Fall 2012



Ahleuchatistas is releasing their 8th album, "Heads Full of Poison" on Sept 25 on Cuneiform Records.  The double vinyl version will appear on Harvest Recordings. 

Ahleuchatistas will play MoogFest in Asheville, North Carolina on October 26 alongside such acts as Primus, Squarepusher, Nas, and Explosions in the Sky. 

Ahleuchatistas will tour Europe for over a month, November 30 - January 3, this winter.


Notes from the Mesozoic: September 2012

Birdsongs at ProgDay 

After a performance hiatus, Birdsongs was honored to headline the opening  day of the 18th edition of ProgDay, the world's longest running progressive music festival.  For this performance, over Labor Day weekend 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC, Birdsongs played for almost 2 hours, and featured a broad range of selections drawn from the entire 32 year history of the group.  The set also included brand new unrecorded material.

A special highlight of the afternoon occurred when Birdsongs saxophonist Ken Field sat in with the incredible Italian prog group  Accordo dei Contrari on an improvised solo at the end of their set.

Individual News

 Birdsongs pianist Erik Lindgren recently completed the orchestration for his extended work "Extreme Spirituals." This 25-minute suite includes orchestral treatments of four spirituals that were originally arranged for Birdsongs' unique and critically-acclaimed collaboration with African-American vocalist Oral Moses, which culminated in the 2006 Cuneiform release of the same name. The extended work will premiere on October 13 with a performance in Atlanta by Mr. Moses fronting the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.  Birdsongs saxophonist Ken Field will make a guest appearance. Additional information can be found at

Berklee College of Music in Boston has named electronic musician, composer, sound designer, and Birdsongs guitarist Michael Bierylo as chair of the college's Electronic Production and Design (EPD) Department.  According to Berklee, Bierylo intends in his new role to "embrace advances in video game design, software development, and all aspects of computer music and video performance."  The EPD Department (formerly Music Synthesis) focuses on the musical and creative use of electronic production and sound  design tools and technologies.

The DeTao Masters Academy, based in Beijing and Shanghai, China, has enlisted Birdsongs saxophonist Ken Field as a DeTao Master in the areas of Music Performance and Soundtrack Design.  Field traveled to China in August for initial meetings with DeTao staff.  He will continue to be based in Boston, but will travel to China periodically to organize and direct his DeTao teaching studio there.  •


FUGUE RADIO: all fugues all the time
Fugue Radio is a festival devoted to fugues old and new, their perception, composition, analysis, and performance. Guest composers and performers Don Freund, Neely Bruce, David Borden, John Kamitsuka, and William Fried will join Brown faculty and students in lectures, classes, rehearsals, a colloquium, and a final gala performance throughout the week of the festival. Students will work on fugues one-on-one with the guest composer/performers, then perform them in a final concert together with the student chamber ensemble, Fermata, and the guest professionals. Audience and performers alike will end the concert, and festival, singing Sacred Harp Fugueing Tunes. All events will take place in Grant Recital Hall from Tuesday, 11/13 to Saturday 11/17 and are free and open to the public.

Tuesday     1:00 -  2:30    Lecture/recital: Listening to Fugues – Shapiro, Kamitsuka
Thursday   1:00 – 2:30     Lecture: Writing Fugues  - Borden, Bruce

                  5:00 – 6:30       Colloquium: Analyzing Fugues – Borden, Bruce, Freund, Baker
Friday        5:00 – 6:30      Lecture/recital: Playing Fugues ­– Freund
                  (7:00 -  9:30      Dinner at the Faculty Club – Jim and Nancy Baker, Bob and Nancy Reichley, Shep Shapiro, Sumati Eberstadt, Don Freund, Neely Bruce, David Borden, John Kamitsuka, Arlene and Brian Cole)
Saturday   8:00 – 10:00    Concert, FUGUE RADIO: all fugues all the time
Program - not in order
Sidhi Gosain:           Bach - Prelude and Fugue No. 21 in B flat Major
Ben Kwak:                Bach - Fugue from E minor Toccata
Rudy Chen:             Borden - Aolian fugue
Akshaya:                  Solo Cello fugue
Arlene Cole:            Rodion Shchedrin Prelude and Fugue III
Mozart – fugue for piano/four hands
Neely Bruce:            Shapiro – fugue in F#

                                       Bruce – fugue

                                       Chopin – fugue

                                       Reicha - fugue
John Kamitsuka:      Bach - fugue

                                        Shapiro – fugue in G minor

                                       Barber – fugue from Sonata
William Fried:          Ravel – fugue from Tombeau

                                       Maletz - fugue   
Fermata:                  Freund - three violin duets 

                                     Freund –  Pachelfreund Canon

                                     Borden – two fugues for string quartet

                                     Shapiro – Whole tone fugue (wind quintet?)

