Shipping Up to the Grammys

A Far Cry, with their unique brand of mystical music composition, gets called to the Grammy awards.

More than a dozen members of the white-hot, young Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry will travel to Los Angeles this week to attend the Grammy awards. The group was nominated in the “best chamber music/small ensemble performance” category for Dreams & Prayers, the first album released under the orchestra’s own label. Featuring renowned clarinetist David Krakauer, the work spans 1000 years of musical composition celebrating mysticism and spirituality. Check out this extraordinary-sounding video excerpt.

Grammy winners in the classical music category are announced February 8, earlier on the day of the TV spectacle that celebrates more recognized names in musical entertainment. Just as they did to record Dreams & Prayers, A Far Cry has turned to crowd-funding to finance its trip to LA (via IndieGogo).

The 17 violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists, who call themselves the Criers, come from all over the country and abroad. Individually, they play not only in traditional classical venues such as symphonies, festivals, and conservatories, but also in jazz orchestras, the Grand Ole Opry, and in concert with Jethro Tull. They’re as passionate playing 17th century baroque compositions (often with instruments from the period) as they are belting out the Dropkick Murphys’ Shipping Up to Boston.

Did we mention they play without a conductor? That’s kind of like a football team playing without a coach. Yep — they’re that good.

Photo courtesy of A Far Cry
John ArvanitisShipping Up to the Grammys