Biography

funkystylebrass-2012-26Funky Style Brass was founded in 2005, after an explosive meeting of 9 music students from the Toulouse Music Academy in France.

This “freestyle” brass band blend various musical genres, moving seamlessly using their signature style from hip-hop to rock, zouk dance to electronic music and more. FSB shows are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, bringing 9 outstanding musicians with perfect comedy timing, quirky costumes, infectious music and boundless energy; audiences beware… there’s no escape!

FSB regularly perform in France, around Europe in different and important festivals such as “Funfest” in the Netherlands, “Reperkusion” in Spain, in Bulgaria “Brazzo Brazzie Festival” and at “April Jazz Festival” in Finland. FSB have also shared stages with famous international artists Manu Chao, Emir Kusturica, Sergent Garcia, Hilight Tribe and Ojos de Brujo.

In 2011 FSB were delighted to win both first prize and the public award at “Haizetarra International Music Street Contest” in Spain, and in the following year, made it to the 2012 final of the national TV show “La Grande Battle” which was broadcast live on France2.

The first performed in the UK at Brass: Durham International Festival in 2012 and due to their resounding success with audiences were invited back to be the festival’s resident band in 2013. Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival also invited the band to the 2013 edition to perform as part of the Edinburgh Carnival, the 2000 strong crowd were enchanted, ensuring FSB’s 200 capacity evening gig was a sell-out, despite never being heard of in the City less than 24 hours earlier!

RELEASES

FSB’s compositions fuse original music and lyrics to create an utterly unique, crazy, uplifting, energetic funky atmosphere whilst still managing to pay homage to tradition with a powerful brass sound. To date they have released two successful albums, AquoGroovat in 2009 and Merci Pour Les Huîtres” (literal translation: Thanks for the Oysters!) in 2011.  The winter of 2013 sees the band locked away in a studio in Toulouse, preparing for their next masterpiece which is eagerly awaited by their diverse range of fans, due for release in April 2014.

 

REVIEWS/PRESS

El Mundo ( 1st internet media in Spain)

‘(Funky Style Brass) put colour in the festival, they played different styles of music and can be compared to the Mano Negra or Gogol Bordello’

La Voz de Galicia (Spain):

‘This is one of the most outstanding bands, it was impossible not to jump on to their music rhythm’

La Dépeche (France):
‘They are first of all exceptional musicians : graduates from the Toulouse conservatoire, they mix styles, multiply references  and create arrangements in their own way to create a musical bomb full of joy, energy end absurdity (…). Their songs’ lyrics are a real unconventional ode to their love of music, and are written to carry the audience to happiness.’

PZC-Zeeland (Holland):

‘No one could stay immobile when the 9 dressed up guys gave all of their energy. The public is ready to run the group’s every need. At their request, the public is kneeling, and when the music starts again, everyone starts to jump!’

Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival:

‘The nine piece band from Toulouse are self-styled, a little crazy, and, yes, their wildly exuberant dress (men in fishnet stockings, chicken costumes, false pink Mohicans…) might suggest that fun rather than music was their main motive, but their showmanship, extravagant costume and dance doesn’t detract from their fantastic music – from funk to New Orleans to rap to rock to European fanfare – with hugely powerful brass riffs and percussive grooves. An irresistible, energetic party night!’

 

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