A Standout Set at Winter JazzFest
3rd February 2013
Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR wrote about the 2013 NYC Winter JazzFest, naming Ghost Train Orchestra a standout set. "Live, the nine-piece band was a reminder of how wild and carnivalesque that old-time music really is..." Read more here.
NYC Winter JazzFest
6th January 2013
We'll be performing at this year's NYC Winter JazzFest on Saturday January 12th at The Bitter End in Manhattan. Don't miss this show. It's a crazy night with our friends from Hazmat Modine (playing after us) and Colin Stetson (performing before us). We'll be playing some original music plus new arrangements of stomps and dirges from the late 1920s Chicago South Side and Harlem. Downtown and dirty! We play one set at 10:00pm so get there early. Ticket links and more information on our EVENTS page.
Imagination and Innovation: The World of Raymond Scott
3rd December 2012
I've just recently produced a wonderful program on the incredible career of composer, bandleader, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. The program is a three-hour retrospective on the incredible career of composer, bandleader, pianist, engineer, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. This year is the 75th anniversary of the debut of the Raymond Scott Quintette in 1937. The first half of the program will cover Raymond Scott's early biography and imaginative compositional work for small group format and big band. The second half of the program will cover his work as an early pioneer in electronic music. Includes many rare and unreleased recordings plus interviews with special guests.
I had some fascinating
conversations on music and technology with Jeff Winner and Irwin Chusid
of the Raymond Scott Archives, composer/author Tom Rhea, composer DJ
Spooky, violinist David Harrington of Kronos, composer J.G. Thirlwell,
composer/artist Brian Dewan, and writers Will Friedwald and Daniel
Goldmark. You can listen to all six episodes of the program here.
Join us for Book of Rhapsodies
24th October 2012
We've just launched a Kickstarter page for a very exciting new project called Book of Rhapsodies. Get in on some of the incredible limited rewards HERE.
On the surface, this project is about rescuing some long forgotten compositions from the late 1930s on 78s and rearranging them for performance and recording in the present. But it goes beyond that into interpretation and improvisation and in some cases, radical re-imagining. The whole project started when I came across the surreal and beautiful late 1930s chamber jazz of Alec Wilder. I started collecting the original 78s and became a Wilder evangelist, telling everyone I knew about him. From there I found four other bandleaders active during that time who were working in a similar vein (unusual instrumentation, hybrid between jazz and classical.)
The music is a real adventure! We have performed these new arrangements live in NYC on occasional shows for the last year and have just begun recording. I've kicked in quite a bit of cash myself to prime the pump so we could record the fundamentals, but we are still a very, very long way off from being able to finish this massive undertaking.
Please help us by sharing the above link with friends. Thank you for your continued curiosity and support!