Introduction to the concerts

What’s the Buzz all about?

The ensemble offers an impressive range of musical styles, from the Renaissance to the present day. Its playlist includes classics from the brass-quintet repertoire and, to spice things up, exclusive compositions and arrangements.

What’s more, Buzz doesn’t limit itself to any musical genre. The group has travelled many musical roads and is constantly venturing down new pathways. Chamber music, jazz and folk music are all on the program in versions purely for brass or in combination with other instruments.

This appetite for variety is reflected in the range of Buzz’s presentation formats as well: classical concerts, some with projections, and even veritable theatrical staging reminiscent of musical comedies. Buzz also revels in its ability to create music for audiences of all ages, from the youngest to the not-so-young. The group’s performances hit all the right notes, leaving every ear—what else?— buzzing with pleasure.

1. Variations for Brass

Brass Quintet

A virtuoso exploration of musical styles taken from every era. An adventurous excursion into the history of music, stamped in brass.

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Renaissance Dances
Tylman Susato

Canzona prima a 5
Giovanni Gabrieli

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Johann Sebastian Bach

Hungarian Rhapsody N° 2
Franz Liszt

Eleven Chorale Preludes
Johannes Brahms

The Girl With the Flaxen Hair
Claude Debussy

La Péri—Fanfare
Paul Dukas

An American in Paris
George Gershwin

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Duke Ellington

La Rose nuptiale
Calixa Lavallée

Quintet No 3
Victor Ewald

That’s a Plenty
Lew Pollack

Saber Dance
Aram Khachaturian

Schindler’s List
John Williams

Quintet
Michael Kamen

A Western Fanfare
Eric Ewazen

Suite From The Monteregian Hills
Morley Calvert
1. La marche : Marianne s’en va-t-au moulin
2. Chanson mélancolique : Un Canadien errant
3. Valse ridicule : À St-Malo beau port de mer
4. Danse villageoise : Il est né le divin enfant

Three Folk Miniatures
André Jutras
1. V’là l’bon vent
2. Isabeau s’y promène
3. Les Raftmen

2. Christmas

Brass Quintet

For the holidays, Buzz has prepared a festive concert that, with a touch of humour, brings to life all the magic of this celebratory period. A presentation that overflows with good cheer.

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Carol of the Bells
Traditional

The Nutcracker Suite
Piotr I. Tchaikovsky

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

Away in a Manger
W. J. Kirkpatrick

Greensleeves
Traditional

Silent Night
Franz X. Grüber

We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Traditional

3. Preludes & Rhapsodies

Brass quintet with piano and harp

This chamber-music concert features familiar repertoire cast in an entirely new light, thanks to daring new arrangements. A many-hued show that packs a punch, with power gloved in finesse.

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Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin

Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
Franz Liszt

The Girl With the Flaxen Hair
Claude Debussy

Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”
Claude Debussy

3 Preludes
George Gershwin

Danse macabre
Camille Saint-Saëns

Eleven Chorale Preludes
Johannes Brahms

The Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns

4. Buzz Salutes Gershwin

Brass quintet and piano

Along with Matt Herskowitz, pianist extraordinaire, Buzz presents the timeless work of George Gershwin. Six instruments pay homage to this most celebrated of American composers, evoking all the brilliance and intensity of a symphony orchestra.

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Rhapsody in Blue
Arr. Louis Babin

An American in Paris
Arr. Robert Prévost & Christopher B.J. Smith

3 Preludes
Arr. Louis Babin

Summertime
Arr. Matt Herskowitz

Cuban Overture
Arr. Louis Babin

I Got Rhythm
Arr. Matt Herskowitz

5. The Planets

Brass quintet and organ

An iconic work of the symphonic repertoire, Gustav Holst’s The Planets takes us on a majestic interplanetary voyage. Ever since its first performance, this version for brass quintet and organ, by Montreal composer Enrico O. Dastous, has been considered a reference. Here, Buzz joins forces with the talented organist Mélanie Barney to create a stunningly orchestral concert that appeals equally to fans of Holst and those of music for brass and organ.

Buzz illustrates its interpretation of The Planets through the projection of breathtaking images related to the planets that are the subject of Holst’s magnificent work. This riveting and unforgettable show explores the far reaches of the Solar System in seven fascinating video clips. Music and images are supported by the reading of a text by Pierre Chastenay, astronomer and lecturer in science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, public speaker, author, and host of the science show Le Code Chastenay on the Télé-Québec network.

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La Péri— Fanfare
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)

Danse macabre
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Paul Dukas
Version for Brass Quintet and Organ: Enrico O. Dastous

The Planets
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Version for Brass Quintet and Organ: Enrico O. Dastous

  • Mars, the Bringer of War
  • Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  • Mercury, the Winged Messenger
  • Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  • Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  • Uranus, the Magician
  • Neptune, the Mystic

6. Buzz Beat

Brass quintet, vibraphone and drum set

In Buzz Beat, the steady groove of Buzz’s merry band of five brass is joined by the driving beat of two percussionists as passionate as they are versatile (playing drum set, vibraphone and an array of other instruments) to offer a concert that is one of a kind! A veritable musical get-together of the diversity of the Americas, this punchy program will raise the roof with its joyous noise!

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Toot Suite – Allègre
Claude Bolling
Arr. Javier Sebastián Asencio

Au Sommet (At the Top)—Frédéric Gagnon, soloist (trumpet)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Waltz for Bob—Sylvain Lapointe, soloist (flugelhorn)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

El Brujo (The Sorcerer)—Pascal Lafrenière, soloist (horn)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Right On—Jason De Carufel, soloist (trombone)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Caramel Blue—Sylvain Arseneau, soloist (bass trombone)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Miroir — percussion duet
Julien Compagne

Killer Tango
Sonny Kompanek

Linus and Lucy
Vince Guaraldi
Arr. Javier Sebastián Asencio

Montréal Hora Cero
Astor Piazzolla
Arr. Javier Sebastián Asencio

 

Video gallery
Variations for Brass
The Planets - Uranus
The Planets - Mars
Preludes & Rhapsodies / Buzz Salutes Gershwin
The Planets
Buzz Beat - 10 minutes version
Buzz Beat - 5 minutes version
Photo gallery
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