College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Music, Andy Thurlow, Anarchestra
Joining the words Anarchy and Orchestra, Thurlow’s inventive ensemble, Anarchestra breaks down barriers to musical experience. Thurlow seeks to make a musical experience that everyone can participate in. Thurlow creates anarchy by calling out several musical paradigms – that music is something other than sound over time, that it needs to follow rules of tonality, and that musicians must be absolute experts in their craft. Thurlow invents his own instruments, and his instruments are designed to be easy to play and free players from any preconceived notions when it comes to making music. These instruments have no history or methodology of learning. Thurlow is inspired by Harry Partch and his work represents the largest work of outsider musicianship since Partch.
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Moulton, Alex, "Andy Thurlow’s Anarchestra: Traditional Musical Paradigms Brought into Question: An Annotated Bibliography" (2022). Musicology and Ethnomusicology: Student Scholarship. 152.