Banda de los Muertos locked into a boisterous churn almost from the start of its show on Friday night at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Playing “El Sinaloense,” a Mexican brass band standard, the group sputtered and blared, rolling hard with tumbling polyrhythm, filling the room with sound. As if on cue, dancing broke out in the audience, starting with a handful of couples near the foot of the stage.
A cross-cultural experiment working under the cover of staunch traditionalism, Banda de los Muertos was formed in Brooklyn by two freethinking jazz musicians, the clarinetist Oscar Noriega and the trombonist Jacob Garchik. The ensemble, which plays the Mexican brass music known as banda in a monthly residency at Barbès, has earned a following over the last couple of years, notably among the city’s Mexicans. [Read More]