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Flying Dragon Orchestra

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Born: May 17, 1981    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

18 piece modern jazz ensemble fusing traditional big band sounds with many outside influences including classical, alternative, rock, hip-hop, electronica and nu-jazz.

“Following a 10,000 year sleep, the Flying Dragon ascends from darkness into light, thus fulfilling the prophecy. Awake at last, the Flying Dragon shifts shapes, blossoming into a thoroughly resonant thunder. Vivd colors and obscure textures cover his forms. Behold, the Flying Dragon Orchestra!”

”Tom Erickson is in the vanguard of the most recent wave of jazz composers writing for large ensemble. With one foot in the big band tradition, his other foot is planted firmly in the future, drawing on a number of genres from all over the world of music. I really like what I hear from him now, and I believe that this CD is a harbinger of great things to come. Long story short: keep your ears and eyes on Tom Erickson!”

-Jim McNeely

”...The evening I attended they performed an amazing composition “The Long Way Around” written by local saxophonist and composer Tom Erickson. I was floored with the depth of his writing; it expressed a modernism that incorporated complex harmonic structures with the flow and energy of modern popular forms such as electronic music.”

- Paul Riola, Creative Music Works

Flying Dragon Orchestra (2009)

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