Even though he has his hands busy with Phish, Trey Anastasio will finally release his orchestral project Time Turns Elastic on May 12th. The piece is a collaboration between the guitarist and composer Don Hart, and it made its live debut in September 2008 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Rock Daily reviewed that performance, writing, "When Anastasio's wandering, whining guitar runs and spacey, nonsensical lyrics paired with the crisply performed orchestration, it came off sounding more like the theme song to a Disney film on 'shrooms. It was ambitious, strange and wholly entertaining."
The piece will also make its East Coast live debut on May 21st in Baltimore at a sold-out show with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. According to Trey, Time Turns Elastic was borne out of a Phish song he'd been demoing. "I was living in upstate New York when I started writing this little tune that just kept growing," he said in a statement. "I initially thought it would be a Phish song, but after I sent a demo of it to Don, it just grew organically into an orchestral piece." The 13-minute acoustic guitar demo transformed into Elastic's "Movement 2" and "Movement 3." "I grew up loving Ravel and Eric Clapton equally," Trey says. "So I kept saying to Don, 'why can't we have a piece of music that's half Ravel and half Cream's Disraeli Gears?"
Anastasio previously collaborated with Hart at the 2004 Bonnaroo Festival as well as on his solo albums Shine and Bar 17. Anastasio will return to Bonnaroo this year, this time with Phish, as the band continue the reunion tour they triumphantly launched at Virginia's Hampton Coliseum earlier this month. For more on those shows, click below:
• Phish Rip Through Fan Favorites at First Hampton Reunion Show
• Phish Break Out Rarities, Free-Form Improv at Second Hampton Gig
• Phish at Hampton: Photos From the Jam Legends' Reunion Gigs
• Phish Reunion Parking Lot: Up Close and Personal With the Jam Bands' Big Fans
• Trey Anastasio Premieres "Time Turns Elastic" in Nashville
• Phish Fiasco: Ticketmaster Glitch Releases Red Rocks Passes Early, Then Cancels Orders
• Phish Add 12 Shows to Reunion Tour, Plot Return to the Studio