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Desert grooves and derelict loops in a wide open sky.
Omnichords and marxophones,
slide guitars and mellotrons beamed in
from some out-of-time dream world.
And from a distant back porch …
the ghosts of electricity speak.

 

The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra is Canadian composer/multi-instrumentalist Andy McNeill. And guests... wonderful guests. Some are musicians.
Some are actors. Some are auctioneers, cowboys and philosophers.

The music is a series of cinematic dream-like instrumentals done up in layers of simple patterns and melody. A hybrid of the old and new. A swirling nostalgic haze fed through shiny new filters and pixilated with studio trickery.

Kaleidoscopic and funky. Blissed-out and mad.

There will be mellotrons. There will be dobros, mandolins, trombones, guitars, samplers and mutators, wurlitzer, bass, piano, marxophone, omnichord, synthesizers old and new, and drums: live and looped, human and machine.

There will be voices -- voices recaptured from vinyl and tape. An old cowboy reminiscing about his days as a young lawman in the Wild West of the 1880’s.
A country auctioneer from an old Smithsonian/Folkways record speed-rapping over a Bruce Cockburn loop. A 1950’s American radio actor reading a passage from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

There will be a very special guest: Isabella Rossellini reciting the words of the late author/visionary Laura Archera Huxley, widow of Aldous Huxley. Ms. Rossellini’s performance was recorded on a beautiful day in New York City in the summer of 2009.

The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra releases its debut self-titled album in May 2010.


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FAQ

Maple Mountain is a place in the wilderness of northern Ontario.

Sunburst Triolian is a guitar: a steel-bodied resonator made in 1931 by the National String Instrument Company of California. The “triolian” model, in walnut sunburst finish. On the side of the neck is carefully scratched “Mae Yetter Jan.10, 1939”.

Orchestra is, well, purely ridiculous.