The Neptune Collection

The Neptune Collection

Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble FW33870 / FTS 33870

Avant-garde multi-media artist collective Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble recorded this album in May 1975. “We are a group flexible in size and temperament,” they explain in their artist statement, and “we utilize music, dance, poetry and theatre skills.” While only the audio components of their creative output are represented here, the recordings offer a complex portrait of the group’s eclectic and offbeat approach to art; “bird and rabbit” are listed among the instruments played, as well as the unique fusion of piano and keyboards, saxophones, guitars, gong, and viola.

The Neptune Collection was inspired by a moment at Connecticut’s Neptune Park that guitarist, keyboardist, dulcimer- and bell-player Wall Matthews captured in a poem. Liner notes include this poem, as well as a number of photographs from the dance and theater pieces with which these recordings were paired. The ensemble’s first recording for Folkways in 1973 was Entourage (FW33866).

Year Released 1976
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Contemporary & Electronic; Jazz & Ragtime
Country(s) United States
Subject(s) Contemporary music
Credits

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101 Neptune Rising Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 5:36
102 Druid Dance Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 3:32
103 Euphoric Bells Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 3:04
104 King's Birdcage Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 2:46
105 Nature Spirits Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 6:24
201 Incantation for the Death of Self Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 3:45
202 Days Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 4:43
203 Space Needle Suicide Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 4:36
204 Tar Box Poltergeist Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble 4:51
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