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The Miniature Orchestra

Larry Chernicoff is making quiet history with his integration of chamber music and jazz improvisation. 

National Public Radio

Larry Chernicoff is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and radio host who combines his background in jazz and rock with classical elements and ‘orchestral’ instruments. All acoustic. All organic. No mikes. No amps. 

He plays vibraphone, piano and percussion, and leads large and small ensembles in works that blend folk traditions, classical sensibilities, improvisation and a knowledge of world music. 

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Peter Frampton presents Larry with the award for Best Surround Sound CD of the Year at the Surround Music Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

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During the pandemic retreat I've been exploring the power of quietude and introspection - music like light rain or snow - saying more with less. Performance plans were canceled but I've used the time to write for a different sort of group — an extension of the softer 'chamber' sound that's been evolving over the years.

Along with the currents that have flowed through my music over the years, I'm finding new ways to structure and organize sound. 


The musicians who play with me are versatile multi-instrumentalists, which gives us a broad palette of sound colors: clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, the full range of the wooden recorder family, harmonium and cello, along with the saxophones that have always been part of our sound.

We're hoping to perform live again when we can all be there safely. Stay tuned.

With surprises around every musical corner, Larry Chernicoff's 10-piece group, the Miniature Orchestra, serves shimmering, colorful music that hosts the dynamism of jazz and the dimension and proportions of classical music [with] a fresh, glistening, organic quality.


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Larry has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Smithsonian Institution, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Riverside Church, York University in Toronto, Naropa University, the Clark Art Institute, Berkshire Museum, Creative Music Studio, NYU, and many other venues throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

As a member of the CMS Music Universe Orchestra he performed under the direction of Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Ed Blackwell, Oliver Lake, Don Cherry, Jack DeJohnette, Gunther Schuller, Karl Berger, and Frederic Rzewski.

As a producer, he has worked with Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Chieli Minucci, Peter Blum, Antoine Silverman, Shane Shanahan, Peter Primamore, Charles Pillow, Karl Berger, Tom Varner and others.

He also worked as a music copyist for Anthony Braxton during the preparation of scores for Anthony's Music for Four Orchestras and other landmark compositions.

He is the recipient of a Jazz Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and performance grants from Meet the Composer, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Massachusetts Arts Council.