Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra
The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra formed in 2008 as NYC's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra with live performances commencing the following year. They have thus far enchanted NYC audiences at Douglas Street Music Collective, Goodbye Blue Monday, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn Lyceum, Gershin Hotel, Shea Stadium, House of Elders, White Box Gallery, 17 Frost Gallery, Midtown Manhattan Library, and Spectrum. This single-timbre orchestra's wholly unique take on Terry Riley's "In C" is available on Living Records through this website (see below), Wayside Music (Cuneiform Records), NYC's Downtown Music Gallery, and live concerts. Instead of a Piano Pulse as traditionally used for this composition, a Snare Drum is used - suggested by brother Roger Miller.
SSO is now making headway for their next recording this April; The Beatle's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?". Vocals will be tracked by Marianne Nowotnny. Release Date some time in the fall as a 45rpm by Abaton Book Company.
"I'm sure this will be a first for saxophone orchestra." - Ann Riley
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"CLOUD ELEVEN" is a definitive collection of multitrack Demo recordings and Live concerts from 2009-2011 featuring compositions by Benjamin Miller. Released in 2013 on Living Records as their second testament to the 21st Century, it is now available through this website (see below) and live concerts.
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Symphony of Suspicious Activity was recorded in 2013 at Brookln's KENNEL Studios; a 45 minute composition for 11 saxophones and 2 drum kits. First premiered at Brooklyn Lyceum in 2009, it has since evolved with a mix of neo-classical, minimalism, and head-rocking dissonance. A mastered-for-vinyl release is anticipated.
Primary roster of NYC orchestra members
In regards to through-composed music, Miller's primary influences are Oliver Messiaen, Edgar Varese, Arnold Shoenberg, John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive", The Art Bears, and Glenn Branca to name a few.
At 10, Miller learned alto saxophone followed by guitar the next year. At 14, he attempted to form his first albeit short-lived group of seven electric guitars. By 9th grade he was exploring spontaneous Improvisation and Pyschedelic songwriting with brothers Laurence and Roger in Sproton Layer. Miller composed numerous pantonal scores for small ensembles in college (Boston/Michigan) including Graphic Scores designed to motivate Free Improvisation through simple structures. He continues to use scores that were written at that time. In the mid-70's, Miller ran his horn through a half dozen MXR foot pedals in twin brother Laurence's art-damaged EMPOOL. This group eventually morphed with Destroy All Monsters as DAM's punk version releasing two 45rpms.
While finishing his degree at Columbia College Chicago in the 1990's, Miller returned to fully notated composition reviving his interest in intervallic relationships. There he developed an all-interval method of composition with The Eleven Mirrors Ensemble. This unique method came to fruition in 2007 and is now the primary technique used in his work.
Abaton Book Company released Miller's "Every Room" (2007) as a 45rpm lathe-cut. This 12-tone composition was recorded soley by Miller overdubbing 16 saxophones before forming The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra.
Contact Ben Miller at email@example.com