Michael Chorney’s ensemble Freeway Clyde releases their debut album, “Sunflower”


Vermont musician, composer and bandleader Michael Chorney’s newest project, a seven-piece psychedelic jazz-rock collective called Freeway Clyde, has released their first album “Sunflower.”

The band developed their method playing live performances. After a residency at Burlington’s Radio Bean, they convened for Sunday meetings at the Tank Studio. Recorded live with no overdubs and no headphones, the sessions capture Clyde at its finest. Non-narrative instrumentals that are as emotionally evocative as lyrical song, yet invite the listener to their own conclusions. Unique, cinematic and with a surfeit of spirit, Freeway Clyde goes somewhere and takes the listeners along.

The electric, omni-genre, seven-piece ensemble creates something fresh — soundtracks for films that have never been made. Together they take poignant folk-rooted themes into a universe of collective improvisation and infinite soundscapes. Vintage synthesizers, electric strings, horns, viola and deep rhythm combine for a timeless sound, from velvet to furious.

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Ben Collette at Tank Recording Studio, Burlington Vermont
Mixed by Taylor Haskins, with MC and Willverine at Recombinant Sound, Westport New York
Produced by Michael Chorney
Cover art by Jeremy Fredrick
Recorded live in the room, no overdubs, no headphones in July 2022

Michael Chorney is a musician from Lincoln Vermont. He has worked as a composer, bandleader, librarian, orchestrator, assembly line worker, Tony award winner, arranger, janitor, dance accompanist, carpenter, engineer, house painter, teacher and sideman. His work spans genres, from avant-garde prepared guitar pieces to arrangements of Paul Bowles, Kurt Weill and Sun Ra. A Tony Award-winning composer and arranger, Michael Chorney is one of Vermont’s most prolific and collaborative artists. After working for years on the score for the Broadway hit, Hadestown (winner of eight Tony Awards in 2019), he longed to develop a collective, ensemble approach to music making. He found it back in Vermont and put together a group of the region’s most intuitive players. Freeway Clyde took off.

Freeway Clyde is:
Michael Chorney
Jeremy Fredrick
Will Andrews
Matt LaRocca
Taylor Haskins
Zack Dupont
Patrick Ormiston

The album is available for streaming and purchase here: https://michaelchorney.bandcamp.com/releases
For more information about Michael and his music, visit his website here: http://www.michaelchorney.com