volume 1: this is not the answer

Description: 
What was the question?
Composers: 
Kyle Saulnier
Samuel Barber
Johannes Brahms
Helen Deutsch / Bronislau Kaper
Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz
Alan Sparhawk / Low
Brian Wilson / Tony Asher
Thom Yorke / Radiohead
Performers: 
Kyle Saulnier
The Awakening Orchestra
Catalog Number: 
#889
Genre: 
Jazz
Collection: 
big band
indie
Location: 

Bronx, NY

UPC: 
726708688929
Release Date: 
May 27, 2014
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
2 CD

volume 1: this is not the answer

One Sheet: 

Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer.

Interspersing original work - like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony - with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material. Throughout, individual expressions of virtuosity blend seamlessly with Kyle Saulnier’s ever-shifting orchestral textures, and the Awakening Orchestra’s eight years of performing experience come through in the nuanced yet strongly-defined ensemble concept that threads through the record.