West Philadelphia Orchestra & Inspector Gadje featuring Ismail Lumanovsky

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Friday 9/30
7:30 pm
$15 General Public
$10 Students & IHP Members
$5 Children (under 10)
FREE IHP Residents

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West Philadelphia Orchestra began as neighborhood friends fiddling on porches and in parks, making noise at protests and outsider art gatherings, and dedicated to livening up their bohemian village.  Over the years, WPO has become larger and louder, the parties wilder and more ecstatic, and the band developed a singular mashup blend of Balkan brass traditions, American jazz and global beats.  Their new album, Tour de Filli, is a culmination of this evolution, marking the point at which they have transformed a foreign brass tradition into their own.  With cutting brass, searing woodwinds and some of the tightest beats around, West Philadelphia Orchestra invites audiences to lose themselves in earthy sounds that shake, break and roll.    


With up to 14 musicians (12 horns and 2 percussionists) including featured performer Ismail Lumanovsky, the world-renowned Macedonian clarinetist who has played with everyone from Pierre Boulez to New York Gypsy All-Stars, Bay Area-San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans of south-eastern Europe. Hearing Inspector Gadje is love at first listen. The driving, tight groove of low brass and drums with soaring melodies from trumpets, saxophones, and clarinet incite joy and dance from the very first downbeat. Inspector Gadje ignites the dance floor and makes the party wherever they play, be it clubs (including notable venues such as the MGM Arena, Fox Theater, Palace Of Fine Arts, The Independent, Ashkenaz, Café du Nord, The New Parish, Rickshaw Stop, and Yoshi’s to name a few) weddings, parties, and street festivals.