Cuneiform Artist News: Part I

Our friends at Cuneiform has sent us a long list of happenings with artists on their label. This is the first part.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic:
Notes from the Mesozoic (May 2007)

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.

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.

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.

David Borden/Mother Mallard:

David continues as a beta tester for SAMPLIT, 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 Collier April 2007:
All about Collier on All About Jazz
From April 23rd 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.
BOOKING US FALL TOUR: 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.
BOOKING EUROPEAN SPRING 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. Keep your eyes peeled!

KMFDM: Superstar
My friends in KMFDM asked me to play alto saxophone for a song entitled ´Superstar´, on their forthcoming CD.

For more info see &

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.

More info about Ice Cream Time at

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. For more info, visit the MARS MySpace site:

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. Visit

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 Treizième 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 Sébastien 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 Muséa; 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.

More info on

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. For full program see