5 Reasons To Go See - Orkestra del Sol present The Moveable Feast

This article is from 2008

Orkestra del Sol
  1. Their music is famously euphoric. Their riotous live shows are packed with hot brass-driven melodies, 100-mile-an-hour polkas, seductive waltzes, driving percussion and roguish charm. They’ll make you grin from ear to ear on the night, and they’ll put you in a good mood for a week.
  2. Their singer Sincero Minimo. He’s a sweatband-wearing calypso crooner; an unstoppable hit with the ladies; and a legend in his own mind.
  3. They’re big in the Czech Republic. They made their national TV debut on the Czech version of Richard and Judy. Consequently, their gig at the country’s biggest music festival, Colours of Ostrava, was a complete sell-out, with fans filling the streets outside and mobbing their tour bus. Even The Happy Mondays (also playing at Colours) turned up to check them out. But, fame and influence wasn’t enough to blag The Happy Mondays into the packed venue, so Bez & Co had to be content with listening from outside.
  4. Their trumpet player’s only 12 years old. Boy-wonder trumpet genius Phil Philodopoulos’s achingly beautiful trumpet solos can reduce an audience to tears or induce frenzied dancing whenever he puts trumpet to lips.
  5. The Spiegeltent is their ‘spiritual home’. If ever there was a venue built for Orkestra del Sol, it’s the lush, mirrored, cabaret surrounds of the Spiegeltent. They’re back for the third year in a row with a brand new album and show. Experience the full force of Orkestra del Sol live during the Fringe.

The Spiegel Garden, 667 8940, 11 & 18 Aug, 9.45pm; 29 Aug, 8pm, £12 (£10).

Orkestra del Sol

Energetic world music from all corners, incorporating samba, gypsy polka, carnival anthems, Slavic waltzes and calypso.

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