Happy Orchestra, produced by drummer Tarik Abouzied, is a band that puts smiles on faces and lights fires under feet. Its members are drawn from some of the Northwest’s most highly regarded funk, jazz, and soul bands including McTuff, Skerik’s Bandalabra, Richie Aldente, and more. The band, nominated Alternative Jazz Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016 by readers of Earshot Jazz, combines instrumental and compositional firepower with a determined effort at crafting an intensely happy musical experience.
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Back in December ’15 Happy Orchestra successfully funded a $7500 Kickstarter campaign to record their debut album! From drummer and founder Tarik Abouzied:
“Playing for and with you all makes me happy. The level of talent around me is astounding, the community that supports this music scene is as strong as I’ve ever seen, and contributing to that has been incredibly life affirming. I have fun, I’m challenged in every dimension, and at the end of the day the effort I’ve put forth has gone to something 100% positive. I wanted more, and so Happy Orchestra was born.
It’s been about a year of writing, rehearsing, and performing with Happy in its many sizes and flavors. Whether a trio in a tiny bar or the six-piece lineup on a venue stage, it’s been important to me that I’m surrounded with humans I love and respect both as musicians and people. I’m lucky enough to live in a place where that’s an easy reality to create, and now it’s time to document that reality and share it with all of you!”
The year-long project will feature musical greats from the northwest and beyond including Abouzied, Skerik, Thomas Marriott, Andy Coe, Tim Kennedy, Joe Doria, Brian Hass, Ian Sheridan, Damian Erskine and more. As of July 2016 half of the tracks have been recorded and mixed, with another session planned in the fall to record the rest and a release is planned for early 2017!
You can stay up to date with the project and hear in-progress samples at the Kickstarter Update Page. Thanks for the support!