Experimental Big Band Music
Space Elevator is the brainchild of Mike WT Allen. Formed as a vehicle to deliver his ideas of what modern big band music should sound like, the compositions travel between swing, heavy metal, funk, and the avant-garde. Mike composes all of the music for the group as well as conducting, leading, organizing and managing the ensemble.
The band simultaneously embraces and rejects the traditions of the big band jazz genre, at times swingin' like the good old days, other times playing more like a heavy rock band with a huge horn section. The group expands upon the traditional big band instrumentation with extra guitar players, drummers, and a full synth setup in lieu of the usual piano or keyboard. This allows for much more experimentation with sounds and styles.
The group has performed twice at Vancouver's historic Fox Cabaret, both times performing to an outstandingly enthusiastic audience that filled the venue to capacity leading to standing room only, and garnering praise from concert goers as well as local media outlets.
Additionally, Mike recently had the honour of having one of his compositions originally written for Space Elevator performed by John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra, a leading figure in the Canadian music scene, at their Spring Breakage concert.
In the winter of 2017/2018 the band officially started recording their debut album which will be coming out later in 2018, so stay on the lookout for that, because it's gonna be really really good.
"...one of the most awe-inspiring demonstrations of musical prowess that I have ever experienced."
- Discorder Magazine
"...a showcase for some of the best musicians Vancouver has to offer, [and] an exhibit of Allen's compositional genius"
- Capilano Courier
"...the audience will experience a sound they have never heard before."
- Vancity Buzz/Daily Hive