Everyone Orchestra (Conducted by Matt Butler)

The Everyone Orchestra’s conductor, Matt Butler has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through full-length shows that are entirely improvised, since 2001, after touring with the rock band Jambay. In 2012, Butler gathered particularly well-known musicians from bands like Phish, Moe., and others, and recorded Everyone Orchestra’s first studio album, Brooklyn Sessions [2012], which was still largely improvised.
“The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways that they can’t be at a regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler.
The Everyone Orchestra conductor/founder Matt Butler has taken its participants, both on stage and off, on improvisational journeys with the most diverse of lineups at festivals, theaters and philanthropic events both nationally and internationally. A laundry list of hundreds of musicians, dancers, singers, guest conductors and community organizations have embraced the experience of EO in single shots of musical adrenaline to the soul. Tuning in to his energy, the band and audience utilize The Conductor as their pivot to the set mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, whiteboard and assorted mime suggestions.
The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Furthur, Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, String Cheese Incident, moe., members of Allman Brothers Band. including Oteil Burbridge, Yonder Mountain String Band, The New Mastersounds, Big Gigantic, The Punch Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Railroad Earth, Thievery Corporation, Lettuce, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, The Flecktones, Club d’Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners, jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.
Marching clearly into uncharted territory, The Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of The Everyone Orchestra.
What is Everyone Orchestra → vimeo.com/36999515
Musicians Describe Everyone Orchestra → vimeo.com/33037192
Musicians from across a wide spectrum of styles and backgrounds describe their experiences with the Everyone Orchestra.


Before the first steady rumble of the drums gives way to hard-hitting big-brass lines, before the rich warmth of the organ maneuvers its way around the backup singers’ swingin’ hips, before the “GottaHaveIt” and “GimmeDatGudSh*t” call and response stirs up an inescapable itch to move and groove, there is one single moment of silence.

And then the lights come up and the show begins.

With a fiery-hot, funky beat that echoes with the nostalgia of neo-soul and just enough grit to keep you hip thrustin’ and toe tappin’, Washington D.C.’s Aztec Sun’s (AZS) voltaic performances are the result of the band’s infectious melodies and the rare dynamism of the musicians creating them.

From its inception in 2013, AZTEC SUN has grown into an 8-piece ensemble with a sound that evokes a classic '70s feel all gussied up in a new school approach. In part driven by the band’s culturally diverse background, the timelessness of the band’s musical influences combined with lyrics lathered up in just enough heartbreak and weekend-anthem means that whether it’s the old-school R&B seduction, the uptown Funky grooves, or a pop-alicious hit that gets you going, there’s something for everyone.

The AZS FUNKtrain has made many stops throughout DC, MD, VA, and NY — Funk Parade, Velvet Lounge, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, The Howard Theatre, Gypsy Sally’s as well as World of Beer in C’ville and Bar Nine in NYC (to name a few). In every performance, AZTEC SUN unleashes the full palette of its creative juices to connect with its audience and push the AZS mantra – “WHATEVER MAKES YOU DANCE”.

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