Ashcan Orchestra: Apollo’s Accidental Answer

Recorded June 27, 2014 at ISSUE Project Room, composer Pat Spadine’s of Ashcan Orchestra premieres his two-act chamber opera "Apollo's Accidental Answer" in it's entirety for the first time.

The Ashcan Orchestra is simultaneously the audio/visual work of composer Pat Spadine, a large collection of toy, re-appropriated, and "real" instruments, and a revolving performance ensemble based in Bushwick, NY. Since 2007 the ensemble has been employing everything from children's handbells, prepared tape recorders, stacks of discarded televisions, homemade circuitry, colored lightbulbs, mirrors, to more widely accepted noisemakers to create new music in forms more familiar than the instrumentation would lead the listener to believe. This process from humble and understandable beginnings to grander and more complex ends, has been a vehicle to both celebrate and emulate the physics that bind the known universe.