Everyone Orchestra’s conductor, Matt Butler has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through full-length shows that are entirely improvised since 2001, after touring with the rock band Jambay. In 2012, Butler gathered particularly well-known musicians from bands like Phish, Moe., and others, and recorded Everyone Orchestra’s first studio album, Brooklyn Sessions , which was still largely improvised.
“The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways that they can’t be at a regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler.
Everyone Orchestra conductor/founder Matt Butler has taken its participants, both on stage and off, on improvisational journeys with the most diverse of lineups at festivals, theaters and philanthropic events both nationally and internationally. A laundry list of hundreds of musicians, dancers, singers, guest conductors and community organizations have embraced the experience of EO in single shots of musical adrenaline to the soul. Tuning in to his energy, the band and audience utilize The Conductor as their pivot to the set mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, whiteboard and assorted mime suggestions.
Marching clearly into uncharted territory, Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of Everyone Orchestra.
Waterloo Music Festival's Everyone Orchestra sets will feature an exciting array of musicians. We're honored to welcome each and every one of them to the stage!
Michael Travis (The String Cheese Incident)
Michael Travis not only plays drums for The String Cheese Incident, but also jams on keyboard, bass and guitar as part of the live looping electronic band EOTO. A multi-faceted veteran of the world of improvisation, Travis adds swag and experience to Waterloo Fest's Everyone Orchestra lineup. Side note: Did you know he paraglides in his spare time? Welcome our esteemed, adrenaline-loving Cheese rep to the stage!
John Kadlecik (Furthur)
John Kadlecik is a singer, songwriter, and musician based in the DC-area who can play most string instruments, but is primarily known for being a guitar-slinging sideman to Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir in the band Furthur. An original co-founder of the group Dark Star Orchestra, John has been performing improvisationally-oriented shows regularly since the late 1980's and touring nationally for the last 20 years. His work also includes several studio releases of original music, and he is currently active with his own group, The John Kadlecik Band, as well as "supergroup" the Golden Gate Wingmen and occasionally Phil Lesh & Friends.
Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)
Ryan Jalbert plays guitar in the seven-person crew that makes up the beloved jam band The Motet. The Denver-based band's music includes funky elements afrobeat, jazz and more, so Jalbert is sure to come prepared for a winding and wild show with Everyone Orchestra. The skilled guitarist cites a 1998 Phish show (Jalbert was merely a junior in high school at the time) as the moment when he decided he must become a professional musician. Enough said.
Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green)
The seeds of Tea Leaf Green were planted in 1996, in the halls of San Francisco State University. Trevor Garrod was there from nearly the very beginning, joining a few fellow students and friends in their musical pursuits one year later. Garrod's entrancing lyrics and musical talent have added an air of romanticism to Tea Leaf Green's music ever since. Now his skills on keyboard, guitar and harmonica make him an irreplaceable addition to Waterloo Fest's Everyone Orchestra.
Brad Houser (New Bohemians)
John Bradley Houser hails from Dallas, Texas and is a founding member of the New Bohemians. The alt-rock jam band first came together in Dallas during the 1980's, but Houser's music career began years earlier, with the saxophone and marching band in junior high. He plays bass for the New Bohemians - and has for many others through the years - but the veteran musician is still known for his skill on the sax and bass clarinet.
Adryon de León (Orgone)
Adryon de León, born and raised in the tiny artist’s village of Ojai, CA, now calls a slightly larger artist’s village – Long Beach, CA – home. The passionate, artistic community in Ojai combined with a Baptist upbringing created within her a unique blend of freedom and soul. Mrs. de León has brought crowds to their feet nationally and internationally as a featured soloist and ensemble member.
Currently, she is a featured principal vocalist/performer for the Disneyland Resort. Adryon is also involved in several different projects including front woman for small vocal jazz, Soul/R&B cover groups, and big bands – namely, Tim Gill & the Tim Gill All-Stars. Mrs. de León also collaborates, sings lead vocals, and recently performed background vocals for Macy Gray and George Clinton with the brilliant men of Upstart – an LA-based soul, funk, jazz and R&B group. In 2013, Adryon had the honor to join the renowned funk group Orgōne, based in Los Angeles. The collective recently released their new record, Beyond the Sun, featuring original material co-penned by Mrs. de León.
Trey Privott (Los Coast)
In 2016 when Los Coast was just under one year old, The Austin Chronicle wrote that Trey Privott "howls with such unbridled authority it's omnipresent. No escape. Guttural and unruly, his voice emits a high-frequency radiance, like staring at the sun." Los Coast got buzz in Austin, and today Privott is known for his mesmerizing voice and stage presence. He said singing has always come naturally to him, as well as performing. Now he's performing among some of the greats with Everyone Orchestra!
Speedy Gonzales & Josh Levy (Grupo Fantasma)
Grammy award winning Mark Valentino Gonzales, or "Speedy G" as he is often called, has been impressing audiences with his style, versatility and musicality since he arrived in Texas from Philadelphia in 1990. While attending the University of North Texas he had the honor of being a member of the famed One O'Clock Lab Band under the direction of Neil Slater. He received a Bachelors in Music Education and began gigging regularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area absorbing a vast number of musical styles and genres. Speedy Gonzalez now plays trombone as part of Grupo Fantasma.
Josh Levy's introduction to the baritone sax was his first day of band camp, freshman year of high school. Levy's teacher told him to put away his shiny new tenor sax, because he was going to play the baritone. When the young musician made it to California All-State Band as a senior four years later, Levy's father rewarded him with his first horn. Today, he's a jazz virtuoso who swears by a fearless, stream-of-consciousness style of music. Levy's courage in music makes him a powerhouse of improv - someone we can't wait to watch perform as part of Everyone Orchestra.