                                     Student Fugue
Kiri Miller et. Al.      Shape-note Fugueing Tunes


Doctor Nerve performed at ProgDay on Sept 2, 2012. We turned in a 90 minute set covering a huge range of music from our 30 year legacy.

There was a great vibe at ProgDay;  made a lot of new friends, and met some old ones, too.  And we even scrambled together a new EP for ProgDay sales, containing four unreleased studio recordings, which along with our magnificent t-shirts, sold briskly.

Some videos are showing up, which you can see at

Nick's son Leo's band Diabolicus recently performed on Jesse Krakow's (Doctor Nerve, Haessliche Luftmasken, Fast 'n' Bulbous) "Minor Music" show on WFMU.
Featuring music performed by people under 18 years of age, Minor Music is a steller showcase of young talent.
Check out the Diabolicus broadcast at

Coming up:
AURAL DYSTOPIA: new hardcore improv @ JACK
Friday September 14, 2012
Nick Didkovsky/Dan Romans/Tomas Ulrich 8PM
Ron Anderson/Justin Veloso 9PM
Weasel Walter/Matt Nelson/Tom Blancarte 10PM
Stuart Popejoy/Kevin Shea 11PM

JACK is at 505+1/2 Waverly Ave bt Fulton and Atlantic, Clinton Hill Brooklyn 

Häßliche Luftmasken at Experi-MENTAL Festival Sat Oct 6!
That's Nick's metal band with the uncanny Josh Lopes (gtr), the incisive Jesse Krakow (bass), and the fearless Jon Lango (drums). We are beyond psyched to welcome Jon Lango onto the drum throne, as he is a brutal and vicious human being with great skill, determination, and yes, ultimate strength.
The 4th edition of the Experi-MENTAL Festival will be held on October 5, 6 and 7, 2012. The Experi-MENTAL Festival 4 will be a three-day music festival concentrating on creative and experimental music performance of all genres and artistic disciplines. The festival is run by the Brooklyn based experimental audio/video project PAS and Alrealon Musique.
As always, you can see Häßliche Luftmasken vids at
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway, Brooklyn

Avant! Guitar! Night! at Spectrum
Saturday Oct 13, at 9pm
Curated by the unstoppable Lucio Menegon, Avant! Guitar! Night! will feature three guitarists
Philipp Zuercher (Switzerland)
Ross Hammond & Vinny Golia (CA)
Nick Didkovsky (NYC)
Nick will play unreasonably loud and really enjoy it. When else does he get to plug his Hiwatt into four Kolbe speaker cabs and not worry about anyone else in the band?
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, Second Floor, Manhattan

Doctor Nerve home:


Ergo's 2012 Cuneiform release "If Not Inertia", with guest guitarists Mary Halvorson, Sebastian Krueger (of the indie band Inlets), has been receiving positive reviews from Jazz Times, Time Out, NY and WYNC's New Sounds, among others.  The band will perform at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on September 27, and at the Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington D.C. on September 29th, opening for Otomo Yoshihide.  A short film about the making of the record can be seen here- and a free track featuring Mary Halvorson can be downloaded here- 

Ergo pianist/keyboardist Sam Harris has also been touring extensively with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire in 2012.  Ergo drummer Shawn Baltazor has also been working with Darcy James Argue's big band and has recently embarked on a new collaboration with Kermit Driscoll called Green Screen. Ergo's leader, trombonist/laptopist Brett Sroka just returned from his second fellowship at the I-Park Foundation in Connecticut and this spring will be a resident at the Nida Arts Colony in Lithuania.  In October he will score Sohrab Pirayesh's documentary "The Jerusalem Problem", and will also release the debut record of Cherubim, a new drone/noise duo with guitarist Yuko Pepe.   Sroka is also developing a Max/MSP performance/generative sound installation with with pianist Carl Maguire, flutist Kaoru Watanabe, entitled "Sine Qua Non". Experiments and updates of all these projects can be found on his blog-


the biggest news for me and for Nick Didkovsky of Doctor Nerve is the $100 Guitar Project.

this involves 66 guitarists all playing an original composition on a $100 guitar and includes tracks by fred frith, henry kaiser, mark hitt, elliott sharpe, david starobin, mike keneally, Nick Didkovsky, myself, Shawn Persinger, Alex Skolnick and many others.

This will be released in the next 6 mos. on bridge records as a double CD

1. In the end of September we will be releasing our second album, the critically acclaimed and P3 Guld nominated (P3 Guld being the Swedish national radio's premier music prize) 'Detta Har Hänt' (2009) on vinyl for the first time. The 180g vinyl album will have updated artwork, retrospective liner notes by Mattias Olsson of Änglagård and a limited number of copies will be hand numbered and on white vinyl.

2. We have started working on our 4th full length album and will start recording this fall. A release date has not been set yet but we're aiming for a release sometime during spring 2013. The demo recordings have been described as 'enchanting, glorious and utterly disturbing at the same time'.

3. We will make a reprint of the custom t-shirt design that we made for nearfest. The colors on the t-shirt(s) was chosen by our fans in a poll/competition this week. The t-shirts will be available in late September.


Joel Harrison String Choir: Music of Paul Motian
Featuring violinist Darol Anger
On tour- Nov. 28-Dec. 1
Wash. D.C. (Atlas Center, Nov. 28); Charlottesville, VA; Staunton, VA, Newark, Ohio

Other news- Joel is recording his 19 piece Large Ensemble in September, with help from the American Music Center's New Music USA Recording Fund.

Janel and Anthony are very excited about this years upcoming Sonic Circuits Festival for experimental music in Washington DC.  We will be performing on the opening night of September 28th at The Atlas Theater - also performing will be Glenn Branca and Lydia Lunch.  You can see the full list of performers for this years festival here (  We will also be performing with the turntable ensemble Stylus on September 30th.

Other recent/upcoming:
September 7 -  Contemporary Wing - 1412 14th St. NW - Washington, DC Janel and Anthony join Nathan Lincoln - De Cusatis for a presentation of his works for an opening of recent MICA graduates art works honoring modern contemporary artist Lucio Fontana.

September 7 - Gallery 788 - 218 West Saratoga -  Baltimore, MD 21218

September 8 -  Contemporary Wing - 1412 14th St. NW - Washington, DC Janel and Anthony join Nathan Lincoln - De Cusatis for a presentation of his works for an opening of recent MICA graduates art works honoring modern contemporary artist Lucio Fontana.

September 9 - The Huffington Post presents DC's Top Five at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - 2700 F St. NW - Washington DC, 6:00 pm, free!  The Huffington Post presents Janel and Anthony; New York Times Best selling author Jodi Lynn Anderson; storyteller SM Shrake; comic Jenn Tisdale; and performance artist Mab Just Mab will be perform on the Millenium Stage.  The show will be broadcast live on the Kennedy Centers site.

September 15 - Studio 1469 - 1469 Harvard St NW - Washington DC

September 20 - An Die Musik - 409 North Charles St - Baltimore, MD (wth Jean Cook and David Brown

September 23 - WPFW G Strings with Tom Cole Janel and Anthony Live - 89.3 FM Radio

September 28 - 12th annual Sonic Circuits Festival - Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002

September 30 - 12th annual Sonic Circuits Festival (as a part of Stylus)- Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002

October 6 - Velvet Lounge -  915 U Street NW - Washington DC 20020
Janel and Anthony join in an ensemble playing Satie's Furniture Music

We were very excited to have had the opportunity to do an east coast tour this past June to support our new Cuneiform release Where Is Home.  That tour was kicked off with a show at NYC's Issue Project Room which featured the music of pedal steelist, Susan Alcorn.  Janel arranged seven of Susan's original compositions and curated the ensemble which included Eyvind Kang (viola), Skuli Sverrison (bass, electronics), Jessika Kenny (vocals), Doug Wesselman (clarinet), Anthony Pirog (guitar) and Janel Leppin (cello, cello sympathetique).  The night was incredible begun with a solo set by the legendary Susan Alcorn and finished with the ensemble.

We just finished touring in the Seattle/Olympia area a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to do an hour long live set for KEXP's show Sonarchy.  That will air on Sonarchy's webcast this November.

Janel has been working on a solo record at The Brink analog studio in Centreville, VA that she plans on putting finishing touches on in November with engineer Randall Dunn in Seattle, WA.  Anthony has plans to record a trio record at The Brink around the new year.

October 11 - An Die Musik - 409 North Charles Street - Baltimore, MD 21201 This will be Janel's first presentation of her recently recorded solo work opening for Liz Meredith's cd release party.  Liz Meredith (viola, electronics); Janel Leppin (cello, electronics)

October 28 - Spacebar - 709 W Broad St - Falls Church, VA 22046  Anthony Pirog (guitar), LTW, Sterling Sisters.  Anthony performs solo works for guitar and electronics.

Tzadik is releasing Eyvind Kang's solo record, Grass which Janel is on this November.

Cricket Cemetery Records has released a remixed and remastered version of Janel and Anthony's first self titled album as a Fifth Anniversary Edition on vinyl this September.

We are in the process of writing new material for our next record and plan to start recording pieces in October with Mike Reina at The Brink in Centreville, VA.

Janel and Anthony perform Broome's Orchard Live at the Black Cat in Washington, DC

Janel and Anthony perform Auburn Road and Mustang Song Live at The Bridge in Charlottesville, VA

Steve Feigenbaum introduces Janel and Anthony at Capitol Audio Fest 2012


Hello Friends,
I will be playing drums & percussion on the upcoming PROJECT/OBJECT tour of the NorthEast in September. This excellent Frank Zappa repertory ensemble features FZ alumni Ike Willis & Ray White performing music ranging from the entire Zappa discography. Hope to see you out there... 


PROJECT/OBJECT (The music of Frank Zappa) ON TOUR
feat. Ike Willis, Ray White, Andre Cholmondeley, Kendall Scott and Gregg Bendian 

Wed Sept 19 (8pm)
Plains PA

Thu Sept 20 (8pm)
Teaneck NJ

Fri Sept 21 (8 & 10pm)
New York NY

Sat Sept 22 (8 & 10pm)
New York NY

Sun Sept 23 (7:30pm)
Fairfield CT

Tue Sept 25 (7pm)
Northampton MA

Wed Sept 26 (7:30pm)
Philadelphia PA

Thu Sept 27 (7:30pm)
Albany NY

Fri Sept 28 (9pm)
Burlington VT

Sat Sept 29 (9pm)
Hartford CT      

Miriodor is scheduled for a new release in September 2013, one year from now, On Cuneiform Records. We're about halfway thru our compositional and recording process. No title yet. There will surely be a few guests on this next album.

We are continuing our adventure as a trio (again), Rémi Leclerc, Bernard Falaise and Pascal Globensky. It has not been an easy decision to go without Nicolas Masino, our bassman and keyboard player for the last 15 years. But we have to keep going. 

The artwork for the next album (which may be multi-formats) will be done by Marc Tessier, our long-time friend and photographer. He's the one who did the cover for our Live 89. 

That's it for now. More in the next newsletter.

- Upcoming tour dates
OCT. 28 2012
clinic w Mats/Morgan, Charleville, France 

OCT. 27 2012
w. Mats/Morgan, Charleville Action Jazz, Mézières, France

OCT. 19 2012
w. Tina Ahlin, GoKväll/SVT

OCT. 9 2012
w. Gustaf Hielm, (x Meshuggah) Västerås (more info soon)

SEPT. 29 2012
w. Felix Back, Musikcafé After Eight
Storgatan, Jakobstad (Finland)

SEPT. 28 2012
drumclinic Jakobstadsnejdens Musikinstitut
Köpmansgatan 10, Jakobstad (Finland) 

SEPT. 10 - 16 2012
w. Carl King, drum movie/documentary, Los Angeles, USA
(w. Tosin Abasi, Daedelus, Janek Gwizdala)

- Past big shows/festivals played somewhat recently
Concerts with, WAYNE KRANTZ, BILL LASWELL and Mats/Morgan Band

- Upcoming projects/recordings
CD recording with DEVIN TOWNSEND, and Jörgen Munkeby (from SHINIG)

Upcoming Performance:
IRIDIUM in NYC, October 12+13 (Fri+Sat) with NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK

Pixel are making their first music video for the tune "Call Me". The video will be released during Fall 2012.

In June Pixel played at the "Match & Fuse" festival in London. Downbeat magazine describes Pixel
"Another bassist who excelled at the fest was Ellen Andrea Wang, who fronted the promising Norwegian band Pixel on the outdoor Gillett Square stage. The group’s chromatic runs on the snarling tune “Call Me” gave Wang an opportunity to pull off one of the most memorable moments of the weekend."

Pixel also played at Oslo Jazzfestival in august were Ellen Andrea Wang got the prestigious award Statkraft Young Star. 

The band has got a lot of international reviews:
The jazzbreakfest:
Somethingelse reviews: "One track mind" "Call Me"
Sea of Tranquility:
They're at the honorable mention list; as one of the best record releases so far of 2012 in Awant Music News.

Upcoming concerts:
15.09.2012: Pixel @ Sandefjord Jazzklubb

21.10.2012: Pixel @ Bølgen Kulturhus, Larvik

05:11.2012: Pixel with World Service Project (UK) @ Trondheim, Familien 

06:11.2012: Pixel with World Service Project (UK) @ Norway

07:11.2012:Pixel with World Service Project (UK) @ Oslo, Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria 

08:11.2012: Pixel w/ World Service Project (UK) @ Bergen, Norway

14:11.2012: Pixel with World Service Project (UK) @ England

15:11.2012: Pixel with World Service Project (UK) @ England

16:11.2012: Pixel w/ World Service Project (UK) @ London Jazzfestival 

17.11.2012: Pixel with World Service Project (UK) @ England

18.11.2012: Pixel @ England

04:12.2012: Pixel @ Playdate, Bergen

09.12.2012: Pixel w/ other artists @ Kampen Jazz



"Sister Death" out on September 25th.

