music Event

Asphalt Orchestra

Unpack the Elephant

The Redfern Arts Center kicks off its 30th Anniversary season with the electrifying energy of Asphalt Orchestra, a band that brings a radical new twist to the processional music tradition. This boldly original 12-piece ensemble combines inventive choreography with an infectiously hip sound that shatters the mold of traditional marching music. Asphalt Orchestra offers a program that The New York Times describes as “part parade spectacle, part halftime show, and part cutting-edge contemporary music concert…exhilarating!”


Asphalt Orchestra's Unpack The Elephant, a new show directed by Mark DeChiazza and Andrew Robinson, brings the inventive and eclectic spirit of this renegade marching band to the stage.  Since its inception in 2009 Asphalt Orchestra has energized audiences from New York's Lincoln Center to London's Barbican Centre, and throughout the US.  The 12-member band has redefined the idea of a mobile ensemble and has been called "Not Your Mother's Marching Band" by the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Now, Asphalt brings its anarchic spirit indoors with an inventive stage show featuring music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne and Annie Clark, Yoko Ono, Björk, and new music by members of the ensemble. The show is a wild musical ride driven by the tunes, and Asphalt's celebrated band members physically bring the music to life.  Configurations are created and torn apart; order is wrested from chaos; alliances are formed and lost.  And along the way, Asphalt Orchestra reveals a new form altogether –  a mobile-musical-dramatic ensemble, bringing their unstoppable sound and top-notch talent to the stage.

In addition to their performance in the Redfern’s Main Theatre, be sure to catch Asphalt’s spontaneous parade through downtown Keene starting at 2 PM on October 5. Loud, proud and sure to draw a crowd, these feisty musicians will march down Main Street in a thunderous kick-off to the 30th Anniversary season. Don’t miss out!



Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.

Flash mob at 1:45 p.m. starting from Keene State College and heading to downtown Keene

Main Theatre

This performance is funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.