Anima Brass is a Baltimore, MD based quintet dedicated to the world of contemporary brass chamber music. Anima was selected as the 2016 Aspen Music Festival and School Fellowship Brass Quintet, the most competitive and prestigious brass chamber music fellowship in the country. They have appeared in concert with the American Brass Quintet in both Salida and Aspen, CO and in 2017 they were the runners-up for the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.
As ardent advocates for expanding the brass repertoire, Anima is dedicated to commissioning and performing newly written works, particularly by historically excluded composers. This winter they will record genre-crossing composer Kali Malone’s new works for brass which frame historical tuning systems in the context of minimalism. The musicians of Anima brass have performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Daegu Symphony Orchestra in South Korea, Reading Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, and other ensembles throughout the mid-Atlantic.
The quintet is committed to presenting concerts in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. By contributing to local DIY music scenes and academic music spaces alike, Anima hopes to authentically connect diverse audiences with new brass music. Collaborations with composers and local artists, both musical and non-musical, are at the heart of this work.
For a list of recently commissioned music by Anima Brass, please visit the “New Works” page here.
Anima Brass is:
Dr. Luke Spence, trumpet
Julia Tsuchiya-Mayhew, trumpet
Wyeth Aleksei, trumpet
Austin Sposato, horn
Dr. Zenas Kim-Banther, trombone
Jahi Alexander, bass trombone