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ABOUT

2010

In 2010, a group of recent music university graduates came together to form Brass Ensemble ZERO. In keeping with their motto, “tradition and innovation,” the ensemble strives to expand possibilities in different directions to explore the true meaning of music. Their name contains their goal – thinking up new things from nothing; from point zero.
Since its founding, Brass Ensemble ZERO has presented primarily unique programs with music for brass instruments at subscription concerts. The ensemble’s programming includes early works, such as arrangements of Early and Baroque music by Monteverdi, J. S. Bach and Handel, as well as later works by Sibelius, Hindemith, and Stravinsky, which were composed primarily for brass instruments. They also perform contemporary pieces by composers such as Xenakis and Takemitsu, as well as works by Chris Hazell, Jim Parker, and Goff Richards, which the well-known Philip Jones Brass Ensemble has often played.

2015

At the 5th subscription concert, taking place in 2015, Brass Ensemble ZERO invited trumpet virtuoso Reinhold Friedrich and pianist Eriko Takezawa as guest soloists. Following that performance, the ensemble, together with Friedrich and Takezawa, undertook an extensive tour with concerts in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Ueda. That collaboration with both outstanding soloists influenced the playing of the members. The tour was considered a success and the ensemble established a great reputation for itself.

2017

At the 7th subscription concert, in 2017, Brass Ensemble ZERO performed with the world-renowned trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts. The theme of this concert was film music, and the program was designed by Berwaerts. This concert got a very good review: “Jeroen Berwaerts fascinated the listeners with his wonderful trumpet techniques and brilliant sounds. Brass Ensemble ZERO presented its musical interaction with him, as if Berwaerts was a longtime member of the ensemble. ” This musical encounter with Berwaerts served as a trigger to record a CD together, featuring the program of the 7th subscription concert in 2018.

2020

In 2020, Brass Ensemble ZERO welcomed a new member and updated its name to “Brass Ensemble ZERO tokyo”, with hopes to become a more innovative and creative ensemble. They commissioned a new piece by world-renowned composer Miho Hazama, with plans to premiere it in 2021.

MEMBER

  • TOSHIYUKI ONISHI

    (Trp.)

    大西 敏幸 TOSHIYUKI ONISHI
  • SHUICHI KAWATA

    (Trp.)

    川田 修一 SHUICHI KAWATA
  • YOSHIHIKO SHIGEI

    (Trp.)

    重井 吉彦 YOSHIHIKO SHIGEI
  • RYO NODA

    (Trp.)

    野田 亮 RYO NODA
  • KATSUJI HAMAGUCHI

    (Trp.)

    濱口 勝治 KATSUJI HAMAGUCHI
  • JO KISHIGAMI

    (Hr.)

    岸上 穣 JO KISHIGAMI
  • KO AOKI

    (Trb.)

    青木 昂 KO AOKI
  • DAISUKE OCHI

    (Trb.)

    越智 大輔 DAISUKE OCHI
  • AKIHIRO HIGASHIKAWA

    (Trb.)

    東川 暁洋 AKIHIRO HIGASHIKAWA
  • HIROYUKI KUROGANE

    (Bass Trb.)

    黒金 寛行 HIROYUKI KUROGANE
  • KAZUHIRO YAGYU

    (Tuba)

    柳生 和大 KAZUHIRO YAGYU
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VIDEO

CD

CD

THREEPENNY OPERA

Brass Ensemble ZERO & Jeroen Berwaerts

1. Björk: Overture from Dancer in the Dark
2. John Williams: Star Wars Suite
3. Nino Rota: Gelsomina from La Strada
4. Tobias Broström: Distant Horizons
«world premiere recording»
5. Isao Tomita: Jungle Emperor
“Leo” Symphonic Fantasy
6. Ennio Morricone: Western Cinema Suite
7. Kurt Weil: Song from Threepenny Opera
8. Billy May: Green Hornet Theme
///Guest player
Ayaka Sato (Euphonium 1&7)
Daiya Hamaguchi (Percussion 1,3,5-8)
Harue Tomioka (Percussion 6,7)
///Recorded on 21, 22 September,
2017 at Sakura Hall, Tokyo, Japan
///Recorded by Nippon Acoustic Records

Distant Horizons
00:00 / 00:00
Sample

CONCERT

Regular Concert Vol.9 "ZERO for the Future!"

PLACE

Suginami Public Hall

18:30 OPEN / 19:00 START

TICKET

Adult ¥3,500 / Student ¥2,000
(Ticket at the Door +¥500)

PROGRAM

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Tono Tamami: Kei -Scenes of Spirits
Miho Hazama: Three Pieces for Celebation
D. Schnyder: CUBAC -Bach in Cuba
Toru Takemitsu: Signals from Heaven
Henri Tomasi: Fanfares Liturgiques

GUEST

Yudai Shoji (Horsh / Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra)
Sekitoshi Nobusue (Horsh / Japan Philharmonic Orchestra)
Yu Suzuki (Horsh / Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra)
Tamami Tono (Japanese Instrument: Sho)
Shozan Hasegawa (Japanese Instrument: Shakuhachi)
Daigo Nakata (Japanese Instrument: Koto)
Takashi Mokuhito (Timpani)
Ayane Kume (Percussion)
Daiki Ishikawa (Percussion)

REVIEW

Reviews and comments for Brass Ensemble ZERO Tokyo

1

In 2017, Brass Ensemble ZERO performed their 7th concert, with trumpet player Jeroen Berwaerts as a guest. The program featured film music, including selections from Star Wars, Dancer in the Dark, and Western Cinema Suite by Morricone, as well as opera music from Kurt Weil. Also included was a Japan premier of Distant Horizons by Tobias Broström. They played this widely varied program with full energy and excellent musicality.
Mr Berwaerts played many roles in this concert, performing both as soloist and in the section, and even conducting the ensemble. The audience was enraptured by his wonderful technique and beautiful sound. The collaboration between Brass Ensemble ZERO and Berwaerts was impressively cohesive; as though he was a longtime member of ensemble.
After seeing this exciting performance, this is definitely a group you do not want to miss!

Review from 7th concert by Band Journal

2

In this performance, this group of very talented young players opened the door to movie music played by brass ensemble. With the world-renowned trumpet player Jeroen Berwaerts, the audience was able to visualize the story and scenery from each piece. Solos by Berwaerts from Dancer in the Dark and La Strada were particularly captivating, but the sound of the whole ensemble was equally amazing.

From music magazine Bravo March 2018 (Review from CD)

3

Their movie music themed concert was very well received by audiences.
The program had unique elements of movie music that were not only familiar but also comical and witty.
In the western cinema suite, one could recognize some familiar music from Spaghetti Westerns. The group had very impressive effects, imitating the sound of a harmonica using a trumpet mute, very fast tonguing, and flutter tonguing. Of particular mention was a very beautiful, melancholy trumpet solo.
They also performed music from Star Wars with a very effective arrangement to showcase the brilliant sound of brass ensemble.

Magazine from tower record (Review from CD)