Gray, Freddie

mind behind closed eyes

The Philadelphia trio of composers Josh Lawrence, Jason Fraticelli, and Anwar Marshall are back with a second project from FRESH CUT ORCHESTRA. Mind Behind Closed Eyes is a collection of pieces from each composer, and delves into new territory with live electronic processing via Ableton and the addition of the cuatro, a Puerto Rican stringed instrument. The roots are solid Philly - as Anwar points out - 'I believe Philly musicians have a rhythmic dialogue that we all understand. That language is very hard swinging, but its timing is laid back and relaxed'. The record is set for release on August 26, with release shows at The Painted Bride on 8/27 and Dizzy's in NYC on 8/29. Drop in at bandcamp to preorder in high quality audio and CD. Preorder is also available at itunes.   

Celebrating 2015 - The Fresh Cut Orchestra

Three bandleaders - Josh Lawrence, Jason Fraticelli, and Anwar Marshall - commissioned by the fabled Painted Bride Art Center in Philly to produce an original work for a large ensemble, and awarded a Pew grant to record a full length LP. This is the Fresh Cut Orchestra, and we were (and still are) honored to release FRIOM THE VINE in February 2015. The New York Times said they were ‘a little hard to define’, so that’s your cue to listen in and define it for yourself. Check the Fresh Cut Orchestra at the Kimmel Center on December 10 for a night to remember.  

Fresh Cut Orchestra (2/17/15)

IV. The Funeral - Fresh Cut Orchestra

Fresh Cut Orchestra Debut

Christian McBride mentioned it's on his list of jazz albums to watch for in 2015, Ben Ratliff mentioned it in the New York Times this past Sunday, and tastemakers from around the world are nodding their heads in approval. From The Vine, from Philly's own Fresh Cut Orchestra, drops today, and we need you to support by doing your thing the way you choose - Buy It, Share It, Post your own review, or just give it some stars over at Itunes. This is how the community supports great music, and you are part of the family. 

I. Birth of a Child, Birth of a Mom (Fresh Cut Orchestra – The Mothers’ Suite)


Fresh Cut!

Fresh Cut Orchestra X NPR

We are thrilled to announce that Philly's own Fresh Cut Orchestra will be dropping their debut LP right here at Ropeadope. A ten piece with some heavy hitters - Jason Fraticelli (Matisyahu, Mark Guliana), Josh Lawrence (Erykah Badu), and Anwar Marshall (Kurt Rosenwinkel) - FCO already has Ropeadope alum Christian McBride talking about the release on NPR. The record drops on February 17th, and we strongly suggest you jump in and get one of the first copies right over here.

Sanguine - Fresh Cut Orchestra