The origins of Animal Hospital Ensemble are rooted in Kevin Micka’s solo moniker "Animal Hospital." Since the winter of 2011, a large ensemble version of his music has been realized with performances at Machines with Magnets, MassArt, the Museum of Fine Arts, Art Beat Somerville, and First Night. Altering traditional concert convention by situating the audience in the center of the room encircled by dozens of guitarists and drummers, Animal Hospital Ensemble performances provide a unique sonic experience for each listener.
"Standing in the middle, it sounded like you were deep inside an angry hornet's nest. Electric guitars ... ringing in primal, circular rhythms…You felt dizzy - but exhilarated." (James Reed, The Boston Globe)
"His ensemble is a testament to Micka's reputation as one of the city's most important sonic architects and proof of a unified scene in our underrated city." (Nolan Gawron, The Metro)
New video up from New Year's Eve performance at First Night Boston. Concert updates coming soon.
New video up from August 2014 at DOT AIR (under a bridge) in Pawtucket, RI.
Upcoming performance scheduled on New Year's Eve, 12 31 2014 in Boston at First Night.
ANIMAL HOSPITAL ENSEMBLE plays in a circle surrounding the audience.