About International Orange

International Orange (a.k.a. I.O.) is the brainchild of New York City veteran musicians and longtime friends Todd Isler and David Phelps. Leo Traversa provides the grooviest bass, and appearance by guest musicians such as Peter Apfelbaum are common.

The members of IO have played around the globe. Their genre-crossing resume stretches from Joe Lovano to Phish’s Mike Gordon and Trey Anastacio, Angelique Kidjo, Tania Maria, John Medeski to Abdoulaye Debate and Francis Mbappe, Ivan Neville, Melvin Sparks, Steve Kimock, Jack McDuff, Betty Buckley and on and on…

IO’s innovative funky originals marry the slide guitar of the American South to the sensibilities of India, Africa and Brazil.

IO has played some of NYC’s finest venues such as the Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and as individuals, many music festivals around the globe.


David Phelps has created a personal and unique voice on slide and electric guitar. Using modern techniques such as two hand tapping, whammy bar dive bombs, and Indian sliding, he travels to the far reaches of tomorrow. International Orange is his space shuttle to harmonic and rhythmic bliss.

Todd “T.Ice” Isler’s fire is fueled by a love of global music and dance. His travels to India, Africa, Brazil and beyond have created his signature funky style.

Leo Traversa wraps and rocks the band, drawing the resonance of an acoustic on his electric, and contributing soul, depth and humor in equal part.

Adam Morrison – Adam is a keyboard player, composer and teacher based in New York City and active as a player of jazz, ethnic music and new music and is currently a member of International Orange and Hevreh Ensemble.

      He studied with David Bar-Illan, Sanford Gold, Joanne Brackeen and Garry Dial and was a member of the Creative Music Studio Orchestra under Karl Berger working with Jack DeJohnette, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Frederic Rzewski, and completed formal studies in piano and composition at  the Rubin Academy of Music in Israel and California Institute of the Arts.

      Adam has composed music for film and modern dance, working with Jennifer Muller and Daniel Catnach and worked as musical director/producer on numerous projects for the Discovery channel and on the John Oliver show.

     He has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Israel and played or recorded with Mike Richmond, Eliot Zigmund, Eddie Daniels, Jay Azzolina, Chris Potter as well as Nilson Matta, Duduka da Fonseca, Guilherme Franco,Hassan Hakmoun and Ara Dinkjian.


Why International Orange?

Phelps and I were eating at our favorite Brooklyn bagel joint, reading Snapple caps. One of them read, "The Golden Gate Bridge is painted in International Orange". Turns out International Orange is an official color. Phelps' favorite color is Orange and I like the International aspect of it because of my interest in global rhythmic traditions.~Todd