The Cache Valley Center for the Arts is pleased to present Mnozil Brass October 17 at 7:30PM at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. The unique brass band septet has created a comedic performance of a very special kind. A plethora of highly entertaining cover songs and stunning choreography combine to make it an unforgettable evening. Yes, Yes, Yes, is the ultimate new show from Mnozil Brass and their best, most spontaneous and humorous of all time. Tickets for Yes, Yes, Yes are available at www.CacheArts.org anytime, and Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM at 43 S Main in Logan or by phone at (435) 752-0026.
Mnozil Brass – From then till now
Josef Mnozil’s Tavern in Vienna’s famous 1st “Bezirk” (quarter) is located directly opposite the Music Conservatory, so it’s no surprise that it became a hotspot for music. In 1992 seven young brass musicians were lucky enough to be able to take part in the regular music series under Josef Mnozil, and inspired at first by original folk tunes, developed a repertoire that appeals to all ages and stages of life: hit tunes, jazz, pop, opera and operetta. The septet learned to play with an open mind, no fear, and unique swagger while improving its immense technical skills.
Mnozil Brass performs around 130 concerts a year now, all over the world: from the farthest reaches of the European continent to Israel, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, the US, and Australia. They play to full houses, at the famous Burgtheater in Vienna or the KKL in Lucerne, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, or the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, the opera houses in Munich, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Leipzig, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus, the Berliner Ensemble, and Logan Utah’s Ellen Eccles Theatre. As for the “Gasthaus Mnozil”, well, they fill that too of course.
Born in Melk an der Donau, Thomas was one of the band’s founding members at the tender age of 17. He had already deputised at the Vienna Staatsoper, but his love of jazz was stronger and thus it is that he became one of the most successful trumpeters in Austria, one who led in terms of style
He can play anything on his instrument: jazz, classical, crossover and anything in between. Other than that he is like a whirlwind on stage and can tell a good joke or two, with perfect comedic timing. When he has time off, he composes for Mnozil Brass and makes sure new projects come to fruition.
Like Thomas, Robert also hails from Melk an der Donau, where they both played as children in a wind band conducted by Thomas’ pretty strict father. Polkas were on the program, but they played waltzes and marches too, which was a good learning experience. Robert can engender a tone that can bring anyone to tears, with so much longing and so much feeling. By way of contrast to Thomas, he hardly moves on stage at all and lets the music just speak for itself.
Roman was also born into a musical family and played folk music as youngster with his father and two brothers. His father Hans, in turn, would meet up with Gerhard Füßl’s father Franz, because the families lived nearby. Roman loves the classical and more technical passages, ones he renders with the precision of a Swiss clock-maker. And he even claims to know how it works! Anyone who wants to know more about brass music, then Roman is the man for you. On stage he plays the Latin Lover.
Leonhard was born in Mödling near Vienna and is the first musician his family ever produced. Although there was a grandfather who earned his money as a painter and whose pictures hang in every other house in the better areas of Vienna. Recently, the other members of the band have started to be a little concerned about him, because he seems to have taken a liking to shady characters. Everyone wishes to play the hero, but he has taken on roles which display the darker side of man. So what is going on in his head exactly?
Gerhard grew up not far from where Roman lived and was also able to count on a father who taught him much about brass music. He is the most loved among the group because he looks after the financial matters. Everyone tries to keep on his good side. And no-one wants to encourage his wrath, remaining as friendly as can be. For his part, he is usually friendly to all in turn.
Austrian folk music was certainly not part of Zoltan’s background, as he was born in Budapest. He spent some time in Poland before finally settling in Vienna, where he plays trombone in four languages. One of the group’s favorite games is to put some really difficult music on his stand and see if he can play it. And he can! His technical skills on the instrument are amazing, it takes one’s breath away. And bets have been placed as to when and how something will be written that he cannot master. The higher the line goes, the better, the lower it goes too. It just cannot be fast enough that he cannot play it.
Wilfried began his meteoric rise to fame on the humble recorder. After that he sang treble in the choir. And then he wanted to be a violinist. It seemed he had settled for the trumpet, before finally plumping for the tuba. Speed is not his thing really. What he likes to do best is to produce some nice notes that are neither too high nor too low and make the concert hall and those sitting in it resonate in a pleasant way. He has no idea why people like tunes in brisk tempi.