“Expert at keeping music, jokes and personal narrative tightly knitted together into one consistent human package.”
Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band developing one of the US’ most devoted followings since 2005, typically playing around New York (Joe’s Pub, Barbes, Rockwood, Celebrate Brooklyn) and beyond (MASS MoCA, Theatre de la Ville, London’s Gate Theatre, Los Angeles’ Grand Performances). The band includes Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan writes the lyrics and melody, and the quartet arranges the songs together.
EL&hO has released five albums (three studio, two live) and been named the city’s “Best Lounge Act” by New York Magazine. In 2012, the band won an Obie Award for “No Place to Go,” a theatrical song cycle written by Ethan about a man who loses his job, which was produced by the Public Theater at Joe’s Pub. “No Place to Go” opened to rave reviews in New York and extended three times, and has since been performed to great acclaim in over a dozen venues around the US and abroad, including Two River Theatre in New Jersey, and in concert venues in LA, Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, Massachusetts, Vermont, France and United Kingdom, including the Gate Theatre, London, ATP music fest, East Sussex, UK, and Ireland.
The band has been featured on radio shows such as “Weekend Edition,” “The World,” “Word of Mouth,” and “Soundcheck,” and contributed to the Clash cover album “Sandinista.” They also play songs on and appears in the film “The Shift.”
The Outer Space
World Premiere: The Public Theater, Feb 2017
Worldwide Touring 2017-18
Ethan Lipton (No Place to Go, Red-Handed Otter) returns to The Public Theater in Spring 2017 with a new adventure in bittersweet and hilariously off-kilter storytelling. With music by Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian Riggs and performed by the quartet (Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra), THE OUTER SPACE follows one married couple as they leave the noise, pollution and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the journey?
Stage: Proscenium / Black Box
The Outer Space
October 27 – 28, 2017 | Hancher Auditorium | Iowa City, IA
December 9, 2017 | Modlin Center for the Arts | Richmond, VA
March 23 – 24, 2018 | Purdue Convocations | Lafayette, IN