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SYMPHONIC MAYHEM

A dazzling show that celebrates the music of the early 1900s!

At Symphonic Mayhem, our passion is entertainment, and it’s become the main essence of our music. Since 2017, we’ve been providing audiences with a delightful selection of music, and have grown to be recognized as a leading talent within this genre. Symphonic Mayhem will bring you the best productions and work hard to entertain your orchestra and your audience.

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PARTNER WITH SYMPHONIC MAYHEM

Thanks so much for checking out our show, THE ROARING 20's! We're so incredibly excited to put it on for the very first time with the fabulous Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra!


For a show of this magnitude, there are some significant costs that go into creating a truly world class experience for the audience and orchestra alike, namely the technology to synchronize orchestra and video, the creation of the sheet music, the wardrobe, and a few other high ticket items. As independent creators, we are very passionate, but lack the capital to invest at this final stage before the premier. If you are interested in helping us put on this show, you can partner with us now to make this incredible show a reality!

For more information about how your donation will contribute directly to the success of the show, please email symphonicmayhemmusic@gmail.com

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WHO WE ARE

The music of the early 1900s is reborn, celebrated, and presented with flair and dynamism in the show-stopping Symphonic Mayhem! The centerpieces of the show are two silent films— “The Immigrant” by Charlie Chaplin, and “One Week” by revolutionary filmmaker Buster Keaton. Award-winning composers and arrangers Kyle Gordon and Drew Zaremba have written original scores to these silent pictures in the style of the golden age of Hollywood which feature the orchestra as a central figure in the presentation of the film. The remainder of the program features the orchestra with zany cartoon music, swooping love themes, and exciting jazz music.  We invite the audience into this world with us, to share an experience, to relax, and enjoy a show.


Of particular significance is that 100% of the material (sheet music and films) is public domain, therefore avoiding many of the hassles and fees associated with securing rights for copyrighted works. This convenience, combined with the humor, musicality, accessibility, and historic relevance of the music and films presented, make Symphonic Mayhem a fantastic show to program for your next orchestral season.

You can view the world premiere of “The Immigrant” and “One Week” right here.

Contact us to purchase materials and sheet music!

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INSTRUMENTATION

Orchestra

2 flutes - one doubling on picc.

2 clarinets - one doubling on bass clarinet

2 oboe - 1 doubling on english horn

2 bassoons - 1 optional double on contrabassoon

2 saxophones - 1 alto/tenor doubler, 1 tenor/baritone doubler


4 french horns

3 trumpets

2 trombones

1 bass trombone

1 tuba


3 percussion - 1 drum set player, 1 mallet specialist, 1 timpani/aux perc

1 harp

1 piano


String section (recommended for minimum 9/8/6/4/3)

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BACKLINE

Projector & Screen - For optimal viewing experience, we recommend a large screen placed behind the orchestra.  A screen placed on the side of your orchestra is also an effective option!


Click track/headphone setup - minimum 8 stations (conductor, violin 1, cello 1, trumpet 1, saxophone 1, clarinet 1, flute 1, drum set, piano, bass 1). Stations can include splitters to allow multiple musicians to be on the click track at a single station.


Optional (recommended) - click track for entire orchestra.

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MEET THE COMPOSERS

KYLE GORDON

Kyle Gordon is a Los Angeles based composer/arranger whose inventive and genre-fusing style is quickly gaining recognition in the symphonic world.  With a background in classical, jazz, folk, pop, and rock music, Kyle is always exploring the connections between traditional and contemporary music styles. In 2019, Kyle joined the esteemed team of copyists and orchestrators at Joann Kane Music Service where he began orchestrating and engraving for film. Working on titles such as Star Wars IX, Frozen 2,  The Simpsons, and BBC Seven Worlds, he had the opportunity to learn from some of today’s orchestral masters. In addition to his work in film and in the concert hall, Kyle has worked as an arranger with esteemed producer Jimmy Haslip arranging and orchestrating several albums with more to come.


A proponent of melodic, harmonically-rich music, Kyle’s work as an arranger has thrilled concert going audiences.  In addition to his writing, Kyle performs regularly as a bassist, mandolinist, and conductor. In 2018, he was invited to perform a newly penned arrangement alongside legendary bassist Jeff Bradetich at Carnegie Hall. In 2017, Kyle was awarded the Sherman/Barsanti inspiration award at the University of North Texas for his project “Old Sights/New Sounds” which featured exciting new scores to accompany silent films by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.  Old Sights/New Sounds has been developed and refined over the years and is now reintroduced as Symphonic Mayhem!


Kyle is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas and maintains an active writing, performing, and teaching schedule.

DREW ZAREMBA

Selmer artist Drew Zaremba is quickly earning a worldwide reputation as a passionate conductor, award-winning writer, and fiery performer. As a writer, he has composed and arranged pieces for the BBC Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Lee Loughane of Chicago, Chuck Findley, Eddie Gomez, the Vietnam Classical Players, the Pyramid Jazz Orchestra in Japan, and Erin Dickins of the Manhattan Transfer.  At the age of twenty-seven, Mr. Zaremba joined the esteemed faculty of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in 2018 to teach jazz composition and arranging. One of Drew’s most ambitious projects was writing a concert of music entitled “Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz” during a two month residency in Zhuhai, China. Mr. Zaremba has published music through Sierra Music, UNC Jazz press, and has recorded twenty of his pieces with the University of North Texas One and Two O’Clock Lab Bands.  In 2015, Drew was awarded 1st prize of $10,000 in the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award at the UNT for his premier concert with his orchestra, the Unity Orchestra, which featured Eddie Gomez. Drew was ecstatic to receive the Sammy Nestico Award for his original composition “Kangaroo Bruise Blues” in 2018, which includes a follow-up commission with the world-renowned Airmen of Note.

In addition to writing music, Drew is an active saxophonist, keyboardist, and woodwind artist. In early 2017, Drew released his debut record “Two Sides of the Same Coin” where he is featured on both the saxophone and Hammond organ.  During his studies at UNT, Drew garnered several accolades for his performances, including being named a winner for Downbeat’s Best Undergraduate Soloist in 2012 on saxophone, second place in the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in 2014, and playing lead alto in the Disneyland All-American College Band in 2012. As a performer and composer, Drew participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in 2013. Drew is proud to be endorsed by the Conn-Selmer company.

Teaching is a fundamental part of being a jazz musician today, and Drew is delighted to be in demand as a clinician and guest artist. He was given the title of visiting professor for his work at the Contemporary Music Institute in Zhuhai, China.  Additionally, he has given clinics and guest artist performances in Australia, Japan, Belgium, London, The Netherlands, and in colleges in the States, including Sam Houston State, University of Oklahoma, and UT Tyler.  Drew has also taught at the UNT combo camp, the UNC jazz camp, Arrowbear Music Camp in California, and the Golden Jazz camp in Zhuhai, China.

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