Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band since 2005 and features Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax), and Ethan on vocals. The band’s songs are steeped in 20th-Century American traditions—jazz, folk, country, blues, and rock—but tackle modern subjects with urgency, humor, and a well of deep feeling. It all adds up to a cockeyed view of an odd, disjointed age. The quartet has released four studio albums and created the music for the theatrical shows No Place to Go, and The Outer Space, both produced by the Public Theater in Joe’s Pub and toured in the U.S. and Europe. In December 2018 at Live From the NYPL, the band debuted In Praise of the Unlived Life, a show that was inspired by a book of essays by the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips called Missing Out. Recently the band played Pitchfork Paris and SF Jazz, and was featured on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Previous appearances include Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, the Flynn Center, Arts Emerson, Dublin’s Pavilion, the Gate in London, The Troubadour, Theatre de la Ville and ATP.
Ethan Lipton’s produced plays include Tumacho, Red-Handed Otter, Luther, Goodbye April Hello May, 100 Aspects of the Moon and Meat. He wrote the book and songs for No Place to Go (Obie Award) and The Outer Space (Lortel nomination), both premiered by the Public Theater in Joe’s Pub. As a playwright Ethan has been an Alpert Prize Fellow at MacDowell, a member of the Public’s Emerging Writers Group and the Working Farm Group at Space on Ryder Farm, a Clubbed Thumb Artist and the Playwrights Realm’s Page One Fellow. His plays have been published by Samuel French and he has received commissions from NYFA, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, True Love, the Public, Barrington Stage & the Civilians.