Sat, September 24th

Zlatne Uste &Raya Brass Band


Doors 7pm
Show 8pm
Advance Price
Door Price $20

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

PLEASE NOTE: Esma Redezepova & Ensemble Teodosievski's US Tour has been canceled due to visa issues. The 9/24 show will take place with Zlatne Uste & Raya Brass Band. All tickets for this show will be honored plus advance ticket holders for this event will have access to ALL nine shows during the NY Gypsy Festival. Ticket holders can also ask for $30 full refund. Please contact [email protected]. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The NY Gypsy Festival presents Zlatne Uste & Raya Brass Band   

The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its seventh year with another outstanding performance schedule and a total of nine shows from Sept 9 – 29, 2011. 15 artists from Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, UK, US and Canada display the spirit of the Gypsy diaspora, tenacity and vivaciousness at Drom in September. 

Festival Passes discounted! $25 for 7 shows -> Apply code "gypsy91211" to redeem your discount here

Find out more on the 
offical NY Gypsy Festival website  

Brass music is a big deal in the Balkans, and the tiny town of Guča is the epicenter. For a few days each summer over half-a-million riotous music fans flood a Serbian village for the world's largest trumpet competition. Featuring a rich soundtrack with driving rhythms and fiery melodies performed by the best brass bands in the world, Brasslands is more than just a film about Balkan music.

 At the center is Zlatne Uste, an eccentric New York City brass band, the linchpin of the growing Balkan music scene in the U.S. For almost 30 years, this band and the eccentric yet passionate community surrounding it has been central to the lives of its members. Zlatne Uste is staging their return to Serbia to confront the site of their cultural appropriation. They will compete against a young Serbian wunderkind, and a Roma (“Gypsy”) trumpet master in the first ever international competition.
 Brasslands is a character-driven feature documentary about the power of music to inform our identities, unite communities, and reach across political borders. Set against the backdrop of the loud and colorful spectacle of the Guča trumpet festival -- Europe's wildest party and best kept musical secret -- it features a diverse ensemble cast of Roma musicians, Serbian townspeople, and an American band whose lives and dreams collide over one unforgettable week in a hidden Balkan valley.
Just before Zlatne Uste takes the stage at Drom, the filmmakers will unveil a 20-minute sample from the movie for its first public screening. 
Brasslands is the second feature film by the Meerkat Media Collective, a New York-based arts collective. If you are interested in exploring more sights and sounds from the movie please visit, or Facebook page: will begin playing in film festivals worldwide in Spring, 2012.

Zlatne Uste (US) 

From Kolos to Kusturica, experience the rich sounds of driving Balkan brass. Zlatne Uste (Golden Lips) is an internationally known group of American-born musicians playing traditional music of the Balkans, primarily representing Serbian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and Romany (Gypsy) traditions. Four-time invited guest at the Dragachevo Brass Festival in Gucha, Serbia, the 12-piece band is among the foremost presenters of traditional Balkan dance music in the United States. Each year Zlatne Uste hosts and produces the Golden Festival, New York's biggest and best Balkan music festival with an astounding 40 or more bands and something for everyone.

Official Website



Raya Brass Band

Raya Brass Band (pronounced “RYE ah”) is the sort of brass band that gleefully mashes up the music of Eastern Europe with funky American dance grooves. Featuring odd meters, unusual scales and a fine helping of gorgeous Balkan and Romany (Gypsy) melodies played on reeds, trumpet, accordion, tuba and drums, Raya Brass Band slakes the thirst for something old and new at the same time, unusual and funky, spiritedly played by some of NYC’s finest Balkan folk musicians.

Raya Brass Band draws in both average listeners and Eastern European folk music aficionados alike with its energetic and engaging portable show. As a fully acoustic ensemble, Raya Brass Band can wander freely, bringing a Balkan style dance party everywhere it goes. With members of the band ready to teach basic Balkan dances at the drop of a hat, the audience can choose to listen, learn some new dance steps, or shake everything they’ve got however they like!

Since its inception, Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences throughout New York City at events ranging from wild parties, Mardi Gras celebrations and large Balkan music festivals to humble community concerts and impromptu “guerilla” shows. By channeling the festive, exciting and spontaneous music of the Balkans, Raya Brass Band brings the organic and joyous experience of the Eastern European village brass band to its own “village” of Brooklyn, NY.

Official Website