We’re Reckless Night Music—Raymond Scott’s family—and we’re hosting ScottWorks | The Raymond Scott Festival to honor our dad’s groundbreaking impact on music, culture and technology. He was born in September 1908, so we’re celebrating what would have been his 110th birthday—and you’re invited to celebrate with us.
Our daytime event will celebrate Scott’s creative and technical legacy, with music, panel discussions on Scott-related themes, and interactive exhibits. The ScottWorks symposium will pay tribute to the many facets of Raymond Scott’s life and work.
We’ve invited some special guests to contribute to the event: some who worked alongside him, and some who were inspired by him.
This unique concert will be an evening filled with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances.
Current invitees who are planning to attend include:
Our daytime event will celebrate Scott’s creative and technical legacy, with music, panel discussions on Scott-related themes, and interactive exhibits. The ScottWorks symposium will pay tribute to the many facets of Raymond Scott’s life and work. Tentative schedule below:
Saturday, September 8
9:00 – 10 a.m | Registration – complimentary coffee and pastries
10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome
10:10-10:50 | Raymond’s Merry Melodies: An animated conversation
11:00-11:30 | The 1937-’39 Quintette Music: Inside the notes and chords
11:40-12:20 | The Inventions: Machines you’ve heard of—and some you never imagined
12:30-1:10 | Raymond Scott’s Music in Film: A dialogue with directors and music supervisors
1:10-2:10 | Lunch – many food options nearby, and at least two of LA’s best food trucks will be parked right outside!
2:20-2:40 | Raymond Scott and Bob Moog: Productive teamwork from two electronic music pioneers
2:50-3:20 | Raymond Scott and Sun Ra: Two artists in outer (and inner) space
3:30-3:50 | Musical Moment TBA
4:00-4:40 | The Electronium: History, restoration, reincarnation
5:00-5:30 | Musical Moment TBA
5:30-6:30 | Reception – complimentary beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres
8 p.m. | Concert
On Saturday Night, Jeff Winner will produce a tribute to Scott’s legendary creativity and his multi-dimensional career. This unique concert will be an evening filled with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances.
Three-time Grammy Award nominees Quartet San Francisco, led by Jeremy Cohen, expand the reach of chamber music as they interpret 1930s ‘cartoon jazz” by the Raymond Scott Quintette. Check out their YouTube performance of Scott’s The Penguin.
Guitarist/Bandleader Skip Heller works in many musical genres — from Philly Jazz to rockabilly, soul and exotica. He’s also a real authority on Raymond Scott. Skip and his Reckless Night Ensemble will take a deep dive into the Raymond Scott catalogue to bring new life to Scott’s Quintette, big band, orchestral and electronic compositions from the 1940s-60s.
Some very special guests will be sitting in too–stay tuned for more updates!
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Please understand that the artists and/or lineup for the Event may not be final and is subject to change.
And help us by spreading the word about the event on social media so that Raymond Scott lovers can converge in California!
We’re offering three different ticket types — come for the day, the night, or both.
He had so much imagination, and so much intuition—this funny intuition that some people have—that he could sort of fish around and get something to work, and do exactly what he wanted it to do. Obviously not everybody could do this. It took a huge amount of money, and a huge amount of imagination. And an impressive amount of craziness too!
Scott’s electronic music is so perfectly crafted, so lyrical and easy, so completely charming and good-natured, that it seems all the more wonderful, even mysterious, that much of it was created with the sophisticated and complex technology he invented. Scott developed his instruments to make his music—and did it so well that what you hear is the music.
I love Raymond Scott, one of the egregiously undersung heroes of 20th century music.