miscellany: PRESS RELEASE
and the NYT
Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic would like to show support for our friends in New York City. Our show this Friday September 21 at the Triad Lounge, 11PM will be free and open to the public. Birdsongs will play and hour concert followed by a performance of Terry Riley’s In C. We invite musicians who read music to bring their instrument an join us on this minimalist meditation.” Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is a four-piece electrified modern music ensemble formed in 1980. Instrumentation consists of piano, synthesizers, guitar, and woodwinds, with occasional percussion and computer sequencing. Recent festival appearances at NEARfest in Pennsylvania and at Guimarães Art Rock 2001 in Portugal have exposed Birdsongs to a whole new and very enthusiastic audience. According to the New York Times, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic’s music “sounds like a party in a Cubist roadhouse.” Birdsongs’ legendary progressive-classical-rock-minimalist-jazz-car-wreck music has evolved through two decades, ten recordings, numerous tours and concert appearances, and international critical and public acclaim. Birdsongs’ latest CD Petrophonics is the group’s strongest selling album to date, and is being called the group’s best release ever. Opening will be ZIA. Formed in 1993 by Elaine Walker, the President of the NYC Chapter of the National Space Society, ZIA offers a rare blend of pro-space and sci-fi music played on futuristic instruments. And from the New York Times: Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, from Boston, is an instrumental band that unites two disparate intentions: to savor the complex counterpoint and shifting harmonies of chamber music while making the raucous impact of a basic rock band. It often manages to be both punky and progressive in unpredictable doses. It will play an hourlong set tonight at 11 p.m.; admissino is free. Then the band will be at the core of a performance of Terry Riley’s minimalist landmark “In C”; musicians who read music are invited to bring their instruments and join in.