Melbourne’s Bean Project mixes guitar and brass

Guitarist Ben Langdon and French horn player Bryce Turcato make up Melbourne duo The Bean Project.

Guitarist Ben Langdon and French horn player Bryce Turcato make up Melbourne duo The Bean Project.

There are only two people in Melbourne band The Bean Project – but there used to be a lot more.

The band is made up of singer-guitarist Ben Langdon and French horn player Bryce Turcato.

The horn player says he signed up to help out a band and ended up staying.

“When Ben was in high school he played in a rock band with some friends,” Turcato says.

“They put a trumpet in one of their tracks. I was the only brass player they knew so they gave me a call and we did that. And then we ended up getting rid of the rest of the band.”

While Turcato admits a guitar-French horn duo does seem unusual to others, it feels normal to him.

He also likes the creative space playing in a duo offers.

“Usually with horn players, there’s three or four of you and you’re all playing the same line together,” he says.

“When there’s one of you, you’re quite exposed but you also have a lot of freedom.

“You don’t have to be playing the same thing together all the time  -you can change things up to reflect how it feels in the moment.”

The duo is about to start a NSW tour to promote their self-titled EP.

“We’ve been meaning to tour it for a while but we haven’t been able to get away from uni,” Turcato says.

“But we’re finally both free now so we’re running away.”

The Bean Project plays at Jane’s on February 17.

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