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River Cow Orchestra

Zen Jazz, free improvisation, music without rules!

About Me

Kansas City’s tradition of jazz innovation continues with the amazing ~ RIVER COW ORCHESTRA ~ Zen Jazz... Every song is created on the spot, without charts, dubs, retakes, or written music. Abstract enough for you? River Cow Orchestra takes a Zen approach to creating music. Creating spontaneous music that will never be heard again, anywhere. River Cow Orchestra sets the music free. We welcome you to experience stimulating MOO-sic. ~ RIVER COW ORCHESTRA ~ free the music! “The best song in the world, right now this morning (3-07-10) is… “Investment Bankers” by the River Cow Orchestra. Kansas City outfit. I just heard about them yesterday and I’m digging their chill.” Jack Pribek - Snake Oil - music web blog “That approach (River Cow Orchestra's) was what Kansas City was once famous for – jazz musicians who cut new ground – or hoped to – each time they played.” David Knopf - Richmond Daily News “Ah yes, …improv at its best. To classify the sound as jazz – where most (of their band) members have a lot of experience – would be too limiting. The improvisation created newer and deeper textures.” Cory Streeter - The Kansas City Star newspaper “They create very open and wide structures and take time to develop things. This results in very captivating music that is never in a hurry and working very consequent to its goal.” Dolf Mulder - Vital Weekly, Netherlands “River Cow Orchestra takes free form jazz and turns it into an experience that delights not only the ears, but the eyes—and the mind as well. As the orchestra begins each piece, it invites the audience to join an original journey, one that begins only in that moment and ends vibrantly but only with a memory, because that exact performance will neither be seen nor heard again. Members of the audience listen as the sounds build and blend and excite. They watch as colors swirl and flow and energize. They feel the mood as it mellows and then bellows. Then, the audience leaves with a smile, because they’ve been not to a concert but to an event. ” Sara D. Seidel Vice President, Friends of the Farris Theater Richmond, Missouri - Letter to the Kansas Arts Commission Touring Roster “And then the music began to fill the air that Saturday evening. I felt as if I was being transported through time – to a different era, the era of Jazz clubs; where Jazz was truly the “music of the streets”; where Jazz was truly alive. I imagined hearing Louis Armstrong playing away on his trumpet while Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday scatted along with him. The music flowed so seamlessly, that it was hard to tell when one song ended and when another one began! But the greatest surprise was learning that ALL of the music that was played that night was 100% improvised! ” Jenny Gray - Performance Review (Music 116-PVCC KC, MO) “I sincerely believe this is the best creative venture I've ever heard from a midwestern group of cows & give it my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as the "PICK" of this issue for "best creative jazz"! ” Rotcod Zzaj - Zzai Productions - Improvijazzation Nation "River Cow Orchestra's philosophy is to explore the process of artistic improvisation rather than focus on creating a music product for entertainment. "We emphasize musical mood and place an aesthetic premium on the character and personality of each musician rather than the technical skill of each individual." Do not be fooled by the modesty of this statement for each player is high-level musician with the skill of a Zen master. I was overjoyed and impressed by River Cow Orchestra's performance. It was one of the best spontaneous musical creations I experienced." Nihan Yesil - KCMetropolis.org July 27, 2011

My Jazz Story

Kansas City’s tradition of jazz innovation continues with the amazing RIVER COW ORCHESTRA ~ Zen Jazz ~ River Cow Orchestra takes a different approach to creating music. Creating spontaneous music that will never be heard again, anywhere. Every song is created on the spot, without charts, dubs, retakes, or written music. Collective improvisation, spontaneous jazz without apology. River Cow Orchestra sets the music free. http://rivercoworchestra.fieldinfoserv.com/ http://www.reverbnation.com/rivercoworchestra http://www.myspace.com/rivercoworchestra http://www.youtube.com/user/RiverCowOrchestra rivercoworchestra@gmail.com

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, Live Evil, Live at the Fillmore East
  2. John Coltrane - Love Supreme, Ascension, Meditations
  3. Return to Forever - Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy
  4. Sun Ra - Space Is The Place
  5. Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Volunteered Slavery
  6. Any album by the following creative artists:
  7. Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Mahavishnu Orchestra,
  8. Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Weather Report, Frank Zappa.

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