Thursday, April 19, 2012

Venezuelan Brass Ensemble

After hearing this great ensemble the other day in ABEL I wanted to hear more of their music. I was pleased to hear this fantastic rendition of Leonard Bernstein's "Mambo" from West Side Story.

Venezuelan Brass Ensemble - "Mambo"

There is one spot where the ensemble starts rushing (when they begin incorporating theatrics and such) but I love the energy and the agility of these players. They play really well in tune, with good overall rhythm, great tone and most importantly....

....they look like they enjoy themselves while performing. Music is supposed to be fun, and I think we get all too serious while we play in America. HAVE FUN WITH MUSIC---that is the point! :)

is one more great tune the group does. This piece features much more South American flavor (I think we heard a sample of this tune in class). There is one shot right around 1:18 seconds where the camera pans over the ensemble and they are all MOVING together and enjoying the playing. Its kind of cool. :)


  1. I love the energy of this group. You can really tell they are having a great time. The trombones even have flowers on their instruments. The biggest complaint I always hear from people I know in the audience is that when the band/orchestra is standing during the applause, that everyone just looks like they are in a bad mood (sad, mad, blah). They love it when we smile after a performance. I think that is a key thing to learn. When we are having a good time (or if we can at least look like it), the audience will enjoy the performance more.

  2. wow, I didn't even read your comment before posting my next blog. Crazy. :)