If I Were a Highway
- Artist: The Pickpocket Ensemble
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/20/2004
Inspired by many world folk and café musics; meeting as musicians often do, in the center of this beautiful blend, to forge a new expression, with echoes of Eastern European and klezmer styles, Parisian bal musette, American folk, early jazz and swing, even rock. The Pickpocket Ensemble creates an original music with style and grace - passionate, melodic and memorable. Marguerite Ostrovski, Violin Tim Fox, Guitar Rick Corrigan, Accordion and Composition Greg Kehret, Double Bass Katja Cooper, Percussion 'A band that is hard to encompass in standard music phraseology, (it's) dreamlike sound has been described as 'cafe music without borders.' It can't be characterized as folk music, yet people of many different ethnic backgrounds .. hear the music of their homeland when they hear The Pickpocket Ensemble. The ever-evolving Corrigan is connected to a universal musical fount.' Boaz Rubin Boaz Accordion Pages 'parsing out specific influences with The Pickpocket Ensemble is a tricky thing as Corrigan's superb arrangements are knit so tightly it becomes difficult to separate the musical threads. The reason I suppose is because (the group) choose to use their alembic to reinforce the commonalities of such diverse elements as much as they do to punctuate the differences. The result of course is just plain fine music that can only come from The Pickpocket Ensemble.' Aquarius Records, San Francisco 'The Pickpocket Ensemble is an instrumental quintet from the United States of America that has taken my attention. Their music is somehow very light and harmonic (I do not mean easy listening!). The tunes are creeping through the ears into my mind - where they will stay for long.' Christian Moll, Folkworld Magazine 'There's a band you should check, it's an independent low budget group called 'pickPocket Ensemble' and I had the honor of seeing them in Berkeley in January promoting a record called 'If I Were A Highway.' Rhythms and melodies that can be traced from Eastern Europe, never compromising them with pop arrangements. This band, guys, can really make history if they were discovered by some guy like Alan Lomax.' 'Es una banda del pueblo para el pueblo.' CacaoRock, Lima, Peru.