Indigo Invention Group

Indigo Invention Group


Indigo Invention Group dazzles audiences with a blend of mighty jazz orchestra and imaginative storytelling performance often called "a motion picture for the ears".


Indigo Invention Group is unlike any other band. Full of imagination, its performances invite audiences into a vast world of music and ideas. Its unique sound gives props to jazz history yet still pushes the limits of genre without alienating. They groove as hard as any rock band; they improvise on par with the best jazz musicians; their compositions have the depth and sophistication of classical chamber music; and they spin a unique and humorous story all the while.

At the helm of this twelve-piece jazz orchestra stands multi-talented maverick Hans Indigo, who started the group four years ago as part of his graduate work at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Studying composition with legend Bob Brookmeyer and saxophone with tenor king Jerry Bergonzi led him to refine his style to be unabashedly melodic and flowing. As what had been his Master’s degree recital orchestra began playing local festivals and clubs, he christened the project an Invention Group. He then began telling stories and layering pre-recorded sound scores throughout his ebullient and sometimes haunting compositions. Since then, a growing audience consistently leaves their performances uplifted and inspired by Indigo’s tapestry of spontaneity, feeling and imagination.

The band lives up to its name in more ways than one. Where "invention" means a kind of musical composition, Indigo’s Group weaves dazzling improvisations through his carefully composed creations. The same word connotes a new device, and Indigo spins a yarn about bicycle messengers escaping noise pollution with the discovery of silent living beings called quockets. These characters connect to a larger narrative centering around ideas about sound and, of course, inventions.

Initially trained in classical composition, Indigo was later deeply affected by the music of Ellington, Basie, Thad Jones, Maria Schneider, and eventual mentor Brookmeyer. This propelled him to follow in their footsteps and develop a jazz orchestra. In the meantime, he created his stories as a solo act with computer and saxophone and brought it to Boston’s performance art scene. Influenced as much by his peers in theater and dance as by the work of Laurie Anderson and other blenders of spoken word and music, the next natural step was to combine the stories and multi-media elements with his jazz compositions. The result is a scintillating mixture of media and music that is rich in history and easily appeals to wide audiences.

The eleven other Invention Group musicians each add their own unique and masterful approach to inventing music in the moment. Individually, they’ve done everything from the Boston Pops to the Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra to CBC Radio Broadcasts. They are all leaders of creative projects of their own including Guaranteed Swahili, Pendulabellum, Bath Union Hope, the Joe Mulholland Sextet, and many more. Indigo shines an increasingly luminous spotlight on their talents with arrangements of their music drawn from their own projects.
Whether it’s Indigo’s original story-laden compositions, arrangements of music by band members, or one of a growing set of 80’s pop music covers, an evening with the Indigo Invention Group is sure to enthrall any audience.


First Storybook

Set List

Marion Havens
Paper Air Balloons
Inside Conflict
Rock’s Mind
Sondlin Freedom
Questing For Quockets
Miracle Sparks
Sound Is Invisible
Real Wheel Arrows
Be-Back and the Beanstalk
Message in a Bottle (Police)
Take On Me (Aha)
Stork and Witch (Kenagy)
Take A Train (Ellington)
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing (Strayhorn)
Sun Spots
Playground On Elm Street
Swishy Switchy