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Susan Marshall saves the day!

Three little girls sitting on Josie Robertson Plaza, mesmerized by Asphalt Orchestra.

Three little girls sitting on Josie Robertson Plaza, mesmerized by Asphalt Orchestra.

Asphalt Orchestra, the avant-garde marching band created by Bang on a Can, has been incredibly popular so far. Audiences seem to grow as the group moves around the Lincoln Center campus.

But children have been particularly entranced by the band’s performances. But that pied piper quality could have come to grief for three little girls on Wednesday night when a saxophone came thisclose to marching right into the girls.

It could have been a disaster if not for the quick action by Susan Marshall, who choreographed Asphalt’s movements and was there to take a look at how it was working.

Once she noticed the three identically dressed girls were so mesmerized by the band that they didn’t realize they were about to be run over on Josie Robertson Plaza, Susan sprang into action, saving the girls from the boots of saxophonist Peter Hess.

All’s well that ends well, of course.

Here’s the action sequence:

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Choreographer Susan Marshall comes out of nowhere.

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Saxophonist Peter Hooks on a collision course with the girls.

Asphalt Orchestra’s amazing debut — and more to come!

It came from underground: Asphalt Orchestra made its debut appearance yesterday by emerging from the subway station in front of Alice Tully Hall.

It came from underground: Asphalt Orchestra made its debut appearance yesterday by emerging from the subway station in front of Alice Tully Hall.

Asphalt Orchestra made its world debut at Lincoln Center last night to the thrill of a large crowd gathered in front of Alice Tully Hall. It was quite a sight to see people gathered at the amphitheater at the northeast corner of Broadway and West 65th Street, wondering exactly where the avant-garde marching band would make its entrance.

It was quite a pleasant shock to realize that Asphalt would be emerging from the depths of the NYC subway system, marching up the stairs of the 66th Street station on the No. 1 line.

The band kicked off the performance with the world premiere of “Carlton,” a snappy number Stew and Heidi Rodewald of Passing Strange fame. The title, Heidi said at last night’s show, is the name of a cab driver in Jamaica. Here’s a video excerpt of their piece:

The Asphalt fun continues every night at 7 o’clock through Sunday, starting at a different location on the Lincoln Center campus. See the schedule and more photos after the jump.

And oh, yeah, the Dave Brubeck Quartet (with special guest Simon Shaheen) and Amir ElSaffar‘s Two Rivers Large Ensemble really kicked out the jams later last night. But more about that later!

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