Secret Orchestra Scraps
Secret Orchestra is an original music group I started in 2007 after the trio had already played together as a rhythm section in various other projects. It became apparent that we had a connection and shared some similar musical ideas. However, we also brought our very different backgrounds into the mix creating a strong dynamic and a wide spectrum of musical space to play in. Although I am the “leader” of the group and write a lot of the music, I am the youngest member and sometimes defer to the knowledge and experience of my elder band mates. Yuko contributes original compositions, as well, and we all contribute to arrangements and aesthetics when appropriate. Furthermore, improvisation is at the center of their music, leaving all of us open to create our own parts or to work within the composer’s guidelines. Through a mix of composition and improvisation the overall musical aesthetic is grounded in a sense of direction and an exploration of colors, textures, silence, and rhythmic and melodic structures.
One of our strongest ideas is to stay true to the spirit of any given piece, whether composed or improvised. Furthermore, we try to avoid sounding the same from piece to piece and strive to push the boundaries of accepted “avant-garde” techniques, while still using those same techniques as a foundation or starting point. In a time where profitability trumps creativity in the music business, Secret Orchestra works hard to develop a unique and identifiable sound.