Win FREE TIX to Either/Orchestra @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday!

November 16th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg


Downbeat calls them simply “the best little big band ever.”

The Either/Orchestra – the long-running Boston-based 10-piece jazz band – will be landing at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy for a special matinee performance at 3pm on Sunday, in which they’ll be premiering a new suite, “The Collected Unconscious.”

The dynamic new composition by saxophonist-bandleader Russ Gershon is based on the pentatonic modes and triple rhythms of Ethiopian music infused with a big dose of jazz swing, Latin energy, big-band precision and memorable melodies. The suite resonates with echoes of Ellington, Mingus, Tito Puente, Sun Ra and others in its broad, ambitious musical scope.

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Sunday’s concert will also feature other music with strong Ethiopian influences, as the band made its second tour of the country in May of this year. Their first tour of Ethiopia back in 2004 resulted in their knockout live album, “Ethiopiques 20: Live in Addis,” which hailed as “astonishing… monumental… the best live album of the year – in any genre.”

The Either/Orchestra features some of the finest jazz players in New England, including baritone saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase (heard with Dead Cat Bounce at Proctors earlier this year) and young sax phenom Hailey Niswanger (who was one of the brightest discoveries of last year’s Freihofer Jazz Festival).

The Either/Orchestra fires up their captivating sound at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 3pm on Sunday (November 20). Admission to the all-ages show is $10.

BUT WAIT… What’s this? FREE TICKETS? That’s right, we’re giving away two pairs of FREE TIX to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Congratulations to John and Fritz!

9 thoughts on “Win FREE TIX to Either/Orchestra @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday!”

  1. steve ward says:

    Would love to be grooving on some Afro-Beats instead of watching some lame football game

  2. Fritz Roth says:

    I’m glad you posted this, I hadn’t realized it was an afternoon show. That means we don’t have to choose between them and Sam Bush, we can go to both.

  3. Rich says:

    Would like to be that lucky Nippertown reader!

  4. Valerie Hallenbeck Perrins says:

    Sounds like fun, and since I’m not too far away, I can make it!

  5. Susan says:

    Too much fun…

  6. John says:

    i may have seen these guys a long-ass time ago. great stuff–would love to go see them again

  7. Don McKever says:

    Great band that really swings. The Sanctuary will rock.

  8. LP says:

    The Either Orchestra is an amazing band….you must go see this band……on a Sunday afternoon…

  9. Jeff says:

    Would loooove to check this group out. Interesting instrumentation.

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