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bulletTHIS IS THE SOUND of expanding American art
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bulletA THINKING MAN'S player and composer . . .
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Makrokosmos Orchestra

Next performance:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH, 2016 / 9:30PM
ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY
Featuring world premieres of O’Dell’s Isosceles and Nelson’s Float.

Makrokosmos Orchestra is a New York City-based large ensemble co-led by Maine-based composer/performers Tim O'Dell (saxophones) and Richard Nelson (guitar).

Makrokosmos Orchestra brings together an exceptionally talented group of 14 mainly New York-based musicians into a uniquely configured ensemble. The group's wide-ranging sound pallet derives from its distinctive instrumentation: flutes, clarinets, French horn, and euphonium bring rich coloristic contrasts and shadings to their saxophone, trumpet, and bass trombone counterparts. Meanwhile, the rest of the group (guitar, bass, piano/keyboard/sound designs, hand percussion and drum set) flexibly contributes to the mix, serving at times as a creative, highly interactive contemporary jazz/creative rock/"world" music rhythm section, and at others as a "new music" ensemble's bass, percussion, guitar, and keys/sculpted sounds section, with many gradations in between.

Nelson and O'Dell are complementary yet distinctly different composers, both working in the fertile boundary areas where contemporary jazz and classical composition and improvisation practices overlap, sparking fresh explorations of texture, compositional forms, and improvisational interactions. Their new compositions and arrangements for Makrokosmos Orchestra take full advantage of both the expressive range of this sonorous, vibrant ensemble and of the individual and collective improvisational talents of its outstanding personnel (including, among others, Adam Kolker, saxophone and clarinet; John Carlson, trumpet; Marshall Sealy, French horn; Yousif Sheronick, hand percussion; and Ken Filiano, bass, as well as O'Dell and Nelson themselves).

Following is a listing of the exceptional personnel who make up the ensemble. O'Dell's individual bio is here and Nelson's individual bio is here.

Makrokosmos Orchestra:

  • Flute/alto flute - Peter Bloom
  • Bass clarinet/clarinet – Alan Brady
  • Alto/soprano saxophone - Tim O'Dell
  • Tenor saxophone/clarinet - Adam Kolker
  • French horn - Marshall Sealy
  • Trumpet - John Carlson
  • Trumpet - Jacob Varmus
  • Euphonium - David Chamberlain
  • Bass trombone - Ben Herrington
  • Keys/Laptop/Sound design - John Deley
  • Hand percussionist - Yousif Sheronick
  • Drumset - Eric Halvorson
  • Guitar - Richard Nelson
  • Bass - Ken Filiano