January 2013



Bill Brovold is one of the artists included on the $100 guitar project CD released this coming week (
He also contributes work to the upcoming March release of "Duet for Theremin and Steel Guitar; Collaborations"
Bill is still teaching lots of classes with children in the NYC public schools on art, music and instrument building!


Please join us for our upcoming performance at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. I’m really excited to play at this fantastic venue. They have great food and a full bar as well.
Another exciting piece of news is that we will be live-streaming this concert from The Falcon, which starts at 8PM EST. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! All you need is a broadband Internet connection and a computer or laptop. You can purchase online tickets for $5 anytime at: The webcast will also be viewable on iPhones and iPads. The show will not be recorded, but you can watch it live in HD.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon!
All the Best,
Carlo De Rosa

The Falcon
1348 Route 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Doors, Bar & Restaurant Open at 5:30PM Music begins at 7PM.
No Tickets, No Cover.
Donations Encouraged $20 Suggested
Mark Shim – tenor sax & wind controller
Luis Perdomo – piano & Fender Rhodes
Justin Brown – drums & cymbals
Carlo De Rosa – string bass & elec. bass

"I liked what I heard, Great writing and ensemble playing. Deep thoughtful solos.” - Jack DeJohnette

"De Rosa, who has an impressive technique, writes dark, muscular and propulsive music.”
- Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

“De Rosa is quite a revelation. Best known as a sideman on records with the likes of Ralph Alessi and Rudresh Mahanthappa, he is a virtuoso bassist with a technique recalling that of Jaco Pastorius or Scott LaFaro from the past and maybe Drew Gress from the present. As a composer, he is equally formidable. His seven tunes here are all of a different hue, covering almost every genre from post-bop to rock and fusion to funk. Some with jagged-edged complex themes like the opening 'Circular Waves' through the Monkish 'For Otto' to the tender romantic 'Maja'. Thankfully the grooving 'Headbangers Bawl', with an extended tenor solo, isn't nearly as frightening as its title. The centerpiece of the CD is the 13-minutes-plus 'Terrane / A Phrase', which builds into a sort of clash of the Titans, with an aggressively dissonant avant-garde climax. And finally, the heavy funk-based 'Route 17'. But however involved the arrangements become, everything is completely accessible and this is an exceptional album. As for the musicians, Mark Shim (one-time Blue Note artist and Terence Blanchard sideman and now a Mingus Big band member) is one of the most original of all the current tenor stylists. His urgent gruff, dog-harrying-a-bone tone has early roots in the Hawkins - Don Byas era but, of his contemporaries, is occasionally reminiscent of the also underrated Gary Thomas. His solos come in short, sharp bursts and always leave one wanting more. Vijay Iyer, heard here on Rhodes more often than usual, is now unquestionably the ground breaking pianist in jazz, really gets into De Rosa's conception, adding his own idiosyncratic interpretations and also inspires all the solo sections. As for Justin Brown, his playing with Ambrose Akinmusire's current group will certainly give exposure to his outstanding talent. All in all, a super strongly individual stylists playing deep, dark, muscular music with a remarkably wide appeal.”
- Tony Hall, Jazzwise Magazine, March 2012

"Mr. De Rosa, a bassist with extensive sideman credentials, showcases his original compositions in this ensemble, which harnesses the strong interpretive abilities of the tenor saxophonist Mark Shim, the pianist Luis Perdomo and the drummer Justin Brown.”
– Nate Chinen, The New York Times


March 16th - North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference, Salem State U., Salem MA
masterclass: 3-5pm
concert: 7pm
w/ special guest Gary Smulyan!


Doctor Nerve will be touring Europe from  May 22 and May 31, 2013. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details ( )!

The $100 Guitar Project has been released as a double CD on Bridge Records, and Wayside Music will stock these! Players include Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp, Rhys Chatham, Keith Rowe, Biota, Roger Miller, Ken Field, Michael Bierylo, Shawn Persinger is Prester John, Jesse Krakow,  Bill Brovold, Alex Skolnick, Joe Bouchard, Colin Marston, Nels Cline, and many more. 
The back story: two years ago Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve) and Chuck O’Meara (Forever Einstein) bought a cheap no-name guitar online. Before they knew what hit them, over 60 guitar players signed on to record a track with it and pass it on. Over 140 minutes of new music for guitar resulted on this double CD.
You can find out more about the project from the NPR story that ran recently, at

#GuitarChat on Twitter: on Jan 22 at 9pm, Nick will be the guest on #GuitarChat on Twitter. To see how it works, go to

Eris 136199. That’s the name of an asteroid and it’s also the name of a stellar improvising trio with Han-Earl Park (gtr), Catherine Sikora (saxes), and Nick Didkovsky (gtr). Eris will perform at The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, New York, NY on Sunday Jan 13, at 6pm. More at

DITHER Guitar Quartet: Nick has the honor of being invited to guest with the fabulous DITHER Guitar Quartet for two tours in February (University of Virginia) and March (Bowling Green, OH and Kalamazoo). They’ll be performing Nick’s “Vox Requiem (in memory of Ronnie James Dio)”, a movement from Fred Frith’s “As Usual Dance…”, a formidable piece by Eve Beglarian, a whole evening of UVA student works, and much more.  See

Oscillator at Science Gallery in Dublin. Nick’s going to Dublin to install his computer music piece “Zero Waste” for sight reading pianist, which will be performed at the opening of the Science Gallery ‘s new Oscillator program. See

Ice Cream Time! Nick’s piece for sax quartet, electric guitar, and live sound processing returns in May. Originally commissioned by and recorded by ARTE Quartet, Ice Cream Time will be performed by the fabulous Prism Quartet, with Nick and Thomas Dimuzio. They’ll be performing one show in Philadelphia at Friday, May 17, 2013 at Philadelphia Museum of Art, and again at Roulette, NYC ,on May 19.

Michael Lytle has invited Andrew Drury, and Robert Dick, and Nick to improvise with him at Freddie’s in Brooklyn on March 26, 2013.  Should be very cool.

Nick’s back from a solo tour of Poland and Germany, where he performed at 8th Mozg Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland.  Some video here:

Nick’s composing a new piece for Kathleen Supove, to be premiered in April at The Flea in NYC. Stay tuned!


Ergo is presently working on the group's fourth record, to be titled, "As Subtle As Tomorrow"; some of which they premiered at the Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC this past September.   Ergo's leader, trombonist/laptopist Brett Sroka will be a visiting artist at the Vilnius Academy of Arts - Nida Art Colony in Lithuania for two months to finish composing it.   In February, Sroka will also be an artist in residence at Alfred University's (NY) Institute of Electronic Arts to continue developing a Max/MSP performance/generative sound installation entitled, "Sine Qua Non".  Presently he is composing the score Sohrab Pirayesh's documentary "The Jerusalem Problem", and sometime in 2013 will release the debut record of Cherubim, a new drone/noise duo with guitarist Yuko Pepe.  Sroka will be in Europe during the months of April and May and is seeking gigs for Ergo, Cherubim, as well as solo and collaborative opportunities. Experiments and updates of all these projects can be found on his blog-


"Acte V", the band's latest Cuneiform release, a dual CD/DVD package, has been drawing excellent reviews worldwide. See for a selection of these reviews.

Due to heavy commitments for some members, the Forgas Band had a hiatus from performances after promoting the album, but will shortly resume live work. Guitarist Benjamin Violet, whose excellent work on the album drew much praise, has now left to join the live incarnation of Tryo, a very popular French band who are playing large halls in support of their latest CD and will headline Bercy, the largest venue in Paris, this coming March. In addition to guitar, he also plays violin, actually his first instrument. To replace him, Patrick has handpicked an excellent young guitarist, Pierre Schmidt, who joins the otherwise unchanged line-up.

On April 28th, 2013, Forgas Band Phenomena will headline the second day of the Convention Progrésiste, a two-day festival organised by the Belgian prog publication of the same name (headliners for the first day are Anglagard and Locanda Delle Fate, and sharing the bill on the Sunday are Aranis, Kotebel and Special Providence) at the Espace Culturel Victor Jara in Soignies, Belgium. More info :

The band of course welcomes any offers of live work. Please contact Aymeric Leroy at <> for booking.


Far Corner is beginning to show signs of awakening from a deep slumber as finishing touches are put on album number three, titled "Risk." Watch and for announcements in 2013.

Craig Walkner is currently living in Madison, WI and will be releasing a number of albums in 2013/2014 with bands Yeti Rain, Far Corner, and an improv-project with Joe Kopecky (Kopecky, Secret Society of Starfish), Jason Blake (Backwards Sky Falling), and Roger Ebner (Yeti Rain, Snarling Adjective Convention), which has yet to be named. He is also finishing another solo experimental electronic album as well as taking a course on Composing and Producing Electronic Music.

Cellist Angela Schmidt is currently working on "101 Violin Tips" for Hal Leonard Corporation (the world's largest music publisher). It will be similar to her book "101 Cello Tips," which is currently available from Hal Leonard.

Keyboard player and composer Dan Maske is currently writing a progressive rock drumset composition book for Hal Leonard Corporation. The publication will include a CD recorded by Maske and other Milwaukee-area musicians. Dan is also working with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra assisting young composers in creating works for several of the organization's ensembles, including concert band, string orchestra, and brass quintet.

Far Corner bassist William Kopecky just finished recording bass tracks for the French black metal group Corpus Diavolis. The group's new CD, AUM, will be released sometime in the second half of 2013. The singer of Corpus Diavolis is William's partner in their experimental duo Haiku Funeral whose 3rd full-length CD was released on Aesthetic Death Records on Halloween of 2012.


- Past big shows/festivals played somewhat recently
Nov 2009 arranging and conducting - BBC Symphony Orch with BILL FRISELL, JOEY BARON

- Upcoming projects/recordings
January 14th - 18th - recording new music/arrangements with NDR Big band for forthcoming album, ---------Adam Nussbaum - Drums

- Upcoming Shows
Cheltenham Jazz Festival - Mike Gibbs 12 pc ensemble plays Gil Evans and others - May 5th 2013

HAMBURG -NDR Big Band featuring Nguyen Le play DARKSIDE OF THE MOON - May 16/17
Paderborn Jazz Festival -18th May
Moers Jazz Festival 19th May

Hamburg - October 26th - concert with NDR Big Band - featuring BILL FRISELL


Exact details are pending, but we plan to be in Germany for sure (including a 5 day residency/workshop at the Franconian International School in Erlangen, Germany), plus Hungary, Slovenia, and hopefully other stops. I will keep you posted with details, but please add to shows page.

As always, our contact and other info is:

And yes, we are still looking for shows during that Europe stint, especially in Switzerland, Italy, Austria, etc...


*** Happy Family Returns! ***

HF has been quiet since their last concert (Oct 1998), but HF is now preparing some new songs, starting rehearsal, and planning to have 1st concert for 15 years.

Venue: Silver Elephant (Kichijoji, Tokyo)
Date : April 27th 2013 (Sat)

I'll forward you additional info when I get.

thanks & regards,
Naotsugu ITO


* Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:30 pm til 10:30 pm: Alternative Guitar festival #3
Shapeshifter Lab- 18 Whitwell Pl. (between Carroll St. and 1st in Park Slope)
Featuring: Wolfgang Muthspiel (from Vienna), Elliott Sharp Guitar Trio (with a new piece inspired by Gyorgy Ligeti and Terry Riley), Brandon Seabrook Trio, and Andrew McKenna Lee (solo guitar and laptop), and Joel Harrison's "1970" with Jerome Harris and Rudy Royston.

* Sat., March 2, 8 pm: Puffin Foundation, w/ Anupam Shobhakar (sarode) and Todd Isler (perc.)
20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ

* Thurs., March 7, 8 pm (two sets): Roulette -Joel Harrison Octet featuring Paul Hanson (bassoon) and Gregoire Maret (harmonica) - 3rd and Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn .
This ensemble features members of the Septet that recorded Search last year as well as the two special guests. Hanson is an amazing electric bassoonist from the West Coast.

