What kind of music can you make with five bells and a whole lot of hot air? Just about any kind!
The Kootenay Brass Quintet is thrilled to bring a fun, eclectic program to the Snoring Sasquatch on June 2, a musical travelogue spanning several continents and centuries.
The Kootenay Brass Quintet features trumpeters Laurel Ralston and Tim Bullen, hornist Arnie Satanove, trombonist Keith Todd and tubist Robin Clegg. All five musicians are current members of the Symphony of the Kootenays, but in their respective careers they have performed in a wide range of musical settings — funk, rock, folk and jazz bands, musical theatre, orchestral and chamber music — bringing a wealth of experience to the group.
“For a few years now, we’ve chatted casually at symphony rehearsals about how nice it would be to play together as a quintet,” said Ralston. “This summer we finally made it happen, and we’re having a blast. There’s a ton of great music out there for brass quintet, and it’s great fun to work on with such a talented group.”
Todd, whose first inspiration to take up the trombone was a Canadian Brass concert, is enjoying the opportunity to play in a high-calibre brass quintet again.
“It stretches me in so many ways musically,” he said. “Moving together without a conductor forces you to be completely prepared and open to where the music takes you in a given moment.”
The Kootenay Brass Quintet’s upcoming performance will showcase the group’s skill and artistry with great selections written especially for brass quintet, like renowned Canadian composer Howard Cable’s ever popular A Newfoundland Sketch and 17th-century antiphonal pieces by Paul Peuerl, and excellent arrangements of hit Broadway tunes, folk songs, military band standards — even a little Led Zeppelin.
“One of the best things about brass instruments is their versatility,” said Clegg. “They can be loud and flashy or soft and lyrical, sound regal and dignified or raucous and jazzy. Brass instruments have been used for centuries all over the world in art music and folk music. We want to give our audience a taste of what these instruments can do.”
The Kootenay Brass Quintet will appear at the Snoring Sasquatch at 7:30 p.m. June 2. Tickets are $12 in advance at Kingfisher Quality Used Books and Black Bear Books, and $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.snoringsasquatch.com.
—KOOTENAY BRASS QUINTET