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Rocket Scientists
(USA) / June 3, 2007

Latest news:

Acclaimed American progressive rock legends Rocket Scientists returned to their home turf after touring Europe and concluding with a colossal final concert at USA's RoSFest. The tour kicked off on Saturday, April 7 in Rotherham, England sponsored by the Classic Rock Society and concluded on April 28th at the Rites of Spring Festival in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The Rotherham, England show commemorated Rocket Scientists' first live concert on European ground in 10 years. Additional tour dates were held in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany where Rocket Scientists were welcomed by very receptive audiences. The musician lineup for the Rocket Scientists Tour in both Europe and the USA included Erik Norlander - keyboards, Mark McCrite - vocals, guitar and Don Schiff - NS/Stick joined by guest musicians Peer Verschuren on guitar and Ernst Van Ee on drums. Symphonic rock diva Lana Lane also made a special guest appearance on the tour performing several songs at the end of each Rocket Scientists set.

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Kurt Rongey
(USA) / June 3, 2007

New release:

  • "With Form It Threatens Silence" (new studio album)

    Long Dark Music announces immediate digital availability of "With Form It Threatens Silence", the third album by Texas-based rock composer Kurt Rongey. It is now available for download in CD-quality FLAC format ($8.99) and high-quality compressed OGG format audio ($6.99) from Mindawn. There are no pending plans for a CD release of "With Form It Threatens Silence". Printable high-resolution CD graphics are available by email for anyone who downloads the tracks from Mindawn. Fans of Rongey and his internationally known progressive rock band The Underground Railroad are in for a treat with this collection of keyboard-intensive, structurally elaborate rock tracks. The 23-minute album closer Kunstwolle, exploring man's growing mastery over his own evolution, is Rongey's most ambitious and challenging work thus far. Other selections include Eroica, a salute to scientific curiosity, the enigmatic three-part instrumental Mechmechc, and Lie Still, a dark and cautionary examination of faith. Guest David Bagsby also shares composition and performance credit on the track Mechmechc. Although it was largely completed in 1995, its first release finally takes place in 2007. Rongey has studied at the Royal College of Music in London and has degrees in composition and piano performance. In addition to his activities as a composer, keyboardist, singer and drummer, he also serves as Program Director for Dallas classical radio station WRR 101.1 FM.

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    (UK/Polamd) / June 3, 2007

    New release:

  • "Walk On Water" (new studio EP)

    Caamora is a partnership of Clive Nolan (Pendragon / Neo) and Agnieszka Swita. Their new release "Walk On Water" (EP) will be available on June 18 in Europe and on July 17 in the USA. The EP includes new material written especially for this release, as well as two songs from the forthcoming "She" project. It features guest performances by Mark Westwood (Neo) on guitar, John Jowitt (IQ) on bass and Scott Higham on drums.

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    (Italy) / June 3, 2007

    New release:

  • "Frost of Watermelon" (new studio album)

    US Tour:

    5/06/2007: Charleston, SC - Cumberlands
    7/06/2007: Miami, FL - Jazid
    8/06/2007: Orlando, FL - Underground Bluz
    9/06/2007: Birmingham. AL
    10/06/2007: Columbus, OH
    12/06/2007: Chicago, IL
    13/06/2007: Rockford, IL
    14/06/2007: North Manchester - The Firehouse
    15/06/2007: South Bend, IN
    16/06/2007: Des Moines, Iowa - Shooters Hideaway
    17/06/2007: Wyatt's Torch, CO - Aurora
    21/06/2007: Santa Clara - Avalon
    22/06/2007: Livermore - Pine Street
    23/06/2007: Reno, Nevada - Zephyr
    24/06/2007: San Francisco, Ca - Irelands-32
    26/06/2007: Eureka, Ca - Boiler Room
    27/06/2007: Los Angeles - The Gig

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    (Mexico) / June 3, 2007

    Forthcoming releases:

  • "Infinity Revisited" (2002/2007)
  • "Legacy" (DVD, 2007)
  • "Originalis" (new studio album, 2008)
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    Muse-Wrapped Records
    (USA) / June 3, 2007

    New releases:

  • Magellan (USA) - "Innocent God"
  • Jack Foster III (USA) - "Tame Until Hungry"

