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The Breaking Winds

The Breaking Winds

Background: By performing a uniquely twisted theatrical blend of classical and popular music on their unlikely instruments, the Breaking Winds Bassoon Quartet aims to demonstrate that music is a universal language—and laughter is too.

Members: Brittany Harrington-Smith, Yuki Katayama, Kara LaMoure, and Lauren Yu Ziemba

Recordings:  Premiered their commissioned concerto, Scott A. Switzer’s Breaking Out for quartet and wind ensemble in 2013

Solo appearances: West Point Band, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and Northshore Concert Band.

Notable performances/accomplishments: Tour in China, Hong Kong, and Japan—shared stage with a bassoon ensemble in Hong Kong, staged concert in a Shanghai gallery space, and collaborated with Chinese beatboxers

Teaching Opportunities: Masterclasses at Southern Methodist University, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Sichuan Conservatory; guest artist-teachers with Chenery Double Reed Ensemble and University of Missouri Bassoon Ensemble

Memorable gigs: Reality show pilot at Brooklyn “nerd bar” The Way Station and Nathan’s 2016 Hot Dog Eating Contest

Their mission: to navigate the intersection of classical music, pop culture, and comedy, to expand the scope of bassoon performance, and to create meaningful bonds with audiences

For more information on the Breaking Winds (including bios on the members), check out http://www.thebreakingwinds.com/