This cinematic musical travelogue equally embraces the high energy of pop / rock, the complex structures of chamber music, and the improvisational qualities of jazz. With inspirations as varied as The Decemberists, John Coltrane, Hungarian gypsy fiddle music, Eric Satie, and Japanese pop / jazz composer Akiko Yano, Animals & Cannibals showcases an expanded vision for the world chamber music genre, incorporating styles from Eastern European folk and Latin dance music to American blues and avant cabaret. These rich studio arrangements include myriad instruments not yet heard in 3 Leg Torso's music (tuba, French horn, piano, Weissenborn) and carry listeners on a sculpted sonic adventure that reveals a landscape both beautiful and unexpected.
"A success in the fluid netherworld between serious art and popular culture" --The Oregonian
"All the beauty of Astor Piazolla's music and all the spunk of Krono's Quartet's" --College Music Journal
"Often sounds like a recital of music penned by Antonin Dvorak and realized by a chamber ensemble co-led by Astor Piazolla and Tom Waits" --SF Reporter