If you're in or near the NYC area, don't miss our last show with the Book of Rhapsodies band on Saturday February 28th before heading into the studio to record. We'll be recording Book of Rhapsodies Volume II and all of the music can be heard live on the 28th. This will be one of the last opportunities to hear this material live for a long while.
On this show we'll be debuting new arrangements of strange and beautiful chamber works penned by Alec Wilder, Raymond Scott, Charlie Shavers, and Reginald Foresythe, as well as a special treat...a couple lost pieces from a completely unknown bandleader and composer from the '30s and '40s recently discovered by Irwin Chusid (the man responsible for rediscovering Raymond Scott in the late '80s.) We can't wait to debut these pieces live (and tell you who it is.)
Don't miss this exciting show of all new arrangements. We play a set at 9 and the wonderful Carte Blanche closes the show.
Saturday February 28
315 Columbia Street (Red Hook)
8pm doors / 9pm show
Brian Carpenter & the Ghost Train Orchestra
While we're on the subject of Book of Rhapsodies, we should mention our recent run-in with Radiolab. Over the past 12 months, tracks from Book of Rhapsodies were featured over several episodes of the hugely popular NPR radio show produced by WNYC. Radiolab is an innovative radio program dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of science and philosophy, among other things.
While the weird and wonderful music from Book of Rhapsodies perfectly fit the quirky, inquisitive nature of the programs, the music wasn't credited. In fact, almost none of the music used in Radiolab was credited. Because much of the music played is so interesting, many fans of the show (including me) would write to ask what it was they were hearing but usually got no response. After hearing our recordings on several episodes, I contacted the programmers at WNYC directly to request crediting the music played on the show.
Thanks to many of our fans who reached out to Radiolab in support of musicians, Jad Abumrad called us to say he would not only credit Ghost Train Orchestra but make an effort to credit all of the music played on the show. In fact, Jad credits original music on the latest show from last week. Here's hoping they continue that trend.
Here are links to just a few of the best episodes where music from Book of Rhapsodies is played: