“Mind Blowing Radness . . .  anything Boyes does from here on out will likely inspire genuine curiosity among a growing segment of the local music-listening public.  The Saturn People’s Sound Collective’s set at the FlynnSpace was simply transcendent, not merely a local highlight, but a Discover Jazz festival topper, period.” - Seven Days

After a several year hiatus, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective returns and reboots! The new ensemble leans into the weird-rock angle with orchestrations that explore an alchemy of timbre and long-form composition using 10 horns, 3 vocalists, marimba, bass, guitar, electronics and two drum kits.

Sending shockwaves through the Vermont music community, Boyes’ ensemble was a major headliner at the 2013 Discover Jazz Festival, the sole recipient of Goddard College’s 2012 Local Spotlight, and a recipient of a Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment grant.

2014 witnessed Boyes’ unleashing of the the 20-piece Saturn People’s Sound Collective - sending shockwaves through the Vermont musical community. Featuring some of Vermont’s best jazz musicians, the dream project was a 21st century nu-world entourage of brass, strings, woodwinds, voices and global percussion mixing jazz, minimalist music and the long-form melodic sensibilities of post-rock.

“I know that it’s a bit of a mouthful,” comments Boyes, “But at the end of the day, it’s really just about writing and playing some compelling and joyful music  . . . Ideally I am striving to create challenging listening music that isn't a challenge to listen to.”

Those familiar with the work of Brian Boyes, however, know that he is no stranger when it comes to working with large ensembles; his most recent work including Movement of the People: The Fela Kuti Project, The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band, not to mention his history with the 10-piece  acid jazz sensation, viperHouse.


Under the direction of noted Vermont musician and band leader, Brian Boyes, the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band is one HUGE party that combines the rich musical and dance roots of Indian Bhangra, Bollywood, New Orleans Brass Bands, and the 1930′s jungle swing of Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.


From call and response singing to ripping horn solos, Big Bang Brass fuses the deep funk and swing grooves of New Orleans with the centuries-old Punjabi Bhangra grooves and dance moves reaching back 500 years.  The result:  a wild and colorful explosion of musical crossroads guaranteed to stir the soul, body, and mind.

Topped off with a troupe of Bhangra dancers, Big Bang Brass features some of Vermont’s best funk and jazz players from such favorites as Movement of the People, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective, ViperHouse, 35th Parallel, Money Jungle, and D’Moja.


Brian Boyes trumpet, dhol, keys
Zach Tonnissen tenor sax, dhol
Gabe Halberg dhol, dholki, tabla, cajon
Brandon Klarich percussion, vocals
PJ Davidian percussion
Giovanni Rovetto bass
Jay Ekis guitar
Lloyd Dugger trombone
Matt Avery trombone
Dan Liptak saxophones