    Leading prog-rock trio Magellan returns with their new CD "Innocent God" released by Muse-Wrapped Records, LLC on May 15th, 2007. The outfit, featuring core members Gardner brothers along with Robert Berry (3, GTR, ELP), recorded seven compositions true to the stellar Magellan style spotlighting a highly sophisticated production component of epic proportions. Magellan represents the second wave of sonic explorers, those who sailed in spirit with the most storied of the prog rock pioneers (e.g., Genesis, Kansas, Rush, Yes) during their youth and now seek to make the journey in practice. At the helm of Magellan are brothers Trent (vocals / keyboards) and Wayne Gardner (guitars), who with bass player Hal Stringfellow Imbrie released their debut album "Hour of Restoration", in 1991. A historical concept album about England, it was followed by the similar-sounding "Impending Ascension". Magellan returned in 1997 with "Test of Wills", which represented a slight departure from the band's original sound (though the group, which included drummer Brad Kaiser, remained intact). In 2002, the Gardners released the ambitious "Hundred Year Flood", dedicated to the brother they lost in the Vietnam War. Though not necessarily a prolific band, Magellan's well-crafted and ambitious efforts have made them something of a flagship among prog rock's second armada of artists. Magellan is: Trent Gardner (vocals / keyboards), Wayne Gardner (guitars) and Robert Berry (drums, bass, guitars, keyboards). Tracklist: 1. Invisible Bright Man - 6:18, 2. My Warrior - 6:51, 3. Innocent God - 9:20, 4. Found - 6:54, 5. Who to Believe? - 5:13, 6. Sea of Details - 6:00, 7. Slow Burn - 4:41. Produced by Trent Gardner. Music and lyrics written by Trent Gardner.

    After critical acclaim for his sophomore release "Raptorgnosis", Jack Foster III returns with his third masterwork entitled "Tame Until Hungry" - a 13 song set featuring Foster's unique vocal and songwriting expertise. Foster's music crosses over to prog to rock to pop on this collection of tunes and remains a master of "different voices", demonstrating a powerful combination of pop sensibility combined with modern and adventurous song forms. Joining Foster once again for his third release "Tame Until Hungry" are veteran producers Trent Gardner (Magellan, Explorer's Club) and Robert Berry (3, GTR, ELP) adding their cutting edge studio techniques to Jack's sophisticated compositions. Gardner and Berry have worked with members of every major icon in the progressive music genre from Dream Theater to Yes to Jethro Tull. You will find an extra special treat on "Tame Until Hungry" - a Cole Porter tune titled "Every Time We Say Goodbye" performed by Foster's former singing group Full House featuring San Francisco Opera star Cliff Romig. "Tame Until Hungry" is an exceptional third release that should not be overlooked! Track Listing: 1. No Tears Left For Cryin' 5:20, 2. The Solution 7:32, 3. Civilized Dog 3:32, 4. One Dark Angel 4:03, 5. Mourning Glory 5:02, 6. Bloodstone 5:17, 7. Broken Hallelujah 5:34, 8. Heart And Mind 5:47, 9. Inside My Mind 5:17, 10. Limbo And Flux 5:07, 11. Rainbow Asylum 5:02, 12. Every Time We Say Goodbye 3:19. All music performed by Jack Foster III (guitars and vocals), Trent Gardner (keyboards and vocals) and Robert Berry (bass and drums).

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    Cuneiform Records
    (USA) / June 3, 2007

    New releases:

  • Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores - "The Blind Spot"
  • Upsilon Acrux - "Galapagos Momentum"
  • The Claudia Quintet - "For"
  • Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Quartet - "Early & Late"
  • Steve Miller & Lol Coxhill - "The Story So Far - Oh Really?"

    Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores - "The Blind Spot" (Rune 244)
    [Rock / Post-Rock / American Surrealism]

    Post-rock's magical / "folk" surrealists, Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores are based in Providence, Rhode Island, fertile ground for horror writers, academics, colorful politicians and artists of all stripes. The band's music captures that city's essence, blurring the lines between past and present, fiction and fact, shrouding dark secrets. Simultaneously beautiful and horrific, elegant and lowbrow, playful and cynical, its sound crosses genres as easily as a ghost floats through solid walls. Composed by Redfearn, the music combines myriad influences - traditional eastern and western European folk music (including gypsy music), pre-WWII French and German cabaret, circus music, early 20th century classical, classical minimalism, maverick 20th century Americana, elements from visionary French iconoclasts (Pierre Bastien, Pascal Comelade, Albert Marcoeur), acid folk, noise, psychedelia, drone rock, and more - with a dark, primitive, intentionally rough-edged and gritty, folk-crafted sensibility. Redfearn's songs, whether instrumental or darkly lyrical, are rhythmically entrancing, evocative and remarkably cinematic, leading one critic to call them "as much stage set as free-standing compositions, a space against which unusual and foreign activities might be acted out." The Blind Spot, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores' 6th CD and its 2nd release on Cuneiform, is musically and conceptually the band's most ambitious work to date. In the 11 songs on The Blind Spot, Redfearn explores the wavering veil that separates life and death, heaven and hell, soul and body, fact and fiction, and art and reality. In doing so, he blurs the lines separating musical genres, and folk and fine art. At the core of The Blind Spot lays an astonishing 8-song funereal song cycle - "I am the Resurrection and the Light" - that Redfearn created as a eulogy for friends who died from addiction and as a personal lament on spiritual bankruptcy, physical addiction and human loss.

