The addition of second percussionist Rich Stein reinforces the already formidable percussion skills of tapan (bass drum) player Nezih Antakli. The intricate patterns they create on the Ethiopian-inspired With Every Drop That Falls and the propulsive Ivan’s Tune, a rambunctious tribute to an enthusiastic friend of the band, showcase the tremendous range of textures produced by their prodigious collections of shakers, scratchers, clackers, rattles and hand drums.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Raya Brass Band album without a heavy dose of Balkan inspiration, (from Turkey to Serbia, Romania to Greece). Greg Squared’s reedy gymnastics on the opening of his Sugar and Salt, a tune based on Macedonian bagpipe music that might conjure a Celtic jig or reel, the ferocity of Dren Gajda, and the brooding Turkish-style Mirage all show the band deeper than ever into their Balkan roots.
Since 2008, Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences in clubs, festivals, and underground parties. Whether you find them wailing mid-span on the Brooklyn Bridge under a full moon, serenading straphangers on a NYC subway car, or doing some hardcore relaxing in the middle of the hot tub at a Russian banya, the band gleefully delivers their full-metal joie de vivre to listeners practically anywhere. In addition to striking up in settings of dubious legality and questionable prudence, the band regularly brings its brand of irrational exuberance to stages nationwide. Notable appearances include performances on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Radiolab Live, as well as collaborations with ballet choreographer Eliot Feld and Ballet Tech at the Joyce Theater and with a production of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.
“RAYA” Album Release Party
with West Philadelphia Orchestra and DJ Joro Boro
Friday Nov 13, 2015
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
21 and over
622 Degraw st.
$12 advance – $15 at the door
Event Link: http://www.littlefieldnyc.com/event/978227
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/750237005105590/
Raya Brass Band: http://rayabrassband.com/
West Philly Orchestra: http://wpo.westphiladelphiaorchestra.com/