INTRODUCTION TO THE ENSEMBLE

Bold as brass!

Since its foundation in Montreal in September 2002 by Sylvain Lapointe and its subsequent officialization in 2003, Buzz brass quintet has been performing all across Quebec and Canada as well as in the United States, Europe and China. The ensemble has thus given over 1,000 performances on three continents, in primary and secondary schools as well as in famous venues and halls, reaching more than 250,000 spectators, not counting the countless numbers who have tuned into its radio, television and Web broadcasts. Critics and the public alike have enthusiastically acclaimed the ensemble’s creations. As to the quintet’s victory at the 2014 OPUS Awards in the “Concert of the Year—Multiple Repertoire” category, it confirms Buzz’s place of choice among the best concert-music ensembles in Quebec.

Sylvain Lapointe
Sylvain Lapointe
artistic director / trumpet
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Frédéric Gagnon
principal trumpet
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Pascal Lafrenière
horn
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Jason De Carufel
trombone
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Sylvain Arseneau
bass trombone

Whether it is performing chamber-music concerts, young-audience shows, symphonic matinées or recordings, Buzz is never out of wind. Over the years, the quintet has built up an exceptional chamber-music repertoire for itself, consisting mainly of Classical music but also including jazz and traditional music. What’s more, its stage productions are bursting with energy, combining originality and musicianship with light humour that always hits the perfect note.

The ensemble’s presence on the stage of the celebrated Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015 marks the beginning of Buzz’s truly international outreach. It was followed by a first tour of China with four concerts in April 2016 during which the quintet notably represented Canada at the opening concert of the 15th edition of Meet in Beijing Arts Festival— China’s most important international arts festival. The ensemble returned to China in September 2016 for a second tour, this time performing The History of Music, which is how this young-audience show, which skillfully combines music and theater, was given for a very first time in a Chinese version. China is proving to be a new market that has definitely opened up to the ensemble and where more tours are to be expected before long, regarding both chamber-music concerts and young-audience shows.

In short, Buzz knows how to amaze, bedazzle and delight every audience thanks to the diversity of its musical influences, the quality of its performances and the freshness of its stage productions!

Distinctions

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

Press review - Overview

“A first class brass quintet.”
Three Weeks Edinburgh newspaper, August 2015

“Amazing. The instruments go beyond complementing one another, they achieve the extension of one another to ensure the flow of the discourse.”
Montreal’s daily La Presse, November 2015

“An absolute must for any music lover.”
Fringe Review, August 2015

“Style and intelligence. Impossible to resist.”
Le Journal de Montréal daily, October 2015

“There is both skill and imagination here, and in abundance. Brilliant, exciting, yet always controlled playing.”
Fanfare magazine, July 2012

Press review - The History of Music

“Highly recommended show. Buzz Brass capture the whole history of music in a whirlwind hour, with some sublime brass and silliness thrown in. Actually works for any age. This is entertainment that educates and speaks for itself. Slapstick, prat-falls, some very neat choreography and an enormous helping of silliness ensure that the young audience stays completely in tune with what’s going on. Five very serious musicians and an MC with an art for clowning and communication. An absolute must for any music lover and it’s a sure-fire cure for bored kids.”
Fringe Review
Tim Wilcock, August 19, 2015

“Highly recommended show. Great fun, musically excellent and completely enjoyable for both children and adults. A first class brass quintet, with a likeable flair for humour and for pleasing a crowd without uttering a word. Narrated by a hilariously egotistical MC who engages easily and naturally with his young audience. I can’t praise this show highly enough for imparting sophisticated information in a way that both teaches and amuses children.”
Three Weeks Edinburgh newspaper
Louise Rodgers, August 12, 2015

“A fun and virtuosic journey through civilisation’s relationship with music. The music is skilful and so engagingly played as to be worth recommending to all ages.”
The List
David Pollock, August 21, 2015

“One of those fun, accessible shows […] that allows for a buildup of excitement. The show is light, funny, educational […] and the music, well, the music is the best part of all.”
Herald Scotland
Carmody Wilson, August 13, 2015

“There’s a lot of very fine playing in this light-hearted family show. Buzz Brass […] demonstrate their musicianship […and] a capacity to educate and entertain.”
The Scotsman
Kelly Apter, August 25, 2015

“An astonishing combination of musical virtuosity and humour.”
Montreal’s daily La Presse
Marie-Christine Blais, August 13, 2015

“Buzz Brass is a blast! Breathtaking!”
Vernon Morning Star newspaper
Christine Pilgrim, April 29, 2012

“It’s not easy keeping young children in a large group focused, engaged and entertained, but Buzz Brass did just that. The show is captivating from start to finish. A huge hit.”
Prince George Free Press,
Teresa Mallam, March 16, 2012

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