BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC
20th Anniversary Concert
May 5, 8pm, Somerville Theatre
MA -- CRASHarts presents the 20th Anniversary Concert of Birdsongs
of the Mesozoic on Saturday, May 5, 8pm at the Somerville Theatre,
55 Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 and are available
Somerville Theatre and all TicketMaster outlets. To charge tickets
call World Music (617) 876-4275 or TicketMaster (617) 931-2787.
For information call World Music (617) 876-4275.
of the Mesozoic celebrate their 20th anniversary and the release
of their first new recording in five years in this very special
concert. With piano, synthesizer, guitar, saxophone, flute and
occasional percussion and computer sequencing, Birdsongs' internationally
acclaimed sound mixes elements of classical, rock, minimalism,
jazz and free-form improvisations to create mesmerizing and evocative
soundscapes. This rare live Birdsongs appearance will feature
a retrospective of the music that the group has created over the
past two decades, and will include guest musicians, one of which
will be the world-renowned Alloy
Orchestra, and other surprises.
in 1980 as a side-project of Boston's now legendary Mission
of Burma, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is a four-piece electrified
modern music ensemble. Comprised of founding members Erik
Lindgren and Rick Scott, along with
Ken Field and Michael
Bierylo, the group produces a sound "...as meditative
as it is physical, as rooted in classical structure and jazz improvisation
as it is in rock 'n' roll," according to The Boston Globe.
the past 20 years, Birdsongs has generated ten recordings, a number
of tours and concert appearances, and consistent international
acclaim. They have shared stages with Fred Frith, Ran Blake, the
Lounge Lizards, Sonny Sharrock, Siouxsi & the Banshees, and
others. Their performances and residencies have taken them from
the surreal (Salvador Dali Museum) to the even more surreal (Disney
Institute), and from the East Coast to the West Coast and beyond.
2000, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic released Petrophonics
(Cuneiform Records), their first album in five years. The recording
features guest appearances by turntable artist Pacey Foster, All
Things Considered commentator David Greenberger, former DJ
Logic drummer Eric Paull, Chandler Travis Philharmonic bassist
John Styklunas, and Alloy
Orchestra members Terry Donahue and Ken Winokur. Petrophonics
has quickly become Birdsongs strongest selling CD, and is being
called the group's best release ever.
this special anniversary concert, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic will
be joined in concert by several special guests including members
of the world-renowned Alloy
Orchestra. Alloy founding members Ken Winokur and Terry Donohue
were guest musicians on the most recent Birdsongs CD Petrophonics,
and will play live percussion on several selections. Roger Miller,
now Alloy's keyboardist, was a founder of Birdsongs in the early
1980's, and left the group to pursue his solo career in 1987.
He will perform several pieces with Birdsongs from the group's
is a division of World Music, Inc.
Music is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,
a state agency which also received support from the National Endowment
for the Arts.