SLAVIC SOUL PARTY!

SLAVIC SOUL PARTY!

“...razor-sharp precision, juggernaut force, and a healthy dose of playfullness...”
- National Public Radio

“...chock full of fun.”
- Downbeat

“...brawny, oompahing tunes with riffs pumped out by pairs of trombones and trumpets in jovial contention. ”
- The New York Times

FAR EAST SUITE

Slavic Soul Party! has re-imagined Duke Ellington’s iconic Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering a uniquely 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 to the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans cut short by the Kennedy assassination – they never made it to the “Far East” – and serves as a perfect foil for Slavic Soul Party’s blend of East European, Romani, and American sounds.

The essence of Ellington and Strayhorn’s collaboration is apparent from the first notes – the pulsing, harmonically rich chords of Tourist Point of View – but there’s something clearly different here. The sleight of hand that Slavic Soul Party! achieves with deft arrangements and strong Balkan playing is wonderfully disorienting.  This is music that has taken several trips across the Atlantic, in both directions played by a brass band that has fallen in love with the sound of jazz. But where is this music from? Slavic Soul Party! has always had a complex answer to that question, enthusiastically tangling issues of originality, expression, and identity.

…a rambunctious Balkan party band reinterpreting Ellington’s earthy, yet endlessly sophisticated music… The band took a beloved big-band score, reconfigured it for a much smaller group and executed it with precision — and dazzling energy.” Tom Moon, NPR’s All Things Considered

“…a pretty heavenly match” TimeOut NY

FAR EAST SUITE

Slavic Soul Party! has re-imagined Duke Ellington’s iconic Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering a uniquely 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 to the Middle East, South Asia, and the Balkans cut short by the Kennedy assassination – they never made it to the “Far East” – and serves as a perfect foil for Slavic Soul Party’s blend of East European, Romani, and American sounds.

The essence of Ellington and Strayhorn’s collaboration is apparent from the first notes – the pulsing, harmonically rich chords of Tourist Point of View – but there’s something clearly different here. The sleight of hand that Slavic Soul Party! achieves with deft arrangements and strong Balkan playing is wonderfully disorienting.  This is music that has taken several trips across the Atlantic, in both directions played by a brass band that has fallen in love with the sound of jazz. But where is this music from? Slavic Soul Party! has always had a complex answer to that question, enthusiastically tangling issues of originality, expression, and identity.

…a rambunctious Balkan party band reinterpreting Ellington’s earthy, yet endlessly sophisticated music… The band took a beloved big-band score, reconfigured it for a much smaller group and executed it with precision — and dazzling energy.” Tom Moon, NPR’s All Things Considered

“…a pretty heavenly match” TimeOut NY

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Romano Pravo

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Blue Pepper (Ellington/Strayhorn, arr. Moran)

Amad (Ellington/Strayhorn, arr. Müller)
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© 2018 Baylin Artists Management

721 Hyde Park   Doylestown, PA 18902
p. 267-880-3750 f. 267-880-3757

© 2018 Baylin Artists Management