Best of the Fringe-Orlando 2003 / Various
This compilation has something for everyone, within the eclectic rock and progressive category. Honestly, this compilation is one of the best out there today of unsigned bands. With Central Florida now being the 'bread basket' of the music industry, it is little surprise that such great talent is being discovered and rising to the top. This recording is a perfect sample of what Florida has to offer in the future of music. From the ethereal opening track of 'Spaldavo', by New Orchestra, to the hard driving funk style of 'Strobe Light', by funkUs; this CD will soon become one of the favorites in your car or CD changer. The Fringe began in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland when a small number of performance companies were excluded from the Edinburgh International Festival. This festival was perhaps the most prominent theatrical arts festival in the world, producing many classic plays, ballets and operas. Undaunted by the reluctance of the festival producers to accept new and innovative works, these regional companies began to perform in smaller, makeshift theatres on the outskirts - or on the 'fringe' - of the established festival. Within a few years, these fringe groups eclipsed the popularity of the more traditional Edinburgh offerings. Thus, the Fringe Festival was born. A colorful, multinational multicultural celebration of the performing arts. Fringe was imported into Canada in the early 1980's where it evolved into a national treasure with festivals spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The North American Fringe Circuit has developed into an encouraging springboard for new, creative work in the theatrical and - in Orlando, Florida - the musical arts. The Orlando International Fringe Festival, initiated in 1992 continues this tradition, and was the first festival of it's kind in the United States. Fringe Festivals have fantastic, sutting edge performers from the four corners of the globe. These performers are accepted on a non-juried, first-come, first-served basis. This separates the Fringe from any other kind of performance, in that the audience decides what it likes instead of producers making content, form and style and artistic judgements for the entire community. The Fringe is for, and by, the community. Fringe Festivals are fun, exciting, thought provoking and festive. Even non-thatre or music aficionados can enjoy themselves as much as those who are avid participants. Fringe is a place where the world of performance gains a whole new reality.... a place where you can grab a drink,hang out and discuss the world's complexeties with the performers of your favorite shows. On this 'first-of-it's-kind' release, you will hear selections from the best of the Orlando Fringe outdoor musical stage. 46 bands and artists performed on the stage during the ten day event. This compilation includes tracks from the best of those performers. It showcases the talent and diversity found in Central Florida, from the serene sounds of a hammered dulcimer, to new alternative electronica, to gustsy guitar riffs of great modern rock. This is fresh music. This is cutting edge. This is the 'Best of The Fringe'!