Spanish Brass: Not just work, but play
In the Ruth Barrus Concert Hall on June 13, the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts welcomed the world-renowned musicians the Spanish Brass Luur Metalls to play for BYU-Idaho.
The quintet consists of musicians Carlos Benetó, Juanjo Serna, Manuel Pérez, Inda Bonet and Sergio Finca.
“We met in 1989,” said Benetó, one of the trumpet musicians of the Spanish Brass. “We were young players in the Spanish [National] Youth Orchestra and we were the brass section of the orchestra. We started to play together as a quintet and
to play concerts just for fun.”
Benetó said that after winning a competition in France, the quintet was given a European tour and were able to prerecord a CD.
“We started to think about [doing] this kind of life [as traveling musicians],” Benetó said. “Just touring and playing free music, free ensemble like this, not in an orchestra where there’s a conductor. This is much more fun.”
Benetó said that although they have been together for 25 years, they have only toured as a professional quintet for the past 15 years.
“Before those 15 years, we were professional musicians in different orchestras in Spain,” Benetó said. “We decided to stop our comfortable jobs to start our profession as traveling musicians.”
Benetó said he enjoys the opportunity to try to become a better musician each day.
“The best part is the challenge every day to play, if you can, a little better than yesterday,” Benetó said. “It’s what I love.”
Benetó said some of his favorite parts about performing are the audiences and the energy they bring.
“Just one minute before coming [on stage], you’re not sure what’s going to happen,” Benetó said. “Today was great because we had this wonderful hall, which is amazing to play in.”
Sergio Finca, the tuba player of Spanish Brass, said that he gained his passion for music in a different manner than the other members of the quintet.
“When I was a child, I moved from one school to another, which meant I had more free time,” Finca said. “I was at home all the time disturbing my parents. They wanted to take me out a little bit from home.”
Finca said he had wanted to play tennis, but because all the classes were full, his father took Finca and his brother to play music in a wind band in his village.
“I started the tuba because it was the only instrument at that time free for the wind band,” Finca said. “I wasn’t somebody who saw the tuba for the first time and fell in love. I fell in love with my instrument little by little.”
Finca said working with the quintet is fantastic.
“I think the first and the best thing you could have in music is to share it,” he said. “We are family.”
Finca said he hopes Spanish Brass will always remain true to their passion for music and continue touring.
“Music and the career that we have allows you to travel a lot and share things with totally different people that if you were at home, you would never get in touch with,” Finca said.
Jaide Beutler, a freshman studying English, said she loved the elements Spanish Brass brought to their music.
“I just feel like this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Beutler said. “I just love how versatile it is. … It seemed like they played with a lot of passion.”
Steven Wismer, a sophomore studying music, said he was honored to have gotten to see the group come and play for Rexburg.
“They are very talented musicians,” Wismer said. “You can tell that they have paid their dues on their instruments. They were able to execute musical ideas very well. They are able to express things that can be moving and touch the soul in
a way that could only come from spending a lot of time practicing in a craft like that.”
Wismer said he has a special passion for music, especially since he plays the piano and the drums.
“In all honesty, I was disappointed to see that the whole auditorium wasn’t full because it’s a really rare experience to hear world-class musicians from out of the country,” Wismer said.