Summer 2018 Shows

17th July 2018

We are excited to be performing on Thursday July 26th at the legendary Spiegeltent at Bard College. The Spiegeltent is a legendary traveling circus tent of mirrors and an internationally renowned destination of magic and mayhem. We'll be performing hot jazz from our albums Hothouse Stomp and Hot Town, unearthed works of the lesser-known and rarely-heard composers and band leaders that served as fixtures of the dance halls, speakeasies, and nightclubs of the late prohibition-era years of the Southside of Chicago and Harlem.

This show is a part of a series presented by the New York Hot Jazz Festival and Catskill Jazz Factory titled Jazz Through the Looking Glass: The Hot Jazz Age.

Thursday July 26th
Spiegeltent at the Fisher Center - Bard College
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Manor Ave
Annandale-on-Hudson NY

Tickets here


In other exciting news, we'll be at the annual Friends of Alec Wilder Tribute Concert performing all music of Alec Wilder from our albums Book of Rhapsodies Vol I and II. This marks the first time many of these arrangements have been performed publicly. Alec Wilder was a fascinating figure in the world of music and wrote music for octets, concertos, and songs for Frank Sinatra, among others. This even will feature speakers and music celebrating the life and work of Alec Wilder. Here are the details:

Sunday September 16th
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn NY

All tickets $25. Available at the door
Wine and beer available for purchase


Book of Rhapsodies II Album Release

22nd November 2017

We'll be celebrating the release of our new album Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II on Tuesday January 2nd at the wonderful Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City. This is one of the best sounding jazz venues in NYC and a great spot to hear a rare performance of music from the acclaimed Book of Rhapsodies series.

Reserve your seat today!


Brian Carpenter, trumpet, voice, tape loops, toy piano, narration, arrangements
Dennis Lichtman, clarinet
Andy Laster, alto saxophone
Ben Kono, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Mazz Swift, violin

Emily Bookwalter, viola
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Ron Caswell, tuba
Avi Bortnick, guitar
Michael Bates, double bass
Rob Garcia, drums


Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II Out In October

11th September 2017

Our new record Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II comes out on October 20th. The album features new modernistic arrangements of pre-Third Stream compositions for orchestra and choir of music from the late 1930s. Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II picks up where Book of Rhapsodies left off in 2013, creating a rarely-heard genre of tone poems and chamber music for orchestra and choir. Produced by Brian Carpenter and mixed by Grammy-award winner Danny Blume, the album delivers the rich experience of transporting the listener to the past and using that past to transform the future. Acclaimed artist Noah Woods created the cover and booklet artwork inspired by the many strange and descriptive song titles. You can read more about the album and hear the track "Deep Forest" on our MUSIC page.

Ghost Train Orchestra will be performing arrangements from both volumes of the Book of Rhapsodies series on Tuesday January 2nd at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City. More information on that concert as we get closer to the date!


Ten Year Anniversary Party June 9

23rd April 2017

We're in our 10th year and will be celebrating with a unique show Friday June 9that our favorite local haunt, the beautiful Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn. 

The band played its first show in the fall of 2006 at the Regent Theater in Arlington to celebrate the theater's 90th anniversary. Over half the band still remains from that first show. Hope you'll join us. The Jalopy Theater is an incredible venue to see the band perform live. Advance tickets are available at the below link. (Note there is a slight discrepancy at the link which states the show is on Sunday; it is on Friday June 9th, I can assure you...)

Opening the show is the great Eva Salina singing with accordionist Peter Stan. Eva has been a long-time fan of the band and her music is amazing. Check her out!

At this show we'll have a very few limited-edition posters available by the great Jonny Hannah. Jonny created the cover for the band's third record Hot Town. First come, first serve!

Friday June 9th
GTO 10 Year Anniversary Party

Jalopy Theater
315 Columbia Ave
Brooklyn NY

$12 advance
Advance tickets here