Tour Dates:
Thursday, September 27th – NYC- Spectrum opening acts TBD

Friday September 28th – TBA. We would love to play in Baltimore. (Please contact us at if you can help.)

Saturday September 29th – Philly – Secret House Show.
E-mail for info.

Sunday, September 30th- DC- Sonic Circuits Festival

Thursday, October 4th – Providence – AS220′s Empire Black Box Theater
Record Release Party
w/Ric Royer. We’ll also be showing some films by Alec K. Redfearn, Orion Rigel Dommisse, and more.
95 Empire St, Providence RI 02906

Saturday October 6th- Peacedale, RI
Lily Pads with Cuddle Magic

Friday, October 19th – Cambridge, MA
Lizard Lounge with Brian Carpenter and the Confessions

Looking for shows and festivals for a Spring 2013 European tour.

New video for "In the Morning" by Orion Rigel Dommisse:

Website: (website overhaul happening very soon)
for related projects:


Revolutionary News  -  September 2012
With a slew of slamming spring and summer performances, including for the City of Cambridge, Harvard University, Rosie's Place women's shelter, Chianti Jazz Club, the Boston Public Library, and others, the Ensemble looks forward to a busy fall.

Upcoming RSE performances include:

·      Saturday Sep 8th, King Creole Festival, Pawtucket, RI

·      Sunday Sep 9th, Zeitgeist Gallery, Lowell, MA

·      Sunday Sep 9th, Chianti Jazz Club 20th Anniversary Party

·      Monday Sep 10th, private event, Boston Mayor Menino & MA Governor Deval Patrick

·      Saturday Sep 15, private event, Cape Cod

·      Sunday Sep 16, Slater Park Festival, RI

RSE leader Ken Field is also a member of the Organizing Committee for the 7th annual HONK! Festival.  This amazing gathering of over 30 activist street bands from around the world will converge in Boston over Columbus Day weekend, Oct 5-8.  Information is at  •  •

Upcoming tour dates
"Tiresian Symmetry" (Cuneiform, Sept 25) CD Release concerts:

Friday, November 30, 2012, 8:30pm ($18) and 10pm ($12), all ages
Jason Robinson's Janus Ensemble
Celebrating the release of Tiresian Symmetry
w/ Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, bass clarinet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), George Schuller (drums)
Firehouse 12, 46 Crown Street, New Haven, CT

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 7:30pm, $15/$10 students
Jason Robinson's Janus Ensemble
Celebrating the release of Tiresian Symmetry
w/ JD Parran (alto and contra bass clarinets, tenor sax), Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, bass clarinet), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Marcus Rojas (tuba), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), George Schuller (drums), Ches Smith (drums, glockenspiel)
The Windup Space, 12 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 
Produced by Creative Differences | Link

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 8:30pm, $10, all ages
Jason Robinson's Janus Ensemble
Celebrating the release of Tiresian Symmetry
w/ JD Parran (alto and contra bass clarinets, tenor sax), Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, bass clarinet), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Marcus Rojas (tuba), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), George Schuller (drums), Ches Smith (drums, glockenspiel)
ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn (Park Slope), BK

Additional "Tiresian Symmetry" CD release dates available for East Coast in Winter and Spring 2013.
Jason Robinson's Janus Ensemble Europe Tour in late 2013 and 2014. Dates available.

July 2012 Europe tour with reggae group Groundation in support of "Building an Ark" (VP Records, 2012). Performances in France (including Garance Reggae Festival, among others), Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland (Paleo Festival), and Portugal.

