The History of Music is a fabulous theatrical odyssey that travels through space and time at a thrilling tempo to explore the music of the Western world from pre-historic times to the present day. The show is bursting with energy and combines astounding originality with extraordinary musicianship along with a brassy humour all its own.
In The History of Music, an actor helps create the complicity between Buzz’s five musicians and the audience. From the outset to the very end, all find themselves captivated by the rich and colourful theatrical staging that is perfectly integrated with the music. And everything is entirely performed from memory—no music stands in sight to hinder the spontaneity!
Over the past years, Buzz Brass has presented The History of Music show more than 600 times, in 3 languages on 3 continents, gaining rave reviews from teachers, students and journalists alike, in addition to winning numerous awards and accolades.
Since 2002, Buzz Brass quintet has given over 1,500 chamber-music performances and won over more than 300,000 spectators in North America, Europe and China. Listeners and journalists alike are constantly singing its praises, as attested by the numerous awards, nominations and distinctions the quintet has earned both throughout Canada and abroad for its various concert programmes, shows and recordings.
In the course of its productions, the group has built up a unique repertoire for itself while the exceptional quality of its performances elevates the ensemble among the best brass quintets in Canada. Since its appearance at the celebrated Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Buzz Brass has been shining forth overseas.
The group represented Canada at the opening concert of the 15th edition of Meet in Beijing Arts Festival—China’s most important international arts festival—and is preparing new tours of China as well as the release of a new recording.
Whether it is performing in chamber-music concerts, young-audience shows, symphonic matinées or recordings, Buzz has built up an exceptional repertoire for itself over the years, consisting mainly of Classical music but also including jazz and traditional music. What’s more, its tremendously energetic and humourous stage productions combine originality with quality interpretations.