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Joyce, Director of Publicity & Promotion
Cuneiform Records


Dear Friends in Music;

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!!

Happy Presidential Inauguration Day!!

Happy 2013!!!

2013 is the year for us to celebrate social and artistic VISION, and their power to make our world a better place.

2013 is a significant year in the USA: the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (Aug. 28, 1963), a major landmark in the American Civil Rights movement and in the human rights movement worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of black Americans and white supporters travelled to Washington DC, where they assembled on the grassy, public grounds of our National Mall in a rally for justice and equal rights.   The Mall is our nation's most symbolically potent ground, flanked on one end by U.S. Capitol building, sited on a hill, and on the opposite end, mirrored in the Reflecting Pool, by the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument, spearing the sky behind it. Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights marchers filled every inch of those grounds, and, looking towards the Lincoln Memorial, remained spellbound as Martin Luther King Jr., standing on the Memorial's steps, gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, envisioning a world of social equality and racial harmony.  Standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, photographer Warren K. Leffler looked towards the Lincoln Memorial at the opposite end of the Mall, where King stood, and took what is probably the most iconic photograph of the March on Washington. That photograph, archived in the Library of Congress, is used by American jazz and creative music composer, improvisor, and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith as the album cover for Ten Freedom Summers, his landmark tribute to the American Civil Rights Movement, which Cuneiform released in 2012.

Today – Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 – on those same symbolically-potent Mall grounds, President Barack Obama – America's first black president – will stand on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to be sworn into office for his second term of office. Medgar Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-William, will give the invocation. 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr gave his visionary speech, President Obama will face towards the Lincoln Memorial – a view similar to that in Leffler's photograph – and address the crowds assembled to celebrate American democracy and his inauguration.

Progress -- whether in society, or in the arts – will only happen if we ignore the naysayers and remain true to the vision in our hearts, minds and soul. 

To celebrate 2013's very special Martin Luther King Day – and to celebrate social and artistic VISION – Cuneiform is giving away a free track from Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers; "Martin Luther King, Jr: Memphis, the Prophecy" [@SoundCloud] We invite you to also explore other Ten Freedom Summers tracks dedicated to Civil Rights figures, such as "Medgar Evers, A Love-Voice of a Thousand Years", available on iTunes and Amazon. Containing 4 CDs of music, Ten Freedom Summers celebrates America and the success of the Civil Rights movement. Wadada Leo Smith is one of the world's most visionary musicians, a key figure in international jazz and creative music, and Cuneiform has been honored to work with him on this musically, artistically, and historically monumental work.

Since Cuneiform Records first began in Washington DC/Silver Spring MD decades ago (2014 will be our 30th anniversary), we've been honored to work with numerous visionary artists from around the world. Together, we've worked to release great music that is truly vibrant, captivating and new, music that often defies traditional genre boundaries (whether jazz, rock, classical, folk, electronic or...) to result in completely original new forms. Our ever-growing catalogue now includes over 360 albums. In 2012 alone, Cuneiform released 16 recordings in a staggering span of genres by some of the most brilliant, visionary artists on the planet. What unites them all is a willingness to challenge existing structures and follow their artistic visions.  

The 21st Century has brought ever-wider recognition to the forward-looking music on Cuneiform. MANY of Cuneiform's releases have appeared in 2012's Best-of-Year lists/polls in magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide; a list of some of those Year End Lists is BELOW. Recognition has also come closer to home; when the Washington City Paper published a list of noteworthy DC independent record labels, they put Cuneiform on top. We thank all of you for voting for our wonderful artists in the 2012 polls and for your ongoing support.

We look forward to releasing more great music in 2013 and for many years to come. For information about Cuneiform's new Winter 2013 releases, please look here: "Cuneiform's Winter 2013 New Releases". Many of our artists are touring and performing live, world wide, in 2013; for a list of upcomingCuneiform Artist Concerts, please CLICK HERE

Sadly, in 2012, three of Cuneiform's artists died:  the saxophonists Andrew Carrico (Afuche); Lol Coxhill (Delivery; Lol Coxhill/Steve Miller); and John Tchicai (New York Art Quartet; Yo Miles!).  May they R.I.P., and may they live forever through music. We've included more detailed information about each of them in another section of this email; click here. We are grateful to have worked with them in the past, and honored to release their wonderful music. 

best regards,
The Cuneiform Records Publicity & Promotion Team (director, press & foreign radio) (North American & foreign radio)



