This video was captured at the premiere performances of the Guerrilla Fanfare in New York City at Battery Park in Manhattan and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. The performances are by Tilt Brass and Iktus Percussion with the composer, Kevin James, conducting.
Guerrilla Fanfare is a raucous, engaging work for 16 brass and 4 percussion that begins with the musicians spread throughout the city streets, more than a 1/4 mile from the conductor. Using a synchronizing app and headphones, the musicians slowly converge on the conductor, drawing audience members in their wake. The piece unfolds and pulls together like a giant lens very very slowing coming into focus. Not at all your standard fanfare, the Guerrilla Fanfare still includes requisite bravado and a jump-up-and-down-and-cheer ending.
Ultimately though, despite the war cries, and elephantine wails, and chattering over one another while all trying to say the same thing, the purpose of the Guerrilla Fanfare is to both create and embody the energizing and inspiring effect of diverse communities slowly drawing together in a unity of purpose and a celebration of shared humanity.
To arrange a performance of Guerrilla Fanfare or for information on upcoming performances, please contact Kevin James through his website (kevinjamescomposer.com)