Early Show - World Music Institute x Mercury East Present
Mames Babegenush, Slavic Soul Party
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
This event is 21 and over
Mames Babegenush is East meets North. Where strong Scandinavian roots merges with the vibrant dance music of Eastern Europe. From the ambiance of Nordic pine trees to lively weddings in Romania, the music of Mames Babegenush gives a sense of both melancholy and ecstatic joy.
Over the last 14 years, Danish band Mames Babegenush, has established itself as one of Europe's premiere klezmer ensembles. Their long list of awards include the Danish Music Award for Best World Album of The Year and three prizes awarded by the prestigious International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, including the Jury and Audience Prizes.
The band's fifth studio album, Mames Babegenush with Strings - out on all digital platforms/vinyl/cd - includes a mix of original compositions and audience favorites and was recorded live with a string quartet in front of a studio audience in Copenhagen.
Mames Babegenush has performed at a number of the music world's most venerated venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall (US), Wiener Metropol (AT), Chicago World Music Festival (US), Paradiso (NL), Lotus Fest (US), Klezmer Fürth (GER), the New York Gypsy Festival (US), Teatro Independencia (ARG) and Roskilde Festival (DK) alongside the likes of Gogol Bordello, David Krakauer and Amsterdam Klezmer Band.
Slavic Soul Party
Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. 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. SSP!’s Tuesday night residency in Brooklyn has become a destination for music fans from around the world, and is famous for “delivering a great time.” (New York Times)
In September 2016 Ropeadope Records released Slavic Soul Party! Plays Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite. SSP! re-imagines Duke Ellington’s iconic Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering an exotic American sound, reversing the “exotic tinge” and reveling in this subtle, funky, and brilliant music. Ellington’s suite (created with Billy Strayhorn) was inspired by a 1963 State Department tour that was cut short – they didn’t make it to the “Far East” – and serves as a perfect foil for SSP!’s blend of East European, Romani, and American sounds. Critics call it “a pretty heavenly match” (TimeOut NY) and say “parts of SSP’s reinterpretation sounds like a Bulgarian wedding, others like a gypsy jazz funeral in New Orleans. And yet… it all sounds like Duke Ellington.” (Wall St Journal).
$20 - $25