"...a fantastic and imaginative approach to brass quintet music." — Chris Botti, Soloist
Pittsburgh's C Street Brass loves collaborating with other artists to create new and exciting concert atmospheres for audiences. That provides great opportunities for rich and diverse programming around the city and the University of South Carolina's campus. They will spend one week each semester this year performing, teaching and collaborating with USC music faculty and the community.
Sponsored by Spark: Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory and funded with a USC Provost Visiting Scholar Grant, C Street is in Columbia for its second USC residency September 22–26, 2014. The week will be filled with outreach programs for middle school and high school students in Richland One schools, master classes and presentations for music students, and pop-up concerts around the city and campus. The ensemble's members will also present a program to Carolina students in AFAM 202 (Introduction to African American Studies: Arts & Cultural Foundations.)
On Wednesday, September 24, C Street Brass presents a free, public concert, Dances and Daydreams, at USC's School of Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Billed as shattering barriers and blending genres of funk, rock, jazz and classical, the group will be joined by pianist and USC director of music entrepreneurship, David Cutler, for a hot new arrangement of Gershwin's classic, "Rhapsody in Blue."
Recently, C Street Brass has been working closely with DJ Jakeisrain blending different genres of classical music with current electronic dance music. The expanded group, called Beauty Slap, will play at Conundrum Music Hall (626 Meeting St, West Columbia) on Friday, September 26 at 10:00 p.m. following the School of Music's popular Southern Exposure concert. Admission to Conundrum is $10 and can be purchased online.
C Street Brass, a winner of the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Competition in 2013, is equally as comfortable in the sound world of baroque music as it is in dubstep. Through performances focused on discovery and growth the group continues to expand the limits of what is possible with five brass instruments.