Date: Thursday 20th September 2018
The FB Pocket Orchestra
Working backwards from the 1930s, The FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music.
The FB Pocket Orchestra was formed in 2012 by Paul Stevenson, Jenny Russell and Ollie Corbin after a cancelled recording project created some free studio time.
Our self-imposed brief was simply to explore the popular music repertoire of the early 20th century.
The primary aim was to investigate how we might make a musical response that would fit into the contemporary milieu.
Of particular interest has been an attention to sonic palette and acoustic delivery.
We find that our musical outcome has greater nuance, rhythmic flexibility and dynamic range if no amplification is used.
So one of our rules has become ‘minimum amplification if zero is not appropriate’.
We also feel that much of the detail and inherent beauty of this repertoire lies in the subtle interaction of more traditional instruments.
Accordingly, we have broadened our instrumental scope to include banjo, cornet, accordion, tuba, clarinet, etc.
So, whilst we make no claim to authentic re-creation, we make music that we hope has significant musical relevance to a present-day audience and celebrates some of the key attributes of the past.
Or to put that more succinctly – we hope to entertain our audiences with music from a time when life was much simpler!
The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed.
The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in October.
The aims of the orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM review October 2012
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