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Fall 2012 Press Release
What a year it’s been for Doctor Noize. The Doc has released or premiered no less than three full-length works of musical theater for kids and families: The Return Of Phineas McBoof, Grammaropolis, and Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony. He’s also released his second book — The Return Of Phineas McBoof — and just launched a massive edutainment update of his website, www.doctornoize.com. The new website features ten animated videos of his songs (nine of them brand new) and a host of free educational content for teachers and parents, including a completely-free full-length online educational album called The Banana Project that teaches kids about music fundamentals.
This fall he plans to release his second app, The Ballad Of Phineas McBoof Interactive E-Book, for iPad. He’s also releasing an updated version of his hit iPhone app, Bananas — a Top 25 hit in dozens of countries last year. And just to make sure you don’t think he’s lazy, he’s continuing to perform shows around the country — from solo gigs to symphony shows, from paid shows to his Giving Back charity shows.
This fall marks the large-scale public premieres of his orchestral concert opera for kids, Phineas McBoof Crashes The Symphony, with California’s North State Symphony under the baton of the gifted maestro Kyle Pickett. An orchestral work that teaches kids a story about orchestral music, it follows Phineas McBoof and Doctor Noize as they explore the orchestra and stage an orchestral show over the protestations of their new nemesis, Mama Meanie — an evil bunny who hates classical music.
Audiences learn about sonata form and its relationship to modern pop song structure, orchestration, conducting, musical styles, and more. To quote one teacher at the May school premiere: “That was the greatest manipulation I have ever seen. Kids walked in not caring about classical music, and walked out thinking that anyone who thinks kids can’t handle classical music is uncool.”
The Doc’s recent album release Grammaropolis is heating up with the start of the school season. With rave reviews like this one in the School Library Journal coming in from educators, teachers and parents are starting to discover what Grammaropolis can do for their kids — and themselves. As in his acclaimed live one-man-band show, Doctor Noize plays all the tonal instruments on Grammaropolis.
In his live solo shows, he continues to introduce fans to his new material from The Return Of Phineas McBoof — one of the most sophisticated and big-production family albums ever recorded. Featuring a cast of about 100 musicians and singers — from Chris Isaak’s guitarist, to the world-renowned opera singer Nathan Gunn with the North State Symphony, to Huey Lewis’ horn section and Doctor Noize’s own daughters — The Return Of Phineas McBoof celebrates the diversity and sophistication of both music and your children. If ever there was a family album that took your kids seriously — and its fun seriously — this is it.
The whirlwind year will continue with the upcoming releases of his new and updated iPad and iPhone apps. Look for them in the iTunes store this fall. “”It’s been a marathon year, and it’s been exhausting,” says Doctor Noize. ”But it’s worth it. When you are given extraordinary chances to do something worthwhile, you take them.”
Learn more and become a Noizemaker at www.doctornoize.com.