About "Tiresian Symmetry":
Groundation performance at Paleo Festival (Switzerland):



September 13
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 West Main St.
Louisville, KY
502) 589-0102

September 14
(Lois & Richard Rosenthal) Center for Contemporary Art
44 East Sixth Street
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 345.8400

September 15
Strange Beautiful Music V
Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art
4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI
(313) 832-6622 /

September 16
The Wind Up Space
12 W. North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21201 
(410) 244-8855

September 19
Philly Fringe Live Arts Festival
Crossroads Music
801 South 48th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 729-1028

September 20
FONT (Festival of New Trumpet Music)
Speyer Hall, University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street
New York, NY

September 21
Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 237-8300

September 22
Boomslang Festival
161 N. Mill St.
Lexington, KY
(859) 233.1469

September 23
The Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 North High St
Columbus, OH

September 24
The Stone Fox
712 51st Avenue N.
Nashville, TN
(615) 596-0949

September 28
Lawrence University - Esch Hurvis Room, Warch Campus Center
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911
(with Ahleuchatistas)

September 29
The Mill
120 E. Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA
319) 351-9529

September 30
Old Town School of Folk Music
1519 W Irving Park Rd 1
Chicago, IL
(773) 857-2331

October 3
Wire Magazine's Adventures In Modern Music Festival
The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL

For tour updates, see:


Upcoming Festival Appearance:  As some will know, Thinking Plague will perform later this month (Saturday September 22nd) at the "Rock-in-Opposition" Festival in Blaye-les-Mines near Albi, France.  Our start time is 7pm, and we have the honor of being followed by Magma.   Festival website:  We will have a guest keyboardist, Kurt Rongey, mastermind and ace keyboardist behind the amazing band, Underground Railroad.  Also, in addition to her lead vocal parts, our amazingly talented vocalist, Elaine di Falco, will be simultaneously singing her own backing vocal parts, using a midi keyboard and a 'new-fangled' digital gizmo that recreates her voice at the pitches she plays on the keys.  At times she's responsible for producing up to three different vocal parts at once!  This is a very difficult task, particularly in Thinking Plague music, where voices tend to move very independently.  But Elaine has mastered it in recent months, and has used it effectively on stage.  Meanwhile, there will also be a "cameo" appearance by a certain "local celebrity" from southern France. ;^)  

Recent Show - Mercury Café:  Kimara Sajn, who played drums and keys on our latest CD, Decline and Fall, was not able to be with Thinking Plague to rehearse for, and perform at the RIO Festival next month (Kim has been playing keys with us for live shows).   Thus, we had to invite a "guest keyboardist", and we needed a warm-up show so that he, Kurt, could be "broken in" (pardon the expression - :-D).  So we did a show at Denver's legendary Mercury Café on Aug. 22nd.  It was to have taken place at another venue, Moe's, with Oakland's miRthkon as headliner - we were contacted by Wally Scharold early in summer about setting up a show with us, and we were happy to be the 'local opener' for them.   But, as some will know, Wally got ill on their tour, somewhere around Chicago?, and ended up in the ER there.  The result was that miRthkon were forced to cancel the rest of their tour, and the organizer at Moe's got cold feet, as it were, despite TP's long history and reputation, and perhaps because of our being Colorado-based!   Nevertheless, through a quick series of small miracles the day before our show, we were able to move to an much nicer, bigger, better-sounding and frankly friendlier venue - the Mercury Café, at which TP has performed from time to time since 1982.   

Long-story not quite so long, we had a great show!   Someone did shoot video, and we're trying to obtain a copy.   If the sound is not too hideous, we *may* post something on YouTube.  Meanwhile, Kurt did a fine job, using an acoustic grand piano and a Kurzweil synth  (sadly, we're having to use a digital piano at RIO).   Also, we have a 'cameo' appearance by Bill Pohl, amazing lead guitarist from Underground Railroad, which led to a thoroughly "avant" improvised guitar duet by Bill and Mike Johnson.  The two are talking about some kind of collaboration...??

Other Projects/Bands:  
Hamster Theatre:  Our other "sister" band, Hamster Theatre has been in hibernation, primarily due to a lingering gap in the bass guitar position (not to mention a lot of rehearsing with Thinking Plague!).  Fortunately, it appears that this job has finally (again) been filled, and the Hamsters will hopefully emerge again soon.  We have plans to complete a CD by summer or thereabouts.   

Three Mice:   This is a side project with TP's Dave Willey and Elaine di Falco teamed up with L'Ensemble Raye´s Cedric Vuille.  Their first CD project, "Send Me a Postcard", is getting great reviews <>, and they are beginning to strategize for another CD.   

Dave Willey and Friends:  This is another of Dave Willey's projects that recently released a CD entitled "Immeasurable Currents" on the Altrock label.  The CD, which features several current and previous TP members, is also getting excellent reviews <>.

Upcoming Projects:   
Ligeia Mare*:   This is a wonderful free improv ensemble featuring Dave Willey (again!), Elaine di Falco, Mark Harris, and others, that had a recent performance  mixed by Udi Koomran - excerpt At present they are seeking a means of releasing a CD.