Wadada Leo Smith
Ten Freedom Summers
Genre: Jazz / Classical / Creative Music
Format: 4-CD Box Set / DIGITAL
Release Date: May 22, 2012

"Ten Freedom Summers is one of my life's defining works." – Wadada Leo Smith

"Martin Luther King Jr." (mp3 - direct link)

"File this alongside iconic consciousness-raising jazz such as John Coltrane's Alabama and Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite. Another classic of the genre is born." –BBC

rating = 99% out of 100

"...Ten Freedom Summers is an encounter with music as much as it is a statement about, and analysis of, history. ...Ten Freedom Summers is his magnum opus; it belongs in jazz's canonical lexicon with Duke Ellington's Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite."
All Music Guide/Rovi


NPR Music's "50 Favorite Albums Of 2012"

PopMatters: "The 75 Best Albums of 2012"

TEXTURA.ORG [TOP 20 ALBUMS @ #1 Album of Year]

LAPRESS.CA/Alain Brunet

THE GUARDIAN/Beaumont-Thomas

Délire actuel/Monsieur Délire


OTRO JAZZ/Pedro Cesar Beas



DUSTED/Otis Hart

JAZZ JOURNAL [#3 Album of Year]

GAPPLEGATE MUSIC REVIEW/Grego Edwards [Record of the Year]

THE AWL/Seth Coulter Walls [@ #1]

DUSTED/Derek Taylor

ALL MUSIC GUIDE: "Favorite Jazz Albums of 2012"

ALL ABOUT JAZZ/John Sharpe [@ #1 Album of Year]

LUCID CULTURE/Alan Young [@ #1 Album of Year]

THE DENVER POST/ Bret Saunders [@ #1 Album of Year]

OPEN SKY JAZZ/Willard Jenkins & Suzan Jenkins



RHAPSODY JAZZ POLL[@ #3 Album of Year]



DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY/Bruce Gallanter "Top 50 Instrumental CD Releases of 2012"

JAZZ TIMES/ Larry Appelbaum, Brent Burton, Andrew Gilbert, Lyn Horton[@#1], Aidan Levy, Giovanni Russonello[@#2], George Varga, Michael J. West, Joe Woodard[@#1]


Janel & Anthony
Where Is Home

Genre: Post-Jazz / Experimental Rock / Ambient / Electronic / 21st C. Global
Format: CD / LP / DIGITAL
Release Date: May 22, 2012

"Big Sur" (mp3 - direct link)




Genre: Jazz / Pop / Rock
Format: CD / DIGITAL
Release Date: May 8, 2012

"Call Me" (mp3 - direct link)




Living By Lanterns
New Myth/Old Science

Genre: Jazz / Avant-Jazz
Format: CD / LP / DIGITAL
Release Date: October 2, 2012

"Forget B"
(mp3 - direct link)



Jason Robinson
Tiresian Symmetry

Genre: Jazz / Avant-Jazz
Format: CD / DIGITAL
Release Date: September 25, 2012

"Elbow Grease"
(mp3- direct link)


on YouTube


Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores - Sister Death
Genre: Rock / Avant-Rock / Visionary Americana / Art Rock
Format: CD / DIGITAL, Release Date: September 25, 2012

PROMOTIONAL TRACK: "Unawake" (mp3 - direct link)

NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY/Alan Young: "The 50 Best Albums of 2012"

RADIO POPOLARE/Alessandro Achilli: "i dischi migliori del 2012"


Ahleuchatistas - Heads Full of Poison
Genre: Rock / Avant-Garde / Global-Inspired Art Rock
Format: CD / 2xLP (Harvest Records) / DIGITAL
Release Date: September 25, 2012

PROMOTIONAL TRACK: "lighted stairs" (mp3 - direct link)
WATCH: "lighted stairs" MUSIC VIDEO @ NPR

SHUFFLE MAGAZINE: "The Carolinas’ Top 25 Albums of 2012"


Ergo - If Not Inertia
Genre: Jazz / Electronic / Experimental
Format: CD / DIGITAL, Release Date: February 14, 2012

PROMOTIONAL TRACK: "Sorrows of the Moon"
[feat. Mary Halvorson] (mp3 - direct link)


Joel Harrison, Lorenzo Feliciati, Cuong Vu, Roy Powell, Dan Weiss Holy Abyss
Genre: Jazz, Format: CD / DIGITAL
Release Date: January 31, 2012

"Requiem For an Unknown Soldier" (mp3 - direct link)


Hank Shteamer: "Best of 2012: Jazz, part II"

