Brass quintet stimulates senses

Jessica Smith, Journalist

Axiom Brass performed at the Young Auditorium Feb. 11.

The group is sponsored by a non-profit organization, Fractured Atlas. The founding member was Dorival Puccini Jr., and then more musicians joined until it became the brass quintet it is now.

Before the performance, a    screen displayed visuals. Once Axiom Brass emerged, the musicians introduced themselves and expressed their favorite parts of being in the group. They played multiple contemporary pieces, most of which were written by living composers. They paired two songs together with one contemporary piece which was juxtaposed by a more traditional, classical brass quintet piece. The concert theme circulated around the idea that music appeals to the senses, specifically through the usage of controlled chaos within sound.

During their performance, Axiom Brass used visuals of science, nature and humankind on a screen projector, which reflected what they were trying to evoke from the audience.

They ended the concert with a movement called Hawking from the piece “Celestial Suite” by James Stephenson. The movement is a reference to physicist Stephen Hawking.

“I thought it was smart to end like that, since Hawking was well-known for his music theory about the universe being infinite, and that music in itself is infinite, leaving the concert to finish with a sort of open-ended concept,” said Liz Task, a UW-Whitewater music major.

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