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Circular Breathing

by Joe Burgstaller of Canadian Brass

The five virtuosi of Canadian Brass have made the brass quintet an exciting vehicle for serious concert music. The quintet – now in its 35th season spend most of their time on tour, and have performed with many major symphony orchestras in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. They have gained a large international following of their solo performances that offer a large variety of musical styles.

The famous five are chamber quintet-in-residence at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Additionally, they have created an innovative brass summer course at the famous Eastman School of Music. They have been invited by the Canadian Government to play for visiting heads of states on numerous official occasions.

With over three decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to fill concert halls and thrill audiences around the world. AND They don’t look like letting up anytime soon.

All members of the Canadian Brass are keenly interested in training the next generation of players. On their travels around the world they often pause for master classes. Recently Canadian Brass met with to tape several exclusive educational and performance videos for the site. In this video “Circular Breathing” Joe Burgstaller demonstrates and describes the techniques involved in Circular Breathing.

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Joe Burgstaller presents circular breathing for brass players.