2013 Cuneiform Artist Tour Dates

[Jan. 30 - Feb. 20 Opening for Buke and Gase]
Jan 30 - New York, NY, USA
      Bowery Ballroom - 6 Delancey Street - New York, NY 10002 - (212) 533-2111 -

Jan 31 - Allston, MA, USA
Brighton Music Hall - 158 Brighton Avenue - Allston, MA 02134 - (617) 779-0140 -

Feb 1 - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Johnny Brenda's - 1201 Frankford Avenue - Philadelphia, PA 19125- (215) 739-9684 -

Feb 2 - Washington, DC, USA
DC9 -1940 9th Street Northwest - Washington, DC 20001 - (202) 483-5000 -

Feb 4 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Il Motore - 179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest - Montreal, QC H2S 3J6, Canada - (514) 284-0122 -

Feb 5 - Toronto, ON, Canada
The Drake -1150 Queen Street West - Toronto, ON M6J 1J3, Canada - (416) 531-5042 -

Feb 6  - Pontiac, MI, USA
Pike Room - 1 S. Saginaw - Pontiac, MI 48342 - 248-858-9333 -

Feb 7 - Cleveland, OH, USA
Beachland Tavern - 15711 Waterloo Road - Cleveland, OH 44110 - (216) 383-1124 -

Feb 8 - Chicago, IL, USA
Lincoln Hall - 2424 North Lincoln Avenue - Chicago, IL 60614 - (773) 525-2501 -

Feb 9 - Minneapolis, MN, USA
7th Street Entry -  Minneapolis, MN -

Feb 11 - Denver, CO, USA
Walnut Room - 3131 Walnut Street - Denver, CO - (303) 292-0529

Feb 12 - Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Kilby Court - 750 Kilby Court  Salt Lake City, UT 84101 - (801) 364-3538 -

Feb 14 - Vancouver, Canada
Media Club - 695 Cambie Street - Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada - (604) 608-2871 -

Feb 15 - Seattle, WA, USA
Barboza - 925 E. Pike St. - Seattle, WA 98122 -

Feb 16 - Portland, OR, USA
Doug Fir Lounge - 830 East Burnside Street - Portland, OR 97214 - (503) 231-9663 -

Feb 18 - San Francisco, CA, USA
Café Du Nord - 2170 Market Street - San Francisco, CA 94114 - (415) 861-5016 -

Feb 19 - Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Echo - 1822 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 - (213) 413-8200 -

Feb 20 - San Diego, CA, USA
The Casbah - 2501 Kettner Boulevard  - San Diego, CA 92101 - (619) 232-4355 -


(our latest signing; out in May! -
Feb 16 - Portland, OR, USA
Portland Jazz Festival @ Mission Theater - 1624 Northwest Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97209 - (503) 228-5299
(with special guest Wayne Horvitz on piano) -

Apr 3 - Portland, OR, USA
Mississippi Studios - 3939 North Mississippi Avenue - Portland, OR 97227 (503) 288-3895 with Joel Harrison's Spirit House


Sep 20-22 - Carmaux, France
Rock In Opposition 2013 - Carmaux, France -


May 22-May 31 - Europe

Doctor Nerve will be touring Europe from . Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details!


April 28 - Soignies, Belgium

            Prog Resiste Festival - Soignies, Belgium -


Sep 20-22 - Carmaux, France
Rock In Opposition 2013 - Carmaux, France -


Gutbucket will be on tour in Europe in late April and early May 2013. Approx dates are April 26 - May 11. Exact details are pending, but the band plans to be in Germany for sure (including a 5 day residency/workshop at the Franconian International School in Erlangen, Germany), plus Hungary, Slovenia, and other stops.


Feb 10 - Brooklyn, NY, USA
ShapeShifter Lab - 18 Whitwell Place - Brooklyn, NY 11215 -


Jan 18, 7:30 p - Northampton, MA, USA
Unitarian Meetinghouse - 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA - $15.00 -
(as part of the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares program)

Jan 19, 8p, Portland, ME, USA
Woodfords Congregational Church as part of the Dimensions in Jazz series - 202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME - $5 stu, $10 adv. $15 door

Jan 27, 8p, Providence, RI, USA
The Spot - 101 Richmond St., Providence, RI - $5


Jan 31 - Baltimore, MD, USA
The Windup Space - 12 West North Avenue  Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 244-8855 -


