"Surfer Rosa", the alt-rocker Pixies' seminal debut album, is now a classic; it's considered not only one of the top albums of the 1980s, but one of the most influential (and best) rock albums of all time.
Surfer Rosa made it's debut in 1988, which means the album's 25th anniversary is NOW.
The album is being celebrated and will be performed by a highly unusual group of musicians who comprise the Asphalt Orchestra.
The world-premiere of the Asphalt Orchestra's most ambitious project to date, the original, commissioned** arrangements of the pioneering Pixies' "Surfer Rosa", will be performed on July 28th at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors -- a free concert and event. If you're going to be in the Big Apple that day, it would be a sin not to check it out.
**(Asphalt Orchestra Plays The Pixies: Surfer Rosa, was commissioned by Lincoln Center for Lincoln Center Out of Doors.)
A bit about Asphalt Orchestra:
"Asphalt Orchestra is a radical new street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses. Created by the founders of the “relentlessly inventive” new music presenter Bang on a Can (New York Magazine), Asphalt Orchestra unleashes innovative music from concert halls, rock clubs and jazz basements and takes it to the streets and beyond. The band brings together some of the most exciting rock, jazz and classical players in New York City who The New York Times called “12 top-notch brass and percussion players.”
"Their repertoire ranges from music by pop wizard Björk, to jazz legend Charles Mingus, rock progressive Frank Zappa, Brazilian iconoclast songwriter Tom Zé, Zimbabwean provocateur Thomas Mapfumo, Swedish metal band Meshuggah, and new pieces written for the band by David Byrne and Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Yoko Ono, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Goran Bregovic, Tyondai Braxton (Battles), and Stew and Heidi Rodewald (Broadway and Spike Lee’s Passing Strange)." Not your mother's marching band, no, not at all.