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LIVE: The Either/Orchestra @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 11/20/11

Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Either Orchestra

The 10 members of the Either/Orchestra ambled up on the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy in front of a standing-room-only crowd on a glorious Sunday afternoon, and bandleader-saxophonist Russ Gershon counted off the opening number. A wheezy, wobbly, off-kilter melody emerged from the bandstand, and trombone player Joel Yennior suddenly stopped playing and snapped away from his microphone as a series of expressions crossed his face in a matter of seconds – shock, confusion and finally embarrassment. Slowly, the melody revealed itself to be “Happy Birthday” in honor of the trombonist-birthday boy. Got him again…

Obviously, the players in the Either/Orchestra have a sense of humor, which bubbled up again in all its satiric glory in the second half of the concert, especially during “Town Hall Meeting,” a wry kind of musical transcription of a political town hall meeting, which showcased trumpeter Tom Halter and baritone saxman Charlie Kohlhase duetting their way through a heated argument of intense but hilarious squawking and honking.

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