Dance Mix

Fireworks frolics, waltzes, swings, bounces, and rocks through of seven hundred years of dance music from around the world.

“Playing everything from electric guitars to an orange kazoo, they romped through Norwegian folk songs, a Bollywood film score, some baroque dance music, and a Duke Ellington classic, even taking a stab at the dance club electronica of Aphex Twin—cleverly reverse-engineered for acoustic instruments. It was as fresh and fun as it sounds.” — Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

  1. Libertango (Live) Astor Piazzola; Fireworks Ensemble
  2. Gavotte Jean-Baptiste Lully; Fireworks Ensemble
  3. Analogue Bubblebath AFX; Fireworks Ensemble

Dance Mix is a grand tour of dance traditions across the centuries and around the world. The “madly eclectic” program encompasses the sounds of peasant lutes and viols, opulent Baroque courtly dances, gentile Classical minuets, boisterous Viennese polkas, big band swing, thumping techno, euphoric African rhythms, sultry Argentine tangos, ecstatic gypsy fiddles, and Caribbean steel drums (to name a few)—all arranged for Fireworks’ genre-crossing instrumentation.

Sample Program

Johann Strauss: Thunder and Lightning (polka)
Anonymous (14th Century): Istampita Palamento
Duke Ellington: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Franz Josef Haydn: Minuet (from Quartet No. 61)
AFX: Analogue Bubblebath
Jean Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
The Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive
Traditional/David Byrne: Ngoma/I Zimbra
Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Astor Piazzolla: Tres Minutos con la Realidad
R D Burman: Tum Kitne Din Baad Mile
Traditional (Norway): Nordic Suite
Sapo Perapaskero: Turceasca
Aaron Copland: Hoe-Down
Winston “Gypsy” Peters: Sinking Ship