Beyond The Veil: A Victorian Murder Mystery Ball

20th September 2011

The year is 1901, and guests from around the world flock to Riverside Church to see the latest opera “L’ultimo Bacio”, starring the venerable Italian opera diva Comtessa Valentina Badalamenti. You are among the invitees to this exclusive performance, but upon arriving, you find yourself witness to a very different show altogether…

The Ghost Train Orchestra will be performing as a part of the highly anticipated Halloween event "Beyond the Veil", a murder mystery ball on Saturday October 29th beneath the Neo-Gothic arches of the Riverside Church in Manhattan. Guests are invited to take part in an interactive murder mystery theater game. The early bird ticket is $25 and can be purchased here through 10/9/11.


Boston Globe Feature

11th September 2011

A great article on the evolution of the Ghost Train Orchestra by Andrew Gilbert appeared in today's Boston Globe fall arts preview in advance of our show in Cambridge on Tuesday October 18 at the Regattabar. This will be the first Boston-area performance since the band's debut at Arlington's Regent Theater in 2006. You can read it here.


Exploring Chamber Jazz from 1937-1942

5th September 2011

Since last December I've been developing some new arrangements based on the work of three bands active in the late 1930s and early 1940s: the Alec Wilder Octet, the John Kirby Sextet, and the Raymond Scott Quintette. We'll be playing some of these arrangements with the core orchestra plus bassist Todd Sickafoose and guitarist Avi Bortnick on Friday September 9 at Jalopy in Brooklyn and Friday October 28 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I'm very excited about this band. The music we're exploring from these three bandleaders is adventurous, ambitious, strange, and beautiful. There is a lot of commonality between these three bands but they each created their own unique worlds. These bandleaders were unafraid to bridge jazz and classical domains into seamless works of art. We hope you'll be able to see this band live as we fine tune it.

Here's an Alec Wilder Octet original from 1941 for harpsichord, flute, clarinet, oboe, bass clarinet, bassoon, bass, and drums. (The painting is David Hockney's "Interior with Lamp".)


Fall Tour Dates

12th August 2011

For the first time since our Boston debut in 2006, we'll be heading outside of NYC to play a few selected cities along the east coast this fall. The talented folks at Lure Design created beautiful silkscreen posters for these shows influenced by posters from the Savoy Ballroom, Cotton Club and the Federal Theatre Project/WPA Vaudeville posters of the 1920s. A limited number of these are now on sale at our STORE page.

Friday 8/26 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA
Friday 9/9 Jalopy, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday 10/18 Regattabar, Cambridge MA
Wednesday 11/16 Kennedy Center, Washington DC

You can find more information and ticket links are on the EVENTS page.