OK, so the truth of the matter is that our typewriters are used for their sonic properties and aren’t loaded with ink or paper when we perform. However, we’ve been invited to participate in a night called “The Art of Paper” at the Portland Museum of Art on February 26. The museum is free on Friday nights, so all Mainers are welcome to join in and check us out, but we’ll be on early so come right after work as they’re showing Lori Anderson’s documentary about her dog at like 6:30.
So weird thing is when we play outside of our fine home state, people actually seem to come out to see us play and actually enjoy us. So much so that sometimes they ask us to come back. New Hampshire is getting an encore performance as the Currier Museum in Manchester has given us a curtain call. We’ll be back playing the Currier After Hours on September 3, with 2 sets nestled between somewhere 6 and 9 pm.
September 3, 2105 6-9pm
Currier After Hours
Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash St, Manchester, NH
When we were first contacted by the library, we had stars in our eyes about getting the chance to play for some Hollywood elite. However, upon confirming we found out that this gig was happening in Beverly, not Beverly Hills. After doing a quick check to make sure it wasn’t a sting operation to get the late fees on those reference books that fill Brendan’s bookcase, we figured, what a better way to spend a Monday than to celebrate typewriters.
On Monday May 4, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra will be playing the closing reception for The Typewriter Project, an exhibit presenting the typewriter in all its glory presented by the Beverly Cultural Council.
Click, Clack, Ding. That’s the title that’s being given to our upcoming performance on February 22, 2015 at the Boston Society of Architects. They are in the midst of a giant effort called StereoType and figured what better band to represent the power of the font than BTO. Assuming you can get to their home near South Station and the city isn’t entirely shut down until Red Sox Opening Day in April, we’re playing a free show that’s set to start at 2pm. Make a day of it, see us and then try to walk to the North End for some cannolis; make a game of trying to stay on the sidewalks and not be hit by plows.
A full work day in the city for the Boston Typewriter Orchestra meant that we got to New York City just in time for a midnight performance at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Alumni/emeritus member Jim bussed in from Jersey City to fill the depleted ranks as only Jay, Brendan, and Jeff were able to truly represent Boston on this weekend. We kicked off the performance to a haggard crowd of city dwellers and kept on-stage Yankee sniping to a minimum. A night at the Newark HoJos would have been better spent sleeping off a drunken stupor in the UCB’s walk-in.
With Jim regaling us of tales from beyond the typing pool in the wild world of liquor distribution (we’re too greedy to share, being far more inclined to mere liquor consumption), we sped off down the Jersey Turnpike in the morning heading for our nation’s capitol.
Outside the Black Cat, we met up with Jeff Simmermon, the force that pried us away from New England for this weekend. These shows (titled And I Am Not Lying) were a whole night’s entertainment in one crazy swoop, with comedians, burlesque dancers, a boylesque dancer, and Simmermon as an officiant, comedian, and raconteur all in one. The Black Cat is DC’s finest den of iniquity, and stepping into the room to load in a bunch of typewriters it seemed like a mighty daunting space to fill.
With seating and tables added to the room, and some of the best sound men on the case, not only did the four of us sound like a whole orchestra of typewriters, but even we were able to hear it with monitors bringing the thump-thwack at us just as hard. With a deadline to return for back in Boston, we made a quick departure after the show concluded. The overnight livery service proved just reliable enough to make it home without catastrophe.
Friday March 14, 2014
And I Am Not Lying, midnight
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, East Village NYC
Even escaping Boston just ahead of rush hour traffic, the trek to Manchester was relatively painless and we played our first set for an overflowing room at the Currier Museum. We dusted off some rusty oldies for the second set, and clacked away to the delight of the audience. Seems like there was enough interest that we’ll have to find our way back north sometime soon.
March 6th, 2014 – Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join us for speciality cocktails, a food demonstration, and unusual sounds! The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is a group that combines the insistent rhythm of typewriters with elements of performance, comedy and satire. During intermission, enjoy food, art making and discussions in the galleries. A cash bar and full menu are available at the Winter Garden Café.
**This post now contains revised links and actual set times. We aren’t playing a nightclub where set times are an approximation, these gigs are at museums so when it says that’s when we’re playing, the typical variance is rarely more than 10 minutes.
**Also included in the information for these performances is a directions link. Do we know the best way to get from your house to where we’ll be? Not likely. So the directions link will opens a google maps page with the particular museum preset as the destination.
The road was long and hard but usually paved pretty well so it didn’t take long. Now we’re back for April’s cruise across the campuses. At Providence’s Rhode Island School of Design and Waltham’s Brandeis University, we will be plopped in the midst of their respective art museums. The thing at Boston University isn’t open to the public, heck not even the students, we think, it’s a just conference for journalists. But if you really want to see us that bad, don’t worry, we’ll be around soon.
The Boston Typewriter Orchestra plays the IDEAS Boston conference October 20, 2011.
IDEAS Boston’s mission is to promote innovation and contribute to the economic vitality and competitiveness of the region. Through a unique conference, dissemination of new ideas after the event, and connecting cutting-edge thinkers across sectors, IDEAS Boston serves as an important resource to individual innovators throughout the community, and from a civic perspective helps to build the region’s brand as a hub of innovation attractive to businesses, college students, and workers.
For more information, go to http://www.umb.edu/ideasboston/entry/about“
Boston Typewriter Orchestra will be performing on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 11:00 AM -12:00 noon in the first floor Galleria in the new Linde Family Wing. We’ll be debuting some new material at this fantastic event, not to be missed. Admission is free.
47 Palmer St., Cambridge MA
$15 at the door. $13 for Passim members.
With Special Guests, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library. Because, after all, if you don’t read, THE TERRORISTS WIN.
Tickets can be pre-ordered here . We sold out last time– get your tickets quickly!”