The Experiential Orchestra is the extroverted orchestral branch of the Sheep Island Ensemble

James Blachly, Director

An orchestra where

The audience is invited into the center of the sound

The visceral, physical qualities of listening are engaged

New ideas are tried in every concert

Audience members are invited, but not compelled, to participate 

A concert is a joyful, emotional, personal experience, relatable and relevant and fascinating to all who come


Last night's "Rite of Spring" rave was one of those excellent reasons to change plans for the evening and leave home. Some of the best musicians in NYC, wonderfully led by James Blachly, gave a stirring performance in the delightfully-unusual setting of contingent ballet studio-cum-mosh pit. I personally enjoyed participating in the latter, and almost hope that no incriminating photos will surface. -Glenn Cornett, Founder, Spectrum NYC


From the orchestra members:

"I've never heard applause like that at an orchestral concert. It felt like everybody was really in this together."

"I've never felt more viscerally connected to the earthy, gritty side of the music."

"Tonight it felt like we were a part of the future of orchestral music."

"I've never seen the art form brought into the modern age like this."

"It was like encountering an untamed wild beast instead of a piece of music."

"The Rite of Spring Dance Party incited a liberation of the orchestral musician just as Stravinksy freed the orchestral sound with the piece itself. Playing in the orchestra and feeling the frenetic energy of the audience surging and swirling with every color change allowed me to understand the revolution that is The Rite. I am so grateful to James for having experienced this music viscerally, unchained and unafraid."

"I have never experienced anything like the Rite of Spring Dance Party. The connection between the audience and the orchestra was indescribable. The audience was provided with the unique opportunity to express their feelings with the music physically, which drove the musicians to new heights in intensity and passion. Overall, it was a night for the history books that I am so glad to have been a part of."

"I have performed Rite many times, but this was the first time that I actually felt completely immersed in the emotions behind the music." 

Another article that mentions the ROSDP, specifically our collaboration with Groupmuse: