HONK NYC! + WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg bring global brass band mayhem and more to NJ!
Featuring FIVE bands!
The only NJ appearance by the Merasi Master Musicians of Rajasthan - euphoric sounds from India's Thar Desert .
Followed by Brooklyn's bombastic Funkrust Brass Band; groundbreaking NYC Balkan brass powerhouse Zlatne Uste band; France's uproarious Pompier Poney Club; and the transglobal peregrinations of Underground Horns!
Our last two cathartic HONK! NYC shows at Monty Hall are the stuff of legend. Brass and street bands from around the country and around the world made merry mayhem, honking and squonking and cavorting their way to our hearts, on stage and in the audience.
This year we're adding a new wrinkle - opening the show with a very special appearance by our furthest-flung group ever, all the way from India, an ensemble that's not actually brass, but equally dynamic: The Merasi Master Musicians of Rajasthan. They'll kick things off with powerful music that's been passed along for centuries The Merasi (meaning “keeper of stories”) play rousing traditional songs of the Thar desert region of Rajasthan in North India, as well as sacred Hindu bhajans and Sufi Qawwalis (the style made world famous by the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) and more.
PLUS for the first time at Monty Hall we will be regaled by the one and only Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band. Zlatne Uste is the band that brought Balkan brass band music to New York, the founders and stars of the beloved annual Golden Festival in Brooklyn and multiple-time invitees to the legendary Guča brass band festival in Serbia (as documented in the award-winning film Brasslands - brasslands.com
But that's not all: Our spotlight European brass band this year is Marseille's Le Pompier Poney Club - who bring southern French flair to French fanfare fervor! Marseilles is a fun-loving multi-cultural mecca and you'll hear that loud and clear in their music and theatrics.
Plus we'll have sets by two exciting yet quite different Brooklyn bands crossing two rivers to play their hearts out for you: The bombastic super-squonking street phalanx Funkrust Brass Band, and Underground Horns, whose dynamic sound is influenced by everything from African Funk to Anglo-Punjabi bhangra, New Orleans second-line music and more.
More about the HONK! Phenomenon:
Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is
emerging. Acoustic and mobile, borrowing repertoire and inspiration
from a diverse set of folk music traditions New Orleans second line
brass bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro
Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi
Gras and Carnival these "honkers" all share a commitment to several
core principles. Metaphorically speaking, they honk their horns for
the same reasons motorists honk theirs: to arouse fellow travelers, to
warn of danger, to celebrate milestones, and to just plain have fun.