Friday, September 17, 2010
The Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble
There's a certain kind of hippie commune wellness xian folk music that I really like. The Christ Tree album, Children of One, and some (well, one) Sufi Choir records are like that. Certain parts of Berkeley California are still like this. But The Entourage Theatre and Music Ensemble sets the high water mark. It's the sound of centering yourself and emerging from your teepee to join in the muesli harvest or a summer solstice initiation rite. The upstate NY and later Connecticut-based Entourage put out two records on Folkways, and they are both excellent (and the kind of thing you can find at Mutant Sounds.) I was toodling around the band's website and found some archival photos and videos of various theatre/dance collaborations, some of which have an alluring pagan witchiness to them. Behold. Check it out for yourself for more goodies, including an unreleased score commissioned in 1976 by The Royal Danish Ballet.