Press Release: My Funny Detective CD Release Party

February 1st, 2011

“The concept of My Funny Detective is irresistible. It’s thrilling to wonder
what pictures might accompany these mysterious, evocative themes.”
— Angelo Badalamenti

“This is a wonderful recording which is no surprise to anyone familiar with
Giancarlo and his work…he is able to combine the emotions and spirit that one
felt from our forefathers like Gil Evans, Paul Buckmaster, Henry Mancini and
George Martin and make it his own.”
— Hal Willner

CD Release March 2 at Joe’s Pub NYC, 9:30pm  Tickets Available Here

Special Guest: Lenny Pickett

The concert will also feature the US premiere of Giancarlo Vulcano’s
new work for string quartet, performed by The Flux Quartet.

My Funny Detective is Giancarlo Vulcano’s second album — a departure from Vetro, his debut of musical miniatures
described as minimalism in the spirit of “Satie, rather than Glass or Reich.” (Steve Smith, TimeOut NY). My Funny Detective
is the film noir score to a film that does not exist.

Giancarlo Vulcano has been a part of some of the most acclaimed film scores of the last 10 years. In 2002 Howard Shore
hired him to be Score Supervisor on Martin Scorcese’s epic Gangs of New York. This project, where he worked closely
with producer Hal WIllner, was the start of a 5 year association with Shore which included work on The Lord of the Rings
Trilogy, The Aviator, The Departed, and A History of Violence. My Funny Detective was composed during these days with
Shore, and was written largely on bus rides and in planes and hotels during the scant free time one gets when working on
a blockbuster.

My Funny Detective is intimate in the ways this day job was not. Vulcano ‘scored’ a screenplay by his old friend Paul
Meadows that concerns a twenty-something private investigator in modern-day Los Angeles who treats the job “as a child
would — as an elaborate and dangerous game of make-believe in a world refusing to accommodate his juvenilia.” While
conjuring moods of classic film noir, the script also ruminates on the author’s own struggles, providing Vulcano with a
story that was at once a genre piece and also very close to his own life. The result is a deeply personal take on the film
noir music tradition.

My Funny Detective is written for 2 trombones, guitar, bass, and drums. Vulcano writes “…forming a group around two of
the same instrument allows you to explore different sides of one musical character. Ryan and Brian playing in unison is a
magnificent sound, but then when they play against each other it is like one person being torn apart from within. I tried to
write a piece that would allow the trombones to play their entire emotional spectrum while not getting into those technical
clichés of the instrument.”

Trombonists Brian Drye and Ryan Keberle have, between them, performed with such artists as Clark Terry, Slavic Soul Party,
Joe Lovano, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass, Briggan Kraus, Wynton Marsalis, and Justin Timberlake. Ben Ratliff recently
reviewed Drye’s new album (Bizingas) in The New York Times, saying “It’s one of the best introductions to a new band…that
I’ve heard lately.” Keberle’s new album (Heavy Dreaming) was named “the best new Jazz album of 2010” by Fred Kaplan
in Stereophile magazine. Bassist Ian Riggs’ work crosses genres, and he can be heard playing in New York and abroad with
Howard Fishman, Ethan Lipton, Blarvuster, One Ring Zero, and The Lonesome Trio. Vinnie Sperrazza recently lead his group
to great acclaim in a residency where they played every night for two weeks at Brooklyn’s Ibeam space, emulating the
longer engagements typical of Jazz clubs in the past, and he has performed with Tony Malaby, Joel Frahm, Loren Stillman,
and Brad Shepik.

Composer Giancarlo Vulcano is currently co-music director of the NBC comedy 30 Rock, starring Tina Fey and Alec
Baldwin. He contributes musical arrangements and compositions, and plays all the guitar-family instruments heard on the
show (ukelele, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, etc). Artist Doug Aitken recently used music from Vetro in his film “Frontier,” and
it is heard in New York MOMA’s show about new architecture, Small Scale, Big Change. In October of 2010, The Smith
Quartet premiered Vulcano’s new string quartet, inspired by Joseph Cornell, at the Bloomberg Artspace in London. Along
with composer Jeff Richmond and Hal Willner, Vulcano produced The Music of 30 Rock soundtrack album, released by
Relativity Music Group. He continues to play around NY and abroad with Las Rubias del Norte, The Dollars, Lenny Pickett,
and Hang the Lights.