West Philadelphia Orchestra | Live At Tritone

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Live At Tritone

by West Philadelphia Orchestra

West Philadelphia Orchestra (WPO) is a Balkan-inspired brass band that plays rousing, organic dance music featuring adventurous improvisations, crisp rhythms and the voice of Petia Zamfirova.
Genre: World: Balkan
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1. Ne Bas̆ Djavo!
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2. Suknjica
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3. Prazan C̆oc̆ek
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4. Minor Major Threat
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5. Slomoc̆ek
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6. C̆aje S̆ukarije
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7. Dem Rebns Woo Hah
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8. Band Introductions
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Tritone was a gritty little bar located at 1508 South Street in Philadelphia, opposite the legendary Bob and Barbara's. WPO hosted its first "Balkan Dance Party" there on a Sunday night in June, 2007, and continued to play monthly until the club closed its doors in February, 2012. With the 10 to 15 piece band sprawled across the stage and onto the floor, and the crowd pressed tight against the drummers, WPO developed their unique sound and style and gained a loyal following. The regularly tried out new tunes, experimented with instrumentation and rhythms, and tested the boundaries of improvisation. WPO's Tritone shows quickly became known throughout Philadelphia as a must-have good time - a party where one could dance to pounding organic rhythms, sing along to soaring melodies and listen to some of Philly's best improvisers let loose - for $5. WPO also hosted 2 massive NYE parties there, for which the band themselves provided the Balkan buffet.

Thousands of Philadelphians and visitors came out for a night of frenetic partying and the city-wide special ($3 Jim Beam and PBR combo), and this live album is dedicated to Tritone and to all the beautiful folks who came by over the years. It was recorded on January 12th, 2012, and features Petia Zamfirova's inspired singing, solos by Koofreh Umoren, Adam Hershberger and Patrick Hughes on trumpets, David Fishkin and Elliott Levin on saxophones, and Jim Parker on the tuba. WPO set up the mics for posterity, to document the very good times; they didn't imagine that they'd release a live album at the time. Tritone's acoustics were never very good, the crowds were loud, and the band often wandered around the room as they played, moving among the crowd (a sonic experience that no stereo could re-create). However, the energy of the night came through strong on the recordings with surprising clarity, and we hope you give this recording a listen and can imagine (or remember) the joy we all shared at those parties.


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