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Perhaps Contraption is a self-described “astonishing, twisted brass, avant pop marching band” from London.
The members are a mix of conservatory-trained musicians and musicians from the art rock scene.
Their unusual instrumentation includes a saxophone section, drums, French horn, piccolo, sousaphone and glockenspiel.
Nine members of the band were recently on their first U.S. tour, as part of HONK! Festival in Somerville, Mass., Providence, R.I., and New York, N.Y. The Honk Festival is an outdoor music festival of street bands.
“There’s something really powerful about playing on the street acoustically, you can really connect with audiences,” Charly Webber, the alto saxophonist told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.
“We’re not confined to soundchecks and schedules like that,” Christo Squier, the artistic director and piccolo/flute player of the band, agrees. “So that immediacy, where we can change any given situation — a park or street corner and just perform — gives us a lot of freedom and a lot of power to change mundane situations and make them, hopefully, joyous experiences.”