( -
Feb 21 - London
, UK
The Vortex - London, UK

Feb 27 - Zurich, Switzerland
Moods Jazz Club - Zurich, Switzerland

Feb 28 - Toulouse, France
Le Mandala - Toulouse, France

Mar 1 - Lyon, France
Periscope - Lyon, France

Mar 2 - Paris, France
Sunset Jazz Club - Paris, France

Mar 8 - Dresden, Germany
Tonne Jazz Club - Dresden, Germany


Feb 15 - London, UK
Vortex Jazz Club - 11 Gillett Square - London, UK

Feb 16 - London, UK
Vortex Jazz Club - 11 Gillett Square - London, UK

Mar 1 - London, UK
Capstone Theatre - London, UK -

Mar 22 - Cardiff, Wales, UK
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Cardiff, Wales, UK -


( -
Feb 16 - Paris, France
Sons d’hiver Festival - Paris, France

Feb 20 - Brest, France
Cabaret Vauban - Brest, France -

Feb 22 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bimhuis - Amsterdam, The Netherlands -

Feb 23 - Zurich, Switzerland
Rote Fabrik - Zurich, Switzerland -


Feb 2, 7:30p - Marlboro, NY, USA
The Falcon - 1348 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY - 845-236-7970 - - with special guest Napoleon Murphy Brock!

Apr 11 - New York, NY, USA
Iridium -1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10020 - (212) 582-2121 - - featuring RAY WHITE (ex-Zappa singer)

Apr 12 - New York, NY, USA
Iridium -1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10020 - (212) 582-2121 - - featuring RAY WHITE (ex-Zappa singer)


Sep 20-22 - Carmaux, France

Rock In Opposition 2013 - Carmaux, France -


Spring 2013 - European tour - more details as we have them


Apr 20 - Manchester, UK

St Clement's Church, Chorlton, Manchester, UK


Feb 9, 9-10p - Brooklyn, NY, USA
BAMcafé, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 - 718-623-7811- 

Feb 12, 7:30p - Cambridge, MA, USA
Regattabar, in the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA  02138 - 617.661.5000 - -


Feb 4, 7:30p & 9:30p - New York, NY, USA
Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, New York, NY - - Cover: $25 / $10 Students with valid ID
Featuring: Roswell Rudd, trombone / Ken Filiano, bass / Lafayette Harris, piano / SUNNY KIM, vocalist


Feb 5 - Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Blue Whale - 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street - Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 620-0908 -

Feb 11 - Sacramento, CA, USA
Luna's Cafe - 1414 16th St - Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 441-3931 -

Feb 12 - Oakland, CA, USA
tba - Oakland, CA

Feb 13 - San Francisco, CA, USA
Hemlock Tavern - 1131 Polk Street   - San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 923-0923 -


Mar 1, 8p - San Diego, CA, USA
Dizzy's, 4275 Mission Bay Drive, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA - - $15/$10 students, all ages
Jason Robinson's Janus Ensemble (west coast trio) w/ Rob Thorsen (bass), Duncan Moore (drums) 

Mar 13, 8p - Brooklyn, NY, USA
Barbes, 376 9th Street (at 6th Ave), Brooklyn (Park Slope), NY - -  $10
Appearing on the Palimpsestic Series, curated by Oscar Noriega
Jason Robinson's Janus Quartet w/ Liberty Ellman (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), Ches Smith (drums


May 1-3 - Brooklyn, NY, USA
Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers New York Premiere
The illustrious trumpeter WADADA LEO SMITH will present the New York premiere of a complete version of the 5-hour work that stunned the jazz world last fall: "Ten Freedom Summers", a cycle of compositions about the American civil rights movement.
Roulette - Brooklyn, New York -


Sep 20-22 - Carmaux, France
Rock In Opposition 2013 - Carmaux, France -

For more info on these artists, please visit the artists’ websites, or email:

Lol Coxhill, Andrew Carrico, John Tchicai
d. 2012

Lol Coxhill (George W. Lowen Coxhill) September 19, 1932 – July 10,  2012   

The British soprano saxophonist and improvisor Lol Coxhill died on July 10, at age 79, after a lengthy illness.  He was a brilliant musician – the All Music Guide called him "probably Steve Lacy's prime rival in getting odd sounds out of the soprano with his wrenching, twisting, quirky solos."  Lol was also a kind man and a wonderfully funny, world-class wit. He was on Fools Meeting, an 1970 album by the British rock group Delivery album that Cuneiform reissued in 1999 .  And nearly a decade later, in 2007, we worked with Lol again 

to reissue two of his collaborative albums with British pianist Steve Miller from the early '70s--  Coxhill/Miller Miller/Coxhill and  "The Story So Far..." "Oh Really?" -- onto a single CD.  WTF with that/those title(s)!?! How on earth do i put them on press releases or the on-line databases? !!  It was wonderfully weird, wild, and fun, immensely entertaining and informative on multiple levels, both musical and cerebral... 

