The Ghost Train Comes To Boston

15th October 2011

We will be heading into Boston on Tuesday October 18th for a performance at The Regattabar in Harvard Square. This is our first performance in Boston since our debut there in 2006. We're excited to be returning to Boston again for this rare performance. In this week's Boston Phoenix, Jon Garelick interviews Brian Carpenter about the band and the music. You can read the article here. You can purchase tickets here.

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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.

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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.

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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".)

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