Don’t Beat Your Wife (every night), A Tribute to Raymond Scott (and the perfect world of commercials)
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 6pm and 9pm
General Admission $21
Written and directed by Anders Alterskjær Whist
Produced by Vibeke Forshaug
Music in Nordland County Council
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Cult legend Raymond Scott’s music comes alive once again in the hit show “Don’t Beat Your Wife (every night)”. In this insane piece of music theatre the Mean Ensemble, stuck somewhere in an early 60s television studio, becomes gradually possessed by Scott’s cartoon and commercial universe.
Raymond Scott was a prolific American composer in the late 30s through the 40s, 50s and 60s. Much of his music he dubbed “descriptive jazz”, as it was a tightly orchestrated take on the swing and jazz genres, and relied little on improvisation. His music is best known through Warner Brothers Looney Toons and other cartoons, but also through his legendary Raymond Scott Quintet, which was one of TV’s first house orchestras (Your Hit Parade, 1950-57). He also composed commercial jingles and pioneered the use of electronic sounds in music.
Look forward to raging performances of classics like Powerhouse!, In an 18th Century Drawing Room, The Penguin, War Dance For Wooden Indians, New Year’s Eve In A Haunted House and many more, and reminisce in commercials for products like Wrigleys, Conty Fair, Hostess Twinkies, Good Air, Light Works, and Society National.
The band consists of Havard Lund (band leader and base clarinet), Oivind Nussle (violin), Johannes Skyberg (viola), Hans-Urban Andersson (cello/baritone sax), Hakan Henriksen (double base), Arnfinn Bergrabb (percussion), Are Simonsen (electronium and guitar), Lasse Rossing (trumpet) and Ole Kristoffersen (clarinet).