Recent Concert:

Saturday, May 16th, 3pm, at FIMAV / Victoriaville Festival, Colisée

With Shelley Hirsch (voice), Dafna Naphtali (live sound processing, voice), Mari Kimura (vio), Sarah Bernstein (vio), Jason Hwang (vla), Tomas Ullrich (cello), Ned Rothenberg (cl, bcl), Michael Lytle (cl, bcl, contra bass clarinet), Briggan Krauss (as, baritone sax), Robert Dick (flutes, piccolo), Denman Maroney (p/kb), Shoko Nagai (kb/moog), Nick Didkovsky (g), Stomu Takeishi (b), Satoshi Takeishi (perc), Hans Tammen (composition, live arranging).

Travel support for the performance at FIMAV is provided by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant!

Third Eye Orchestra

Hans Tammen heavily borrows from Charles Ives’ polytonality, Steve Coleman’s rhythmic complexity, Karlheinz Stockhausen’s organization of sounds and Earle Brown’s approach to form – to create a large multi-movement piece for a 16-piece ensemble + live sound processing.

“Everything about Third Eye Orchestra… indicates mastery and control” (Howard Mandel / CD Liner Notes)

He received composer commissions for the Third Eye Orchestra from the American Composers Forum, underwritten by the Jerome Fondation, and the New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA). The CD was produced with funds from the New York State Music Funds, travel support for the orchestra’s performance at 2015’s FIMAV/Victoriaville Festival provided by Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

The core ensemble in New York City consists of live sound processing of string quartet, wind/brass quartet, two pianos/keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion and voice. The ensemble released a CD of a 2006 Roulette performance as “Antecedent / Consequent” on the Innova label. All About Jazz called the music “nothing short of breathtaking”, and “a masterpiece of musical evocation”.

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Irwin Block / Avant Music News

Photo: Martin Morissette

Photo: Martin Morissette

VICTORIAVILLE, Que. – With its first gig outside of New York City, Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Orchestra on Saturday took this town’s annual Festival de Musique Actuelle to that higher creative level. After an evening that featured three rock-oriented shows – from surf, to quasi subversive to mini metal – the cream of New York avant scene delivered the musical goods in a thrilling 75-minute display that combined individual virtuosity in a cohesive and fun-filled framework.
Celebrating his 10th year as the group’s conceptual father, composer, and director, Tammen flashed lettered cue cards, leaping, Zorn-style, into sections of the 15-member band and gesticulating enthusiastically to charge up his crew. From sections that resembled classical contemporary, to avant jazz, blues, rock and electronica, this ensemble swung with life-affirming collective energy and solo contributions that served the director’s overall objective – creating a unique, immediate, visceral and engaging musical experience. Most impressive were Shelley Hirsch, injecting an operatic element with avant vocalizing, a mesmerizing string section, Denman Maroney with his Cecil-Tayloresque pianism, Robert Dick’s brilliant flute microtones, and the powerful rhythm team of drummer Satoshi Takeishi and electric bassist Stomu Takeishi, central to driving the ensemble forward.
Original review here.

Performance Excerpts

A version for an all-electronics ensemble see here: Third Eye Dark Circuits Orchestra

NYC Third Eye Orchestra Performers since 2006:

Live Sound Processing & Voice: Dafna Naphtali
Voice: Shelley Hirsch
Violins: Mari Kimura, Jason Hwang, David Soldier, Sarah Bernstein, Mark Feldman, Rebecca Cherry
Viola: Stephanie Griffin, Jason Hwang
Cello: Tomas Ullrich, Ha-Yang Kim, Alex Waterman
Reeds: Briggan Kraus, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Lytle, Josh Sinton, Marty Ehrlich, Ferdinand Rexforth, Eddy Rollin
Flutes: Robert Dick, Marty Ehrlich
Trombone: Detlef Landeck, Chris McIntyre
Trumpet: Herb Robertson
Piano/Keyboard: Ursel Schlicht, Denman Maroney, Shoko Nagai
Guitar: Nick Didkovsky
Accordion: Andrea Parkins
Electronics: Matthew Ostrowski
Theremin/Gongs: David Simons
Bass: Stomu Takeishi, Jonas Tauber
Percussion: Satoshi Takeishi, Andrew Drury