Boxhead Ensemble

Boxhead Ensemble

The first incarnation of the Boxhead Ensemble dates back to 1991 in Los Angeles, where Michael Krassner assembled a group of local musicians to improvise a score to Braden King and Larry Stuckey's student documentary, The Original Pantry Cafe.

In 1996, Krassner assembled a new incarnation of the Ensemble to score the lyric film documentary by Braden King and Laura Moya, Dutch Harbor: Where the Sea Breaks its Back. Shortly thereafter, the Ensemble embarked on tours with a rotating lineup providing live soundtrack to screenings of Dutch Harbor. Recordings from the European tour are documented on The Last Place To Go and the US tour on Niagra Falls EP. In 2001, Braden King and Astria Suparak co-curated a program of existing and new short films created for the Boxhead Ensemble to perform to and self-released these recordings on the European tour as Stories, Maps and Notes from the Half-Light. The program was also curated in 2004 for a US tour.

Boxhead Ensemble recordings since have been studio affairs. Two Brothers and Quartets consists of members Michael Krassner, Jessica Billey, Ryan Hembrey, Scott Tuma and Fred Lonberg-Holm from previous recordings and includes Glenn Kotche and Michael Colligan. The last album to date retains Michael Krassner and Fred Lonberg-Holm and comprises new members.


Boxhead Ensemble Discography Tracks


Boxhead Ensemble Dutch Harbor: Where The Sea Breaks Its Back (Album) Atavistic US 1997 Sell This Version
Boxhead Ensemble The Last Place To Go Atavistic US 1998 Sell This Version
alp126cd Boxhead Ensemble Two Brothers(CD, Album) Atavistic alp126cd US 2001 Sell This Version
none Boxhead Ensemble Stories, Maps And Notes From The Half-Light(CDr, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2001 Sell This Version
alp136cd Boxhead Ensemble Quartets(CD, Album) Atavistic alp136cd US 2003 Sell This Version
alp174cd Boxhead Ensemble Nocturnes(CD, Album) Atavistic alp174cd US 2006 Sell This Version
Boxhead Ensemble The Unseen Hand: Music For Documentary Film (Album) Hired Hand US 2014 Sell This Version
MF0090, AS011 Boxhead Ensemble La Hora Magica(Cass, Ltd, Num, C56) Monofonus Press, Astral Spirits MF0090, AS011 US 2015 Sell This Version
MM05 Boxhead Ensemble Ancient Music(CDr, Album, Ltd, Num) Meno Mosso MM05 US 2016 Sell This Version
JB148-LP Boxhead Ensemble Electric Guitar (LP, Album, Num) Jealous Butcher Records JB148-LP US 2017 Sell This Version
HH003 Boxhead Ensemble Here: Chicago Sessions(2xLP, Album, Num) Hired Hand HH003 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ALP105CDEP Boxhead Ensemble Niagara Falls EP(CD, EP) Atavistic ALP105CDEP US 1999 Sell This Version