    Upsilon Acrux - "Galapagos Momentum" (Rune 245)
    [Rock / Post-Punk]

    Upsilon Acrux is among the best of the young bands transforming punk rock's landscape, reinvigorating punk's physically powerful, aggressive and speed-driven sound by infusing it with a compositional intensity and technical prowess long associated with various forms of metal and progressive rock. In Upsilon Acrux's hands, this sonic fusion results in an explosive new music that is both exhilarating and abstract. A tapestry of complex and hyperkinetic instrumental sound, Upsilon Acrux's music is composed of disparate elements, dissonance and unexpected time changes daringly interwoven with, and/or punctuated by, beautiful and accessible melodies. This CD, Galapagos Momentum, is Upsilon Acrux's 5th release and its first on Cuneiform. Galapagos Momentum features 41 minutes of aggressive, intricate, athletic and composed post-punk instrumental rock contained on 10 tracks. Simultaneously physical and cerebral, challenging and melodic, Galapagos Momentum is Upsilon Acrux's most accessible yet sophisticated release to date.

    The Claudia Quintet - "For" (Rune 247)
    [Jazz / Post-Jazz]

    "For" is the new CD by The Claudia Quintet, the genre-defying band led by Grammy-nominated composer John Hollenbeck. Since Hollenbeck first presented the band in an internet cafe on Avenue A in Manhattan in 1997, the Claudia Quintet has amazed audiences from Alabama to the Amazon. Their unique sound has inspired dancing hippie girls at a New Mexico noise festival, the avant-garde cognoscenti in the concert halls of Vienna and Sao Paolo, and a generation of young musicians worldwide. In the course of the thousands of miles they have traveled together and hundreds of concerts they've played, the Claudia Quintet has evolved and grown, developing a dynamic live sound based on trust and spontaneity. They bring this powerful energy into the studio where they record the old-fashioned way, live, playing as a band. The legions of people who have been won over by the music of the Claudia Quintet live and on CD attest to the fact that genre-defying new music need not be "inaccessible." "For" is for everyone. "For" is a positive message. "For" is driving rhythms, beautiful melodies, and passionate virtuosity. "For" is for all music lovers. "For" is also their fourth CD.

    Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd Quartet - "Early & Late" (Rune 250/251)

    The name of Steve Lacy is synonymous with the term Modern Jazz. One of the greatest soprano saxophonists in the history of jazz, he is responsible for popularizing that instrument in the post-WWII years, resurrecting it from Dixieland and introducing it, liberated and free, into the modern world. One of Lacy's most significant contributions to modern jazz was done in collaboration with trombonist, composer and ethnomusicologist Roswell Rudd, who, paralleling Lacy, had transformed a Dixieland instrument into a modern performance weapon. In a quartet during the early 1960s, Lacy and Rudd pioneered the notion of modern jazz repertory by devoting themselves solely to the music of Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols, Cecil Taylor and other modern, living composers - a radical concept at the time. They insisted that each generation should honor its own masters, and that 'jazz standards' should grow exponentially - a "jazz process" - and not be a hermetically sealed, closed set. This double CD release by Cuneiform, titled Early and Late, provides a 40-year overview of Lacy's and Rudd's collaborations in the Steve Lacy-Roswell Rudd Quartet. The earliest recordings on this release date from October 9, 1962, one year after Lacy and Rudd formed their quartet; the latest tracks date from August 9, 2002, two years before Lacy died. None of these recordings have been previously released - they are heard here for the first time. Jason Weiss, editor of Steve Lacy: Conversations (Duke University, 2006) compiled and produced the release and wrote the liner notes. Consisting of both studio and live recordings, Early and Late compliments and illuminates other releases by the Steve Lacy-Roswell Rudd Quartet, helping to complete the Lacy-Rudd story.

    Steve Miller & Lol Coxhill - "The Story So Far" + "Oh Really?" (Rune 253/254)
    [Rock / Jazz-Rock/Fusion]

    Long embraced as a "national treasure" [BBC] within his native England, a series of reissues, retrospectives, and new releases around the turn of the century have revealed saxophonist Lol Coxhill to be one of the world's most distinctive voices on soprano sax. In a career spanning more than half a century, and continuing unabated in energy and originality today, he has proven himself equally adept at performing music both "inside" and "outside" the box. One of the key formative experiences of Coxhill's early musical career was his work from 1968-73 in composer and pianist Steve Miller's London based band, Delivery, and his independent work with Miller and others from the "Canterbury School" bands that Delivery spawned. This double CD release by Cuneiform documents Steve Miller and Lol Coxhill's collaborations in the early 1970s, a three-year period during which they worked together intensely. It includes the first CD reissues of their two albums: Miller/Coxhill Coxhill/Miller, and "The Story so Far:Oh Really?" It also includes several previously unreleased live performance recordings. Cuneiform's CD package includes a 20-page booklet containing historical photos of Miller and Coxhill, an interview Steve Miller gave in the summer of 1998 with Nick Loebner, and liner notes written by Mike King, who coordinated this release. The first reissue of Coxhill and Miller's collaborations on CD, and featuring guest performances by the storied Canterbury School musicians Kevin Ayers, Laurie Allan, Archie Legget, Pip Pyle, Richard Sinclair, and Robert Wyatt, this double CD is an essential document for those interested in Canterbury School music, including Soft Machine, Matching Mole, Caravan and Hatfield and the North. It is also a fascinating overview of an important period in the development of one of the masters of contemporary soprano sax and improvisation, providing clues as to how the Blues and Canterbury School music influenced the avant-garde, and how the avant-garde in turn influenced the development of the Canterbury School.

