From the city of Kočani, Republic of Macedonia, writes Schraepfer Harvey on the Earshot website, Kočani Orkestar is the premier exponent of that region’s brass-band tradition, originating in 19th-century imitation of Turkish military bands. Founded by trumpeter Naat Veliov, the band has expanded its early Gypsy-tune repertoire to include music of street parades, weddings, village celebrations (Alone at My Wedding), and Balkan pop and retro-surf (The Ravished Bride). With a powerful rhythm section (drummer plus four tubas) that rocks like a mutant Balkan funk band and wailing, passionate soloists (sax, trumpet, clarinet, accordion) who go to soaring heights, the thundering style of Kočani Orkestar has made it one of the best-liked Gypsy bands in Europe and the U.S. Orkestar Zirkonium, a Balkan-inspired, mobile, brass-and-drum band based in Seattle, opens the show. Presented by Earshot Jazz.
Advance tickets are $22/$20 Earshot members & seniors/ $12 for students with current ID, at www.brownpapertickets.com and 1-800-838-3006. Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue.
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $35-$65.
Monday, September 8, 2014, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $8-$10.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30 – 10:00pm
Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $15-$20.