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Asphalt Orchestra is a radical new street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses. Created by the founders of the “relentlessly inventive” new music presenter Bang on a Can (Justin Davidson, NY Magazine), Asphalt Orchestra unleashes innovative music from concert halls, rock clubs and jazz basements and takes it to the streets. With movement direction from internationally acclaimed choreographers Susan Marshall and Mark DeChiazza and costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, the 12-member band brings together some of the most exciting rock, jazz and classical players in New York City: Jessica Schmitz (piccolo), Alex Hamlin, Peter Hess and Ken Thomson (saxophones), Shane Endsley and Stephanie Richards (trumpets), Jen Baker and Alan Ferber (trombones), Kenny Bentley (sousaphone), Sunny Jain, Nick Jenkins and Yuri Yamashita (percussion), who The New York Times have called “12 top-notch brass and percussion players.”

Asphalt Orchestra’s debut performances stretched 5 packed nights at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and one afternoon at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station in August 2009

ARTICLE: RADIO

Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die

Read "Frank Zappa's Jazz Legacy Refuses to Die" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Frank Zappa may have said “jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death. On Freak Out, one of the most impressive debut albums of all times, he ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can All-Stars Announce Ken Thomson as New Clarinetist

Bang on a Can, New York’s innovative and energetic champion of new music, officially announced the new clarinetist for its “All-Star” lineup. The Bang on a Can All-Stars have become a singular vehicle for visionary composition over the course of the last 20 years, and with the addition of Ken Thomson will continue to set the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can Celebrates 25 Years with Triple Bill Concert at Lincoln Center

Bang on a Can takes over Alice Tully Hall presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in a triple-bill birthday bash on Saturday, April 28 at 7pm featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, and MIT’s Gamelan Galak Tika. Bang on a Can is celebrating 25 years during 2012, having grown from a one-day ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

NYC Winter Jazzfest, Day 1: January 6, 2012

Read "NYC Winter Jazzfest, Day 1: January 6, 2012" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Day 1 | Day 22012 NYC Winter Jazzfest, Day 1New York, NYJanuary 6, 2012 No one could argue that jazz didn't have a tumultuous 2011. For the better, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding's Grammy for Best New Artist marked the first time a jazz musician was awarded that honor, and veteran tenor ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011

Read "Winter Jazzfest, New York City, Day 2: January 8, 2011" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Day 1 | Day 2 Winter JazzfestNew York, NYJanuary 7-8, 2011 Kirk Knuffke Quartet Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke certainly has an enthusiasm for the “hot" jazz of the 1920's, even if it isn't straight from the source. Knuffke's quartet--co-fronted by trombonist Brian Drye, and backed by ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Major Music Programming at 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival Includes Special Performance by Pianist Vijay Iyer

The 2010 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival will feature its first large-scale music programming this year with three major musical presentations. Jazz composer and pianist Vijay Iyer whose acclaimed album Historicity topped 2009 critics' lists, will offer a special performance at Eastern State Penitentiary on Saturday, September 11 where he will play within the art installation Release, ...


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