This Album was created and recorded while on an epic 8 month tour to Australia, New Zealand, Across the whole US, Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain and back to the US.
It was recorded in several different Studios. Mixed in Portland's very own Map Room by Kris White. Mastered at Sky Onion by Gus Elg.
The songs and arrangements came about during our time on the Road.
Irish Ferry (Remember The Oscar Wilde),
Conceived while playing on a ferry between Ireland and France
It ain't Right,
An old Stuff Smith song thats a crowd pleaser and one of our favorites.
While waiting for a ferry between the South Island and North Island of New Zealand we were eating a gourmet dinner at a restaurant we were playing at in Picton. During dinner this tune came about. That night not having a place to stay a fisherman gave us his apartment that was above the bar, he slept on his boat. Crazy World!
Beranche Hot Springs,
We had a Balkan Folk Dance coming up and wanted to have a song in this Rhythm of 12/8, inspiration struck one morning while camped out at a hot springs out in the middle of new zealand. Other than a couple Maori people who showed up in the morning we were the only ones out there.
Written on a Bicycle tour from Marseille to Rome. Our good friends Patrice and Rita are amazing people, they put us up in their apartment, 11 of us in a one bedroom apartment, and they have an amazing permaculture farm outside of Marseille. This song is dedicated to them
An ole' trad jazz song. Amazing vocals by Miss Willo Sertain.
Black Sea 7,
As the title suggests this is a traditional song from the Black Sea in 7/8
Many countries claim it as their own, we have given it our own flair and only hope we've done it justice in some of its home countries.
Hobbiton (The Triplets of Hobbitville),
We had the good fortune to be the first band to play at the Green Dragon Pub at Hobbiton. This song was written after that magical experience while sleeping in a shire like environment somewhere in New Zealand.
While on a layover in the Shanghai airport in the wee hours of the morning this song came to life. We took the cheaper flights to Australia which brought us thru Shanghai, about a 50 hour trip, but with the delirium creativity sometimes strikes.
This is traditional Greek song from the Island of Andros. Our arrangement was created while collaborating with some amazing Belly Dancers, during the solo section imagine a beautiful dancer responding to its crescendos and pauses and playing with the melody thru her body. A video of this happening is available on our album The Extraordinary Adventures of....
A trad jazz tune. Our arrangement was inspired by time spent in New Orleans. While busking thru out Australia and Europe this was a favorite.
Luminate (Gael's Revenge),
Luminate is an amazing Music and Dance Festival that happens in New Zealand. We were fortunate to be a part of this. We met an amazing Frenchman who plays a tiny saxaphone. We spent many hours jamming together. While in the kitchen of one of the stalls we came up with this song one evening.
While at the Illawarra Folk Fest in Wollongong Australia, Tom and Lucas sat contemplating our predicament of living in the camo green artists tents. This little ditty came from the amazing song writing duo of Tom and Lucas. Each of us wrote our own lyrics to talk about our time in Oz.
New Town Klezmer,
In Sydney Australia there is a neighborhood called New Town. While waiting for a friend in the square of the hub this song came about. Dedicated to the fine folks of New Town.
Versipellis Solo Piece,
A Belly Dance and Music extravaganza was put on in a black box theater near the train tracks in Portland Oregon. This is one of the original pieces from that show. It was done on a 5 string violin. Imagine the dancer gliding and slithering around on the floor in the beginning and virtually flying thru the air by the end.
The Underscore Orkestra
The Underscore Orkestra plays a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz
and Swing music both Original and Traditional. They often incorporate live Belly Dance and Cirkus Arts in their shows. Their Performance evokes the old world and the new, The eerily haunting air of sounds and movements from the east, with definite roots inthe west. Influences are far and wide but range from New Orleans Jazz, to Eastern European Roma and Klezmorim music, Manouche Swing, to acoustic Metal. Guaranteed to get you up and moving!!!
They are based out of Portland Oregon and have been touring the US, Canada, Europe and Central America, Australia and New Zealand for the past 7 years. www.TheUnderscoreOrkestra.com
The Underscore Orkestra has taken many forms over the years and has traveled far and wide in many ways. Including vegetable oil powered tour bus, planes, trains, boats, autos, hitch hiking and their favorite way is by bicycle which they have done numerous times in Europe. They are touring in Australia and New Zealand and the U.S. this year as well.
You can see them in many venues, from large out door festivals to wild and crazy basement house shows, from intimate coffee shops to raucous pubs, from small black box theaters to art center auditoriums and from the streets busking to fancy wedding and your living room floor :) as they often need a place to stay when traveling and touring in far away places.
Keep an eye out for them as they may be in a place near you. And if you want to see them play live, give an email or a call, we might be able to come to you. We will travel just about anywhere to play music.
Their live shows are something to remember for years to come, they are fond of selling many wares, including Underscore Underwear, Uncle Jerry's Magically Malicious Mustache Wax, CD's, Neck Ties, Nude Calendars, Music boxes, and Stand up tub Bass's. Come to a live show or give an email to see what we've got in store.