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Original music played on handmade instruments made from locally grown gourds, the Gourd Orchestra plays its own brand of paleolithic lounge music – mixing past with present, rhythm with melody, and chaos with order.

Plant A Seed, Grow An Orchestra.
Be a maker, not just a consumer.

Hello fellow gourdheads.
The Gourd Orchestra is playing this Friday, March 1, 2019.

7:00-10:00pm * Westover Station, 5047 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA
It's free admission,
but doations are welcomed to benefit the James River Park System - Invasive Plant Task Force.



Music playing above is from 'Kundalini Calabash".

Listen to a podcast here -


The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra performed at
the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum's second
Farm to Table event in the Kogod Courtyardon Saturday, January 12, 2013.
We had a great time, made some new friends and even got to see some the musuem.

Photo by Catherine Farmer.

The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra played at
the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
Farm to Table Family Day
The Urban Sketchers of Washington, D.C. were at the National Portrait Gallery for the World Wide Sketchcrawl
and happened upon the Gourd Orchestra in the Kogod Courtyard.
Below are two sketches by Joel Winstead.




John Ramsey

Christian Tribastone drawing of John Ramsey (above)

Arthur and Pippin

Drawing by Woodcut55 (above)

petrus01 drawing

Sketches by petrus01 (above)

kogod courtyard

Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery -
RIGO played in this evocative space with a modern canopy designed by architectural firm Foster + Partners.
The American Art Museum is on the left and the National Portrait Gallery is on the right.

We had a great time at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 'Ghouls and Gourds' festival on Oct. 27, 2012.
The weather was perfect this year and we made a lot of new friends. Here's a view of a very diverse crowd that we played for.

The Gourd Trio with Khalima Dance at Balliceaux. 11-20-2011

Photo by Otway Chalkley.


rigo at brookside

The Gourd Orchestra at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

Are gourds a vegetable or a fruit?

You decide.


• The Land of Gourds and Honey •
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pippin projection

The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra played at the Richmond Public Library
on Aug. 10, 2011. We had a gourd slide show and music performance.


The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra at Patrick Doughtery's Stickhouse project in Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA




email for info and booking - arthur@gourdorchestra.com

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