The “Gasthaus Mnozil” is in the famous 1st “Bezirk” (district) of the City of Vienna, directly opposite the Music Conservatoire. Fate played a role in the group’s beginnings in 1992, when seven young brass musicians were lucky enough to take part in a regular music series held in the restaurant under the auspices of Josef Mnozil himself. Soon, original folk tunes had become occasional pieces as their repertoire grew to include typical brass music, hit tunes, jazz, pop, opera and operetta, appealing to all ages and stages of life. 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 impressive technical skills.
Mnozil Brass now give around 100 concerts annually 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 in grand venues, including the famous Burgtheater and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the KKL in Lucerne, the Royal Albert Hall in London, 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 the Berliner Ensemble. As for the “Gasthaus Mnozil”, well, they fill that too of course, but in a somewhat different way