The Paintbrush Orchestra
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The chamber jazz group the Paintbrush Orchestra is dedicated to the live composition language of soundpainting born out of the work of Walter Thompson. Through a set of gestures, members of the Paintbrush Orchestra are cued to play specific material that is then shaped by the composer. This seasoned group of improvisers includes a full jazz rhythm section, a violin, marimba, two brass instruments, and a tenor saxophone.
The Paintbrush Orchestra was born – entirely by accident – in the fall of 2012 during a series of experimental jams at Berklee College of Music. The ensemble was formed out of a desire to explore new ways to allow the composer to play an integral, real-time role in jazz-based improvisation. Each piece allows the group to display its members’ diverse and multi-faceted musical backgrounds and its unusual instrumentation has proven to be an integral part of its sound.
The band attempts to take the concept of improvisation into territory that encourages spontaneity while creating pieces that are nonetheless fully formed in ways that often resemble pre-composed music. The resulting sound presents a palette that is different from that which is most commonly found in contemporary jazz ensembles.