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