* March 15 and 16: The Dazzle in Denver, CO
The Greg Garrison Project feat., Darol Anger, Art Lande, and me

* April 2-8: Joel Harrison’s Spirit House on the West Coast (Seattle (Earshot), Portland (Mississippi Studios), Arcata, Berkeley (Jazzschool), Mill Valley (Throckmorton Theater), Half Moon Bay (Bach Society)
This new project consists of Cuong Vu (trpt), Paul Hanson (electric bassoon), Kermit Driscoll (bass), and Brian Blade (drums). The group will mostly perform my compositions written especially for this group, with additional pieces by Blade and Vu. First shows on the West Coast in 8 years.


Ideal Bread is busy putting together it's newest book of music, a reinterpretation of Steve Lacy's seminal 1970's output on the French Saravah label released a few years ago as the box set Scratching the Seventies. They're rehearsing regularly and playing at least once a month in the North East. Recent Shows have been at ShapeShifter Lab and Korzo's in Brooklyn as well as the Jazz Shares series in Northampton, MA and the Dimensions in Jazz Series in Portland, Maine. Josh Sinton has been busy crafting this new book of 26 arrangements of Steve Lacy's seminal music and has said, 

"I'm stitching together a book of modular compositions for our current lineup (myself, Kirk Knuffke, Adam Hopkins & Tomas Fujiwara) that reflects who we are now, but refracted through lenses made of Steve's older material. By May or June, my plan is to have us go into the studio and record all this material in short and succinct formats and have a double-CD ready by the end of this year."

Keep an eye and an ear out for Ideal Bread in 2013. They'll be playing old music in a new way in many places this year!

Some of Ideal Bread's recent shows have been documented and collected on a youtube channel that can be viewed here:

Ideal Bread also has a facebook page where you can find out about their upcoming shows and activities:

If you are interested in having Ideal Bread come to you, please don't hesitate to contact them at


Janel and Anthony are hard at work writing and recording their third album.  

Janel Leppin is releasing a solo record of her work with multiple instruments including cello, guitar and vocals, is writing for her presentation at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in March 2013.  She is also working out details to record her arrangements with the ensemble she curated from the Susan Alcorn Residency performance last May at the Issue Project Room.

Anthony Pirog will be recording a trio record with Michael Formanek and Ches Smith in March.

Janel is back on the east coast from Seattle, WA and is working ensemble music for her presentation at the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in March 2013, her solo record on which she plays multiple instruments and sings and Janel and Anthony's third album.  She is performing at the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art in Summer 2013 with Cyrus Yoshi Tabar and experimental film legend Craig Baldwin.

Anthony is featured in the January 2013 issue of Guitar Player Magazine in a five page interview dealing with his guitar work on Janel and Anthony's Where Is Home.  Anthony was also awarded a "Jazzie" for best guitarist in Washington DC's The Washington City Paper.  He is now busy writing for an upcoming trio recording and Janel and Anthony's third album.

Jan. 31, 2013 Baltimore, MD - Windup Space - 12 West North Avenue  Baltimore, MD 21201, Janel and Anthony, Talk Show, LEAP

February 2, 2013 Brooklyn, NY - The Lab - 224 Wycoff Ave. Brooklyn, NY - Janel and Anthony, Cal Folger Day

February 17, 2013 Washington DC - Bossa Bistro and Lounge - 2463 18th Street Northwest  Washington, DC 20009 - The Anthony Pirog Quartet featuring Dave Ballou - trumpet, Jeff Reed - bass and Mike Kuhl - drums with the Bill Cole/Luke Stewart Duo 

February 27, 2012 Towson, MD - Towson University - Beep Honk featuring Dave Ballou - trumpet, Anthony Pirog - guitar, Adam Hopkins - bass and Mike Kuhl - drums 

March 23, 2013 - Washington Women in Jazz Festival - Janel Leppin joins a panel speaking on topics in jazz and improvised music

March 24, 2013 - Washington Women in Jazz Festival - Janel Leppin presents an ensemble for one set and an improvised set with tba women in creative jazz from NYC, Baltimore and Washington DC.

