Black Masala and Trumpeter Jacob Dalager


Balkan and Funk-Inspired Brass Band. Winner of 4 WAMA awards including Best New Artist and World Music Album of the Year!

Brassy Washington DC-based outfit, Black Masala, is part of the new generation of go-anywhere brass bands. You can hear this sound all over the world now – from New Orleans (Hot 8) to Belgrade (Boban & Marko Markovic), Paris (Fanfarai) to Cotonou (Gangbe Brass Band), and right here on the east coast area as well (Red Baraat & No BS! Brass). A major party alert for this band – Black Masala puts on an amazing, high-energy live show!

Black Masala’s Brassy Midnight Party Grooves from NoLa to Punjab on Trains and Moonlight Destinies

You want to have a good time? You need brass.

This is what DC’s Black Masala blasts to the world, harnessing all the good times sunk in the Romany, second-line, bhangra, and funk horn parts that have gotten huge swaths of the planet up and dancing. With rock drive and a willingness to be as weird and wonderful as the party demands, Black Masala woos fans and new listeners with Trains and Moonlight Destinies, a tribute to the ins and outs of love, fate, and wanderlust.

Black Masala’s originals hit both elements head on, telling stories of powerful women, rascally dudes, raucous nights, and life on the road that are tinged with a hint of the fantastical, as the video for the title track reveals.

Their latest album “Trains and Moonlight Destinies” was released in 2018.

Whether they are performing live shows or releasing new music, Black Masala push the boundaries between genres and explore new musical frontiers. This unorthodox and highly creative approach is what makes the shows so much fun with a wild and unpredictable vibe for the audience.

New Single Out Now:

Greenbelt Connection

Trumpeter Jacob Dalager lives in Greenbelt. That’s Jacob above, second from right.

Jacob is an instructor at the Catholic University of America, Frostburg State University, Frederick Community College, and the International School of Music, while simultaneously pursuing his D.M.A. at CUA under the tutelage of Chris Gekker, MSG Graham Breedlove, and Andy Balio. He is principal trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, frequent guest with the National Philharmonic, Post-Classical Ensemble, and Symphony of the Potomac. Dalager is a founding member, principal trumpet, and arranger for the Parkway Brass. He also is a member of the Wammy award-wining reggae outfit, Shamans of Sound. In 2016, he made his U.S. concerto debut with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and is excited to be returning again in October 2019 to perform his original concerto, 3ɟutures for trumpet and orchestra.

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