    Cuneiform artists latest news:

    Birdsongs of the Mesozoic:

    News: Birdsongs guitarist Michael Bierylo will perform with Boston's Snappy Dance Company in "String Beings." The piece is a cutting edge multimedia production that combines choreography by company founder Martha Mason, music by Berlin-based composer Michael Rodach, and interactive video by Jack Bachrach of MIT's fabled Media Lab. Bierylo will be performing alongside Boston Symphony Orchestra first violinist Luci Lin. Performances will run from May 30 to June 10 at the Virginia Wimberly Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts.

    Performances: Birdsongs will give a special private performance on June 1st at Jordan Tishler's Digital Bear Studios for a VIP audience of Boston area music professionals. Contact the band if you are in the Boston area and would like to attend.

    Extreme Spirituals: Atlanta-based African-American spiritual singer Oral Moses traveled to Boston in February for a rare live performance at the Berklee Performance Center of this unusual collaboration with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. A recording of this work was released by Cuneiform in September. Oral Moses is internationally known for his extensive repertoire of spirituals and art songs, and for his incredible bass-baritone voice. Extreme Spirituals includes live and processed vocals by Moses with innovative instrumental arrangements by Birdsongs.

    A CD release concert and party was held in late April for Erik Lindgren's third solo CD, Classical-a-go-go, with acoustic ensemble The Frankenstein Consort. The disc includes material by Lindgren, Raymond Scott, Erik Satie, and an irreverent hip hop remake of the Edgar Winter Band's 1972 chestnut "Frankenstein." Instrumentation consists of flute, clarinet, bassoon, acoustic piano, and percussion, with guest appearances by noted Boston-area musicians on laptop, drums, percussion, and strings. The disc is available from Wayside Music.

    Ken Field's Revolutionary Snake Ensemble was invited to march with the Krewe of Muses for their annual Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans in February. The group traveled to New Orleans on the Amtrak Crescent train, playing along the way for fellow passengers, with a stop in Washington, DC for a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Snake Ensemble will perform at Boston's famed Regattabar on Wednesday May 30th.

    Field's original score for the Bridgman/Packer Dance piece Under the Skin has been released on Innova Recordings as part of their select "Short Run" series. The dance, with live music by Field, was presented in Budapest, Hungary in April at an historic theatre where Beethoven once performed, and will travel to Jacob's Pillow and the Bates Dance Festival in August. Field will be a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire in November 2007.

    Far Corner:

    Far Corner performed their CD-release concert on February 16, 2007 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee. The group performed a long set, including music from Endangered, Far Corner, and several new works. Upcoming performances include May 19, 2007, in the brand new Lake Mills High School Auditorium, where the group will perform with Strange Land in a concert featuring a premiere of a brand new composition. On June 9, 2007, Far Corner will perform at MARS (Milwaukee Art Rock Showcase), an all-day progressive rock festival featuring ten bands and several solo acts. The concert takes place at Milwaukee's historic Miramar Theater.

    Bill, Craig and Dan's other group, Snarling Adjective Convention (also featuring Roger Ebner and Joe Kopecky) is finalizing their CD layout, getting ready for a release later this year. Visit for more info.

    Bassist William Kopecky just returned from Sweden where he was laying down tracks for the new Par Lindh Project CD. William and Par are also putting the finishing touches on the forthcoming Lindh/Kopecky CD entitled Den Svarta Dorren. William has also recently recorded bass tracks for the upcoming CD from San Francisco-based psych/RIO group Spirits Burning. Kopecky's atmospheric bass loops will be featured in artist Chele Isaac's art installment at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, WI in May.

    Dan Maske's keyboard instruction book Progressive Rock Keyboard was released in early May. The book, published by Hal Leonard, is available at music stores everywhere, and at most on-line retailers. This instructional method includes a full CD featuring over 90 demonstration tracks, with several complete tunes recorded by members of Far Corner and more. Visit to view selected pages and hear samples from the CD.

    Angela Schmidt (cello) recently finished her instruction book 101 Cello Tips: the Stuff the Pros Know and Use which will be available in June, 2007 published by Hal Leonard. While at a photo shoot for the book, Angela was asked to model for the Hal Leonard monthly catalog in an ad for the Peterson Music Stand. Angela also recently recorded cello tracks for Unicorn Record's recording artist Dimension X for their new CD to be released later in 2007.

    Craig Walkner's main band Bascom Hill just finished up a successful showcase at NACA in April and have booked a large amount of college gigs across the Midwest starting in August. He has been working on a solo album at his home studio and will also be returning to Studio One in Racine, WI at the end of May to finish mixing Yeti Rain's third album, III.

