The Moving Orchestra's Story
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Sparked by informal jam sessions in living spaces, The Moving Orchestra is an eclectic mix of musicians and dancers from all backgrounds in New York City. The ensemble specializes in workshopping programs heavily based on improvisation, featuring 9 - 12 performers made up of recurring and new artists. The programs are developed utilizing the skills and personalities of each performing group as well as the possibilities of each venue. TMO has performed in prominent venues as well as unconventional places such as St. John's in the Village, Arts on Site, SLEEPCENTER, Playwrights Downtown, and a private house in West Village. In 2020, they produced a weekly series of online concerts called the "Zoom Jam Series" as well as a three-day online festival celebrating the anniversary of the inception.
TMO's inception began at the very end of the summer of 2019, when six musicians came together for a friendly jam session in Joey's living room. Joey and Katherine, with the help of Carol and Thomas as dancers, began workshopping ways to produce engaging group-improvisation performances. Using a larger living space as a stepping stone, the ensemble started a monthly performance series, in unusual venues throughout New York City.
The ensemble is named "Moving" in reference to its performers moving as well as its programs being held in different venues, and "Orchestra" because of its multidisciplinary artists coming together as one.