East Coast/Mid West - Spring 2013 - Janel and Anthony Where is Home Tour

April 13, 2013 - Silver Spring, MD - Pyramid Atlantic - Janel Leppin, solowith projections by Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Summer 2013 San Francisco, CA SFMOMA, Janel Leppin solo with projections by Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Summer 2013 San Francisco, CA - Shapeshifters - Janel Leppin solo with projections by Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Summer 2013 San Francisco, CA - Artists Television Access - Janel Leppin solo with projections by Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

West Coast - Summer 2013 - Janel and Anthony Where is Home Tour

Europe - Late Summer 2013 - Janel and Anthony Where is Home Tour

** We would love to play in Europe during Spring/Summer, New York in the Spring and on the West coast of the U.S. in the Summer. **

Past big shows/festivals:

Janel and Anthony joined a great night of music at the Green Line Cafe in Philadelphia, PA on the same night that Janel's mother had a successful double organ transplant at University of Pennsylvania Hospital.  What a healing night of music!

Janel and Anthony played Sonic Circuits Festival last September presenting works from their second record Where is Home and from their future record.  They also joined in a group improvisation on stage and in other ensembles throughout the festival. 

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

Janel Leppin live in San Francisco with experimental film legend Craig Baldwin and Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Janel Leppin live in San Francisco with experimental film legend Craig Baldwin and Cyrus Yoshi Tabar

Anthony Pirog performs solo at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD

Live at the Issue Project Room - Susan Alcorn Residency, Janel Leppin's composition 'Ode to the Heart Sutra' with Eyvind Kang viola, Doug Weisselman bass clarinet, Jessika Kenney voice, Skuli Sverrison bass, Anthony Pirog guitar and Janel Leppin cello sympathetique.  May 31, 2012.

Anthony Pirog leads a septet for George Mason University's Noise Awareness Week.

Janel playing Persian Classical Music with the Chakavak Ensemble 

Janel and Anthony Where Is Home has been included in Best Of 2012 lists compiled by DCist, Echoes Radio (25 essential albums of 2012), Capitol Bop, Alarm Magazine, Something Else Reviews, Deli Magazine, Pop Dose, DC Music Download, Pink Line Project (Where Is Home appears twice!), CJSR (best experimental and most played albums of 2012) and Curio.

Janel is featured in Jason Crane's list 2012: Best of Jazz (By Women) Year in Review and was presented on a program on BBC 10 Radio for the Best of Women Jazz Instrumentalists. 

"Janel and Anthony's Where is Home is a stunning collaboration.  The duo have fashioned a beautiful and singular work." - Guitar Player Magazine

"A beguiling, thoughtfully crafted album." - BBC Classical

"Akin to a fairy-tale forest encased in glass" - Philadelphia City Paper

"Ethereal conversational magic" - The Village Voice

"Timeless" - The Huffington Post

"Captivating" - The Washington Post


Here are a few show updates.

Europe CD Release Tour
Winter/Spring 2013
2/21 The Vortex London, UK
2/22 Private Secret Show, somewhere in the UK 
2/24 Sazz N Jazz Brussels, Belgium
2/28 Le Mandala Toulouse, France
3/1 Le Périscope Lyon, France
3/2 Sunset / Sunside Jazz Paris, France

May 10-12 Korea (To be confirmed)

US/Canada CD Release Tour

Spring/Summer 2013 May 28th-June 24th
6/20, The Rex, Toronto Canada
6/21, The Rex, Toronto Canada

Fall/Winter 2013 Tour
Nov 26-Dec 15
12/13 Sacramento Jazz Festival 
12/14 Sacramento Jazz Festival  

We will be in Europe during the summer and fall as well. Looking to tour China, India, and Thailand in October. 

New website coming soon branded around the artwork of the new record.


