We’re Reckless Night Music—Raymond Scott’s family—and happy to let all know we’re in the planning stage for a new festival, scheduled for September 12th, 2020. Of course given the times we now live in it’s going to be an online only event, but we we’re confident we can be true to the spirit and content of the original. Stay tuned for more and a quick note, the website is now a work in progress again, a mix of old and new but we’ll be updating in the current weeks as we move forward.
Our afternoon event will again 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 will be scheduling many special guests who each will bring a unique perspective to the event–some who worked alongside Raymond Scott, and some who were inspired by him.
We’re exploring ways to present an online concert with interpretations of Raymond Scott’s timeless music, including electronic music performances. We’re exploring the musicians who will participate, as we know more we’ll be updating here, there and everywhere.
WORK IN PROGRESS NOTE: This list is currently just a holdover including some of our panelists, presenters and musicians from 2018. Some of them will be back and we’ll have some new folks as well. Stay tuned for more!
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Deborah Scott Studebaker started her career as an assistant engineer at Motown Studios, and went on to produce spoken word recordings and feature films. Transitioning from entertainment to education, Deb develops techniques to enhance writing, learning and creativity. She teaches poetry at The Willows Community School and is also developing a podcast about her father, […]
Stan Warnow is Raymond Scott’s only son and a career film professional—mainly as an editor on a wide range of projects including many music-centric films—one of which was the Academy Award-winning documentary Woodstock. As a filmmaker he directed and produced Deconstructing Dad, his 2010 award-winning personal documentary about his father.http://www.scottdoc.com
Our News and Updates keeps all informed of latest developments–currently just a retrospective of 2018. We’ll be updating soon for 2020.
Have a look back at the September 7th L.A. Times article about Raymond Scott and the festival. Click here to read.
Also–we had a pretty incredible new addition to our fest–a new modern version of the Raymond Scott Fascination Machine–it’s kind of a micro–Electronium with 5 different modes and random pattern generation. Huge thanks to everyone at Rebel Technology, the London based collective that pulled this off. off. https://www.rebeltech.org/ See our promo video below.
We have another musician joining us! Pianist Chiacheng Sen will be playing Raymond Scott’s Suite for Violin and Piano with Jeremy Cohen of Quartet San Francisco as part of our first Musical Moment at 2:20 pm after the lunch break. In 2017, Chiacheng won the first prize in the Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition, second prize in the International Music CompetitionGrad Prize Virtuoso in Rome, third prize in the Risingstars Grandprix in Berlin. In previous years, she also won the first prize in the USOMC in Oakland, American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition which led to her Carnegie Hall debut. She received her Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and doctoral degree in Piano Performance with full scholarship from UC Santa Barbara.
We’re delighted to announce that Morgan Neville has been added to the Raymond Scott Music in Film and TV panel. Morgan is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For over twenty years he has been making films about music and cultural subjects including Troubadours, Search and Destroy and three Grammy-nominated films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, and Johnny Cash’s America. In 2014, 20 Feet From Stardom, won numerous awards including the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Neville has used Raymond Scott music in two of his films, including the 2018 current release Won’t You Be My Neighbor, his feature documentary about the lessons, ethics and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Fred Rogers.
Unfortunately we have learned that Darren cannot join us. Like most of us he has a regular job, and a work trip has come up that he is obligated to make. In is email he wrote :”I wont be able to make the event, which kills me, but I am hopeful you will have one again next year, which I will not miss.” We still have plenty of guests for the Electronium panel, especially Hoby Cook who actually played and composed on the machine, and Herb Deutsch, who spent time with the machine at Raymond’s Long Island studio.
Have a look at as Skip Heller rehearses his Reckless Night Ensemble for the festival concert. Excerpts from three tunes, the mysterious and not so well known Naked City, the usually electronic Portofino done with traditional instruments, and Powerhouse. See below in video section or click here.
Herbert A. Deutsch has devoted his life to new ways of hearing sound. In the early 1960s Herb conceived of a keyboard electronic instrument and brought his idea to Bob Moog — their collaboration resulted in the first Moog synthesizer, and led to a decades-long professional and personal relationship.
Herb met Raymond Scott through Bob Moog, and spent considerable time with him at his Three Willow Park studio participating in the development of the Electronium.
Herb is a composer, inventor, educator, recording artist, keyboardist, author and now Professor Emeritus of Music at Hofstra University. He joins us as a panelist and performer at ScottWorks, and we’re honored to have him.
On Saturday Night, Jeff Winner produced a tribute to Scott’s legendary creativity and his multi-dimensional career. This unique concert was 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, expanded the reach of chamber music as they interpreted 1930s ‘cartoon jazz” by the Raymond Scott Quintette. Check out their previous 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 took a deep dive into the Raymond Scott catalogue and brought new life to Scott’s Quintette, big band, orchestral and electronic compositions from the 1940s-60s.
The event is over, so no more ticket sales…but stay tuned.
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.