    Forgas Band Phenomena:

    Patrick Forgas's compositions for the next FBP album were unveiled during the 2006 concerts - yet another 35-minute-plus epic, "Double-Sens", and a couple of medium-length pieces, "La Treizieme Lune" and "La Clef". It is hoped to record them later this year for release in 2008.

    The current line-up consists of Patrick Forgas (drums), Igor Brover (keyboards), Kengo Mochizuki (bass), Sylvain Gontard (trumpet) and new recruits Bogdan Pachod (guitar), Karolina Mlodecka (violin) and Sebastien Trognon (tenor & soprano sax).

    Concerts planned for 2007 include a festival in Versailles [nr Paris] on July 8th where FBP will share the bill with Soft Machine Legacy and Belgium's The Wrong Object; and another Triton concert on November 15th.

    Patrick's debut album, 1977's "Cocktail", featuring an all-star line-up of Magma and Zao members, is to be reissued later this year by Musea; in addition to the original album, over 30 minutes of previously unreleased material will be included as well as booklet notes detailing the genesis of the album.

    Fred Frith:

    Fred Frith has curated the Stone Club in New York for the month of May, which affords the opportunity to see a wide range of artists known and less known, from Fred, John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Eugene Chadbourne, Larry Ochs, Lisle Ellis and Pauline Oliveros to a weekend of Montreal's Ambiences Magnetiques artists, and many exciting young talents such as Norway's Else Storesund (prepared piano), Oakland's Theresa Wong (cello) and Ava Mendoza (guitar), the astonishing MaryClare Brzytwa (punk electronics and flute), the virtuoso mridingam player Anantha Krishnan, and many others.


    The new Guapo album "Elixirs" is complete and will be released on Neurot Recordings late 2007/early 2008.

    Miasma and The Carousel of Headless Horses new CD EP "Manfauna" is out very soon on the Southern Records Latitudes imprint. Miasma will also be performing live at Supersonic 2007 in Birmingham, UK on 14th July.

    The debut Aethenor album "Deep In Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light" was released earlier this year on VHF Records. This project features Daniel O'Sullivan (Guapo / Miasma) along with Vincent de Roguin (Shora) and Stephen O'Malley.

    Hamster Theatre:

    Hamster Theatre performs live in concert on May 20th at the Oriental Theatre, at 4335 West 44th Avenue in Denver, Colorado with Jumbo Special. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Save 2 bucks and call 303-455-2124! The show begins at 8:00 pm.

    In other news, Dave is resuming work on the Tin Box Papers CD, replacing accordions, drums and such, and has enlisted Elaine diFalco of Caveman Shoestore fame to contribute vocals, compositions and perhaps keyboards.

    Hugh Hopper:

    Upcoming gigs:

    1 May 2007 Rudersdorf, Austria:
    5 May 2007: Cluny, France
    3 Jun 2007 Borderline, London: Brainville 3
    4 Jun 2007 Fasano, Italy: Soft Machine Legacy
    5 Jun 2007 (TBC) Berlin: Brainville 3
    7 Jun 2007 Triton, Paris: Colorphone
    8 Jun 2007 Triton, Paris: Brainville 3
    9 Jun 2007 St-Etienne: Brainville 3
    7 July 2007 Treviso Festival, Italy: Soft Machine Legacy
    8 July 2007 Versailles, France: Soft Machine Legacy
    19/20 July 2007 Tokyo, Sweet Basil 139: Soft Machine Legacy
    22 July 2007 Fukuoka, Gate's 7: Soft Machine Legacy
    23 July 2007 Osaka, Big Cat: Soft Machine Legacy
    24 July 2007 Nagoya, The Bottom Line: Soft Machine Legacy
    30 July 2007 (TBC) Wales: SML
    3-7 Aug 2007 (TBC) Bulgaria: Colorphone
    4 Oct 2007 Prague: Soft Machine Legacy
    6 Oct 2007 Karlsruhe: Soft Machine Legacy
    7 Oct 2007 Verviers, Belgium: Soft Machine Legacy
    10 Oct 2007 Wuppertal, Germany: Soft Machine Legacy
    11 Oct 2007 Hamburg: Soft Machine Legacy
    12 Oct Hildesheim: Soft Machine Legacy
    13 Oct Worpswede: Soft Machine Legacy
    15 Oct 2007 Toulouse Festival: Colorphone

    Richard Leo Johnson:

