For the New York City jazz group Le Boeuf Brothers, popularity and selling tickets aren’t what they’re made out to be. Making and enjoying music is all that matters for them.
The Le Boeuf Brothers are award winning composers and musicians who developed themselves through jazz music.
The group that conquered Humber in a Lakeshore campus concert last week consists of two identical twin brothers, Remy and Pasqual Le Boeuf, saxophonist and pianist respectively, as well as drummer Justin Brown and bassist Ben Street.
Although not many in the Lakeshore Auditorium audience knew much about this group, expectations were high.
“Every week it should happen, this is just good entertainment, it enriches everyone’s cultural life,” attendee Marius Sarunas said.
A large contingent of music students came to the concert. Henry Gouthro, who is a music student, says he viewed the concert as a learning experience for himself and others.
During the concert, no one dared to break the silence in the room except the musicians and their music.
“It was wonderful performing for such an intelligent audience. We felt energy in the room and it came out in music,” Pasqual Le Boeuf said. “You could tell everyone was hearing all the details of the music and asked a lot of intelligent questions.”
Pianist Pasqual underlined that success is not a priority for the band.
“Success, there are lots of ways to define it. Sometimes it is an artistic success, and I think what we are interested in is the artistic success, being able to do something we feel really authentic about and make it a part of our lifestyle in a sustainable way,” he said.
He also said that their music is a signature of the group because fans expect them to play their original songs.
“It was something that was from the artistic standpoint is quite unusual, you not gonna hear this kind of group very often because the kind of music they are playing is extremely demanding , extremely unique to their own playing and their own style,” Humber Music director Denny Christianson said.