Ensembles

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

: Occidental Brothers Dance Band Intl
The Occidental Brothers play central African dance music.  The group tours internationally and features an amazing crew of African and American musicians.  Visit the site to see what’s happening soon or to listen to music!  The new record will be out in 2013.

: Braddock Guitar Ensemble
12TET and microtonal music for mixed guitar ensembles, building on traditions of bell music, gamelan, and other process musics.  Recently completed record entitled “If I were a bell I would Sing” to be available 2005.  This music was sponsored by 2002 and 2004 CAAP grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

 

PAST PROJECTS

: Ancient Greeks
We’ve just completed work on our new album “Departure Suite” available from the Japanese label & Records, a subsidiary of NEOPLEX.  Due out June 2005.  Our debut record “the Song Is You” available on Flameshovel.

: the Zincs
Featuring songwriting by Englishman Jim Elkington.  The records Dimmer and Black Pompoudour were released on the  Thrill Jockey label.

: Butcher Shop Quartet
This group arranges iconoclastic work from the classical and orchestral repertoires for two electric guitars, electric bass guitar, and trap drums.  We are most known for our arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, featured at the 2004 Whitney Biennial.  Projects included music by Arvo Part and Claud Debussey,  a commission for Debussy’s Claire de Lune, and an original suite by Malcolm X College’s music chair, Mark Hardy.

: Chicago Javanese Gamelan
Traditional Central Javanese court music ensemble, working closely with the Chicago Indonesian Consulate and composer I. M. Harjito.  The ensemble is in residence at the University of Chicago.