KUAF Music and Culture

Axiom Brass

Axiom Brass wants to crush the stereotype that their instrument family is only bombastic. The quintet plays with precision and expressiveness while redefining the idea of brass chamber music.  

"I think a lot of people know brass instruments for being able to play loud and powerfully," explains Mary Tyler, trombonist in the ensemble. "I don't think a lot of people have heard brass instruments play on the softer side or with a lot of finesse."

In Chopin: Works for Piano & OrchestraPolish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki's explores Chopin's ability to bring emotion to his audience.

"He connects with our soul, with our heart right away," Lisiecki tells Katy Henriksen. "His writing was revolutionary and stands alone."

Axiom Brass, a Chicago-based quintet, is on a mission to redefine chamber music for their instrument family and, as a result, the entire genre.

"People don't usually realize the more intimate side of brass playing," explains Kevin Harrison, tuba player for the quintet. "That's the approach we take. We play music and we share and talk about our experiences with that the pieces we play with our audiences to create that intimate connection."

At the young age of 22, Polish-Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki already claims seven years as a recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon. His latest, Chopin: Works for Piano & Orchestra, marks his second release exploring a composer near and dear to him.

"It has the capability to pierce through any armor and go directly to your heart," Lisiecki says of Chopin's music. Find out more in his interview for Of Note with Katy Henriksen.

Harmonia Mundi

In this week's Of Note on demand installment, we sample the ORA Singers' new album Many Are The Wonders, which features contemporary compositions inspired by the music of 16th century composer Thomas Tallis alongside deftly interpreted Tallis originals.

According to director Suzi Digby, the album is designed to reflect the belief that we are now experiencing a "new golden age for choral music." One minute with the new release and you would understand why.

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