Udi Koomran and Mike Johnson:  These two have been tinkering with an idea for a long-distance semi-composed, semi-improvised ambient or 'soundscape'-oriented project.  This will involve each person creating some kind of tracks of audio, either composed, improvised, using instruments or 'created' with software, electronics, etc.  These then they send to the other person, who creates more tracks in response to what he hears, possibly processing or "treating" the other person's tracks.  He then sends it all back to the originator.  The process is repeated until they have what they want.  Very interesting, AND intended by the collaborators to NOT be merely a lot of directionless sonic textures, but rather to employ real musical and sonic thematic material to create a new expressive musical hybrid.  Stay tuned.

Band Website:
At Cuneiform:

* Ligeia Mare is a lake in the north polar region of Titan, the planet Saturn's largest moon.




Sep 26    USA  Sugar Maple - 441 E Lincoln Ave - Milwaukee Wisconsin 53207 (414) 481-2393
Sep 27    USA  The Burlington - 3425 W Fullerton Avenue - Chicago Illinois 60647
Sep 28    USA  Lawrence University - Esch Studio - Warch Campus Center - 711 E. Boldt Way - Appleton Wisconsin 54911
Sep 29    USA  Heaven Gallery - 550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor - Chicago Il 60622 (773) 342-4597
Oct 5    USA  Grey Eagle - 185 Clingman Ave - Asheville North Carolina 28801 (828) 232-5800
Oct 26    USA  Moogfest 2012 - Asheville, NC

Sep 29, 7pm    USA  12th annual Sonic Circuits Festival - Atlas Performing Arts Center/Lang Theater - 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 - - w/ Catoctin, Kruingtjsen & other Super Hits, Otomo Yoshihide,Musique Noir (Chris Cutler & David Thomas)

Sep 9, 6 pm   USA  The Huffington Post presents at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage - 2700 F St. NW - Washington DC, free!      
Sep 15      USA  Studio 1469 - 1469 Harvard St NW - Washington DC -
Sep 20      USA  An Die Musik - 409 North Charles St - Baltimore, MD (wth Jean Cook and David Brown) -
Sep 23    USA  WPFW - “G Strings with Tom Cole” Janel and Anthony Live ON-AIR - 89.3 FM Radio -
Sep 28, 7pm   USA  12th annual Sonic Circuits Festival - Atlas Performing Arts Center/Lang Theater - 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 - - w/ Diktat, David Behrman ensemble, Mia Zabelka & Lydia Lunch
Sept 30    USA  12th annual Sonic Circuits Festival (as a part of Stylus)- Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Oct 6    USA  Velvet Lounge -  915 U Street NW - Washington DC 20020

November 25 - Made in Chicago Festival - Poznan, Poland -

Oct 28  USA  clinic w Mats/Morgan, Charleville, France 
Oct 27  USA  Mats/Morgan, Charleville Action Jazz, Mézières, France

Oct 26   USA  tba - Baltimore, MD
Oct 27   USA  Sonic Circuits - Pyramid Atlantic - 8230 Georgia Avenue - Silver Spring, MD
Oct 28   USA  tba - Philadelphia, PA
Oct 29   USA  tba - Brooklyn, NY


Oct 13    FR   solo concert of Richard Pinhas - SONORITéS FESTIVAL - Montpellier, France


Sep 15 - Sandefjord Jazzklubb - Sandefjord, Norway
Oct 21 - Bølgen Kulturhus - Larvik, Norway
Nov 5 - Familen - Trondheim, Norway (with World Service Project)
Nov 6 - tbd (with World Service Project)
Nov  7 - National Jazz Scene - Oslo, Norway (with World Service Project)
Nov 8 - tba - Bergen, Norway (with World Service Project)
Nov 14 - tbd - UK (with World Service Project)
Nov 15 - tbd - UK (with World Service Project)
Nov 16 - London Jazz Festival - London, UK (with World Service Project)
Nov 17 - tbd - UK (with World Service Project)
Nov 18 - tbd - UK (with World Service Project)
Dec 4 - Playdate - Bergen, Norway
Dec 9 - Kampen Jazz - Norway 

Oct 20     UK  The Awakenings Concerts - Paget High School, Burton On Trent, UK -

Sep 27     USA  Spectrum - 121 Ludlow, Second Floor - New Yory, NY 10002
Sep 29     USA  Rigby Mansion - 523 East Church Lane - Philadelphia, PA 19144 (house concert: 5 pm picnic / music at 6 pm) with Lac La Belle, Mike Tamburo and others
Sep 30, 7pm   USA  12th annual Sonic Circuits Festival - Atlas Performing Arts Center/Lang Theater - 1333 H Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002, w/ STYLUS!BLACK!FACTORY!, Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger & Zsolt Sőrés, Glenn Branca Ensemble
Oct 4    USA  AS220's Empire Black Box Theater - 95 Empire St - Providence RI 02906 (record release hometown party!)
Oct 6    USA  Lily Pads - 27 North Road - Peace Dale, RI (with Cuddle Magic)
Oct 19    USA  Lizard Lounge - 1667 Massachusetts Avenue - Cambridge, MA (with Brian Carpenter & The Confessions ("Blind" cd single release), Animal Hospital, The Wrong Shapes)

