If you don’t know about the music and life of creative genius Raymond Scott, you are in for a ear-opening treat. Scott was a mid-century inventor and bandleader with a penchant for the quirky and the energetic, resulting in whimsical musical lines that fit together like a puzzle. His compositions carry ingenious titles — Yesterday’s Ice Cubes, Take Me to Your Violin Teacher, Celebration on the Planet Mars, and War Dance for Wooden Indians to name a few.
QSF will feature Scott’s music as arranged for quartet by Jeremy Cohen, Larry Dunlap, and Robert Gilmore. The evening will also feature a segment of the documentary film by Raymond Scott’s son, Stan Warnow, called Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines, and Mystery of Raymond Scott.
We devoted the better part of one of our Grammy-nominated CDs to Scott’s music. Check it out — Whirled Chamber Music. As the film tagline says, “You may not know his name … but you know his music from Warner Bros. cartoons.” You may recognize the tune Powerhouse, as a theme used in many Warner Bros. cartoons featuring Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Elmer Fudd.
Check out the Raymond Scott blog for more info about this force of nature!