ORBITING HUMAN CIRCUS
QUARTET PLUS TWO (OPAQUE NATURAL & PINK SWIRL PEAK VINYL) - LP
Label: MERGE RECORDS
Release Date: November 17, 2023
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Orbiting Human Circus is the continuing evolution of the imagination of Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes, Elephant 6), whose music and storytelling under this moniker have encompassed immersive theater and podcasts as well as more traditional EPs and singles. Quartet Plus Two is the group's debut album. The origins of Quartet Plus Two are as magical and seemingly unlikely as everything else in Koster's career. While walking through New York's Central Park, he stumbled upon standup bass player Gauvain Gamon and drummer Kolja Gjoni playing Gershwin and Mingus, and, with the addition of pianist Benji Miller, a musical partnership was born. Koster's longtime collaborators Robbie Cucchiaro (horns) and Thomas Hughes (orchestral arranging and chimes) of The Music Tapes also contribute to the record.
Orbiting Human Circus is the continuing evolution of the imagination of Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes, Elephant 6 Collective)
- Music and storytelling under this moniker have encompassed immersive theater and a narrative fiction podcast released in partnership with Night Vale Presents and WNYC—with a new, epic musical fiction podcast coming soon
- Alongside those composed by Koster, Orbiting Human Circus interpret compositions by Irving Berlin, Duke Jordan, George and Ira Gershwin, and others
- Quartet Plus Two is the group's "debut album"
- The "Quartet” is composed of Koster, standup bass player Gauvain Gamon, drummer Kolja Gjoni, and pianist Benji Miller. The “Plus Two” are North and Romika, the singing saws, whom Koster encourages to sing
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