“Buena Banda” is a brass band from Graz, Austria. The ensemble was established in 2013 by musicians from Brazil, Sweden, Italy and Croatia that met each other at the jazz department of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz during their studies. “Buena Banda” pays homage to the New Orleans brass band style, incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style, inspired by New Orleans' bands such as Dirty Dozen brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many others. “Buena Banda” started gaining popularity playing in the streets of Graz, then playing regularly in clubs and music halls and in July 2014 the band took part to its first jazz festival, opening the “Trieste Loves Jazz” Jazz Festival in Trieste, Italy. In February 2014 the band recorded is first demo CD.
For almost 10 years, Tuba Libre successfully fights perfectionism, an excessive amount of harmony and cheap melodies. That's why we mix traditional balkan brass, classics from rock and pop, symphonic and politically motivated songs to form something quite danceable!
An encounter between Gökhan Arslan and Antonis Rouvelas led to the founding of HaydeTanz. Both of them on an everlasting search for the melodies of the Balkan, warm like the Aegean, wriggly like the sea bass. Supporting the rhythm with their steel hands are Benjamin Klug and Vladimir Vesic. The trumpet, played by Vasilis Nal, Christian Menges on the sousaphone, Matej Bunderla playing the saxophone and the voice of Ljla Imamovic bring the band truly to life. HaydeTanz plays theirs songs for "peace and fun"!
Fiati Sprecati are a group of tubas, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, baritones, accordions, flutes and drums. Fiati Sprecati is a utopia that exists and resists. It is a social project in which there are no directors, chiefs, commanders, profits or hierarchical structures. Something that reinvents itself time and again – arising out of chance, chaos and sometimes of the unforeseen and the disobedient. They stand up for those who struggle, who find their energy and happiness in dreaming and building better places. For those who understand the sense of responsibility, those who take part and not those that come to stagger in the face of power and money, who point a finger at others, engender racism, destroy the environment and alienate us from humanity. Fiati Sprecati stands for partisans, students for the Iranian people, the Palestinian people, for the gay and lesbian movement, for anarchic free thought, for free access to water and several other concerns that they will always harbour as friends in their hearts and minds.
With the humble goal of re-inventing Austrian brass music, the Musikarbeiter/innenkapelle came to life in Vienna. Workers' songs and Techno covers instead of traditional marches build the foundation of the repertoire of the Viennese formation. There is one thing that didn't change: the music is still played on wind instruments.
Encouraging tired footsloggers ...
... is by no means a privilege of the military bands. Our roots lie within the new wind music movement of the seventies. Neither jazz nor trombone band, neither traditional folk band nor fanfare corpse, we are all of those if only in our choice of our instruments. Nowadays we mostly play songs composed or arranged by our members. In an ever changing formation we are able to acquire new members, allowing old and young to play together.
BrazzBanditen are a brassband from Leipzig made up of 13 to 18 tooters and a drum section – people who could not be more diverse, but who have one thing in common: their love of brass music. Formed in the cold winter of 2010/2011 in Leipzig, the BrazzBanditen have since rehearsed, debated, resolved and played. They hoot and toot whatever blossoms along the way from northern Germany to the south of France or the Balkans: traditionals mixed with their own compositions, all of it danceable. They prefer to meet not in the rehearsal room but on the streets – readily going along with happenings and demonstrations to entertain people and all sorts of initiatives. In the four years of their existence they have certainly had as many performances as rehearsals and by now know how to achieve performances bursting with energy: Hop! Lungs oiled! 1-2-3 – go!
The Street Noise Orchestra (SNO) has been the activist street band in and around Innsbruck since 2014. Believing that “everyone has the right to make some noise outdoors – we bring the groove to the streets”, they have made a name for themselves in the alternative and subculture scene. They play outdoors – at parties, rallies, demonstrations or events hosted by like-minded organisations – but most importantly, they play where you would not expect them. SNO are music for take-away when passing by, for dancing along, grooving with them or listening consciously. Watch and hear – their groove is rooted in jazz, Latin, blues, Balkan, Africa and anything in between; they turn every tune into their own SNO sound! By means of music, they reclaim public space!
An antithesis to the traditional village brass band: mobile big band, caravan of dilettantes with a touch of insanity: The open collective of up to 25 musicians can be seen on streets, in squares and on stage both in Austria and abroad since 2007. The repertoire, consisting largely of original compositions and cover versions arranged by band members, ranges from alternative rock, Balkan beat, klezmer, funk, jazz and reggae to all conceivable – and occasionally unlikely – crossovers of these genres. Being mobile and unplugged, we are an all-terrain band that loves to mingle with and engage the dancing crowd. The Masala Brass Kollektiv can be seen in concert, at parties, festivals, weddings, and have even appeared in film and television productions. This year, the collective is hosting the festival Skappa’nabanda! for the third time.