Mark has been busy having recently relocated to Vienna and having spent a month in Nepal working on a project with the British Council and Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory working with the local musicians and dancers of the Kathmandu valley. But, now Led Bib is back on the road, touring all new material which they hope to record this coming summer. They are still in the process of planning dates in April 2013 in Holland and Poland, so keep an eye on for more info. The confirmed UK dates are:

15 February Vortex Jazz Club, London
16 February Vortex Jazz Club, London
1 March Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
22 March Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama


"Composition of our next album, Cobra Fakir, is 95% done. Mixing is started and so is the work on the covers. Yes, covers, because it's a multi-formats release, a CD, a LP and a digital download. Marc Tessier, friend and photographer of the band (the one who did the famous picture of us as 3 demented clowns for Elastic Juggling) is in charge of the various artwork, supervising a team of several artists tearing their soul apart in order to create something unique for us. Music-wise, everything has been composed and played by Rémi Leclerc, Bernard Falaise, and Pascal Globensky. So it looks like there's no guest on this one. And finally, Miriodor may have found a new bassman. More on this later!

Miriodor is real proud to appear on the Got RIO? Romantic Warriors - Special Features DVD. It features a piece of us, from Avanti!. First time we have a full piece on a DVD. Check this out!"


Here's a short clip of Light Echoes II from Steve Moore's Pyramid Atlantic show a few months ago:

Website: (reroutes to Tumblr)
Twitter: @stevemoore2600


We just played 2 nights at Iridium to sold out shows on Jan 3+4 with NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK playing Zappa.

We are playing FALCON, Saturday, Feb 2 with NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK playing Zappa.

Back at Iridium April 11+12 featuring RAY WHITE (ex-Zappa singer)



Radio Massacre International are going strong, we have a concert on Saturday April 20th 2013 at St Clement's Church, Chorlton, Manchester, UK. Details can be found on the RMI website

For a year or so, we have been building a series of free downloads on our website called `Banished, Vanished, Tarnished and Varnished' each of which are specially chosen items from the RMI archive and otherwise unreleased. They remain available for the curious.

RMI are currently preparing a live concert DVD recorded in 2011, and are working on editing and mixing several hours of new studio recordings.

Steve Dinsdale has released a download only live album `Within Oirschot' available from, and is featured on a brand new album `Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere', a project instigated and co-fronted by occasional RMI collaborator Martin Archer. Gary Houghton also contributes guitar to a new album `Serpentine' by Martin Archer and Julie Tippetts. Both are available from Wayside Music.


Revolutionary News  -  January 2013

Funk & street beat improvisational brass band the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble will bring down the house in New York City and Boston for two very special Mardi Gras shows in February 2013, with special guest artists in both cities.

The group will be joined in Boston by Grammy-winning saxophonist Charles Neville (Neville Brothers, Wilson Pickett, B.B. King, Big Joe Turner, etc.), and in NYC by drummer Kenny Wollesen (Bill Frisell, John Zorn, David Byrne, Sean Lennon, John Scofield, Himalayas).

The band will include Jerry Sabatini/tpt, Ken Field/sax, Tom Hall/sax, Dave Harris/tbn& tuba, Phil Neighbors/drm, Blake Newman/bass.

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9-10pm, free
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11217
Dinner reservations: 718-623-7811

Fat Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 7:30-8:45pm
Regattabar, in the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA  02138
Advance tickets strongly suggested:

And if Mardi Gras isn't enough of a reason to celebrate with RSE & friends, the Chinese Year of the Snake begins on Feb 10th!

The group's Cuneiform debut, "Forked Tongue", spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart, and appeared on best-of-year lists in the Village Voice & in Estonia, plus in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and NY.  The disc features unique treatments of music by Field, Ornette Coleman, Billy Idol, and others.

