‘We are, each of us, a little universe’ - Carl Sagan
Nine piece, multi award-winning progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption (Les Enfants Terribles award winners 2019) take us on a curious audio-theatrical journey.
Inspired by the words of cosmologist Carl Sagan, this unique gig-theatre experience describes the life-cycle of one extraordinary atom, and how our baffling, unlikely existence is intertwined with the universe.
Expect an abundance of virtuosic musicianship, dynamic choreography and mesmerising contact juggling.
Touching upon biology, spirituality and cosmology, Nearly Human is an epic and euphoric celebration of life and the universe; bursting with triumphant melodies, fascination and wonder.Book Now
Perhaps Contraption is a multi-award winning, 9-piece progressive brass band and theatrical music troupe from London.
By blending choral vocals and orchestral instruments with the ethos of art rock and a marching band, the ensemble have created a highly unique and passionate live experience.
Performing internationally since 2011, the band have astonished audiences around the globe. Notable performances include Glastonbury Festival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival (Italy), London Jazz Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Bestival, Royal Academy of Arts, Wilderness, Southbank Centre, Cross Linx (The Netherlands) Latitude, Artisti in Piazza (Italy), Buskers Bern (Switzerland), Honk! Festival (USA) and in support of Amanda Palmer.
Supported by a Snape Maltings artist residency and the Les Enfants Terribles Award, the band have recently branched out into theatre to push the boundaries of live music performance; finding new ways to engage audiences and tell powerful, uplifting stories.Book Now
For Previous Perhaps Contraption Music work:
The Guardian "High-energy progressive brass"
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music "Completely extraordinary"
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 "Experimental brass band madness...likely to be seen swaggering and subverting their way through the cream of Europe’s festivals"
LondonJazzNews.com "The band has a strict musical discipline and untrammelled punky energy, somewhere between the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and British ska band Madness"
For Nearly Human:
Exeunt "It is especially exciting, with the recent surge in gig theatre, to see bands moving in the opposite direction – especially when it is as warming and inviting as Nearly Human"
The List **** "An infectiously compelling hour...delivered with unflinching energy and conviction."
Musical Theatre Review **** "There are four under-eights in the front row completely won over, and these are huge concepts to grasp even for the significantly-over-eights, but won over... .the rare joy of being unbelievably talented, but also collaboratively telepathic"
Total Theatre Review "Perhaps Contraption have created a beautiful and humbling performance that ponders over our place within the cosmos"
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