Luminescent Orchestrii



Biography

Take Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats, and Appalachian fiddle, all eaten and spit out by two violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica, and bass, and you begin to picture Luminescent Orchestrii.

Their members all come from different “scenes” across New York City, but are united by their love of Balkan and Gypsy music: Sxip Shirey is an international circus composer, Sarah Alden is an old-time fiddle player, Rima Fand is an experimental theater composer, and Benjy Fox-Rosen is a free-jazz bassist. It is not uncommon to see Ms. Fand composing music for a Lorca puppet show, Mr. Fox-Rosen schlepping his bass to a jazz gig, or Ms. Alden fiddling away at some all-night old-time session.

Since 2002, the Luminescent Orchestrii has toured the East Coast, England, Scotland, and Germany, and has traveled to Romania, Macedonia, Turkey, and Serbia, in search of inspiration. They most recently returned from Serbia's Trumpet Festival, a 47-year-old event that takes place in the small town of Guca, where hordes of competing gypsy brass bands converge on the streets and restaurants.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/26/2012: Luminescent Orchestrii

The New York–based group, which has come together through a love of Balkan and Gypsy music, uses violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica, and bass in creating a sound that blends Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip hop beats, and Appalachian fiddle. Part of The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.

Luminescent Orchestrii