Retro Report has just put together this terrific video feature on the barge’s 1987 journey: http://retroreport.org/voyage-of-the-mobro-4000/
Photos from the Mobro recording session, along with the as yet released studio recording of the piece were seen and heard through May 12th at the Museum of the city of Cuernevaca in an exhibit entitled: EN DIÁLOGO CON LA MAR. For more info: http://www.artport-project.org/news/exhibitions.
Composed by John Ellis with a libretto by Andy Bragen, Mobro is a through-composed 90 minute piece for nine musicians and five singers.
Ellis is a rising star in the jazz world who's released five albums as a leader, and played and recorded with dozens of jazz and pop luminaries including Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Bilal, and John Pattutucci. Ellis has assembled an all-star ensemble for Mobro:
John Ellis - reeds, Mike Moreno - guitar, Ryan Scott- guitar, Joe Sanders - bass, Rodney Green- drums Shane Endsley - trumpet, John Clark - french horn, Josh Roseman - trombone, Alan Ferber - trombone, Johnaye Kendrick, Becca Stevens, Miles Griffith, and Sachal Vasandani, vocals
Check out John and Andy on Soundcheck!