Origin of the Blue Penguin

by Origin of Animal

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A few years ago we hatched a scheme to partner with bands that we really liked, intending to put an OOA umbrella over existing songs. What does that mean? Well, the idea was to add our special brand of orchestration and musicianship to material coming from a smaller ensemble.

What we are presenting here is the result of this idea.

Songs by Marcus Padgett
Arrangements by Origin of Animal
Produced by David Keller
Engineered by Rick Barnes at Rax Trax Recording
Album art by Steve Keller
A special thanks to Zip Tang - without whom these songs would not exist.


released July 3, 2020


Trevor Watkin----------------flute/piccolo/oboe
Colleen Corning Griggs---clarinets
Richard Zili--------------------clarinet
Amos Gillespie---------------alto sax
Kyle Madsen------------------tenor sax
Andy Schlinder---------------tenor sax
Marcus Padgett--------------bari sax
Justin Amolsch---------------french horn/trumpet
Maddi Srajer------------------trombone
Larry Beers-------------------mallets/percussion
Hershyl Edwards------------drums/mallets/percussion
Matt Gunsaulus--------------keyboard
Rich Poston-------------------guitar
Jesse Cryderman------------guitar
Traci Newhouse--------------viola
Desiree Miller-----------------cello
David Keller-------------------cello/mallets
Patrick Dinnen----------------bass
Doug Johnson----------------bass


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Origin of Animal Chicago, Illinois

At the start of 2007 we were a revolving door of musicians playing random improvised shows. In 2009 we began focusing on mostly composed pieces. Show lineups range from 4-30 members. Nearly 40 members of the Chicago music scene are involved with Origin of Animal. Our music combines elements such as Jazz and Rock to form a big band that utilizes strings, horns, guitars and percussion. ... more

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