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!

TODAY, 7pm
Starts at North Plaza/Hearst Plaza (Library for the Performing Arts)
Program: Zappa, Nancarrow, Bjork, Braxton, Bregovic

Fri Aug. 7, 11:45am
Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, North Waiting Room

Fri Aug. 7, 7pm
Starts at Josie Robertson Plaza (Fountain in front of Avery Fisher Hall)
Program: Braxton, Zappa, Mingus, Bjork, Bregovic

Sat Aug 8. 7pm
Starts at South Plaza (Damrosch Park)
Program: Zappa, Braxton, Nancarrow, Bregovic, Meshuggah

LCOOD Exiting subway 2

LCOOD 3 horns subway

LCOOD Percussion

Sun Aug. 9, 7pm
Starts at Broadway Plaza (Alice Tully Hall)
Program: Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Meshuggah, Bjork, Nancarrow, Bregovic

Click here for a map of the Lincoln Center Campus, and click here a complete Lincoln Center Out of Door 09 schedule.

Asphalt Orchestra has been made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund and by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

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