GTO Performs Saturday March 31 at Jalopy Theatre
6th March 2012
The Ghost Train Orchestra will be heading back into the studio in April to record our follow-up to last year's acclaimed Hothouse Stomp. In preparation, we will be performing this material on Saturday March 31st at a special show at the beautiful Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn with Baby Soda.
Saturday March 31st
with Baby Soda Jazz Band
315 Columbia Street
This will be our last show for some time so don't miss an opportunity to see the 10-piece perform this material live. It's unlike anything you've heard before. We will be performing all new unrecorded reimaginings of chamber jazz from the late 1930s and early 1940s originally conceived by bandleaders Alec Wilder, John Kirby, Raymond Scott, and Reginald Foresythe. The music created by these four was full of wonder, beauty, and adventure.
The band is comprised of Brian Carpenter (trumpet, voice, conducting), Andy Laster (alto saxophone, flute), Dennis Lichtman (clarinet), Petr Cancura (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Mazz Swift (violin), Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola), Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Avi Bortnick (guitar), Michael Bates (bass), and Rob Garcia (drums).
We hope to see some of you Saturday night for the ride.
GTO To Record Album #2 in April
13th February 2012
After 12-14 months of developing new arrangements, the Ghost Train Orchestra will be heading back into the studio in April to record their follow-up to last year's acclaimed Hothouse Stomp. The album will move ahead 10 years from the first album, featuring all new arrangements of strange and adventurous chamber jazz from the late 1930s, featuring the full orchestra plus guitarist Avi Bortnick, bassist Michael Bates, and a small choir. Grammy award winning producer Danny Blume will once again be collaborating with Brian Carpenter on the album.
In preparation for the recording, GTO will be performing this material on two special shows in NYC leading up to the recording: Saturday February 18th at Barbes and Saturday March 31st at Jalopy in Brooklyn. See the EVENTS page for more details. If you're in the NY area during that time, don't miss it!
GTO Named Among Top 10 Lists of 2011
28th December 2011
The Ghost Train Orchestra's debut Hothouse Stomp has been named among several top ten lists for 2011. NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon writes "It's weird and unfamiliar music; not quite big-band swing, not quite early New Orleans polyphony, it rewards the close listener with unexpected twists and turns." Of our performance in Boston last October, Jon Garelick of the Boston Phoenix writes "This was not a staid recreation, but a crackling performance that evoked the Prohibition era when the music was born. Oliver Amnuayphol of The Sound Room writes "If your musical tastes lean towards the dance-friendly jazzy, or blues-drenched and blearly (or really, anything in between), this album is a must."
Hothouse Stomp Named Among NPR's Best Jazz Albums of 2011
11th December 2011
The Ghost Train Orchestra's debut Hothouse Stomp is on NPR's top ten list of jazz albums released in 2011. Writes Patrick Jarenwattananon, "The Ghost Train Orchestra, an initiative of the trumpeter and composer Brian Carpenter, plays music scored by largely forgotten composers and arrangers of the late 1920s. It's fun music; there's a peppy, charged, vaudevillian feel, and you could dance to some of it, too. It's also weird and unfamiliar music; not quite big-band swing, not quite early New Orleans polyphony, it rewards the close listener with unexpected twists and turns. Carpenter largely plays it straight, at least as he discerned it from the original recordings, though some strings and a musical saw bolster his vision. Whatever he's done, it's a neat trick: It's old music which somehow sounds new.."