    "We have just finished recording "Who Knew Charlie Shoe". The second in a series of recordings that explores the concept of personalized myth by virtue of fictional narrative. The first was "The legend of Vernon McAlister", which dealt with the victim of a serious accident that lead to the abandonment of his family and prior life, to pursue a relationship with a guitar and the unpredictable world of an itinerate musician. Charlie is an inversion of Vernon's story, in that he was born with a condition (a form of autism) that keeps him from never leaving his familiar surroundings but embraces the common place as inspiration to write songs. Charlie was 9 when he was introduced to the guitar. Vernon McAlister wandered up to a church picnic Charlie and his parents were attending and asked to play for food. That encounter was the catalyst for Charlie to play and write songs on the guitar. The new CD has the inimitable percussionist/composer, Greg Bendian. Playing out of the box (even for him). Greg has abandoned his traditional drum set and embraced the world of "found objects" which literally includes things like a pull down attic stair, lard cans, paint buckets, rakes, brooms, and slapping the surface of water. Greg plays the part of "Junk Fish", a character that Greg created to be Charlie's musical companion. Junk Fish is the product of a damaged life as a rock drummer in Memphis during the 70's and 80's. He took it on himself to abandon the fast life of the big city and move to the small town north of Memphis called Marked Tree, Arkansas. Charlie has lived there his entire life and was thrilled to discover Junk Fish at the local scrap metal yard banging on a home made drum set made of an huge assortment of crazy things. This CD is a product of Charlie's guitars and Junk Fish's world of pounding, tapping, scratching and scraping. The end result is a rootsy psychedelica that embraces acoustic music in an extremely progressive, yet refreshing and accessible way. The CD is due out in Sept. 2007 with shows to follow with Richard and Greg as Charlie and Junk Fish."

    David Borden/Mother Mallard:

    David continues as a beta tester for Samplt, a software program that automatically samples any sound from a hardware or software synth/sampler. The software synths and samplers are the new element, and not all formats are compatible. But once a sound is chosen, the user can stipulate how many velocities and the range. Then after the sampling is done, the user can then fine tune the envelope. After everything sounds the way one wants, the program allows you to format it for a number of software samplers including Kontakt and Reason (NNXT) and several others. "I'm doing this testing in part because Mother Mallard is changing its performance format. Instead of performing on an array of synthesizers for each player, everyone will play on keyboard MIDI controllers attached to laptops via the USB connection. The software used for live performance is Reason 3 utilizing sampled sounds from dozens of hardware and software synths as well as sounds native to Reason. In addition, we will also be using Ableton Live. We have only tried this once at Roulette in New York with good results. The only hardware synth on stage will be the Moog Voyager (Electric Blue version)". In addition, Mother Mallard is expanding. For the past several years we have existed mainly as three keyboardists (Blaise Bryski, and David Yearsley and me). Blaise and David Y. are world-class performers. This fall, Conrad Alexander, a percussionist will join us with his MalletKat MIDI controller and laptop. Conrad is a versatile musician with experience in many musical settings. And finally, I am trying out a visual element employing live video projection with both prepared images and live images. The husband and wife team of Franck and Noni Korf Vidal are the video artists. Our first concert with the expanded ensemble will be at Barnes Hall on the Cornell campus in Ithaca New York on Friday evening September 28, 2007. Two or three new pieces will be premiered including anagram portraits of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn who formed the Denishawn Dancers, probably the very first Modern Dance Company. These pieces will include vintage footage of these two pioneers of modern dance.

    Graham Collier:

    News from Graham from April 23: "All About Jazz runs an interview with me, makes my early music available for download in their new MP3 store, reviews Hoarded Dreams, and offers me up to the world for questioning in 'Catching Up With'. Apart from that, I'm now back from my five week birthday tour of northern Europe, with this accolade from The Guardian review of the Derby Jazz Festival commission concluding a highly successful period: 'Hearing Collier rehearsing his swelling brass chords behind long-time associate Harry Beckett's skipping trumpet lines was a reminder of what a special place the two of them occupy in UK jazz evolution".

    Amy Denio (Curlew/The Danubians):

    Tiptons Sax Quartet: "We had a very successful European tour in March, playing in 25 cities, and taught music workshops in Slovenia, Austria and Germany. We will return to Europe in September, to play a few festivals in Germany. Our next US tour will be in October 2007, and we are currently booking concerts in Northwest US and California. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting a concert or workshop. We will record our 9th CD at the end of the tour. Our Spring European Tour will occur next April & May 2008.

    New CD Recordings: Maisie - "Festa in Casa" + "Balera Metropolitana"
    This double CD is coming out soon on Snowdonia, an excellent independent record label from Sicily. The songs are festive and wonderful, and I sang & played various instruments, along with about 20 other musicians. It will be a co-production of my label Spoot Music and Snowdonia".

    Nick Didkovsky:

    "My project Ice Cream Time with ARTE Sax Quartet, Thomas Dimuzio, and myself are touring Europe between Nov. 10 and Nov. 18 2007, supporting a CD release on New World Records (to be released late summer '07). We are looking for bookings during this time period.

    The Mahavishnu Project:

    Here is the email we just received from Mahavishnu drummer Narada Michael Walden, after hearing The Mahavishnu Project's "Return To The Emerald Beyond": Gregg, I was very impressed by your Visions project. WOW! Congrats on keeping alive the good fun, power & spirituality of Mahavishnu's music. I really admire you for the time it took to put it all together so beautifully. Great work. Mucho love to you for keeping the spirit alive. You guys are knockin' 'em down, one by one. Love to hear ya'll and hope to see you and jam with 2 drum kits. Can you stand my FUNK! Love And Respect, Narada Michael Walden.

