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Gig Alert: Asphalt Orchestra

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Asphalt Orchestra
“Zomby Woof”
Playing Wednesday at plazas throughout Lincoln Center
(Broadway from 61st St. and 65th St., U.W.S)
Get: Tickets (free) | Directions

Combining highfalutin musical tastes with a punk rock attitude, the mobile new music dance party known as the Asphalt Orchestra plays covers in way you’ve never heard them before. The band makes high-octane brass band arrangements of music ranging from Zappa and Bjork to Tyondai Braxton (who used to play with Battles) and Yoko Ono. What unites it all is a remarkable execution of weirdo meters and lightning-fast licks.

The musicality on display is not surprising when you consider that the members are culled from New York music-scene royalty, including jazz bandleader and trombonist Alan Ferber, Red Baraat leader and percussionist Sunny Jain, and Gutbucket composer and saxophonist Ken Thompson, who co-leads the ensemble.

On Wednesday evening at Lincoln Center, catch the group wandering the center’s outdoor plazas as part of the free Out of Doors concert series.

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