As performers, Carlos & Brennen are taking a decidedly different approach to entertaining classical music lovers in the Sacramento region. “We hope to bring a new awareness to non-traditional music,” says Brennen. “We aim to go beyond the well-known composers and pieces by choosing works that are fresh and new, both to us and our audiences. We will also feature original music we composed.” Some of the composers in their repetoire include Wilson Osborne, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and local composer Cody Bennett.
Most recently Carlos & Brennen just returned from delivering a lecture recital on How to Overcome Stage Fright at the National Association for Negro Musicians at their 99th annual convention at the Tropicana Las Vegas.
In March of this year Carlos & Brennen won first prize in the Chamber Music Group C at the Golden Classical Music Awards. As part of their prize the Golden Classical Music Awards invited Carlos & Brennen to perform at Carnegie Hall this March. They are excited to bring their music to a wider audience through their public performances.
These accomplished African-American artists began performing as a duo in 2016. They have performed together at the Brickhouse Art Gallery, the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts auditorium (CLARA), Westminster Presbyterian Church, as well as the Sacramento International Airport. They enjoy performing for Sacramento Audiences.
Through their performances, Carlos and Brennen also hope to highlight the experience of minorities in the arts, while conveying uplifting social messages. “We aim to provoke thought and communicate the ideas of peace, tolerance, and unity,” says Brennen. “These universal values are embodied in all the themes for our positive celebrations of music and life,” says Carlos.
Both Carlos and Brennen perform on traditional orchestral instruments to present an exciting tonal experience to their audience. While upholding tradition in that sense, the duo is not afraid to bring the scores to life in their own distinct style. “We want people to go home thinking the music was both touching and passionate,” says Brennen.
Both Carlos and Brennen earn their livelihoods as dedicated music instructors in the local community. Carlos teaches elementary school students, and Brennen provides individual private instruction.