The famous Austian ensemble Mnosil Brass performed in Russia for the first time on December 31, 2008. Their show became a part of the series of events of the special New Year’s Eve festival organized by Euro Entertainment every year at the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory. Euro Entertainment was the founder and promoter of the festival and Mnozil Brass show in particular.
Mnozil Brass is virtuosic and probably the strangest brass septet ever to emerge from Vienna (Austria). Their repertoire includes occasional brass music for any age and stage of life, performed now for twenty years. No note is too high, no lips too hot, no music too unimportant or too serious not to be taken on by Mnozil Brass, who always manage to make something great out of it. Music by Mnozil Brass appeals to all the senses. It is almost visible, and, when they take the stage, the very air seems perfumed.
All seven members of the band studied at the University of Music in Vienna, graduating as well-rounded musicians who, in the meantime, have found their places too as teachers in professional musical life. But they never lost their nerve and remain flippant enough to create from their virtuosic playing and unique kind of comedy the kind of scenes on stage which are so clever that they would be worthy of Monty Python.
Despite or maybe because of their academic backgrounds, it is important and, we add, perhaps necessary to have fun. Musical cabaret and comedy are rare birds indeed. And Mnozil Brass assumes they will be playing for an intelligent audience, one able to imagine what they are getting at. Enlightenment is their watchword, and this is paired with a kind of laid back perfection. This is what the septet is known for, and loved for. Not only in the city centre of Vienna.
What began as a session in a rustic restaurant was soon to take root and become part of concert life. In between times, they have given more than 120 concerts each year. In total, Mnozil Brass thinks they must have played a total of 1846 concerts, travelled at least 14,821,613.4 kilometres and consumed around 10,003 bread rolls with sausage meat. Other than that, probably ca. four hectolitres of sparkling, yeast-ridden brews and spirits have been quaffed, and around two hectolitres of CO2 neutral condensed water must have dripped out the end of their instruments.
- VenueThe Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory
- DateDecember 31, 2008