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (
Sep 16, 1:30-3p  USA  Slater Park Fall Fest, Newport Ave, Pawtucket, RI, 1:30-3pm
Oct 5     USA  Honk! Festival kick-off concert - Johnny D's - Davis Square - Somerville, MA

JASON ROBINSON with Marty Ehrlich, JD Parran, Marcus Rojas, Bill Lowe, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, George Schuller, Ches Smith!
Nov 30   USA  Firehouse 12 - 45 Crown Street - New Haven, CT (with Marty Ehrlich, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, George Schuller)!
Dec 2   USA  The Wind Up Space - 12 W. North Ave - Baltimore MD 21201  (410) 244-8855
Dec 18   USA  ShapeShifter Lab - 18 Whitwell Place - Brooklyn, NY (with Marty Ehrlich, JD Parran, Marcus Rojas, Bill Lowe, Liberty Ellman,     Drew Gress, George Schuller, Ches Smith)!

Sep 13  USA  Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft - 715 West Main St. - Louisville, KY -
Sep 14   USA  (Lois & Richard Rosenthal) Center for Contemporary Art - 44 East Sixth Street, Cincinnati, OH -
Sep 15   USA  Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art - 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI -
Sep 16   USA  The Wind Up Space - 12 W. North Ave - Baltimore MD 21201  (410) 244-8855 -
Sep 19   USA  Philly Fringe Live Arts Festival - Crossroads Music - 801 South 48th Street, Philadelphia, PA -
Sep 20   USA  University Settlement - 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY -
Sep 21   USA  Andy Warhol Museum - 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA -
Sep 22   USA  Boomslang Festival - Lexington, KY -
Sep 23   USA  The Wexner Center for the Arts - 1871 North High St, Columbus, OH -
Sep 29   USA  The Mill - 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City, IA -
Sep 30   USA  Old Town School of Folk Music - 1519 W Irving Park Rd 1, Chicago, IL -
Oct 3   USA  Wire Magazine's Adventures In Modern Music Festival - The Empty Bottle - 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL - 

Nov 2-3, 8p  USA  Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet performing Ten Freedom Summers - Edgefest 2012 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nov 14, 7:30p   UK  London Duet- Wadada Leo Smith- trumpet, John Tilbury- piano The Bishopsgate Institute  - 230 Bishopsgate, London, England, UK
May 1-3, 2013  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 21/22  FR  Rock In Opposition - Maison de la Musique, Cap'Découverte, 81450 LE GARRIC (Carmaux), FRANCE  

Sep 15 - Festival Jazz Off de Colmar - Le Grillen - 19, rue des Jardins - 68000 Colmar, France - 22:30 pm

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

Cuneiform Artist Websites

Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown



Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores


Beat Circus

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic       

Raoul Björkenheim



David Borden 

Boud Deun  

Brown vs Brown

George Cartwright                     


Graham Collier             


Lol Coxhill

Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-fade    

Dead Cat Bounce

Deus Ex Machina                

Djam Karet     

Doctor Nerve

Paul Dunmall                


Forrest Fang                  

Far Corner          

Fast ‘N’ Bulbous

Forever Einstein                       

Forgas Band Phenomena           

Fred Frith                       

Peter Frohmader

Gösta Berlings Saga



Hamster Theatre  

Happy the Man               

Harrison / Feliciati / Vu / Powell / Weiss:

Hugh Hopper              

Ideal Bread    

Janel & Anthony:

Richard Leo Johnson

Henry Kaiser                  


Machine and the Synergetic Nuts

The Mahavishnu Project 

Mats/Morgan Band       


Phil Miller (In Cahoots)                


Virgil Moorefield                       


New York Art Quartet

Ed Palermo Big Band


Richard Pinhas           


Planeta Imaginario 



Radio Massacre International                  

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble

Rich Woodson’s Ellipsis  

Ray Russell      

Jason Robinson

São Paulo Underground

Wadada Leo Smith               

John Surman                 

The Claudia Quintet       

The Danubians   

The Ed Palermo Big Band                      

The Microscopic Septet

Steve Moore

The Muffins                    

Thinking Plague 

Time of Orchids

U Totem                  

Univers Zero               

University of Errors      

Upsilon Acrux 

Uz Jsme Doma