“This Brooklyn collective gleefully upends traditional wedding music of the Balkans and Greece, undercutting regional reeds and brass with decidedly American funk pulse.”—New York Times
“Watch as five people conjure a massive party around them. Then see if you can resist the temptation to get up and start dancing. It’s pretty unlikely.”—Pop Matters
“The wild … stylings of this band invoked such a frenzy that several people questioned their own existence after their own souls leapt from their body and danced right out in front of them.”—What Weekly, Baltimore
“A wild ride of genre blending that doesn’t call it a night just because the sun is coming up.”Midwest Record
“Unhinged energy and dizzying skill.”—New York Daily News
You might catch them wailing mid-span on the Brooklyn Bridge under a full moon. Or making partiers on a Bushwick rooftop dance so hard that the roof bounces. Raya Brass Band bursts with a frenetic joie de vivre that powers the high-energy party. Digging into black-market compilations, Eastern European carnival traditions and their own eclectic musical pasts (New Orleans brass, punk, out jazz), Raya Brass Band has the chops to match their irrational exuberance.
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October 23rd, 2013
If you haven't heard it yet, check out our new album, "This Train is Now," currently available digitally on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and more. We're very excited about it. We also have vinyl LPs! Come and get them at a show, or send us an email about placing an order. Listen[...]
August 28th, 2013
We are pleased to announce our album release party on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 at the Ukrainian National Home in the East Village. And we're very excited that our friends in Pitchblak Brass Band and the West Philadelphia Orchestra are going to be joining us for the festivities. This is going to[...]
December 9th, 2012
"Woot!" - Don Godwin, Tuba December 31: Raya Brass Band will be blowing in the new year with style, finesse and a whole bunch of hot Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek, Roma and original tunes. C'mon 2013! After a few years off, the members of the Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar who now play in Raya[...]
December 9th, 2012
Saturday, December 15: Raya Brass Band In Hot Water at the Steamy Dance Party at Russian Baths Yes, this is THAT legendary party at the Russian baths. 7pm-2am, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested) Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave bet Beverley Rd & Ave C, Kensington, BK (map) 2 blocks south of Prospect Park/30[...]
April 7th, 2012
Heya! Come out and catch us live today on this gorgeous Brooklyn day Saturday, April 7, 21 and 28 - Radegast Hall & Biergarten - Brooklyn, NY Time: 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Address: 113 N 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11211 map | info Also today - a few members of Raya Brass Band and special guests[...]
Golden Festival was off the hook this year with over 60 bands. This video is from our Saturday night set in the Rainbow Room, playing a yet unnamed original by our trumpet player Ben Syversen.
“NYC subway New Years Eve, 2012. Video by Sandra Koponen. Unfortunately, the tape ran out before the music did, but if you’re left wanting more, that’s alright! Happy New Year! — Sandra Koponen”
“this band hopped on the subway train we were on, heading into times square on new years eve .. we were lucky enough to convince them to play a lil tune =)”
“Raya Brass Band plays *in* the jacuzzi at Gemini and Scorpio’s Steamy Valentine’s Night at Russian Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave, Kensington, BK, 2/13/10.”
“This CLIP features RAYA BRASS BAND at the beginning of the event, just creating atmosphere and ambience with their amazing playing.”
We had the pleasure to open for Dengue Fever and Malkit Singh in early August for the 2011 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.
Raya Brass Band is the newest fiery Balkan band to come out of the village of Brooklyn, NY. Raya (which rhymes with “maya”) Brass Band is a mighty quintet of tuba, bass drum, accordion, trumpet and clarinet an exuberantly delivers the swirling, dynamic music of northern Greece. In true village style, Raya Brass Band gives audiences a direct and unmediated earful of sonic energy from the middle of the dance floor.
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Do we play weddings? Most definitely YES! Give us a shout and we’ll help you plan your event with the very best in Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy music with an American funk slant.
Video by Sandra Koponen. Thanks, Sandra!
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