Sandaraa & West Philadelphia Orchestra

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Sandaraa & West Philadelphia Orchestra

Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis

Thu, May 12, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

West Philadelphia Orchestra - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra is a brass band inspired by the Romani
"orkestars" and "fanfares" of Eastern Europe. Since 2006, WPO has
become known as "Philadelphia's village band," performing at parks,
festivals, wedding celebrations, community theaters, and street
corners throughout the region, pumping out their combination of
Balkan, klezmer, punk, and banging beats. Fronted by
Bulgarian-American vocalist Petia Z., the group includes up to 14 of
Philadelphia’s finest brass and percussion players. Known for their
stellar musicianship and dynamic live shows, WPO's sound is raw,
raucous and extremely kinetic. In 2016, WPO released their eagerly
anticipated album Tour de Filli, which features the band's original
compositions. WPO’s live performances are celebratory events; they can
be heard every Tuesday in Center City Philly at their weekly dance
party at Franky Bradley’s. With driving percussion, pirouetting tuba,
wailing reeds and blaring trumpets, WPO's sound hits hard and lifts
the spirits.
Sandaraa - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Imagined hybrids from lost empires, ​the unexpected sounds of Sandaraa ("song" in Pashto) show how Eastern Europe the indus Civilization and Central Asia connect. The melismatic might of modal music and the ringing grit of mountain songs, the rollicking trance beats and restrained emotional intensity, have an eerie resonance, despite surface differences. A magical world of global sounds comes alive when superstar Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash joins forces with a retinue of leading Brooklyn musicians led by klezmer clarinet virtuoso Michael Winograd to unlock the musical secrets and history of their regions steeped in ecstatic mysticism, war, migrations and ancient cities lost to the sands of time.​

Michael and Zeb discovered this unheralded affinity between their traditions by chance at a shared gig, but have purposefully crafted the eureka moment into an adventuresome project to explore trans-Eurasian sonic possibilities. Taking inspiration from legendary artists such as Sabzal Saami, Beltoon, Haji Saifudin and more, Sandaraa infuses their own personal styles and vocabulary to expand upon the music. Each band member adds his or her own musical history to the mix creating a signature sound that captivates audiences and fascinates listeners with their unique and inspired approach to musical and cultural synthesis. Through the support of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Sandaraa has received major grants from the prestigious MAP Fund, Chamber Music America, and Puffin Foundation.
Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis
When Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis went to Ghana in 2014, they
planned to travel and maybe make a few musical friends. They ended up spending the
entire three weeks in the city of Accra, studying the traditional music of Northwest
Ghana with master gyil player Aaron Bebe. The resulting EP, BAWA, treats the
polyrhythmic peregrinations of the xylophone-like gyil not as a gimmick but as source
material, a puzzle to be deconstructed and rearranged into a bright new collage.

"Slow Rider" is the second song on BAWA, yet the release's fourth track (each song is
preceded by a snippet of the Bebe tune upon which it is based). It may take a few listens to tease out its ingredients because the playing is so dazzlingly complex. "Slow
Rider" is more sedate, with the skeleton of a lopsided gyil riff and a lyrical electric
guitar melody that trips along on top.

The Brooklyn-based Kearney and Davis are longtime collaborators. Kearney was a
member of Davis's sprawling avant-pop group, Cuddle Magic (she also plays bass in
the up-tempo, stripped-down Lake Street Dive), and her knack for wordplay and for
unexpected hooks has long been evident. Davis, on the other hand, has honed a
weirder, texture-obsessed sensibility, and in fashion typical for his songs "Slow Rider"
takes a while to get to the sweet spot, while spotlighting many of his favorite sounds
(delicate snare drum hits and whispery harmony vocals). "You're a slow rider, baby/
I'm a slow rider, hey hey," Kearney sings in the chorus, and if it's not immediately
clear what a "slow rider" is, the song offers a definition of sorts, as it rises unhurriedly
towards a state of gentle bliss.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125