End Of The World Orchestra (Austin)
2:00 pm Saturday, 7/15/17
Matt Butler (guitar) + Blaigne Ayuma Sixon (saxophone) + Wayne Myers (trombone) + Javier Stuppard (trombone) + Steve Butts (trumpet, flugal horn) + Ari Burns – (trumpet, flugal horn) Derek Phelps (trumpet) + Michael Day (bass) + Eoghan McCloskey (drums), Sterling Steffen (tenor saxophone), Lee Redfield (alto / tenor saxophone), Joseph Woullard (baritone saxophone, flute), Dillon Buhl (trombone)
Guitarist/composer Matt Butler cut his teeth learning 80s guitar rock in the Northeast Florida backwater ‘burg of Jacksonville, where 70s R&B, country and the occasional classical masters in his parents’ record collection seeped in sub rosa. By 17, Butler had begun playing live and composing music for jazz quartets, string quintets, solo piano, and several small and large ensembles. In 2007, he founded the End Of The World Orchestra, his longest-running and best-loved endeavor. Since relocating to Austin in 2011, he has worked with a wide array of the city’s improvising musicians to test the possibilities of this large-scale, hard-charging avant-ensemble.
The End Of The World Orchestra is variable in its membership–previous iterations have included four, ten, and more members–and its influences, which take in Bjork, Zorn, Rachmaninoff and Weather Report. Whatever the iteration, the group is characterized by mutant-funk-band orchestration (multiple saxophones, trumpets, and trombones always augment a guitar-bass-drums axis) and marked by Butler’s commitment to an interactive, improvisation-driven reading of his compositions. Taken together, the Orchestra delivers a intoxicating set of rhythmically, complex, harmonically dense pieces that will blow your mind and move your ass.