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Update #17

Rave Reviews for Book of Rhapsodies

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Hello friends and fans,

We've mailed out all of the rewards except for the t-shirts and the box sets. The box sets should be sent out later this week. The t-shirts will be a longer wait -- I apologize for the delay on those, but we will get them to you as soon as we can.

Since our release in October, Book of Rhapsodies has been receiving all kinds of praise. Davis Inman of Downbeat writes in the Editor's Picks "Carpenter and his collaborators find plenty of new life in these old charts and 78s...down a rabbit hole to a bizarre, charming world of nearly forgotten music from the 1930s." Andrew Velez from the NYC Jazz Record writes "This is an amazing ensemble, playing music like no others these days. There hasn’t been big band music as exciting as this since forever...GTO is creating its own electrifying musical gold."

Phil Freeman of Burning Ambulance raves "Book of Rhapsodies is out this month, and it's nuts in the best possible way. Carpenter is on a mission to make 21st Century listeners aware of just how much awesome music was being made in the early decades of the 20th...a hell of a lot of fun." Lucid Culture describes it as a "joyous, vaudevillian ride...with a couple additional, absolutely killer tracks from the Raymond Scott catalog."

Here are some fantastic photographs from our CD release show at SubCulture taken by Peter Gannushkin. You can see the entire set here and more of Peter's work at downtownmusic.net.



Update #16

CD Release Party Saturday Night (and New Years Eve in a Haunted House)

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October means Halloween and Halloween means the Ghost Train Orchestra. You can hear our rendition of Raymond Scott's "New Years Eve in a Haunted House" in the video below, complete with werewolves and various screams of horror...

We are excited about Saturday night! Advance tickets are still available for our CD release party, among David Adler's top ten jazz shows in the Village Voice this month. Saturday night we'll be performing Book of Rhapsodies at a great new venue, SubCulture in Manhattan. We'll have the augmented 11-piece orchestra with bassist Michael Bates and guitarist Avi Bortnick. And we're excited to have a rare performance by the acclaimed Raymond Scott Orchestrette opening the show. Advance tickets are available here.

GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA "Book of Rhapsodies" CD RELEASE

with THE RAYMOND SCOTT ORCHESTRETTE
Saturday October 26th
SubCulture
45 Bleecker Street
New York City NY
8:00pm doors / 8:30 show
$15 advance / $20 doors
Advance tickets here:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/349177-ghost-train-orchestra-cd-new-york/

We'll be selling a few of the below gorgeous 11x22 silkscreen posters created by James Weinberg at this show only, and holding a raffle at the door to win a free one. The posters are 11" x 22" printed on black paper with white and metallic silver ink.

See you Saturday!

Ghost Train Orchestra
Brian Carpenter, trumpets, voice, harmonica, conducting
Dennis Lichtman, clarinet
Andy Laster, alto saxophone, flute
Petr Cancura, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Mazz Swift, violin, vocals
Emily Bookwalter, viola
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Ron Caswell, tuba
Avi Bortnick, guitar
Cynthia Sayer, banjo
Michael Bates, bass
Rob Garcia, drums


Update #15

CD Release Sat Oct 26 with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette

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Hi all,

All of you inside the country should have received at least the first shipment of your reward packages by now. Let me know if otherwise. The international shipments went out late last week.

Advance tickets are going fast for our CD release show on Saturday October 26th at a great new venue, SubCulture in Manhattan. We'll be performing Book of Rhapsodies with an 11-piece orchestra plus voices. We are hugely excited to have a rare performance by the acclaimed Raymond Scott Orchestrette opening the show. $15 advance tickets are available here.

GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA "Book of Rhapsodies" CD RELEASE
RAYMOND SCOTT ORCHESTRETTE
Saturday October 26th
SubCulture
45 Bleecker Street
New York City NY
8:00pm doors / 8:30 show
$15 advance / $20 doors
Tickets here:
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/349177-ghost-train-orchestra-cd-new-york/

We'll be selling a few of these gorgeous 11x22 silkscreen posters created by James Weinberg at this show only, and holding a raffle at the door to win a free one.

Poster by James Weinberg
Poster by James Weinberg

The 7-piece Raymond Scott Orchestrette performs radical reinventions of the legendary composer's animated tunes. Besides such favorites as "Powerhouse" and "The Penguin", the Orchestrette features lesser-known works such as "Coming Down to Earth," "Naked City," and "A Street Corner in Paris." The Orchestrette also performs acoustic renditions of Scott's later electronic works, such as Soothing Sounds for Baby's "Little Miss Echo" — rarely heard artifacts the composer himself never performed outside the studio.

I have a connection with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette as I worked with one of its prestigious members, Brian Dewan, several years ago on a record called Dreamland with the band Beat Circus. Brian played his incredible electric zither (which he plays with the RSO) and created this incredible artwork for the cover:

Beat Circus "Dreamland" by Brian Dewan
Beat Circus "Dreamland" by Brian Dewan

Brian Dewan and Irwin Chusid (one of the key people responsible for rediscovering the work of Raymond Scott) both contributed to the three-hour radio documentary I produced last year on Raymond Scott called "Imagination and Innovation". You can now listen to the entire program here. Here's a slideshow and montage of the Raymond Scott Orchestrette assembled by Jeff Winner:

Hope to see you there!

Brian Carpenter and the Ghost Train Orchestra


Update #14

NYC CD Release Saturday October 26

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I hope everyone has had a great summer. I am excited to announce that Book of Rhapsodies is finished! Twelve tracks (plus one crazy bonus track for Halloween), and a gorgeous 16-page booklet with historical photos and liner notes. I'll be contacting everyone in the next few weeks to send the music plus all the rewards. I can't wait for you all to hear it. The official release date is October 8 but you should receive your CDs a week or two in advance of that date.

We have an incredible show lined up for you all in the New York area on Saturday October 26th at Subculture, a great new venue in Manhattan. We'll be playing arrangements from the new album with the full orchestra in tow plus surprise guests! You can purchase tickets now at this link. (Those of you who got the reward for tickets will be on the guest list.) Hope to see you there. Swing by and introduce yourself!

Saturday October 26, 2013
Ghost Train Orchestra CD Release
Subculture

45 Bleecker Street NYC 10012
9:00pm
Advance tickets available here

Here are some great photos taken by Nina Galicheva from our performance this summer at the New York Hot Jazz Festival (more here):

Brian Carpenter

Mazz Swift

Dennis Lichtman

Dancers (Tamar Korn in foreground)

Ghost Train Orchestra


Update #13 - For backers only

Mastering, Show This Weekend

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