What Marina Orchestra has aimed to accomplish is very simple: bringing people together through music and dance. And without any underlying notion of irony or cynicism, you can feel good about what you’re letting loose to..so don’t even try to fight it!
Marina Orchestra is inspired by music from all over the world, and there is an inherent jubilance that the sun-soaked eleven piece group radiates. It’s exotic, yet familiar. It’s a love of global music filtered through the ears of “indie rock” kids. It’s ripe with homages and a well-rounded respect for the whole history of music. But mostly, it’s a party.
The Marina project came about when Knoxvillian Justin Powers decided to channel his deep-seated love of African and Caribbean music into a band that would shake things up. There was an entire world of blaring brass instruments, dancing back up singers and wild handed percussionists that he longed to see on stage every night. Soon enough the ever expanding Marina Orchestra was quickly finding a way into everyone's schedule. “The only reason I do this, is to look up and see the whole room dancing,” says Powers, “That’s all that I need.”
A self recorded demo in 2011 was released to satisfy fans, while they recorded their first full length album, “Take on the Silence” which will be available June 2012. They’ve shared the stage with acts such as: Future Islands, Rubblebucket, The Extraordinaires and Fine Peduncle. They’ve appeared at South by Southwest 2011 and have been described by Metro Pulse as “a ragged but enthusiastic - and funky - kind of worldbeat rock that absorbs inspiration from all over the world but doesn't limit itself to strict imitation.”