Balkan Brass Dance Party w/ Slavic Soul Party!
w/ Baltă Mare
Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make a Slavic Soul Party! One of the greatest brass bands in the U.S.
SSP! pumps a strong Balkan brass sound through the filter of life in New York’s outer boroughs, making new music out of the unplanned results of immigration, proximity, and globalization. Over the past 15 years the band has released 7 full-length albums, and toured in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Turkey, and Zimbabwe, from pasha’s palaces to dive bars, Carnegie Hall to Serbian schoolyards, festival stages to prison courtyards. The band’s music has fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and their tunes have been covered by Serbian brass stars, New Orleans funk stalwarts, and legendary street bands.
“Of all the NYC dance bands that draw on Eastern European music, Slavic Soul Party! is the coolest…. SSP! jumps from traditional songs to contemporary covers and originals, connecting the dots of a number of folk schools with surprising finesse… Its members seem acutely aware of the common principle that unites the traditions they borrow from: Music ought to move you.”
—Cristina Black, TimeOut NY
About Baltă Mare
Founded in 2009 Baltă Mare is a Balkan Roma inspired ensemble whose name is an homage to their hometown, Baltimore, and translates to “large pond” in Romanian. Baltă Mare blasts visceral dance rhythms, exotic Oriental melodies, twisting time signatures, and tempos that ebb and flow into a cathartic frenzy capturing the true energy and soul of Balkan Roma music. The ensemble mixes strings, brass, and percussion in the spirit and tradition of the Roma wedding and funeral bands of Romania, Serbia, and Hungary. Baltă Mare has had the honor and privilege to open for the world famous Romanian Gypsy Brass band, Fanfare Ciocarliă and have performed at the NY Gypsy Festival, Artscape, and The DC Cherry Blossom Festival. Baltă Mare captivates and entices with a combination of traditional, modern, and original Balkan compositions that promise to have you on your feet dancing in yet uninvited directions. Hopa!
7:30pm | $15, $12 mbrs | + $3 at the door
This is a limited seating dance party. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have accessibility concerns.
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