The Brazz Brothers
Blow Out for 30 years!
- HUNGER FOR SOUND AND THIRST FOR RHYTHM -
They come from Langevaag in Sula, which faces the sea in the northwest country, in the centre of the world made up by the extreme edge of Norway. They embarked on their musical journey into the world from the Langevaag school band, - the island has produced a vast number of musicians of strong identities. The Brazz Brothers have a thorough classical education as musicians, but they have decided to go their own way through a musical landscape which to them is boundless, wide open, rich and infinitely great.
Moving closer towards the origins of music and returning to a point before the artistic music of the West, they have defined their own liberating project. Based on their own experiences they have formulated a method of tuning in to a shared feeling for music, - and they have taught music making based on the inherent possibilities of the ear. They have taken away music stands. Through music they pursue the common language of humanity that lives in music. They reduce the distance between the cradle of jazz in New Orleans and the strong living traditions of folk music in Vaga to a mere heartbeat. They have given about 3500 concerts in 35 countries. They have released 17 discs.
The Brazz Brothers consist of two groups of brothers on brass instruments – and an imported drummer. Jarle Foerde plays the trumpet and the flügelhorn. So does Jan Magne Foerde. Helge Foerde plays the trombone. Runar Tafjord plays the French horn. Stein Erik Tafjord handles the tuba. And Kenneth Ekornes is in command of the drums.
"The Brazz Brothers is a collective state of being more than it is a band. In The Brazz Brothers there is a permanent hunger and unquenchable thirst for new grooves and un-heard-of timbres. Electrifying, barrier-breaking musical diversions await us in the wake of the musical journey they embarked on - throughout all the oceans of the world".
(Source: Hugo Lauritz Jenssen in the book “Morten Krogvolds Portretter”)