The “Gasthaus Mnozil” is in the famous 1st “Bezirk” (quarter) of the City of Vienna. Directly opposite the Music Conservatoire. Fate played a role, and in 1992 seven young brass musicians were lucky enough to be able to take part in the regular music series held in the restaurant under the auspices of Josef Mnozil himself. Soon, original folk tunes had become occasional pieces, without any need for the music. It appeals to all ages and stages of life: typical brass music: hit tunes, jazz, pop, opera and operetta. No sense of fear here, no reprisals for anything out of place, and all played with an open mind, typical Viennese “Schmäh” (almost impossible to find an English equivalent, but best rendered as a kind of sarcastic charm), along with immense technical skills.
Mnozil Brass give around 100 annual concerts now, all over the world: from the farthest reaches of the European continent to Israel, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, the US, and Australia. They play to full houses, at the famous Burgtheater and Konzerthaus in Vienna e.g. or the KKL in Lucerne, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, or the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, the opera houses in Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Leipzig, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus and at the Berliner Ensemble. As for the “Gasthaus Mnozil”, well, they fill that too of course, but in a somewhat different way.
Mnozil Brass is an incredibly creative band. Since 2000 they have produced a new stage show almost every year: “Zimt” (2000), “Smoke” (2001), “Ragazzi” (2002), “Seven” (2004), “Das Gelbe vom Ei” (2007), “Magic Moments” (2009), “Mnozil spielt Mnozil” (2010), Blofeld (2012), Happy Birthday (2013), Hojotoho” (2013), Yes YES YES (2015), “CIRQUE” (2017) (Regie: Philippe Arlaud – Choreographie: Virginie Roy) – “GOLD” (2019) – Best Of.