Spanish Brass Christmas
Spanish Brass is one of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene.
Spanish Brass returns to Portland to tour their Christmas album, Sublime Christmas. While the selections include the Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and the authentic Catalan villancico Fum, Fum, Fum, the focus is on songs from the Anglo-Saxon countries, where Christmas music perhaps has even deeper social roots than in the Mediterranean lands. Of special note are two modern American classics, Christmas Time is Here and Linus and Lucy, by jazz pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi, both highpoints of his album A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Spanish Brass has participated in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the globe, as well as such signal moments as the gala award ceremony of the Principe de Asturias Prize (1995), and recording the music for the play La Fundación by Buero Vallejo, for the National Drama Center and the soundrack for the film Descongélate by Félix Sabroso, for El Deseo Producers. All told, they have released 20 recordings, including a retrospective double CD and a CD-DVD, in which they demonstrate a multiplicity of styles and moods.
As devoted to teaching and outreach as they are to performance, Spanish Brass has founded three international brass festivals: the Spanish Brass Alzira Festival, Brassurround, and Brass&Wines.
The members of Spanish Brass currently teach at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia. They are sponsored by the Buffett Group and play B&S trumpets, Hans Hoyer French horns, Courtois trombones, and Melton tubas. SBLM is also supported by Culturarts/Música-Generalitat Valenciana and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM.