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The Austrian brass septet Mnozil Brass, which the Lively Arts says has “a little quirky and a lot of entertainment,” will be performing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Oct. 18.
Mnozil Brass uses a unique and entertaining blend of music and absurdist theater with a touch of slapstick humor.
Their musical style ranges from classical favorites such as the “William Tell Overture” to rock tunes like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” making the music accessible for people of all tastes.
The virtuosic brass group was founded in a small Austrian tavern in 1992 and since then has increased its performances to 120 concerts annually.
Mnozil maintains a strong following throughout 30 countries and four continents, all places they have performed.
The septet performed at IUP two years ago, leading to their return to Indiana this year.
Kevin Eisensmith, professor of trumpet at IUP in his 16th year of teaching, said he is enthusiastic for the appearance of Mnozil Brass.
“I first heard Mnozil Brass in 2006 at the International Guild Conference held at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.,” Eisensmith said. “They had never before visited the United States; that was their first performance in the U.S., and everyone there was completely blown away.”
The concept of seeing a brass septet might be a bit foreign and could seem somewhat unappealing to people who are unfamiliar with such ensembles, Eisensmith said.
Eisensmith recommends Mnozil Brass to anyone who enjoys music or comedy.
“Come to be entertained,” Eisensmith said. “These guys are amazing comedians. And enjoy the music.”
Mnozil Brass is also not limited to one particular type of show. The group features various acts, which they perform on a rotating basis.
Their newest act “Seven” deals with “all relevant questions of life, so if something is not clear to you, please come and pay us a visit,” according to the band’s website.
Popular Mnozil Brass hits on iTunes include “The Green Hornet Theme,” “Hungrische Schnapsodie,” “Moldavien” and “Florentiner Marsch.”