Kyle Johnson

To celebrate the release of their gorgeous new record, Promenade, local eight-piece chamber-pop band Grand Hallway have put together an impressive party—a concert in the Great Hall at the Fremont Abbey, where the octet will be joined by the 30-piece Seattle Rock Orchestra.


"We wanted to do something special," says band singer Tomo Nakayama. "We worked for a really long time on this record, and there are a lot of parts that we can't always do live, and we wanted to do the songs justice."

The band—featuring members of the Maldives, Sleepy Eyes of Death, and Voyager One—usually have to scale back or rearrange their songs live, since the studio versions have more parts than the eight members can perform themselves. Nakayama, who says the band have so far only had one rehearsal with the orchestra, is as eager as anyone to hear what these expanded live versions sound like.

"It's nerve-racking, but it's also really exciting. It'll bring out a different side of the record," he says. "For this performance, it's going to be a lot of layers and sounds. And the cool thing is we don't really have to mic anything because the acoustics in that room are awesome."

The band have also recruited the Perkins School Children Choir, a small ensemble of 8- to 11-year-olds, to provide some added vocals. (In return, the band will be donating part of the evening's proceeds to the Perkins School.)

Sounds like this show will be amazing. It goes down Thursday, September 17, tickets at the door are $10, and doors open at 7:00 p.m.


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