Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra

Sean McPherson is never really off the clock. A musician by trade, he's a promoter and entertainer by nature, the type of guy with an ever-present stash of flyers in his back pocket who'll make himself available whenever a friend needs a favor. It's a fact that's served him well, first as the bassist of St. Paul hip-hop mainstay Heiruspecs, and later as a founding godfather of Trivia Mafia — a role he walked into when he wanted a way to keep audiences occupied between sets. Now, McPherson — known to many as Twinkie Jiggles, his stage name with Heiruspecs — is stepping into his very own spotlight with Too Big to Fail, the debut record of the Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra. "It's exciting and terrifying that the mistakes are all mine," McPherson admits. "I doubt there will be anybody besides folks within my immediate circle who'll go, 'This is precisely what I expected from Sean going solo.'" He pauses to smile, then adds, "But I'm glad it's my name and that I'm trying this thing out." Sure enough, the Broken Orchestra is decidedly quiet and contemplative. But to someone hailing from a hip-hop group emphasizing live instrumentation, this project's subtle exploration of jazzy textures and soulful dirges is a not-too-distant cousin. It's a sound that was borne of its environment, in cafes and restaurants, and yet another product of McPherson's heads-up attitude: When one of his other bands couldn't make a gig at Barrio, he pulled together a few of his friends, and the Broken Orchestra was born. The group started as a bit of a diversion — these days his primary gig is playing bass for Dessa — but as he wrote more material, he decided to record an album. "It was, and still is, a way to take some more chances, because there's not a ton of expectation of what will happen at a particular show." (Photo by Carrie Thompson)
Sat., Feb. 22, 10:30 p.m., 2014

 
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