CD RELEASE SATURDAY OCT 26 SUBCULTURE
The Ghost Train Orchestra will be releasing their new CD Book of Rhapsodies on Saturday October 26th on an incredible show at Subculture in Manhattan with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette. The show features the 9-piece orchestra plus guitarist Avi Bortnick and bassist Michael Bates performing Brian Carpenter's all new riveting arrangements of music from the late 1930s. Get tickets today here.
The Ghost Train Orchestra is ramping up to record its third album in September. The album marks a second volume of the acclaimed debut album Hothouse Stomp (2011) with all new exciting arrangements from late 1920s Chicago and Harlem bands, including a recently discovered and unreleased piece from Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orchestra. GTO will be performing two shows in New York leading up to the recording: Sunday August 25th at Mehanata in Manhattan, and Friday September 13th at Barbes in Brooklyn. GTO's second album Book of Rhapsodies is set to release on Tuesday October 8. More information at the GTO website.
IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION
I've just recently broadcast 6 episodes of Free Association on the incredible career of composer, bandleader, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. I'm joined by Jeff Winner and Irwin Chusid of the Raymond Scott Archives, composer/author Tom Rhea, composer DJ Spooky, violinist David Harrington of Kronos Quartet, composer J.G. Thirlwell, composer/artist Brian Dewan, and writers Will Friedwald and Daniel Goldmark. It's free...you can listen to all six episodes of the program on iTunes here.