Burning City Orchestra

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We take orchestral rock song-writing where it's been a long time coming. Praised by Anoushka Shankar for our “gorgeous” strings and “wonderful” lyrics (BBC), Burning City Orchestra celebrates traditional chamber music-style intimacy, while incorporating powerful rock, jazz, and punk influences. BCO is run by composer & singer/songwriter Noam Faingold whose “lyrical” (New York Times) music has been called “A tour de force of Jazz melded with classical,” (Downbeat Magazine), and an “outside-the-box perspective” (Dennis Cook).

Burning City Orchestra has given critically acclaimed performances to audiences throughout the US and the UK. We can be seen yearly at the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts at Theater for the New City. Most recently, our sold-out performance at London's i = u festival, the UK’s only festival celebrating music improvisation in collaboration with other art forms, received international attention from Sound and Music, Strad, and Time Out.

BCO is comprised of renowned contemporary musicians including members of The Royal Ballet Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, and the Bang on a Can festival. Members of BCO can be seen performing at venues ranging from The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, to Le Poisson Rouge NYC and The Stone. Our collaborators are among the most accomplished artists and ensembles in NYC and London's contemporary music scenes.

We’re honored to share our self-titled debut album, featuring guest collaborations with highly distinguished contemporary music performers including Timo Andres and Reed Mathis. Inspired by traditional and experimental classical, rock, and Jazz, the album reflects a deep commitment to diversifying the art of song-writing.


Listen to more of our recordings at:

soundcloud.com/burning-city-orchestra or at www.burningcityorchestra.com



Susan Mandel, (burningcityorchestra[@]gmail.com)


released November 1, 2015


Noam Faingold – music, lyrics, orchestration, voice, guitars
Amanda Lo – violin I*
Joshua Henderson – violin I**
Patti Kilroy – violin II
Rick Quantz – viola
Susanna Mendlow – cello***
Mike Midlarsky – cello****
Pat Swoboda – double bass, electric bass
Jeremy Forbis – drum set, vibraphone, electronic co-engineer (Sweaters part 1)
Timothy Andres – piano
Reed Mathis – solo electric bass on “A Dirge in the Rain,” extended techniques “What Sweaters are for in the Summer.”

*violin on tracks, 1, 5, 6, 8
**violin on tracks 2, 3, 4, 9
***cello on tracks 2, 5, 6, 9
**** cello on tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8,

Produced by Noam Faingold and Jeremy Forbis
Strings engineered by Paul Howells, Artem Kulakov and Jeremy Forbis

Strings on tracks 1-3, 5, 6-9 recorded at New York University
Strings on tracks 4 and 8, and all piano tracks recorded at Sonic Arts Center at City College, NYC

Mixed by Jeremy Forbis
Mastered by Matthew Collings
Package design by Mark Kuykendall (Unknown Tone Records)

Artwork - Front and Back Photography from Annea Lockwood's "Piano Burning" (The Source Magazine)


We couldn’t have made this record without: Elliot Rosen, Ken Busby, Ben Nebb, Matt Gianotti, Wataru Itoh, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Robert Rowe, Susan Mandel, Eric Lemmon, Joshua Henderson, Katherine Liccardo and the Liccardo family, Mike Midlarsky, Pat Swoboda, Kelly Kendrick, Lara Brodsky, Eve Wolf and Victoria Wolf Lewis, Julia Mintzer, Adi Tal, Ida and Raphael Waksberg, Emilia Tamburri, Kurt Muroki, Dennis Kim, Reed Mathis, Joseph Bongiorno, Samuel Adler, Jesse Dittmar, Julia Bray, Bess Greenberg and Abby Verbosky at 25CPW/Red Roots Gallery, Ryan Dannar, Joseph Rivers

Thanks: Anoushka Shankar, David Amram, Theater for the New City/Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, The BBC, The Strad + Christian Lloyd, Relatives, Nina de Man, Paul Stokes, Eugene Feygelson, Soundpony, Kenneth David Stewart, Derek Bermel, Sxip Shirey, Daniel Martin Moore and Joan Shelley, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Omar, Frogbelly and Symphony, Majnun, CJ Boyd, The Sea That Dried Up and Became a Parking Lot, Bailen Brothers, Brixton Jamm (UK), Imogen Burgess, Michael Dylan Ferrara, i = u festival, Sara Cooper, Claire Blake, Guy Barash and The Tank NYC, WRIU, District Emma, Luke Fernando, The Fiddler’s Elbow (London), Valerie Mize, Daniel Wohl and TRANSIT New Music, New York University, Marie MacDougal, Midtown School for the Performing Arts (Tulsa), Paper Pyramid, Circles and Lines, Valerie Kuhn, Café Orwell (RIP), Robby Housh, Thom Davies, James Owers, Fran Allfrey, Miles Ralston, Heidi Rigert, Roger Price, Rachel Blue, Chris Colberg, Julia Caruso, Lauren Gard Allen, Smitty Jones, University of Tulsa School of Music, Tulsa Community College,

We also like to play with: Mikael Darmanie, Juyoung Lee, Dash Nesbitt, Ben Geller, Matthew Rosenthal, Aaron Yarmel, Liam Veuve, Liz Hanley, Ian Chang, Matthew Weber, Lisa Maree Dowling, Steve Potter

BCO UK: Eugene Feygelson, Christian Prior, Phillip Granell, Jonathan Larson, Marie Schreer, Sophie Gledhill, Matt Thurtell

Past BCO: Leat Sabbah, Gabe Smith, Mitch Friedman, Stephanie Aliano, Insia Malik, Warren Behr, Lara Brodsky, Kent Dennis, Amanda Kliner, Asher Gelzer-Govatos, Kevin Klingaman, Eric Albrecht, James Wilson, Dustin Brown, Thom Hartwick, Teresa Morales Diego, Kip Riecken, Heather Misula, Evan Leslie, Valerie Mize, Tim Petty, Sarah Williams, Amanda Hardy, Ryan Tedder (saxophone), Tyler Hearn, Roberta Michel


All music and lyrics composed by Noam Faingold, except for track 7 composed by Noam Faingold and Jeremy Forbis

All songs published by This Burning City Editions/ASCAP



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Burning City Orchestra lives on the edges of genre. Orchestral power meets the immediacy of punk, crooning melts into chamber music's intimate textures, and harmonies are imbued with jazz spontaneity.

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