Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble
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The Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble was born in the
intense sweat and heat of a midsummer's night, 2009.
Brought together by bandleader Michael Dalton for a
one-off at a local pub, What started out as
a one night stand slowly revealed itself as a
mysterious love affair. Dalton's songs were lovingly
embraced by the fervid arranging talents of accordionist
Graham Scott and the impassioned melodic musings
of violinist Donald MacLennan. This odd pairing of a
classically trained jazz pianist with a violent gypsy
jazz violinist rebeling from his celtic roots
seemed like the perfect fit for such an eclectic
songwriter. Fresh off a cross-Canada tour with
gypsy-jazz quintet Mishra's Dream that ended at the
Sunseekers Ball Festival in New Brunswick this trio formed
the nucleus of a group that began turning heads
with their upbeat, unique sound that defies comparison.

Known for their elaborate stage setups and intense live
performance TZE quickly carved out a spot for itself on
the Nova Scotia music scene playing shows that attracted
audiences of all ages in Antigonish, Halifax and
Tatamagouche. Spending most of the winter refining their
sound and summoning the proper musicians to fill out the band
The Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble are now in the process of
recording their first album set to be released in June 2010.
Michael Spicer on sax, Steve Wilton on drums, Ron Hynes on
upright bass and Cam Otto on clarinet have added their
enchantment to this septet and have turned their live shows
into a mythical affair. In a matter of moments you are
sailing down the Danube past a small Roma villiage chased by
the percussive fire of an African sunset only to be instantly
transported to the acient ruins of an Ottoman village on
the banks of the Bosphorus littered with sweaty, homeless
tin pan alley rejects only to end up being tormented by the
chaos of mardi gras on the pregnant streets of New Orleans
punctured by an oasis of middle eastern flora and fauna.
They are looking forward to touring this Summer.

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