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Mirari Brass Quintet

Joyful and versatile explorers of a fascinating spectrum of music, Mirari Brass balances intensity with levity, and refined virtuosity with pure fun.

Bio

Engaging and eclectic, the Mirari Brass Quintet brings a spirit of joyful collaboration and innovation to music spanning many centuries and genres. Commissioners of multiple new works for brass, the group performs a spectacular tight-rope act, balancing intensity with levity and refined virtuosity with pure fun.

Now in its seventh season, Mirari has performed extensively across the United States, forging connections with audiences through lively and polished performances. The group has performed on concert series for the Fredericksburg Music Club (TX), the Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association (CA), and Music in Corrales (NM), and held concert residencies at numerous universities, including University of Missouri-Kansas City, Truman State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Cornell University, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, the University of Louisiana, San Francisco State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and many more. In 2014, Mirari was a featured artist at the International Tuba & Euphonium Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, as well as the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. One of the group’s favorite performances was a benefit concert for Canine Companions for Independence, in which the dogs in attendance performed alongside the group!

Throughout their existence, Mirari Brass has been dedicated to commissioning and arranging new works to expand the brass quintet genre. In one of their most popular projects, the group commissioned Rome Prize winner and Guggenheim Fellow Eric Nathan to write Spires, a major work based on a set of overlaid architectural drawings by Julie Mehretu. This piece later became the title track of their debut album, Spires (2012), which explores a wide variety of periods and genres. In addition to its contemporary centerpiece, the album includes works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and jazz standards re-imagined and transformed. Reflecting the multi-faceted interests and diverse talents of its members, Mirari leans heavily towards commissioning composers who have backgrounds apart from the brass idiom, such as choral (Austin Jaquith), theater (David Sisco), and jazz (Louis Romanos). Group members have also contributed a number of arrangements and original compositions. Since 2009, Mirari Brass has added nearly two dozen works to the brass quintet repertoire, many of which are now being performed by other groups around the country.

The Mirari Brass Quintet showcases its passion for music education through master classes, clinics, and performances with students of all ages. All collegiate music professors, the quintet members relish extended time to interact and form lasting relationships with young musicians. Presenting clinics on topics such as Fearless Performance, Yoga for Musicians, and Creative Improvisation, the Mirari Brass Quintet examines all aspects of life as an artist and helps to foster the development of complete musicians. They regularly perform concerts alongside students, promoting musical collaboration and challenging aspiring musicians to reach new levels of artistry.

Mirari was created as a grassroots effort of several friends, sharing a spirit of exploration that allows them to branch out and experiment with a variety of genres of music not originally intended for brass alone. The group has traveled to over twenty-seven states educating and performing for people of all ages.

Mirari Brass is Alex Noppe and Matthew Vangjel (trumpets), Jessie Thoman (horn), Sarah Paradis (trombone), and Stephanie Frye (tuba).

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    Alex Noppe, Canyon Run

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    J.S. Bach, Contrapunctus IX

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    Claude Le Jeune (arr. Noppe), Revecy venir du printans

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    Eric Nathan, Spires

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    Chick Corea (arr. Noppe), Spain

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    Charles Mingus (arr. Noppe), Haitian Fight Song

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    Programs

    2018/19 Program Offerings

    • Recycled, Reused, Renewed

      Alex Noppe, Cluade Le Jeune, Mendelssohn, Crespo, Puccini, Eugene Bozza, David Sisco, Thad Jones, Chad Mingus

    • Not-So-Classical Brass

      Stevie Wonder, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Leonard Bernstein, more

    • Music of Our Roots

      John Cheetham, Enrique Crespo, Caprice Fox, Louis Romanos, Eric Nathan, Rich Campbell, John Stevens, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Mingus

    • Into the Mirror

      Alex Noppe, John Wilbye/Thomas Vautor/William Byrd, David Sisco, Louis Romanos, Greg Bartholomew, Austin Jaquith, Imogen Heap, Eric Nathan, Thad Jones, Chick Corea

    Current & Recent Programs

    • Not-So-Classical Brass

      Stevie Wonder, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Leonard Bernstein, more

    • Music of Our Roots

      John Cheetham, Enrique Crespo, Caprice Fox, Louis Romanos, Eric Nathan, Rich Campbell, John Stevens, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Mingus

    • Into the Mirror

      Alex Noppe, John Wilbye/Thomas Vautor/William Byrd, David Sisco, Louis Romanos, Greg Bartholomew, Austin Jaquith, Imogen Heap, Eric Nathan, Thad Jones, Chick Corea

    • Public Concert

      Alex Noppe, Claude Le Jeune, John Wilbye/Thomas Vautor/William Byrd, Mendelssohn, Enrique Crespo, Puccini, Eugene Bozza, David Sisco, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus

    • Concerto Offerings

      The Mirari Brass Quintet is pleased offer the following quintets with orchestra or wind ensemble/band:

      Clint Needham (b. 1981)
      New Work TBA (2016)
      (consortium availability spring 2017; general availability fall 2018)

      Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
      Shadowcatcher (with wind ensemble or orchestra)

      Rick DeJonge
      Wayside Festival

      Peter Graham (b. 1958)
      Northern Landscapes

      Jaime Texidor (1884-1957)
      Amparito Roca (arr. Alex Noppe)

    Additional Offerings

    • Band Clinics

      Mirari Brass offers customized residency experiences for band students

    • Elementary School Outreach

      The Science of Sound, Mirari Brass Goes to the Zoo!

    • Specialized Lecture/Demonstrations

      Creative Improvisation, Phrase and Flow, Fearless Performance, Instrumental Yoga, The Enterprising Artist, Music Of and For the People

    • Master Classes

      The Mirari Brass Quintet has decades of collective educational experience, and loves to work with students of all levels, whether they specialize in brass or simply have a general interest in music and performance. Mirari can work one-on-one, with smal...