Wonderbrass are a 25+ strong 'explosion of sound' from Cardiff, bringing a mixture of New Orleans jazz, ska, funk and fun to audiences nationwide.

The band is led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Smith and top drummer Mark O’Connor and provides an inclusive, creative and dynamic approach to making music that inspires both the musicians and audiences alike; embracing a wide variety of styles and performing in venues of every size all over the country - from the contemporary hip-hop and funk updates, the groovy township beat of Abdullah Ibrahim and even the coeval pop of Lady Gaga and Madonna.

From their humble beginnings as a ten week workshop in the South Wales Valleys in 1992, Wonderbrass have moved from strength to strength over the last twenty years, working with prolific artists such as South Africa’s Amampondo, Claude Deppa, the illustrious King Django and now, for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, top jazz composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde. Showcasing his composition Skip, Dash, Flow, Yarde has created an exciting, dynamic work that takes audiences and players alike on a cultural voyage, following the Olympics from its previous venue in Beijing, through London in 2012 and on to the next port of call, Rio de Janeiro. Of the 19 other musical groups selected, Wonderbrass is the only Welsh organisation to be chosen to participate.


New Music 20x12: Wonderbrass commission 'Skip, Dash, Flow' by Jason Yarde

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Jason Yarde

Composer, producer and saxophonist Jason Yarde and community band Wonderbrass, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012, perform Yarde's composition Skip, Dash, Flow, exploring new world rhythms.


20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.

Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.



Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation


The performance of Skip, Dash, Flow by Wonderbrass was recorded by the BBC at Globe Cardiff on 21 February 2012, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 May 2012.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201205
Release Date:
28 May 2012