Ensemble Robot began in 2003 as an organization of artists, engineers, programmers, and musicians, working to: (1) design, construct, and program an orchestra of robotic musical instruments and dancers, (2) commission music compositions and dance choreography for this ensemble, and (3) design, organize, execute, and promote performances for robotic instruments in collaboration with human musicians and dancers. The primary goal of the was the creation of new, visually and sonically attractive, robotic instruments and music. The original Ensemble Robot included Ramon Castillo, Andy Cavatorta, Chyle Crossley, Giles Hall, Leila Madrone, Erik Nugent, Laurel Pardue, Christine Southworth, William Tremblay, Po Chun Wang, and Evan Ziporyn.
The original members of Ensemble Robot have gone in a variety of individual directions, pursuing their own artistic visions that - in large and small ways - build on the collective Ensemble Robot project..
Today, Ensemble Robot and Airplane Ears Music have transformed into a broader arts organization and boutique music publisher, helping composers, performers, installation artists, and ensembles realize their artistic aspirations through commissions, subsidization, production, tour organization, recordings, and general advocacy. We currently support ongoing projects by Gamelan Galak Tika, Gamelan Elektrika, Ambient Orchestra, Christine Southworth & Evan Ziporyn’s In My Mind and In My Car, Kai Apapa, and Arachnodrone.