Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra
“The path to Bjork’s soul is reached through a remarkably talented group of young musicians.”
-Jazz Times Magazine
“An artist’s study of a musical mind, not just a point of departure for something altogether new ¬ though it¹s both of those things.”
-Jennifer O’Dell, Downbeat Magazine
“Encapsulates the talent of Bjork and the vision of Travis Sullivan and his orchestra being able to recreate her pop-bending music with brilliant jazz flare.”
-Jason Kordich, JIVEMagazine.com
“Travis Sullivan, saxophonist, arranger and Bjorkestra band leader,thought it would be a good idea to take an eighteen piece orchestra who is not afraid of genre-bending and put his own spin on Bjork songs. Was he right? Absolutely.”
-James Shahan, URB.com
“Whether playing it straight through from beginning to end or skipping around, there's little chance you won't be impressed.”
-review by Kristofer Upjohn Kristofer Upjohn, Rave.com
Travis Sullivan¹s Bjorkestra is a genre bending jazz orchestra that interprets the music of Bjork Gudmundsdottir, one of the most influential pop artists of the past 20 years. The Bjorkestra transcends the boundaries of popular music and modern jazz, and continues to thrill and mesmerize audiences with its engaging blend of improvisation, brilliant arrangements, and danceable grooves.
Whether you are a fan of Bjork or jazz, the Bjorkestra offers something for anyone interested in listening to innovative, creative music while having fun in the process. Travis Sullivan employs a traditional big band instrumentation augmented by vocalist Becca Stevens and laptop drum programming wizard Ian Cook. A live Bjorkestra show is a unique listening experience that impacts both the sonic and visual senses. The Bjorkestra pays homage to their muse, Bjork, through invention--not imitation.
In 2008, The Bjorkestra released their debut CD, “Enjoy” on Koch Records.
Past show highlights include: a performance for an audience of 30,000 people at The 2008 Montreal International Jazz Festival, The SF Jazz Festival, The Blue Note (NYC), and The Jazz Standard (NYC). The Bjorkestra has also been steadily developing an international following, and Sullivan has conducted his arrangements of Bjork¹s music with The Sicilian Jazz Orchestra, The Reykjavik Big Band, The Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and Korean Express for the 2008 Jarasum Jazz Festival.
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