The best way to introduce the version of Everyone Orchestra that I saw is by showing you who everyone was, what bands they were from, and what they played.
They were, from stage left to right:
- Jans Ingber (The Motet, formerly) on vocals and percussion.
- Sarah Clarke (Dirty Revival) on vocals.
- Paul Chandler (MarchFourth) on trumpet.
- Josh Clark (Tea Leaf Green) on guitar.
- Vinnie Amico (moe.) on drums
- Chuck Jones (Dopapod) on bass.
- Chris Houser (The Werks) on guitar.
- Asher Fulero (Emancipator Ensemble) on keys.
Matt Butler, the conductor of Everyone Orchestra, was dressed in a rhinestone-embroidered white dovetail suit, which of course came with matching top hat. He was often holding up a small whiteboard and showing it to the Orchestra, or scribbling on it, or else gesturing enthusiastic ticking commands for cues and live volume suggestions to his improvising Orchestra.
Did I forget to mention that Everyone Orchestra is, regardless of who is playing in it, an entirely improvisational group? As in, every piece of music they play, every night, is improvised. Made up on the spot. Unplanned, spontaneous, musically significant and sincere.
I overheard a nice lady in front of me call them “incredibly dance to-able.”
While I was sitting down, talking to a bartender about Butler’s jacket and ordering my third beer, an older gentleman still wiggling his hips came up and asked me why I wasn’t dancing, as if he could comprehend no earthly reason for anyone to stop jiving to the jazz and pure funky funk Everyone Orchestra was putting out.
The Wild Buffalo’s mounted buffalo head which rears through the wall as if breaking though looked like it was nodding its head to the beat, occasionally getting lost in the organically formed nonstandard time signatures.
I learned on Thursday that melodies could be bullets. At one point, around halfway through their set, Clarke and Fulero began to talk. They started whispering to each other behind their hands, almost drowned out by the others’ voices. As we began to notice their stellar grooves, however, they started to build. Louder they got, and wilder. They started pounding the floor with their feet and howling. They were screaming at each other, back and forth, hurling jabs and slices. Everyone, the whole crowd, applauded.
There’s nothing like good improvisational music. Everyone Orchestra is good improvisational music. I suggest that you see them immediately.