The Ivan Variations

by The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

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Ivan Quickly 03:26
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Pilk's Ivan 05:13
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intro 01:26
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Go 04:17
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Ivan Ska 05:13
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about

From a remark by Jerome Deupree, who, on the occasion of a CTP show on Groundhog Day, said "Why don't we just play the same song over and over?"

Of course the idea of The Ivan Variations is not an idea but the thing itself, a singular thing borne of plurality. Such variety! The changes in rhythm, instrumentation, and dynamics; the modal or scalar shifts from the Lydian to the Dorian to the Hungarian Minor and Hungarian Major; the genre-jumping and backward or upside down score-reading—such variety reveals the essential and unique noumenon, the songness, if you will, of the song.
Finally, one thinks inevitably of the Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, of Sir Edward Elgar, the famous “Enigma Variations.” As the composer himself said, the enigma is that “the principal Theme never appears”; rather, it is implied contrapuntally. This cannot be said of the present work, which, contra-contrapuntally, repeats the theme over and over. This is the enigma of the non-enigma.
-Hejde Fraumtrau

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released January 11, 2021

“THE IVAN VARIATIONS”

1 Ivan in Paris
2 Ivan Quickly**
3 Ivan in Worcester
4 Sexy Ivan With Bongo*
5 Pilk's Ivan
6 intro
7 Headstand Ivan
8 Ivan Can't Take It*
9 Ivan Backwards
10 Go
11 Ivan Goes To Church
12 Ivan Ska
13 encore: Ivan in Worcester (acapella)

THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC:

FRED BOAK- bg vox
ALEX BRANDER- drums
DINTY CHILD- mandocello, accordion, banjo, bg vox
JOHN CLARK- string bass
JEROME DEUPREE- drums; bright idea
MARK HAMILTON- trombone
DAVE HARRIS- tuba, trombone; co-writer, 11
KAMI LYLE- trumpet, 2; vocal, 4
BERKE MCKELVEY- clarinet, saxophones; co-writer, 7
MIKE MOSS- tenor saxophone
BOB PILKINGTON- trombone; co-writer, 5
JERRY SABATINI- trumpet except 2
CLIFF SPENCER- keys
CHANDLER TRAVIS- guitars, vocals; cajon, fake drums, 2, 4, 8; writer, except as noted

Recorded at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA., Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, 2019 by Pete Weiss
Principal mixing by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, Athens Vermont
Except various overdubs and *, recorded at Babyland, 2019 and '20 by Chandler Travis (** by C.T. with Bill Scheniman)

Front cover photo by Joe Navas
Art by Bleu
A graduate of the Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Hejdë Fraümtraü's work has appeared in Acta Musicologica, Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft, and Artsfuse.org.


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THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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