Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra

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Travis Sullivan's Björkestra
Origin New York City
Genres Jazz, experimental, pop
Years active 2004–present
Labels Koch
Website www.bjorkestra.com
Members

Travis Sullivan's Björkestra is an 18-piece, genre-bending[1] jazz orchestra from New York City. The and is led by alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan with arrangements by Sullivan, Kevin Schmidt, and Kelly Pratt. The Björkestra performs the music of eclectic pop singer Björk.

History[edit]

Since its debut in September 2004 at the Knitting Factory in New York City, Travis Sullivan's Björkestra has performed around the country. They have been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Relix Magazine, and Jazz Times. In 2007 Sullivan conducted his arrangements with the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra to a sold-out crowd at Teatro Golden in Palermo, Sicily.

Members of Travis Sullivan's Björkestra—often referred to as The Björkestra—have performed with Arcade Fire, Dr. Dre, Charlie Hunter, The Spam All Stars, Maria Schneider, and the Saturday Night Live Band. Guests have included saxophonist Donny McCaslin and guitarists Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder. The ensemble includes vocalist Becca Stevens.[2][3]

Members[edit]

  • Travis Sullivan – alto saxophone
  • Eli Asher – trumpet
  • Ravi Best – trumpet
  • Kevin Bryan – trumpet
  • Brian Pareschi – trumpet
  • Alan Ferber – trombone
  • James Hirschfeld – trombone
  • Ryan Keberle – trombone
  • Kevin L. Schmidt – bass trombone
  • Sean Nowell – tenor saxophone
  • Steve Welsh – tenor saxophone
  • Lauren Sevian – baritone saxophone
  • David Cook – piano, keyboard
  • Art Hirahara – piano keyboard
  • Yoshi Waki – double bass, bass guitar
  • Joe Abbatantuono – drums
  • Ian Cook]] – electronic percussion
  • Becca Stevens – vocals

Discography[edit]

  • Enjoy! (Koch, 2008)
  • I Go Humble (Zoho, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harrington, Jim (5 March 2008). "Bjork tribute, Keith Jarrett open SFJAZZ spring series". East Bay Times. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra: Enjoy!". Archived from the original on February 6, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
  3. ^ Echlin, Hobey (21 February 2008). "[CD Review] Various Artists, Controversy (Rapster) and Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Enjoy! (Koch)". OC Weekly. Retrieved 1 September 2018.

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