Lol was a genius whose work was rabidly admired by those in the know, particularly in the UK.  His death was greeted by dozens of tributes in the music press - see below for just a few; ,more are certain to come, as his role in avant garde music is reassessed.

Jazzwise -
The Wire -
The Guardian -

For press releases & quotes assembled for Lol's duo album with Steve Miller on Cuneiform:


reviews: and

Delivery album:


Andrew Carrico (Andrew Michael Dicharry Carrico)    April 4, 1986 - September 11, 2012

Andrew Carrico's death at age 26 left all at Cuneiform,  and his many friends and family, saddened and stunned.  A talented baritone saxophonist and composer, Andrew played in the Brooklyn-based avant rock group Afuche, whose album Highly Publicized Digital Boxing Match came out on Cuneiform in Spring 2011.  On Nov. 19, 2011, he and his Afuche bandmates played at Cuneifest, the festival we'd organized in Baltimore. They were amazing to see live, just awesome energy – Andrew was a powerhouse on stage. It was a great pleasure to meet Andrew and the band in person for the first time – and an honor to have them play at our festival.  We chose their music as the opening track for our festival sampler:

Afuche info is on our website: , a press release for their album is here:

In addition to Afuche, Andrew worked with Crown, MK Groove Orchestra and other groupings, in addition to doing solo work; videos of his various performances are on YouTube.

Memorial concerts featuring dozens of Andrew's musician friends have been held in his memory in Brooklyn, NY (10/22/2012 at Glasslands Gallery) and  Seattle, WA (12/23/2012 at New Orleans Creole Restaurant). 

Obits appeared in:
The Seattle Times on September 30, 2012 - 
JazzBariSax - 
Howden-Kennedy Funeral Home -


John Tchicai   (John Martin Tchicai)     April 28, 1936 – October 8, 2012

Danish saxophonist (tenor and alto, and bass clarinet), free jazz improvisor and composer John Tchicai died on October 8th, while hospitalized from a brain hemmorhage that struck suddenly in an airport in Barcelona. It was somehow fitting that his cause of death struck while in travel; John was a key figure in the international jazz avant garde, and had played with some of the best musicians on the globe... Based in Copenhagen for most of his life, he began playing jazz saxophone as a teenager, and studied alto sax at the Royal Danish Music Conservancy. A world-class musician, he would perform and/or record with everyone from Albert Ayler to Wadada Leo Smith(Yo Miles!); John Coltrane to John Lennon; Cecil Taylor to Roswell Rudd (New York Art Quartet, while briefly living in NYC).  In the 1990s, John taught at the Univ. of California at Davis; in recent years, he's lived in southern France.

John's first appearance on Cuneiform was as a member of Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith's group, Yo Miles!.  He is on the two double-disc, SACD, Yo Miles!  recordings that Cuneiform released in 2004: Sky Garden and Upriver

In 2010, Cuneiform had the honor of releasing a very, very special New York Art Quartet recording, called Old Stuff  – which was a previously unreleased recording of a 1965 concert in Copenhagen. John Tchicai had been instrumental in making that 1965 New York Art Quartet concert happen; he had traveled from NYC to Denmark to look for work for the Quartet and set up the gig. The group's lineup for that night was John; Roswell Rudd;  Copenhagen bassist Finn von Eyben; and Louis Moholo-Moholo - who was briefly staying in Copenhagen after just moving from apartheid South Africa (Moholo would later settle in London).  When I wrote to Louis, to send condolences for John's death, he sent me this heartfelt memorium:

"Well" we are extremely crushed by the sudden death of our

dear brother John, who stood up to legalise the music that we

 love so much, may he Rest In Peace and pave the way for us

 all to continue his beautiful work. God Bless.


                       Moholo - Moholo,


For photos etc of the 1965 New York Art Quartet gig in Copenhagen:

There are numerous obits for John Tchicai in the international press;  links to a few are here:

NY Times:
The Guardian:
Jazz Times:


Cuneiform Records Publicity & Promotion Team (director, press & foreign radio) (North American & foreign radio)

tel. 301-589-8894 
P.O. Box 8427
Silver Spring, MD 20907-842
[Washington, D.C.]

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