Orkestar Zirkonium, a mobile 13-member brass-and-drum ensemble, comes to City Hall’s outdoor plaza, 600 Fourth Ave., for a free, all-ages performance, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, as part of the Seattle Presents free summer concert series. Seattle Presents features eight consecutive weeks of free concerts on Thursdays at City Hall through August.
Orkestar Zirkonium borrows from a variety of musical traditions, composes original music, and kicks out a celebratory spectacle. The band’s up-tempo sounds inspire street parties, traditional Eastern European line dances and the ecstatic abandonment of reason. Zirkonium members hail from Circus Contraption, the Infernal Noise Brigade, the Anti-Fascist Marching Band, The Annie Ford Band, Sigourney Reverb, and other groups. Their songs draw from Eastern European/Roma brass, klezmer, Bollywood soundtracks, Ethiopian jazz, punk, funk, hip-hop and other musical idioms.
Seattle Presents concerts are presented by the Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.
IMAGE: Orkestar Zirkonium. Photo by Jenny Jimenez/photojj.com.