"They've pretty much modernized the traditional concept, and they've spun it into a singular sound that's very unique and very vibrant. They accelerated the norm. They went past the tried and true. They managed to do it all with a very distinct musical persona." --- Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz, interviewed on National Public Radio

"The music is what counts, and "Forked Tongue" demonstrates why the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble matters." - JazzTimes  •  •


Roswell Rudd will perform with his Quartet on Monday, February 4th at Dizzy's Club

Roswell Rudd, trombone
Ken Filiano, bass
Lafayette Harris, piano
SUNNY KIM, vocalist



Upcoming shows:
Feb 5, Blue Whale, Los Angeles, CA
Feb 11, Luna’s, Sacramento, CA
Feb 13, Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA

Currently looking to fill Feb 12 in the Bay or surrounding towns. 
Talent Buyers: contact regarding general booking. 

As the colorful cast of characters that are Dylan Ryan Sand prepare for the release show of the recently issued album, “Sky Bleached,” they simultaneously lead active, fruitful lives, participating thoroughly in modern society.

Dylan Ryan recently returned from a string of South American shows with Cursive, and is presently writing the next batch of music for Sand on a tattered Yamaha 140 he was bizarrely and unexpectedly given while taking the Stallone Cobra tour in the Venice Canals.  In March he heads to SXSW for a quick showcase with the world-goth-pop outfit Rainbow Arabia, then to perform the Herculaneum 10 year Anniversary party in Chicago, and record drums for an upcoming Tim Kasher record. While in Chicago Ryan will play some one off’s with Devin Hoff where they’ll debut some new Dylan Ryan Sand Material. 

Keep up with Dylan Ryan Sand via & Twitter         @dylino_ryno



Personnel Adjustments:  Master avant-fusion guitarist Bill Pohl (Underground Railroad) has joined Thinking Plague, adding another guitarist with a different style to live performances and studio tracks.  In the meantime, vocalist Elaine di Falco is expanding her role to include piano, accordion, toy piano, ukulele, and sundry other instruments/objects.   This is in addition to her performing her own back-up vocals live, using a midi keyboard to control digitally generated 'replicas' of her voice, as she sings.  With these adjustments, TP will still be a 6 piece unit, and not require a full-time keyboardist, which has always been the most difficult position to keep filled in the band.  These adjustments are also influencing new compositions by Mike Johnson, who is writing specifically for this instrumentation - including lots of interwoven monophonic distorted guitar and reeds lines, with more chamber-ensemble-like independent movement and counterpoint.   He is well on his to having a new body of music ready for recording more quickly than previously.  

Seattle Festival:  Thinking Plague is planning to perform at a new festival of contemporary progressive/art rock in Seattle WA, called "seaprog", set for the weekend of June 29/30 this coming summer (2013).  Discussions are also underway on a possible similar festival in Oakland CA, either the prior or following weekend.  If that falls into place, then Thinking Plague will do a small tour between those two points, through Oregon and norther California, which might include places like Portland, Vancouver, Eugene or Medford OR, Arcata/Eureka CA, etc.  Stay tuned at the band's Facebook page:

Ragazzi Interview:    In December the German 'webzine' Ragazzi published a new fairly in-depth interview about Thinking Plague (in English) with Mike Johnson.  Here's an excerpt:

Ragazzi: I was writing in my review of "Decline and Fall" that I was afraid this will be the last album by Thinking Plague, because the album sounds like the grand old "In Extremis" work. I was meaning that "A History of Madness" was too strong for the audience. I was also thinking too few fans/avant-garde gourmets hear the album and talk about the band and their concept of work and sound. What do you think about? Am I wrong?

Mike: I think you might be right about that last point. And as I say, it does have similarities to In Extremis. But it is Thinking Plague music, which always sounds like Thinking Plague.  As for being "too strong", I guess you're implying that we may have taken a step 'back' from AHoM, because it was too difficult for people? And I would say that we, I, never think about whether it's going to be "too strong" for anyone….except ourselves!  Do I, and does the band, like it?  Does it excite us, and pique our interest enough to follow through with it, and make a CD? These are the only questions that really matter, when it comes to writing and recording a bunch of demanding music.

