Syracuse and Buffalo will play host to Everyone Orchestra this weekend, stopping at The Westcott Theater on Friday, May 12 and Buffalo Iron Works on Saturday, May 13. The improv based evening lead by conductor Matt Butler will feature members of Moe, Twiddle, Dopapod, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, TAUK & Hayley Jane. Syracuse based band Sophistafunk will open in support.
Conductor/founder Butler leads his hand chosen group of musicians on a musical journey that spans a multitude of sounds and genres. Sometimes using audience suggestions, Butler uses hand signals, mimes and a whiteboard to steer the musicians to create one of a kind musical moments.
The audience is often encourage to participate as a choral section. Butler told NYS Music that he is excited “to make music with this unique line up of musicians, and night three in Buffalo is sure to be a barn burner of a show as the band will be fully dialed into our creative power.”
This weekend’s Everyone Orchestra also features drummer Vinnie Amico (Moe.), bassist Zdenek Gubb (Twiddle), guitarists Rob Compa (Dopapod) and Jeremy Schon (Pigeons Playing Ping Pong) as well as keyboardist A.C Carter (TAUK) and vocalist Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane and the Primates).
Twiddle bassist Zdenek Gubb noted that he is looking forward to the surprise factor that Everyone Orchestra provides both the audience and his fellow musicians. “I’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with all of them at least once over a span of many years,” he said, “Mostly excited to see where our conductor, Matt Butler takes us!”
Gubb also mentioned that his Everyone Orchestra experience from last year’s Werk Out Music Festival was an incredible leaning experience “EO is all about trusting yourself and others while keeping an open mind. With that mentality we can all (audience included) have an epic fun experience. I was very nervous the first time I played in EO and soon realized there was no need for that when all of that instantly turns into excitement and inspiration.”
Everyone Orchestra fan Kai Colson explains that the experience offers a unique musical perspective. “Everything Orchestra really gives you a chance to see the strengths various musicians have that you may not get to see if you only go see whatever band they play for,” she mentioned. “Seeing members from an array of my favorite bands jamming together completely improvised is just magical.”