The award-winning film Brasslands is now available to AADL cardholders for online streaming at aadl.org. Celebrate with us as we present a public screening of the film and an afternoon of Balkan Brass Band Music.
• At 1:00 pm, Rhyta Musik, Michigan’s premier Balkan Brass Band will entertain with a concert of original compositions and Eastern European folk melodies that fuse cultural traditions and modern sensibilities. The ensemble consists of bass drum (tapan), snare, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, vocals, and a lead line dancer. Rhyta Musik performs often throughout Michigan and spreads its love of culture and diversity.
• At 2:00 pm, AADL will hold a special screening of "Brasslands," the 2013 documentary that explores the recent explosive popularity of Balkan brass music through the stories of three musicians whose lives revolve around playing the music for very different reasons: a Serbian trumpet master, a virtuosic Roma street musician, and a dedicated American who isn’t from the Balkans but has been playing this music in New York for the last 30 years. Their stories all converge at the 50th anniversary of the world’s biggest trumpet competition in a hidden valley in Serbia.
"Brasslands" offers an intimate and sometimes unsettling portrait of how the hopes and fears of this diverse group of characters collide in their search for common ground and musical ecstasy.