HONK NYC! Opening Night Dance Party

HONK NYC! Opening Night Dance Party

The 2014 HONK NYC! Festival opening night concert features global brass music presented by artists from NYC, Moscow and Paris. Famed NYC-based trumpeter Frank London headlines and welcomes acts Pakava It' from Moscow and Les Muses Tanguent from Paris, with help from friends in Raya Brass Band and PitchBlak Brass Band.

Perhaps Contraption

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

BatalaNYC is NYC's homegrown band, and the ONLY all-female Afro-Brazilian style samba reggae drum orchestra in the Northeast U.S.A. A "...samba-lanche of music, dance, and color," the group is part of a bigger, global arts project, the Paris and Salvador-based Batala, which has bands in over 25 cities around the world. Batala NYC plays the rhythms of the northeast Brazilian state of Bahia, with roots in West African rhythms. The ensemble takes all women regardless of musical ability and teaches them to drum and dance. BatalaNYC has performed in over 100 festivals, parades, events, shows, and parties, including being the opening drummers for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary tour in 2012. The NYC Chapter was started in 2012 by artistic director Stacy Kovacs, and has grown to 85 women strong.



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