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Tin Hat: The Sad Machinery of Spring

Once called the Tin Hat Trio, the group dropped the numerical designation following the departure of accordionist Rob Burger and the addition of three new members: Ara Anderson (trumpet, baritone horn), Zeena Parkins (harp) and Ben Goldberg (clarinets). Anderson and the group’s founders (Mark Orton on guitars and banjo, Carla Kihlstadt on all manner of violins and viola) also color their unique sound with toy piano, bass harmonica, pump organ and autoharp. With all five players writing, the end result still sounds cohesive, at a point where chamber music, free-jazz adventure and silent-movie soundtracks meet.

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