OCTET is a New York-based music ensemble comprised of stellar instrumentalists performing contemporary compositions that push boundaries. OCTET is dedicated to collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, forging a unique, unheard and unseen intermingling of music and media in order to provide audiences an alternative music experience.

Contributing to the unique sound of OCTET is its instrumentation. Essentially, it is a scaled down big band using one each from the brass section plus rhythm: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drums/percussion, piano, keyboard, vocals, and contrabass.

New pieces for OCTET include Camille, Piano Concerto, two new song cycles: Scatter My Ashes and, Moving in to an Empty Space, plus film scores performed live to picture.

OCTET film score repertoire includes a live performance to Native New Yorker WINNER as Best Documentary Short Tribeca Film Festival, and, film score suites from the Tibetan Shaman documentary Fate of the Lhapa and When Medicine Got It Wrong, a PBS documentary on the early advocacy and treatment of Schizophrenia.

OCTET Carnegie Hall Debut

Best Buddies New York Benefit Concert: Elaine Kwon and Friends

Premiere of Piano Concerto with Elaine Kwon, soloist
Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 7:30PM
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 881 Seventh Avenue at 57th Street | New York, NY 10019

Title track from OCTET's album debut featuring Mellissa Hughes...

Title track from OCTET's album debut featuring Mellissa Hughes soprano.

Naxos releases the album in June on Belarca Records.

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Excerpts from OCTET

Live from Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
VI. Shimmer
VITALITY from Camille:
TRANQUILITY from Camille:
TRIUMPH from Camille:
RESEARCH from When Medicine Got it Wrong:
MEETING WITH THE DALAI LAMA from the film score suite Fate of the Lhapa:
THE WORK from film score suite Fate of the Lhapa:
SCATTER MY ASHES from song cycle Scatter my Ashes:
ONLY CLEAR SPACE INSIDE from song cycle Scatter my Ashes:

Recorded at John Kilgore Sound, New York City by Josiah Gluck, March 17 & 18, 2011 Mixed at The Site, San Rafael, CA by Stephen Hart, assisted by Ana Sophia Dunham, April 25, May 2 & 6, 2011