Outside the Classroom Walls: Associate Professor Pip Brant in 1910s-inspired group Kunstwaffen 1916


Besides being an Associate Professor in FIU Art + Art History, Pip Brant is an instrumentalist and vocalist in a local music ensemble called Kunstwaffen 1916.

Kunstwaffen 1916 recently played at the International Noise Conference, which took place from February 2nd to 6th at Churchill’s Pub and included over 200 artists. The Miami New Times awarded the conference the Best Music Festival in 2015.

Kunstwaffen 1916 includes Pip Brant (euphonium and voice), Duane Brant (tuba, sew organ), Cathi Marro (alto flute), and Spike Marro (electronic distortion panel). The ensemble plays concert band music on concert band instruments. Their music is from the era of the early teens of the 20th century. However, the music is updated through sound distortion, which causes the tune to barely survive its usual interpretation. Because most of the instruments are in the lower musical range, the songs have more of a rumbling, percussive effect. The melody comes out vaguely through Cathi Marro’s alto flute and Pip Brant’s euphonium.

Each member is a classically trained musician that plays in a number of music ensembles.

Image provided courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

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