MUSIC BOX: Muy caliente

By on April 28, 2015

Mexican brass heats up off-season

Music Box

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – This time of year in Jackson affords the opportunity to explore new food, new books and especially new music. Aside from the occasional pop-up Jack White show, Jackson tends to go quiet in April and May so the dedicated live music fans need to break out of their comfort zones and let new musical ideas flood their ears.

As is the case this evening at the Pinedale Fine Arts center. The Metales M5 Mexican Brass Band will prove that you dont have to travel far in Wyoming to hear something new and even feel the warmth of Mexico. Formed in 2005, this band of talented horn players has been dazzling audiences around the world with Latin-inspired chamber music that flawlessly transitions between Banda (traditional Mexican brass arrangements) and Bachs preludes and fugues, to name a few of its many influences. Comprised of five horn players, a tuba, two trumpets, French horn and trombone, Metales proves that chamber music isnt a dying form but something that is capable of being reinvented for contemporary audiences. For this reason, Metales has played at the Kennedy Center in New York, and has been an intricate part of introducing younger audiences to its brand of chamber music. In fact, the musicians have performed for 25,000 students across Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.

While their musicianship is world class, capable of keeping even the youngest of audiences captivated, a Metales M5 show is also an interactive experience, more musical theater than a sit-down listening affair. Costume changes, audience participation, and what they call, inimitable Latin American charm, keeps audiences on their feet and guessing what they may encounter around the next bend. In one instance, the band can play Bachs Contrapunctus, dressed in period costumes, and then move to St. James Infirmary Blues, dawning fedoras and sports jackets. After that, its anyones guess.

With a robust lineup of summer festivals and outdoor concerts in Jackson, its always refreshing to change things up and explore what other music lays in the shallows of the off-season. Who knows? You might even stumble across a world class Mexican brass band ready to change your opinion on what chamber music is, and what it can be.

Metales M5 Mexican Brass Band Tonight (Wednesday), 7 p.m. at the Pinedale Fine Arts Center. All ages. $15, $7 for students.

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