Amad (Slavic Soul Party)

Far East Suite

In 1963, the DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA embarked on a US State Dept 'jazz diplomacy' tour of the Middle East, South Asia, and The Balkans. Later, Ellington recorded his brilliant collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, The FAR EAST SUITE. And now, 50 years later, SLAVIC SOUL PARTY re-imagines the Far East Suite as an Eastern European brass band discovering an exotic American sound, reversing the "exotic tinge" and reveling in this subtle, funky, and brilliant music. Led by Matt Moran, SSP explores the tangled issues of authenticity and identity, while creating music that is uniquely New York. While celebrating Ellington, they are perhaps adding their chapter to the piece, as the tour never made it to the Balkans - it was cut short on November 22, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Slavic Soul Party plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite debuts on September 16, drop in here for preorder and to hear tracks as they are unveiled.  

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