Raya Brass Band does it on the dance floor, mashing up the music of Eastern Europe with American dance grooves. Featuring odd meters, unusual scales and a fine helping of gorgeous Balkan and Romany (Gypsy) melodies played on reeds, trumpet, accordion, tuba and drums, Brooklyn favorites Raya Brass Band brings you the best in Eastern European wedding music.
“…There’s been a buzz about this band lately and it’s well-deserved…These guys took [the party] up a notch.” –Lucid Culture
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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[...]
February 8th, 2012
January 18th, 2012
This Friday night at 9pm at the Gowanus Ballroom there is a great show for a great cause. All proceeds will go to the legal fees for the arrestees in last year's Eris Parade in New Orleans. There is more info about that below, but first let us entice you with the[...]
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.
Look for the release of our latest album in early January, 2012!
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Our debut CD is available on cdbaby.com and also on iTunes.
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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