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Apr 20

A Free Jazz Big Band Concert ‘Smear Out The Difficulties’ Performed by The Turbulence Orchestra & Sub Units

April 20 @ 7:30 PM - April 21 @ 12:00 AM


118 Elliot and Sparkles

Present a Free Jazz Big Band Concert

Smear Out The Difficulties

Performed by

The Turbulence Orchestra & Sub Units

Brattleboro, 8 April 2024: 118 Elliot and Sparkles, the Giant Evil Clown, presents Smear Out The Difficulties performed by The Turbulence Orchestra & Sub Units in a smoking show on April 20, 2024 at 7:30pm.

The Turbulence Orchestra is a large improvisation ensemble featuring more than a dozen outstanding musicians. The performance will begin with four improvisations by smaller groups followed by an hour-long improvisation with the full ensemble.

This performance is part of 118 Elliot’s dedication to nurturing non-traditional and experimental music to Brattleboro that brings together local musicians with outstanding masters of experimental music.

PEK’s projects have been working for many years on the very interesting and difficult aesthetic problem of large ensemble free improvisation. Free improvisation is typically performed by smaller ensembles (duos to quartets). Larger ensemble size combined with a broad-palette approach where most of the players play many different instruments allow us to construct a journey through a series of highly varied sonorities of the duration of the work. This ensemble is composed of many seasoned improvisors from the Evil Clown Roster who are very experienced at large ensemble broad palette free improvisation.

The vision of the overall Evil Clown project is to create an extremely broad universe of sound and to realize music which transforms into widely different sonorities within a single performance. The large ensemble size and extended improvisations will take us on a sonic journey that evolves through the spontaneous interplay of the musicians.

The Turbulence Orchestra is led by multi-instrumentalist Dave Peck (PEK) and his alter ego Sparkles, The Evil Clown. The outstanding roster of musicians includes: Dave Peck (Reeds, Percussion), Bob Moores (Trumpet, Electronics), Michael Caglianone (Reeds), Eric Dahlman (Trumpet), Duane Reed (Reeds,  Electronics), Bonnie Kane (Saxophone, Electronics) Vance Provey (Trumpet), John Fugarino (Trumpet) , Scott Smmenfeld (Double Bass), Eric Zinman (Piano), Victor Signore (Saxophone), Keith W (Baritone Sax) Scott Moore (Trombone), F (Saxophone) Becca Pasley (Double Bass), John Loggia, (Drums), and more!

Since the pandemic, the Turbulence Orchestra has live streamed to YouTube eight times from Evil Clown Headquarters in Waltham with the ensemble size between 8 and 10 musicians – the largest unit that can easily fit in the Evil Clown Live Streaming Studio Space. These performances are posted on the Evil Clown YouTube channel and released on CD/download available at bandcamp ( and other locations, including an album page on the Evil Clown Webpage (

This is only the second Live Performance of the Turbulence Orchestra & Sub Units, and is the largest ensemble yet for this project (currently over 15 performers with a few more likely). Another Evil Clown ensemble, The Leap of Faith Orchestra, however, has had many performances with units this size and larger performing 13 times in three years before pandemic at the Third Life Studios in Somerville MA with as many as 15 players in the orchestra. The entire run of performances has been released on download/CD and is available both as a 25 CD set and individual double CD sets of each performance.  The Evil Clown Album page for the box set is which contains links to bandcamp, YouTube 18 Elliot is a gallery and modern, multipurpose environment for the creative arts, educational talks, and personal events for up to 220 people and a fully ADA accessible space in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. Learn more at

The Turbulence Orchestra & Sub Units

Smear Out The Difficulties

April 20, 2024


Free, Donations Accepted

118 Elliot

118 Elliot Street

Brattleboro, VT

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Dave Peck by Rob Miller


April 20 @ 7:30 PM
April 21 @ 12:00 AM
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