    Upcoming gigs:

    Fri June 8, 2007 (7pm)
    Milford Music Festival
    Anne Street Park
    Milford PA

    Thu June 14, 2007 (7pm)
    Special Clinic: "The Rhythms of Mahavishnu"
    Feat. Gregg Bendian, Glenn Alexander and Dave Johnsen
    The Collective (formerly Drummer's Collective)
    541 Avenue of The Americas?
    New York NY

    Mon June 18, 2007
    Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (Main Stage)
    Wilmington DE

    Tue/Wed June 19 & 20, 2007 (8pm)
    Allan Holdsworth Trio (feat. Jimmy Johnson & Chad Wackerman)
    The Mahavishnu Project
    BB King's Club
    237 West 42nd St.
    New York NY

    Thu/Fri/Sat July 5, 6, and 7th
    Vishnu Fest 2007
    The Cutting Room
    19 West 24th St
    New York NY

    Mats/Morgan Band:

    Mats/Morgan Band gigs coming up:

    Festival Tambours de fete Charleville Mezieres, 22/9 France (08)
    Maizet Jazz Festival, 8/9 Maizet France (14)
    Morgan will also do gig with a project called Box with amongst others Trevor Dunn from Mr Bungle.

    Studio stuff:

    Mats and Morgan are in the studio and is working on a new CD that will most likely be called "Heat Beats Live".

    Microscopic Septet:

    In 2006 Cuneiform released two double CDs of the music of the Microscopic Septet: Seven Men In Neckties & Surrealistic Swing. To celebrate that release the band recapitulated and performed a few passionately received gigs in the Northeast US (New York/Northampton/Philly). It was listed as a 2006 Reissue of the Year by Francis Davis in the Village Voice. Following on the success of the CDs and gigs, the Micros will reassemble again in Dec 2007 for a tour of Europe, and possibly a couple of gigs in the US.

    Individual Micros news and contacts:

    Phillip Johnston has completed two film scores and two theatre scores in the last 6 months (in addition to tours with the Micros and Fast 'N' Bulbous). Stolen Life by Jackie Turnure and Peter Rasmussen will be released in DVD shortly, and Henry Bean's Noise, starring Tim Robbins and William Hurt will be out in late 2007. The Bell Shakespeare Company's Macbeth is currently touring Australia and Not Like Beckett opens in Lismore AU in July. For more info see Phillip's web site.

    Joel Forrester continues to play solo, duo and quartet gigs around New York, including Monday nights at Louis 649, Tuesday nights at the Brandy Library and Friday nights at Galangal (CT); see his web site for exact dates.

    Paul Shapiro's most recent release is "It's In The Twilight (Tzadik); he recently was featured in Lou Reed's performance of his "Berlin" album at St. Ann's Warehouse.

    Don Davis has a new recording self-titled "Davis & Deleault" with Don Davis on saxophone, Joe Deleault on piano, and guest artists Glen Velez on percussion & Eugene Friesen on Cello.

    Harry & Hazel Miller / Ogun Records:

    Louis Moholo-Moholo will be appearing at the Vision Festival in New York, June 24, with Dave Burrell, Kidd Jordan, and William Parker. Also in Baltimore with Marilyn Crispell June 30 and Philadelphia with either Marshall Allen or Dave Burrell, June 29. The trip also includes appearing at the festival in Montreal and in Toronto. Some news happening in your 'patch'! Ogun's next release OGCD021 Ovary Lodge will be released by the end of May. Featuring Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Frank Perry, and Harry Miller. Previously released on LP OG600 in 1977.

    The Ed Palermo Big Band:

    Summer shows:

    Friday June 8, 2007
    The Cutting Room
    19 West 24th Street ?between Broadway and 6th Avenue
    New York City
    7:30pm & 8:45pm - 2 shows

    Wednesday June 20, 2007
    Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
    7:30pm - 90 minute show
    Rodney Square 11th & Market Streets
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    Please Note: this is a free concert and open to the public: plenty of room for everyone.

    Friday June 29, 2007
    Syracuse Jazz Festival (free)
    7:45pm - 9pm
    Opening for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

    Sunday August 19, 2007
    Iridium, NYC
    2 shows at 8+10.

    Shawn Persinger (Boud Dean):

    Shawn Persinger is Prester John (of Boud Deun) is currently on a 4 month World Tour. Stops have been made in Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt and India. Still to come South East Asia and China.

    Picchio Dal Pozzo:

    Paolo Griguolo informs us that Picchio dal Pozzo is currently discussing reuniting to present their first live show in 26 years! We will keep you informed as we hear more news about this.

