Thursday, February 28, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019

i'm gonna walk




i'm gonna walk

track two of the album "even numbers" by the bizarre ensemble

nine collages by doug smith

frat house coffee mug

at table indulgence



back stage at the new moon theatre


track one of the album even numbers by the bizarre ensemble: back stage at the new moon theatre


doug smith



even numbers


nine collages by doug smith

for a time, when i lived at a house we called the hydrant because there was a fire hydrant in front, we would answer the phone "home of the arts" or "back stage, new moon." that's how we answered the phone at another apartment before that, too. come to think of it, maybe it was just me.

welcome to the new moon theatre where it's dark all the time. or is it?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

sushi accelerated


(c) 2018 douglas brent smith

You may use this music, mix this music, have fun with this music. Please do cite the original source as "sushi accelerated" by the bizarre ensemble, written by douglas brent smith.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Phil Candya

image of doug smith and phil candy

Phil Candya, on the right, was a drummer in the early days of the bizarre ensemble. When Phil played with us we had two drummers and Phil brought lots of life and heart and wonder to the band. I miss Phil. He passed on, leaving a void.


Monday, January 22, 2018

RIP Joe Frank

I didn't know Joe Frank. I didn't even, strangely enough, know OF him. Until he died.

How could that be? How could I have missed his bizarre, twisted sense of humor and deep, detailed narrative? How could his sense of improv and experimentation have avoided me?


Then I heard that he'd died. Just like that. Barely around we are and then we are gone. All that work. All that sense of the bizarre. Twisted. Gone.

I heard a show discussing him. On NPR. Here it is.

There is so much yet to discover. If you have a sense for the experimental, for the bizarre (music or otherwise) and especially for improvisational narrative, maybe you'd like Joe Frank. Or maybe he'd insult you. There is something disturbing about his work. It's at once funny. And not funny. Serious, and yet absurd. Some of the traits we seek in the band The Bizarre Ensemble.

We're not Joe Frank. And Joe Frank was never in the Bizarre Ensemble. But what if he had been?




beyond the limits - creature mix

beyond the limits - creature mix, from the bizarre ensemble "beyond the limits" recorded 2014 in longmont, colorado ...