The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra is a chamber ensemble like nothing you’ve ever seen.
The group, launched as a whimsical, meta-marketing vehicle for attracting compositional and arrangement client work, has garnered widespread acclaim since forming in the spring of 2011.
Acclaimed for their distinctive and thrilling takes on contemporary pop classics, all propelled by violins, cellos, and ukuleles, the Orchestra first made its name with covers of tracks by the Strokes, MGMT, and the Black Keys, which was released together on their debut album Hipster Dinner Party Vol. 1. The Orchestra caught the eye of Primary Wave, publishers of Nirvana’s catalogue, who commissioned the Orchestra to release an EP covering tracks from Nevermind on the seminal album’s 20th anniversary.
Since then, the Orchestra have released a follow-up EP covering tracks from Nirvana’s In Utero, as well as releasing an album with organist Alex Collier, and remixing a track by Matt & Kim. In 2014, the band performed with Nas at a Castle Lite-sponsored concert in South Africa.
The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra has been featured on Brooklyn Vegan, Perez Hilton, Mashable, and Stereogum, has appeared on Last Call With Carson Daly, and periodically embark on unique tours of non-traditional venues. A recent tour took the Orchestra to the offices of the top ad agencies in the US and Canada, including Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, Wieden and Kennedy, Leo Burnett, and Grip. The jaunt attracted widespread media attention, most notably from The New York Times, which observed that, ‘depending on the setting, even familiar music can surprise.’