This music was performed live at the Ice Factory, Chicago IL USA, March 18 2006.
Matthew Golombisky’s Tomorrow Music Orchestra (TMO) is an outlet for exploring the many colors that come with having a large mixed ensemble with some of the most renown musicians in the Chicago area in the classical, jazz and rock worlds and later, as Golombisky travels, upstate New York, the Bay Area, California and now Buenos Aires, Argentina.
TMO was conceived by bassist, composer and conductor Matthew Golombisky in 2004 in New Orleans and played an attention-grabbing concert at Cafe Brasil, that included William Thompson (Fender rhodes), Milton Villarrubia and Quin Kirchner (drums), among others. After Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans, Golombisky, along with Kirchner and vibraphonist Matthew McClimon, moved to Chicago where he continued the energy and goals of TMO - to continue to write fresh music and present it to mixed audiences in venues normally reserved for rock outfits.
In Chicago, a new configuration of TMO was formed almost over night by in March 2006 preparing for a performance at the Ice Factory. The idea started as a combination of two of the groups he was playing with, Dirty Snow and Pele's Electric Glow. They included Matthew McClimon, Kirchner, Sam Macy, James Davis, and Caroline Davis.
But the urge to create something larger was evident; to have something that would allow him to compose massive and engaging works. He met violin/violist Hanna Mathey after performing with the Lucky 7s at the Hungry Brain. She had a cellist friend, Katy Myers. The stage was almost set. Golombisky enlisted a trombonist he met while studying at Northwestern in the Fall of 2005, Jonathon Kirk.
From there TMO enlarged and enlisted many of Chicago’s great players, including folks from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more!
TMO became a mainstay in Chicago for several years, and continues its relationship with the great city. In total, there were over 35 players on the rooster and performances rarely saw less than 20 of them often crowding stages so much that part of the group would “spill out” into the audience.
Since that initial jolt of excitement, the Tomorrow Music Orchestra has played an array of concerts including over 75 original compositions by Golombisky at venues like WNUR 89.3FM (where Golombisky had a stint as DJ/producer), Empty Bottle, ears&eyes Festival, Around the Coyote Festival, Subterranean, The Hideout, has recorded for death metal band Daylight Dies and Sydney-based singer/writer, Via Tania, supported/backed Minneapolis Henrys at their CD release party, recorded a cello concerto for Helen Gillet, was the opening act for the Strobe Sessions, and much, much more!
After leaving Chicago, Golombisky continued his efforts and started working on pieces for his “Blank Tape Series”, an audience and performer driven presentation. He continued to compose for various projects, including composing the music for Via Tania’s 2015 release, Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra (Narooma Records).
Matthew Golombisky - composer/conductor/bassist/director
Jenny Swanson, Allie Deaver-Petchenik & Matthew Smith - flute/piccolo
Andy Nogal - oboe/English horn
Pablo Chin (Bb), Natalie Szabo - (Bb/Eb), Mike Salter (bass), Michael Maccaferri - (Bb/bass) - clarinets
Charles Gorczynski (soprano), Caroline Davis (alto), Robin Boudreaux (tenor), Dan Oestreicher (bari/bass) - saxophones
Matt Oliphant & Robin Clevenger - French horn
James Davis & Thad Franklin - flugelhorn/trumpet
Jonathon Kirk - trombone/euphonium
Lori Ashikawa & Shani Schechter - violin
Hanna Mathey & Sarah Rose - viola
Katinka Kleijn, Liliana Wosko, Katy Myers - cello
Douglas Johnson & Jeff Greene - contra bass
Matthew McClimon & Katie Weigman - vibraphone
Rob Clearfield - accordion
Sam Macy, Bill MacKay & Dave Miller - guitar
Quin Kirchner - drums/percussion/melodica