    Richard Pinhas:

    Updated tour dates:

    Richard Pinhas Trio: Richard Pinhas + Antoine Paganotti + Jerome Schmidt

    22 June: Cafe Metropol, Los Angeles
    923 East 3rd Street, Downtown Artist District, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    23 June: In-Store performance at Rhino Records, 2 PM
    235 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711

    24 June: Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica
    1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    27 June: G3 Lounge, San Francisco
    3910 Geary Boulevard (at 3rd), San Francisco, CA 94118

    29 June: 21 Grand, Oakland
    416 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

    1 July: Rotture, Portland
    315 SE 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214

    3 July: Sunset Tavern
    Seattle, 5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA

    5 July: Montreal Jazz Festival

    12 July: Velvet Lounge, Washington DC

    13 July: Baltimore (TBA)

    Time of Orchids:

    "Our new album, "Namesake Caution", is being mixed and will be released in the fall. We will be touring the US in the fall, hopefully with Cheer-Accident. We will also be touring Europe in late fall/early winter. We would appreciate any help with the booking of either of these."

    Thinking Plague:

    Coming from Mike Johnson: "I am about 75% done with composing music for a new TP album. I will not even hazard a guess as to when it may be ready for release. In any event, Stevan Tickmayer (Science Group) is still on board for keyboards and contribute and sonic creativity for the album. And we still expect Dave Kerman to be back on drums and percussion.

    Upsilon Acrux:

    "Upsilon Acrux is up and running again, we've made some changes and will now be a 5 piece. We're excited to have our album come out and plan on playing as many shows as possible. We have CD release shows set up in LA and SD and soon SF and hopefully the 7 major seas and the houseboats inhabiting them soon".

    Upcoming Gigs:

    June 15th
    The Smell (CD release party!)
    247 S. Main St., LA, CA 90012

    June 19th
    The Smell
    247 S. Main St., LA, CA 90012

    June 25th
    327 Glendale Blvd., LA, CA90027

    July 8th
    The Echo Part Time Punks CD release party
    1822 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90027

    July 12th
    The Smell
    247 S. Main St., LA, CA 90012

    July 13th
    San Diego (Ken theater)

    August 24, 25
    Fuck Yeah Fest (Echo Park)

    Paul Haines (Curlew/George Cartwright):

    Secret Carnival Workers is a meticulously compiled collection of Haines's poems, short fiction and music journalism from 1955 to 2002. Alternately humorous, sly, cryptic, outrageous and playful, and influenced by jazz, travel, Dada and the Surrealists, this is the first volume to bring together Haines's writing in all its complex and creative breadth. Culled from reams of writings only fully examined after his death, and compiled by Stuart Broomer, former editor of Coda Magazine, Secret Carnival Workers brings into full view the insightful voice of an admired artist. In Stores July 2007.

  • Related Links:
    Cuneiform Records


    MetalMind Records
    (Poland) / June 3, 2007

    Forthcoming releases (June/July):

  • Caamora (Poland/UK) - "Walk On Water" EP
  • Darzamat (Poland) - "Live Profanity" DVD
  • Onslaught - "Live Polish Assault-2007" DVD
  • Vital Remains - "Evil Death Live" DVD/DVD+CD
  • Blaze Bayley (UK) - "Alive In Poland" DVD/DVD+CD
  • Solitude Aeturnus (USA) - "Hour Of Despair" DVD/DVD+CD
  • Oddzial Zamkniety (Poland) - "Koncert w Stodole" DVD/DVD+CD
  • Perfect (Poland) - "Z Wtorku Na Srode" DVD/DVD+CD
  • Patrycia Markowska (Poland) - "Live" DVD/DVD+CD
  • John Porter - "Antologia - Why?" 12 CD Box
  • Irek Dudek (Poland) - "Zlota Plyta" CD
  • Exodus (Poland) - "Single Collection" CD
  • Laboratorium (Poland) - "The Blue Light Pilot"
  • Laboratorium (Poland) - "Anatomy Lesson" CD
  • Tadeusz Nalepa (Poland) - "To Moj Blues Vol.1" CD
  • Tadeusz Nalepa (Poland) - "Najstarszy Zawod Swiata" CD
  • Ryczard Skibinski (Poland) - "1951-1983" CD
  • Related Links:
    MetalMind Records


    Unicorn Records
    (Canada) / June 3, 2007

    New & forthcoming releases (June 2007):

  • Capharnaum - "Le Soleil Est Une Bombe Atomique"
  • Mystery (Canada) - "Beneath The Veil of Winter's Face"
  • Spaced Out (Canada) - "Live in France" (CD / DVD)
  • Hamadryad (Canada) - "Live in France"
  • Dimension X (USA) - "Implication of a Genetic Defense"
  • Junk Farm - "Ugly Little Thing"
  • Qwaarn - "Aberrations"
  • Related Links:
    Unicorn Records


    Musea Records
    (France) / June 3, 2007

    New releases:

  • Alain Blesing (France) - "Songs From the Beginning"
  • Edition Speciale (France) - "Horizon Digital"
  • Interpose (Japan) - "Different"
  • Outer Limits (Japan) - "Stromatolite"
  • Apocalypse (Brazil) - "Live In Rio"
  • Related Links:
    Musea Records


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