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Venue:
Philadelphia Art Alliance251 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $12 General Admission
Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:00pm

Todd Sickafoose's Blood Orange

Todd Sickafoose, double-bass
John Ellis, saxophone + bass clarinet
Mike Gamble, guitar
Alan Ferber, trombone
Allison Miller, drums

Please join us for the record release celebration of Tiny Resistors, Todd Sickafoose's new recording on Cryptogramophone.

"He builds grooves from the ground up, but that's no impediment to the flow or buoyancy of his music...nothing outshines the collective sound. Sickafoose achieves a band identity with a rigorously focused imagination" -The New York Times

"Ani DiFranco's secret weapon." -The New Yorker

The record's robust arrangements feature an oversized band - two drummers, two guitarists, the bassist's battery of keyboard instruments, and violin, hitched to a 3 or sometimes 4-piece horn section. The bulk of the musicians are from Sickafoose's working New York band (Adam Levy, Mike Gamble, Shane Endsley, Ben Wendel, Alan Ferber, Skerik, Simon Lott, Allison Miller). Adding their magic are two guests: the inventive violinist and singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and iconic folksinger Ani DiFranco. The result is a mini-orchestra which gives weight and depth to Sickafoose's writing. Singing melodies slowly wind their way through the musicians, taking patient turns with each section. Other instruments form small polyrhythmic motors and churn along, developing at their own pace. There is a focused intensity but also a feeling that things might suddenly shift gears, as if the band was lighter on its feet than the listener realized.

A Bay Area native, Todd Sickafoose spent some years in Los Angeles studying bass with Charlie Haden and composition with the great, late Mel Powell. Since then, he's been recording and performing with a ton of innovative artists and genre-benders including Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Trey Anastasio, Jenny Scheinman, Nels Cline, Ron Miles, Myra Melford, Adam Levy, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Bobby Previte, Scott Amendola, Will Bernard, Jessica Lurie, Erin McKeown, Anaïs Mitchell, Gina Leishman, Carla Bozulich, Noe Venable, Etienne de Rocher, James Carney, Erik Deutsch, Shane Endsley, Tony Furtado, and Darol Anger.