Saturday Nov 19th, 9PM
Slavic Soul Party and Beat Circus
258 Wythe Ave
Zebulon, one of Brooklyn's best kept secrets, has been host to many big events since its opening, including a Butch Morris residency with drummer Kenny Wollesen's big band, and most recently the Tubapalooza series organized by tubist Ron Caswell. This fourth installment in the popular series includes three unique bands all featuring tubist Ron Caswell : the dark carnival band The Beat Circus and NYC gypsy brass band Slavic Soul Party...opening the night is Judith Berkson's East River Orchestra.
The Beat Circus could be the house band for the dark carnival in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes", its full-length CD Ringleader's Revolt the accompaniment to some faded old black-and-white cartoon that never saw the light of day because it's creator's sense of humor made others...uneasy." -- Weekly Planet Slavic Soul Party has forged a new brass band culture from the heart of Brooklyn, melding Gypsy, East European, Mexican, and Asian immigrant backgrounds with American jazz, groove, and soul. Led by percussionist Matt Moran, Slavic Soul Party averages 100 shows per year, including performances in the US, the Balkans, and Turkey.
Ron Caswell (tuba) Born a pauper in the municipality of Trenton, NJ, where he escaped his cultural abyss to attend the Mannes College of Music. He's performed on tuba with The New York City Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Our State Fair (Broadway), Flying Karamazov Brothers, David Byrne, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Jambalaya Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party, Romashka, Gogol Bordello, Charlie Persip's Super Sound, Max Roach and the So What Brass Quintet, They Might Be Giants, Anthony Braxton's Tri- Centric Orchestra, Beat Circus, Kleztraphobix, Gogol Bordello, Butch Morris, Frankie Ruiz, Janet Vodka, Les Miserables Brass Band, and too many more to mention. Ron has also co-produced salsa records with Martin Arroyo and has performed with Latin bands playing trumpet and tuba. He plays electric tuba in numerous rock projects including the underground East Village rock sensation The Knobs.
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