Projects

PROJECTS:

THE BIG BANG BHANGRA BRASS BANDBig Bang Bhangra Brass Band

Combining the rich musical and dance roots of Indian Bhangra, Bollywood, New Orleans Brass Bands, and the 1930′s jungle swing of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.

From call and response singing to ripping horn solos, Big Bang Brass fuses the deep funk and swing grooves of New Orleans with the centuries-old Punjabi Bhangra grooves and dance moves reaching back 500 years.  The result:  a wild and colorful explosion of musical crossroads guaranteed to stir the soul, body, and mind.

THE SATURN PEOPLE’S SOUND COLLECTIVE

under the direction of Brian Boyes

A 20-piece ensemble coming from a creative music – chamber – new music – global – big band kind of aesthetic.

Think Steve Reich meets Sun Ra and Sonic Youth on the Silk Road . . . . kind of.

The group includes some of Vermont’s most notable musician from a diverse array of backgrounds. The instrumentation includes 5 reeds (doubling on saxes, clarinets and flutes), 2 trombones, 3 trumpets/flugels, 2 cellos, 1violin/viola, mallet percussion, guitar, piano, bass, modified drum kit, and percussion (Indian tabla, S. American cajon, Middle Eastern frame drums).

MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE: THE FELA KUTI PROJECT

A 13-piece Fela Kuti Tribute Ensemble performing a wide range of Fela’s genre-defining Afrobeat repertoire.  Under the direction of Zach Tonnissen.

MC 6

A sextet under the direction of composer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Chorney.  I play trumpet in this ensemble. 

MONEY JUNGLE

under the direction of Brian Boyes

Performing the popular dance music from unusual eras and places ::

1930’S Jungle Swing , 1950’S Jamaican Ska, 1970’S Nigerian Music & The Occassional Not-So-Well-Known-Cover

Past Projects

viperHouse

A 9-piece acid-jazz collective led by Michael Chorney.  A crazy cast of characters that I had the honor and pleasure of touring with in the late 90’s.   Great originals and a bizarre assortment of covers . . . from Neil Young to Sun Ra.

TALA

under the direction of Brian Boyes

Original music for Octet (trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor, baritone, bass, drum kit and percussion).  Currently on hiatus.

THE LIMES

Under the direction of Brian Boyes

An all-star high school and college ensemble performing soul-funk, pop and rock.  This project is currently on hiatus. 

NUESTRA COSA

under the direction of Brian Boyes

13 piece Salsa ensemble featuring some of Vermont’s most prominent musicians, the ensemble will be performing classic arrangements from Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, and Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta. 

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  1. Pingback: Introducing: The Saturn People Sound Collective (by way of a brief history of me). | the musical work of brian boyes

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