Read the entire interview at:

"got RIO?" DVD:  Zeitgeist Media has just-released the supplement to their recent documentary film, Romantic Warriors II "About Rock in Opposition" DVD.  This new "Special Features" DVD includes Thinking Plague's entire live (in-the studio) performance of Dead Silence that was only briefly excerpted in the documentary.   In addition it has the entire Hamster Theatre performance of "Bug 2: History of the United States of America", as well as nice performances by Yugen, Miriodor and others.  

Band Website:
At Cuneiform:


News about Frédéric L’Épée//Yang//Shylock//E-Werk

Shylock is planning to record a "Best of" containing their main titles (Quatrième, Cinquième, Sixième, Laocksetal, Ile de Fièvre, Dernier plus unreleased songs). It will be a re-recording, not a compilation or a remastering of already recording material.

Shylock is available for festivals all around the world in 2013 and 2014.

2013 begins with the 4th concert of Shylock after reuniting, the 2nd time near their hometown, Thursday January 31st at 20:00, Cinema Médiathèque de Mouans-Sartoux, near Cannes.

Then will occur a triple solo concert with Steve Waring, Serge Pesce and Frédéric L'Épée, Saturday February 16th at 20:30, Théâtre Georges Brassens, Saint-Laurent –du-Var.

E-Werk, e-guitar quartet dedicated to contemporary repertoire will perform their 1st concert on Tuesday February 26th at 20:30, BKA Theater, Berlin.
Yang start again working on their next album and their next concert in Nice,

Saturday April 20th at 21:00, B-Spot, Nice

Some concerts of Lobotonics and Talip Trio coming soon.  - -


Zevious will be entering the studio at the end of February to record their third album. It will feature ten new songs that are the culmination of nearly 3 years of writing and rehearsing.



[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 -


January 30, 2013, 7PM - Marlboro, NY, USA
The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542
845-236-7970 -
No Tickets, No Cover. Donations Encouraged $20 Suggested
 Personnel: Mark Shim – tenor sax & wind controller, Luis Perdomo – piano & Fender Rhodes
Justin Brown – drums & cymbals, Carlo De Rosa – string bass & elec. bass


March 16  - Salem, MA, USA
North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 Conference, Salem State U., Salem MA
masterclass: 3-5pm - concert: 7pm w/ special guest Gary Smulyan! -


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 -


May 5 - Cheltenham, UK

Cheltenham Jazz Festival - Mike Gibbs 12 pc ensemble plays Gil Evans and others

May 16/17 - Hamburg, Germany
NDR Big Band featuring Nguyen Le play DARKSIDE OF THE MOON -

May 18 - Paderborn, Germany
Paderborn Jazz Festival

May 19 - Moers, Germany
Moers Jazz Festival

October 26 - Hamburg, Germany
concert with NDR Big Band - featuring BILL FRISELL


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.


*** Happy Family Returns! ***
April 27 - Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan
Silver Elephant (Kichijoji, Tokyo)


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


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

Feb 2 - Brooklyn, NY
The Lab - 224 Wycoff Ave. Brooklyn, NY - w/ Cal Folger Day


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

Feb 24 - Brussels, BE
Sazz N Jazz - Brussels, Belgium -

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

Jun 20 & Jun 21 - Toronto, Canada
The Rex, Toronto Canada

Dec 13 & Dec 14 - Sacramento, CA, USA
Sacramento Jazz Festival 


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 -


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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 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:


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:

Curtis Hasselbring

Hugh Hopper              

Ideal Bread    

Janel & Anthony:

Richard Leo Johnson

Henry Kaiser                  

The Kandinsky Effect


Machine and the Synergetic Nuts

The Mahavishnu Project 

Mats/Morgan Band       

Rob Mazurek Octet


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

Dylan Ryan Sand

São Paulo Underground

Wadada Leo Smith               

John Surman                 

The Claudia Quintet       

The Danubians   

The Ed Palermo Big Band                      

The Microscopic Septet

The Muffins                    

Thinking Plague 

Time of Orchids

U Totem                  

Univers Zero               

University of Errors      

Upsilon Acrux 

Uz Jsme Doma