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Boston Typewriter Orchestra

Boston Typewriter Orchestra In-Person

The Blue Hill Public Library is happy to sponsor a concert with the Boston Typewriter Orchestra on Saturday, March 9 at 6:00PM in the library's Pearson Room. 

The Boston Typewriter Orchestra is a collective percussive ensemble for typewriter and voice based in the Boston area. Creative. Eclectic. Nostalgic. The BTO entertains with collaborative rhythmic, comedic, and satiric performances. Beyond the show itself, the BTO seeks to educate and evangelize the archaic machines they use, allowing folks an opportunity to connect with history and industrial technology, sometimes for the first time.

What is an instrument? Can music be performed on objects of the business world? What is the intersection of industry and art? Where can we find beauty and purpose in the world’s relentless grind and repetition? For 15 years The Boston Typewriter Orchestra have posed these questions, challenging the very notion of music itself. Liberated from the rules of traditional music, the BTO continues to reinvent itself with every song. Yet through the din, listeners can hear elements of dub, metal, musique concrète, kraut, French house, and garage to name but a few genres they routinely explore.

Throughout, the BTO maintains office chic garb contemporaneous with the typewriters they play; a corporate land before time where The Boss is never-present but always just around the corner. The members themselves are portrayed as corporate drones, who, despite their own self-inflicted wounds, still represent and celebrate disrupting the corporate monoculture from within.

Founded in 2004, The Orchestra got its start appearing at house parties, art galleries, and street festivals. The group has since performed on local, national, and international radio and television and appeared in the documentary California Typewriter. BTO has released several singles and five albums, the most recent of which is a collection of remixes entitled Delegation.

This event is free and open to all, and will be held in the library's Pearson Room. This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library. For more information, please call the library at 374-5515 or email Kayleigh at kayleigh.thomas@bhpl.net.

Saturday, March 9, 2024
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Pearson Room
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Kayleigh Thomas

Assistant Director
(207) 374-5515 x11.