Ghost Train Orchestra Plays Moondog
15th December 2018
For the past 12 months we have been working on a new project reimagining the music of Louis Hardin, a.k.a. MOONDOG. Moondog was a blind composer who lived and worked on the streets of Manhattan from the 1940s until 1972, when he settled in Germany. He wrote songs, sonatas, canons, madrigals, and symphonies, influencing both Philip Glass (with whom he lived for a year) and Steve Reich. His music is unique and impossible to categorize.
Our debut performance will be Saturday January 5th at the NYC Winter Jazzfest, 6pm at SubCulture as part of the half-day marathon. Tickets available here.
GTO leader Brian Carpenter and Moondog biographer Robert Scotto were guests on Irwin Chusid's radio show on WFMU celebrating the work of Moondog earlier this year. You can listen to that entire program here.
Summer 2018 Shows
17th July 2018
We are excited to be performing on Thursday July 26th at the legendary Spiegeltent at Bard College. The Spiegeltent is a legendary traveling circus tent of mirrors and an internationally renowned destination of magic and mayhem. We'll be performing hot jazz from our albums Hothouse Stomp and Hot Town, unearthed works of the lesser-known and rarely-heard composers and band leaders that served as fixtures of the dance halls, speakeasies, and nightclubs of the late prohibition-era years of the Southside of Chicago and Harlem.
This show is a part of a series presented by the New York Hot Jazz Festival and Catskill Jazz Factory titled Jazz Through the Looking Glass: The Hot Jazz Age.
Thursday July 26th
Spiegeltent at the Fisher Center - Bard College
Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Manor Ave
In other exciting news, we'll be at the annual Friends of Alec Wilder Tribute Concert performing all music of Alec Wilder from our albums Book of Rhapsodies Vol I and II. This marks the first time many of these arrangements have been performed publicly. Alec Wilder was a fascinating figure in the world of music and wrote music for octets, concertos, and songs for Frank Sinatra, among others. This even will feature speakers and music celebrating the life and work of Alec Wilder. Here are the details:
Sunday September 16th
18 Whitwell Place
All tickets $25. Available at the door
Wine and beer available for purchase
Book of Rhapsodies II Album Release
22nd November 2017
We'll be celebrating the release of our new album Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II on Tuesday January 2nd at the wonderful Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City. This is one of the best sounding jazz venues in NYC and a great spot to hear a rare performance of music from the acclaimed Book of Rhapsodies series.
Brian Carpenter, trumpet, voice, tape loops, toy piano, narration, arrangements
Dennis Lichtman, clarinet
Andy Laster, alto saxophone
Ben Kono, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Mazz Swift, violin
Emily Bookwalter, viola
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Ron Caswell, tuba
Avi Bortnick, guitar
Michael Bates, double bass
Rob Garcia, drums
Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II Out In October
11th September 2017
Our new record Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II comes out on October 20th. The album features new modernistic arrangements of pre-Third Stream compositions for orchestra and choir of music from the late 1930s. Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II picks up where Book of Rhapsodies left off in 2013, creating a rarely-heard genre of tone poems and chamber music for orchestra and choir. Produced by Brian Carpenter and mixed by Grammy-award winner Danny Blume, the album delivers the rich experience of transporting the listener to the past and using that past to transform the future. Acclaimed artist Noah Woods created the cover and booklet artwork inspired by the many strange and descriptive song titles. You can read more about the album and hear the track "Deep Forest" on our MUSIC page.
Ghost Train Orchestra will be performing arrangements from both volumes of the Book of Rhapsodies series on Tuesday January 2nd at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center in New York City. More information on that concert as we get closer to the date!