Chamber music 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. Famous Inspirations

Brass Quintet

Thanks to outstanding original transcriptions, rediscover famous compositions from the turn of the 20th century by giants such as Debussy, Ravel, Dvořák, Liszt and others, including Khachaturian’s celebrated Sabre Dance. The programme, as inspired as it is inspiring, consists of veritable timeless masterpieces that all audiences will be able to appreciate. Come and hear these works under the new incomparable light that Buzz Brass casts upon them !

A Western Fanfare
Eric Ewazen (1954-)

String Quartet in F major
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

The Girl With the Flaxen Hair
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

 

Quintet No. 3
Victor Ewald (1860-1935)

Sabre Dance
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)

String Quartet No. 12 in F major (American)
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Eleven Chorale Preludes
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

2. Christmas à la Buzz Brass

Brass Quintet

For the holidays, the quintet offers a concert embodying all of the festive season’s magic, as much with emotion as with a touch of humour. The show full of good cheer includes classics such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite and the traditional Silent Night as well as more modern repertoire like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Sleigh Ride and The Twelve Days of Christmas. A concert for the entire family to enjoy!

Nutcracker Suite                                     
Piotr I. Tchaïkovski

Silent Night, Holy Night
Franz X. Grüber

O Tannenbaum
Traditional

Greensleeves
Traditional

Angels We Have Heard on High
Traditional

The Twelve Days of Christmas
Traditional

My Spirit Be Joyful
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Carol of the Bells
Traditional

Away in a Manger
J. Kirkpatrick

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Johnny Marks

The Christmas Song
Mel Tormé & Bob Wells

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Hugh Martin

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Traditional

We Wish you a Merry Christmas
Traditional

Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

3. Preludes & Rhapsodies

Brass Quintet, Piano & Harp

Buzz Brass partners with fellow piano and harp virtuosos to tackle familiar great works presented under the brand-new light of novel and daring arrangements. In performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”, Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre and others, seven artists with hands of steel gloved in velvet offer you a concert that just resonates with both power and finesse!

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
(Brass Quintet)

3 Preludes
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
(Brass Quintet & Harp)

An American in Paris
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet)

Danse macabre     
Camille Saint-Saëns (1853-1921)
(Brass Quintet & Harp)

Eleven Chorale Preludes 
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
(Brass Quintet)

Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

The Carnival of the Animals
Camille Saint-Saëns
(Brass Quintet, Piano & Harp)

The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Claude Debussy
(Brass Quintet)

4. Buzz Salutes Gershwin

Brass Quintet & Piano

The ensemble gets you reacquainted with George Gershwin’s ageless works by combining the tones of its brass instruments with those of a piano to perform Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime and other great hits. Thanks to splendid exclusive arrangements, six instruments thus pay homage to this most celebrated of American composers by evoking all the brilliance and intensity of a symphonic orchestra toward an unforgettable experience!

3 Preludes
George Gershwin (1898-1937)
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

Summertime                                   
George Gershwin
(Piano / Brass Quintet)

An American in Paris
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet)

I’ve Got Rhythm    
George Gershwin
(Piano)

Cuban Overture
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
(Brass Quintet)

El Montuno / Étude Op. 10, No. 2, A minor (Chromatic)
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
(Piano)

A Foggy Day / Nice Work if You Can Get it
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet)

Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
(Brass Quintet & Piano)

5. The Planets

Brass Quintet & Organ

Tackling Gustav Holst’s iconic symphonic work, the quintet takes us on a majestic interplanetary voyage that sounds amazingly orchestral, including by uniting with the full, roaring power of an organ. Enhancing Buzz Brass’s already impressive palette and expressive dynamics, the combination of these six instruments makes for an enthralling performance that is sure to be remembered!

OPTION – Music, narration and visual projections
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.

La Péri— Fanfare
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)
(Brass Quintet)

Danse macabre        
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
(Organ)

The Sorcerers Apprentice
Paul Dukas
(Brass Quintet and Organ)

The Planets
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
(Brass Quintet and Organ)

  • 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 & Drum Set

Buzz Brass teams up with two percussionists—on vibraphone and drum set—to carry the audience away to a diversified universe in which Classical, Latin and Jazz music live side by side in perfect harmony. Standards by Ellington, Bolling, Piazzolla and Guaraldi as well as original exclusive works rub shoulders in this rhythmic musical get-together that will absolutely fire up the audience!

Toot Suite – Allègre
Claude Bolling (1930 – )

Waltz for Bob
Javier Sebastián Asencio (1980 – )

Au Sommet (At the Top)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

El Brujo (The Sorcerer)
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Trombone Institute of Technology
Michael Davis (1961 – )

Right On
Javier Sebastián Asencio

Caravan
Duke Ellington (1899 – 1974), Juan Tizol (1900 – 1984) and Irving Mills (1894 – 1985)

The Seductress
Wynton Marsalis (1961 – )

Linus and Lucy
Vince Guaraldi (1928 – 1976)

Miroir
Julien Compagne (1984 – )

Milonga del Ángel
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)

Montreal Hora Cero
(Fuga y Misterio, Buenos Aires Hora Cero, Otoño Porteño, Primavera Porteña, La Muerte del Ángel)
Astor Piazzolla

Video gallery
Every Concerts, one video
Famous Inspirations
Famous Inspirations
The Planets (Uranus)
The Planets (Mars)
The Planets
Preludes & Rhapsodies
Buzz Salutes Gershwin
Buzz Beat
Photo gallery
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