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No Price Too High

by The Gone Orchestra

Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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The Gone Orchestra is an eleven member performance art group from Portland, Oregon made up of some of the area's finest improvising musicians. While most of their performance consists of music improvised on the spot, each show also includes their own unique treatment of thirties-era jazz and blues songs, featuring vocalist Jamie Price. The list of instruments played during a Gone show is quite long: guitar, electric and acoustic bass, electronic keyboards of all description, traps, bells, djembe, dumbeks, theramin, sample players, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, flute, vibraband (basically a strip of surgical latex played as a melodic wind instrument), lap steel guitar, tinwhistle, optagon, voice; basically anything that can make a sound is fair game. There is a great variety among the players in age, background, and instrumentation. The players range in age from nineteen to seventy; some are classically trained, some are self-taught, some are currently working in rock bands, some are signed to record labels. What they share is a love for improvised music and a sense of humor. What makes the Gone Orchestra interesting to watch is the obvious fact that the band has absolutely no plan for what it will do; this gives the performance an incredible amount of tension, which translates into energy. The audience is watching a new piece unfold before its very eyes, and no two shows are ever alike. One person starts playing a note, then other notes follow; pretty soon you have a thick orchestral section, or a fast walking jazz melee, or six people playing a tight drum beat while one horn, or flute, takes the lead. Then something magic happens; the whole band turns on a dime and goes into some other place, as if following some invisible conductor. The episodic nature of the improvised music is what keeps it interesting. Within the band, there is a full rock band, a cadre of unschooled & experienced noise artists, a jazz combo, several world-beat drummers, a wind ensemble, and a contingent of abstract electronic music artists. The band moves easily through all of these genres as it works its magic on the audience; then Jamie Price sashays up to the mike in a tango dress, and the band is transported to some speakeasy from the thirties- but one where the theramin and the vibraband play the blues along with the usual rhythm section. The room begins to sway, the rhythm swings along; this is good time music at its best. Duke Ellington once said, "There are only two kinds of music - good music, and bad music". The Gone Orchestra plays good music. THE GONE ORCHESTRA is... Jamie Price - vocals, inspiration, ruination Mike Mahaffay - drums, waterphone Ron Long - bass, guitar, vocals Bill Larimer - keyboards, supervised mania Mike Lastra - sampling unit, theramin, duck calls Erik Stewart - trumpet, lap steel, shenai, percussion, low tech electronics Scott Steele - guitar, vocals John Jenson - trumpet, peckhorn, cacaphone Kevin LeBarron - tenor sax Leon Rockey - violin, tym-tom, zen Stan Wood - vibraband, percussion Michael Walsh - bassoon Travis McAllister - trombone Joe Niski - bass; guitar Ali Al Hashishar - zoot suit



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