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.