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In its 43rd season, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Canadian Brass is made up of five extraordinary talents: visionary founder, tuba legend and business specialist Chuck Daellenbach plus four top brass stars—Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn). Beyond their unparalleled musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humour and love of performing that is the ensemble’s hallmark. In addition to a non-stop touring and recording schedule, Canadian Brass is continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge a loyal fan base, and use new media to connect to audiences worldwide. They provide extensive educational outreach under the banners "Effortless Performance" and "Shape Your Musical Destiny," the latter which helps emerging musicians navigate the brave new world of self-production and promotion. Exclusive artists for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments, the five play on state-of-the-art 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns, hand crafted in the USA. When not on stage, you can find the members busy behind the scenes, exploring new frontiers in the world of music performance and keeping up with fans via Canadian Brass YouTube Channel, Facebook, Twitter (@CanadianBrass), Flickr and their website, CanadianBrass.com. Canadian Brass records exclusively for Opening Day Entertainment in partnership with ArkivMusic and the Steinway & Sons Label.

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The game-changing brass quintet Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of their approximately 100 albums worldwide and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. In addition to winning the German recording industry’s highest accolade, a Best Classical Album Echo Award in 2000 for Bach: Goldberg Variations; an Italian “Red Rose” Video Award for Home Movies; three Grammy nominations plus a 2000 win for music they commissioned from Peter Schickele that was competing against another nominated Brass album, the Brass have scored a record-setting 15 Juno nominations. They are one of the Canadian government’s go-to ensembles for official state events and have criss-crossed the globe as the brightest ambassadors of the brass repertoire. The first brass ensemble to tour China and the first to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, they are almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.
Canadian Brass is made up of five extraordinary talents: visionary founder, tuba legend and business specialist Chuck Daellenbach plus four of the next generation’s top brass stars—Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn). Beyond their unbelievable technical skills and musicality, each player possesses the creativity, good humour and genuine love of performing that has become the hallmark of Canadian Brass.
Indeed, owing to the ensemble’s versatility and charismatic showmanship, there is no other brass quintet that comes even close to having the name recognition that Canadian Brass commands. Yet rather than resting on their (unquestionably impressive) laurels, the five formidable players are continually innovating to expand the brass repertoire, satisfy and challenge their loyal fan base, use new media to connect to audiences worldwide, and guide young players through the opportunities and challenges of today’s exciting professional music scene via extensive educational outreach. 
The varied Canadian Brass repertoire features brass standards as well as a wide-ranging library of original arrangements created especially for them and by them. These include the works of Renaissance and Baroque masters, classical pieces, contemporary compositions, marches, holiday favourites, ragtime, Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway tunes and Christian music as well as popular songs and standards. Having started with a very limited base, Canadian Brass has created their own musical world by transcribing, arranging and commissioning more than 600 works, including critically acclaimed compositions from Michael Kamen, William Bolcom, Gary Kulesha, Lukas Foss, Peter Schickele, Sonny Kompanek and more. They have transformed a previously neglected group of instruments with a limited repertoire into a versatile and vital ensemble that can play everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin. They played a critical role in establishing Scott Joplin with today’s audiences through their research, arrangements and recordings of his “rags” and other works. And for many people, it wouldn’t be Christmas without one of the Canadian Brass’ famous Holiday Concerts.
Their contributions to modern performance style are immeasurable. Fine performances are woven together with insightful asides about the programme and light-hearted banter with the audience. Entertaining without ever pandering, the Brass exude warmth, wit and joy, making every audience member a part of their family. Coming from the cool, hushed classical world, the Brass’ approach has been nothing less than revolutionary.
Canadian Brass’ storied past features a number of breakthroughs and their penchant for anticipating major cultural shifts continues to propel the group onward and upward. Being the first brass ensemble ever to play the main stage at Carnegie Hall, the Brass attracted a lot of attention when they opted to head to the hot downtown club Le Poisson Rouge during their last visit to New York City. And when the majors were struggling to keep up with the digital revolution, Canadian Brass took things into their own hands, transforming indie record company Opening Day Entertainment Group into the ensemble’s primary label with enormous success. Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute to America spent eight weeks in the Top 25 on the Billboard Classical Chart in 2010. Owing to their achievements with self-production and a recent enthusiasm for exploring classical repertoire of illustrious classical composers Brahms and Schumann, the Brass' Opening Day label has recently partnered with the prestigious Steinway & Sons label.
Canadian Brass has developed a strong relationship with SiriusXM, solidifying a radio fan base and even using satellite radio to announce the arrival of newest member, trumpeter Caleb Hudson, on a specially recorded program for SiriusXM Pops. Exclusive artists for Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments, the five play on state-of-the-art 24K gold-plated Artisan Bach and Conn horns, hand crafted in the USA.
This partnership has also become the cornerstone of the Brass’ extensive educational outreach. In addition to their work as official Conn-Selmer clinicians, Canadian Brass is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Toronto, where they have been developing a brand new patented course called Shape Your Own Musical Destiny. Aimed at helping young musicians navigate the brave new world of the self-creating musical professional, it is a perfect complement to their performance workshops offered under the banner of Effortless Performance. In addition, you’ll find each of the Brass members leading master classes and workshops across the globe in conjunction with the group’s packed touring schedule. Many young musicians’ have also benefited from the Brass’ numerous educational DVDs and videos on their YouTube channel. Having prospered through the volatile changes that have overtaken the musical world since the ensemble’s founding in 1970, Canadian Brass’ groundbreaking approach to education has influenced many conservatories to re-evaluate how they are training the future generations of classical musicians.
When not on stage, you can find the members busy behind the scenes, exploring new frontiers in the world of music performance and keeping up with fans via Canadian Brass YouTube Channel, Facebook, Twitter (@CanadianBrass), Flickr and their website, CanadianBrass.com.

Canadian Brass records exclusively for Opening Day Entertainment in partnership with ArkivMusic and the Steinway & Sons Label.

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"After four decades, it's great to see Canadian Brass — practically an institution at this point — still sounding fresh, still attracting young virtuosos and, above all, still having fun with the music."

NPR: Tiny Desk Concert (Tom Huizenga)

"Practically since its founding in 1970, this ensemble has devoted itself to creating new musical opportunities, generating a published music catalogue cherished by brass ensembles around the world....This is not just an adaptation, it is a re-imagination, and that makes all the difference."

The Toronto Star (John Terauds)

"The Kings of Brass: After 42 years, the Canadian quintet still makes music that soars."

Ottawa Citizen

"These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor."

Washington Post

"One need not be partial to brass, or even to classical music, to love Canadian Brass. For these famous five are masters not only of music but also of presentation. After 40 years on stage, they've got the chops of virtuosos and the deadpan delivery of the best stand-up comics."

The Plain Dealer

"The Canadian Brass achieve a blend that's akin to the dark smoothness of aged Scotch whisky, purring out rounded legato lines in which no breath seems to transpire."

ClassicsToday.com

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