Schoenberg's Orchestre Surréal, a one-of-a-kind, eclectic, twenty-piece, hybrid orchestra that defies categorization. The group combines rock-n-roll classics with the classical masters as well as all sorts of world and ethnic music, jazz improvisation, opera, soulful singing and underscored spoken monologues. This melting pot of musical sounds creates an exhilarating experience that captures the imagination and interest of a very wide demographic.
For the past three years the orchestra has been performing in nightclubs in the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas (most notably The Knitting Factory, The Cinegrill, The Gig, Sixteen Fifty, and the Whiskey A-Go-Go), and has built a loyal following. The Orchestre Surréal has the distinction of being the largest group ever to perform live on KXLU Radio. The group recently did a run of sold-out performances at the David Henry Hwang Theater of the East West Players, in a theatrical production (a variation of their nightclub show) entitled, "Dismembering The Classics."
Elvis Schoenberg, AKA Ross Wright, has earned a Masters Of Music form California State University Los Angeles, a Bachelors from California State University Northridge, a Diploma from UCLA Film Scoring Program, Dick Grove School Of Music, and The Musicians Institute. A classically trained composer with a diverse musical background, he has worked as a composer, ghostwriter and orchestrator on over twenty feature films, and his concert music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally.
Elvis Schoenberg's Orchestre Surréal is a project Mr. Wright put together in 1997. His compositions and arrangements quickly got the attention of the LA music community, and after two only concerts the group was listed in Music Connection's top 100 unsigned artists. Now the Orchestre Surréal has become a prestigious group that many top professionals vie to perform with.
Members of the Orchestre Surréal have performed and or recorded with a wide variety of notable entertainers:
Angela Carole Brown AKA The Fabulous Miss Thing- Vocals:: Freda Payne, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Freddie Hubbard, Ricky Martin
Phil Feather- Woodwinds: Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Watrus, Steve and Edie Gormé
Jerry Moore- Woodwinds; Dr. Dre, Sergio Mendez, Jeffrey Osbourne, Louie Belson, Lizzie Borden.
Mike Nelson- Woodwinds: Tom Jones, Brian Setzer, Buddy Rich, Chaka Kahn, Jermaine Jackson
Lee Thornberg- Trumpet: Tower of Power, Howie Mandel Show, Rod Stewart, the Tonight Show
Ron King- Trumpet: Rickie Lee Jones, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Glendale Symphony, Tonight Show
Jean Marenelli- French Horn: Sammy Davis Jr. Celine Dion, Johnny Mathis, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Bel-Air Brass
Teag Reaves- French Horn: Michael Crawford, John Tesh, LA Pops Orchestra, LA Classical Ballet
John Grab- Trombone: Tony Bennett, Michael Bolton, Steve Allen, Super Sax, Jack Sheldon
Ken Rosser- Guitar: John Cage, Grand Mothers, John Abercrombie, Jerry Garcia
David Arana- Keyboards: The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Twilights
Mike Faue- Percussion: LA Philharmonic, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Joe Sample, David Benoit, Barry Manilow
Chris Wabich- Drums: Sam Most, Boogsie Sharp, Long Beach, Virginia, Buffalo Symphony Orchestras
Liz Chorley- Violin: Azusa Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Lake Avenue Orchestra, Ottawa Strings,
Jacqueline Suzuki- Violin: McCoy Tyner, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Leonard Cohen, Lalo Shiffren
Jimbo Ross- Viola: Don Ellis, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Frank Sinatra, Jennifer Warnes, Van Dyke Parks,
Richard Dodd- Cello: Smashing Pumpkins, Elton John, Jim Brickman, Pat Benatar, The Bangles, Brian Adams
Larry Steen- Bass: Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Melissa Manchester, Mel Tormé, Barry Manilow