M5’s 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT in Mexico’s most important concert hall, May 31
M5’s 10th Anniversary- The history of M5 MEXICAN BRASS
In May 2005 Oscar Villegas and Alex Freund founded a brass quintet with colleagues from the Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán and called it “M5-Metales de Morelia”. What started as a regional project soon became a bigger thing: a first CD in 2006 and invitations to international festivals. In 2007, the quintet met the famous trumpet players Fred Mills and Jens Lindemann (both former members of The Canadian Brass), the young group called their attention. The friendship with these two outstanding musicians was an enormous inspiration and the motivation to go for it and become a professional ensemble.
2007 was a year with a lot of movement: a 34 concerts- tour through 10 states of Mexico and the first contract with an international agent; Gary Lindsey Artist Services as M5’s US representative.
M5 invited Fred Mills to the Brass Fest in Morelia, the Russian composer Alex Pashkov wrote the first two compositions for M5. In 2007, Juan Carlos Quiterio and José López became permanent members of the group, which now was called “Metales M5 Mexican Brass”. From that moment on, things grew fast…
The first 3 US tours in 2008, an invitation by Jens Lindemann to the BANFF SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL in Canada, the contract with CALIFORNIA ARTISTS MANAGEMENT from San Francisco in 2009, a residency at the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia and the second CD in 2010, another invitation to Banff in 2011.
Since 2008, M5 Mexican Brass has toured the US every year, however in 2011/12, the quintet was invited to present 97 concerts in 15 states of the US. Invitations to Colombia in 2012 and Algeria in 2013 followed. In 2012, M5 invited Roberto Carlos Cruz as the group’s trombone player.
In 2013, M5 recorded their third CD at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Compositions by Ken Bichel, Kevin McKee and Nonis Prado, written for M5 in 2013/14, open up space for future creations, inspired by the group.
The education of the new generations has always been one of M5’s main focuses. Since 2008 on all tours, the main presentations were always linked to a didactical activity, whether a school-concert, a master class or a workshop.
M5 won two scholarships by the Mexican Arts Council FONCA in 2007 and 2013, for educational projects. Only in 2013 the quintet played for more than 15000 kids in México and for 12000 in the US and Canada. To be able to continue this high impact project, M5 is looking for support to go on exposing classical music to young people, and thus creating new audiences. Also in 2015, more than 10000 kids heard M5 live during the 3 months-tour in the US.
The 10th Anniversary of M5 MEXICAN BRASS started on December 31 2014 with a Gala concert accompanied by the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China.
Only 3 weeks ago the group returned from their “10th Anniversary -Tour” through the US, with 60 concerts in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, y Florida.
After a concert in the JOHN F. KENNEDY-CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS in Washington D.C. in March 2015, M5 Mexican Brass returned to Mexico, in order to share the international success with the Mexican audiences, and to present a Gala concert in Mexico’s most important venue, the “Nezahualcoyotl”- Concert Hall in Mexico City, May 31 at 6PM. This concert will also be the presentation of the new CD “M5 ON TOUR”.