Trey Anastasio - Seis De Mayo CD

Seis de Mayo is an album of all-instrumental compositions written and recorded over the past couple of years. The seven tracks are performed by a variety of ensembles -- string quartets, brass quintets, small and full orchestras -- and though some of the titles may be familiar to Phish fans, the settings are radically different.

The orchestral version of "Guyute", debuted by the Vermont Youth Orchestra two years ago, is performed on "Seis de Mayo" by Seattlemusic, a 66-piece orchestra. "Prologue" -- previously integrated into Phish's "Pebbles and Marbles" -- performed here as the orchestral miniature Anastasio originally scored in his basement. "The Inlaw Josie Wales", a solo guitar piece from Farmhouse, has been reconfigured for guitar and string quartet. The introduction to "Discern" has been restored to its intended horn-based format. And "All Things Reconsidered," first heard on Phish's "Rift", is at last a fugue for string quartet. In addition, "Andre the Giant" opens the album with Trey on guitar, Mike Gordon on bass, performing with musicians playing the djembe and balifon, an African gourd instrument that sounds something like a marimba. "Coming To" is an orchestral Dixieland fantasio for horns and strings.

Andre the Giant mp3
Prologue mp3
The Inlaw Josie Wales mp3
All Things Reconsidered mp3
Coming To mp3
Discern (Intro) mp3
Guyute (Orchestral) mp3

Featured Artists:
Trey Anastasio - acoustic guitar
Mike Gordon - bass
Dave Grippo - alto and baritone saxophone
Jennifer Hartswick - trumpet
Andy Moroz - trombone Russel Remington - tenor saxophone, flute
The Ying Quartet - strings
Seattlemusic - 66-piece orchestra

Additional Musicians:
Fode Bangoura - lead djembe
Abou Sylla - balafon
David Gusakov - violin
Laura Markowitz - violin
Ana Ruesink - viola
Mike Hopkins - doule bass
John Dunlop - cello
Stacy Brubaker - flute
Karen Kevra - flute
Ann Greenawalt - oboe, english horn
Steve Klimowski - clarinet, bass clarinet
Craig Olzenak - bass clarinet
Margaret Phillips - bassoon
Shelagh Abate - French horn
Jocelyn Crawford - French horn
Peter Wilson - timpani
Tom Toner - marimba
John Rivers - bass
Nancy Hartswick - clarinet
Jonathan Ranney - bassoon
Anne Janson - flute

Released 2004.