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Honk NYC! Opening Night Dance Party
Oct 15, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm| $10
The seventh annual HONK NYC! Festival commences in Brooklyn with a processional to Littlefield, where the festivities get underway at 8pm with Batala NYC, the all-female Samba Reggae ensemble. Minor Mishap Marching Band follows with a raucous set of punk-ass global brass, on the floor, on the stage, and maybe even on top of the bar. A frequent collaborator in Europe of Amanda Palmer’s, Perhaps Contraption brings their curiously twisted brass-pop to the stage next. Closing the night will be trumpeter Frank London, presenting his new Klezmer-Bhangra collaboration with Deep Singh, SHARABI.
Frank London’s Klezmer-Bhangra with Deep Singh, SHARABI
SHARABI is one of the many projects generated by acclaimed NYC-based trumpeter and composer Frank London, “The Mystical High Priest of New Wave Avant-Klez Jazz.” A collaboration between London and master percussionist Deep Singh, SHARABI is an experiment in cross-cultural dance grooves and trans-continental harmony.
Perhaps Contraption is a brass, voice, woodwind and drum powered avant-marching band which draws upon art pop, progressive rock, oompah and contemporary classical elements such as polyrhythm and post minimalism. Since June 2011, they have performed over 160 times at numerous events including Glastonbury, The Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Artisti in Piazza (Italy), Wilderness, Lovebox, Durham Brass Festival and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. By blending unique and intricate instrumentation with choreography, costume and exuberant choral sections, an exciting, nascent contemporary performance troupe has been assembled. They create experiences that are simultaneously accessible, astonishing and wholly entertaining. Their most recent album Listening Bones embodies this bold new sound. The music touches upon the joyous and irreverent, the dark and piquant, the oom-pah and the sublime. It will make you move, it will make you think. At the heart of their work lies a passionate desire to create strikingly original, eccentric music that can be presented in a range of versatile outlets. Whether it’s situationist street parades, educational workshops or full scale theatrical collaborations with dancers and lighting designers, Perhaps Contraption immerse and surprise by breaking down traditional performer/audience boundaries, and by promoting the use of unique instrumentation in popular music
Minor Mishap Marching Band
Minor Mishap Marching Band (MMMB) is Austin’s renegade circus-punk-brass band. Members of MMMB are organizers of HONK!TX, a yearly festival summoning over twenty community street bands to capitol city of the Lone Star
State. The Austin Chronicle named MMMB “Best Marching Merrymakers” for 2011, writing, “Nothing compares to the gesamtkunstwerk of a Minor Mishap show, with members parading around like anarchist, psychotic bumblebees on
Adderall, blowing music outta variously-sized sound holes, standing atop bars, stages, and one another. The vibe is so, so very celebratory, even the crustiest curmudgeon would crack a grin.”
Batala NYC is an all-women’s Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae band connected to the large global family of Batala bands founded by Brazilian percussionist Giba Gonçalves. There are many Batala ensembles around the world, but few are all women! The music of Batala originates in Salvador de Bahia in North Eastern Brazil. Batala NYC formed in the spring of 2012 and has played at numerous street festivals across the city.