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. Famous Inspirations

Brass Quintet

Buzz Brass brilliantly displays all of its musicianship with striking repertoire from the turn of the 20th century. Inspired by folklore, literature, nature or their peers, the composers of these works have in turn been able to inspire and touch audiences through time. The quintet has you rediscover these famous inspirations—first written for piano, organ, strings or orchestra—in original transcriptions for brass.

Musical repertoire+

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

Brass Quintet

For the holidays, Buzz Brass has prepared a festive and moving 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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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 joins pianist extraordinaire Matt Herskowitz and sensational harpist Valérie Milot to take on timeless classic works. They offer a chamber music concert that tackles familiar repertoire in a brand-new light, thanks to novel and daring arrangements. A many-hued show that packs a punch, with power gloved in finesse.

Musical repertoire+

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

Along with Matt Herskowitz, pianist extraordinaire, Buzz Brass 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 symphonic orchestra.

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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

Uniting with the full power of the organ, Buzz Brass quintet tackles Gustav Holst’s iconic symphonic work The Planets and takes us on a majestic interplanetary voyage that sounds amazingly orchestral.

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.

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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

Montreal’s Buzz Brass is reaching new heights with its brand new performance, Buzz Beat. Along with vibraphone and drum players, the quintet carries the audience away in a perfect harmony of Classical, Latin and Jazz music. The program includes works by composers Claude Bolling, Astor Piazzolla and Vince Guaraldi as well as exclusive, original pieces chosen to highlight the talent of each musician. Buzz Beat celebrates musical diversity in a performance that will undoubtedly arouse passions.

Musical repertoire+

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