The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra – Twenty Small Cigars

If anyone ever asks you what has come from Cincinnati, Ohio, lately tell them a Frank Zappa cover from the likes of The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra (formed in 1990 by composer Pat Kelly). Comprised of thirteen Cincinnati area musicians, the group blends aspects “of jazz, rock, Latin, funk, European “serious” music, and avant garde” into their music – Psycho- of the mind; Acoustic – of hearing. The PAO has released two CDs, Supreme Thing (1994) and Reactivation (1996).

In the above clip, The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra performs Pat Kelly‘s arrangement of Frank Zappa‘s “Twenty Small Cigars” live at The Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 26th, 2010.

The PAO:


Gary Winters

Jeff Folkens

Kim Pensyl


Clarence Pawn

Scott Forney

Gary Langhorst (bs. tromb.)


Rick VanMatre (alto sax, soprano sax, flute)

Steve Hoskins (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)

Garin Webb (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)

Joe Gaudio (baritone sax, bass clarinet)

Acoustic & Electric Basses:

Mike Sharfe


Marc Wolfley

Piano & Synthesizers:

Pat Kelly

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