du discours.

— La Presse (Montréal)

Five very serious musicians and an MC with an art for clowning and communication. An absolute must for any music lover.

— Fringe Review

The Scherzo of Ravel’s F major Quartet is jaw droppingly brilliant – a testament to the ensemble’s sensational embouchure – and almost convinces that the music was conceived for brass. […] Warmly recommended.

— Gramophone Magazine (London, UK)

Videos

Famous Inspirations

Christmas Concert

The Planets

Buzz salutes Gershwin

The History of Music

Photos

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