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Triassic Tour 2009Triassic Tour 2009

Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic
Featuring Roger Miller of Mission of Burma

Birdsongs will perform material from their Triassic era (1980-'87) on vintage equipment in support of their recente Cuneiform 2-CD retrospective "Dawn of teh Cycads".

Tour Dates

July 23 Providence, RI AS-220      
July 24 New York City Mercury Lounge
July 25 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
July 26 Baltimore, MD Talking Head Club
July 30 Somerville, MA Johnny D's

For more information, contact Birdsongs at

Extreme Spirituals Review - Muze
"This unlikely collaboration between the opera and gospel singer Oral Moses and the neo-psychedelic collective Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, which deconstructs and rearranges a variety of African-American worship music, brings out the best in all the participants. The Birdsongs' exultant improvisations on classic spirituals like "Amen" are matched by Moses' joyful delivery; the result is far removed from tradition but perhaps a step closer to heaven."

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ARCHIVE: UPI Rock News 2003

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At Tufts, exploring an educator's diverse compositions
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Review: "Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: The Iridium Controversy"
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Review: "Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: Extreme Spirituals"
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Fat City Cigar Lounge

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BBC - Experimental Review

Spirituals like you've never heard them

They unite art rock and spirituals
By James Reed, Globe Staff | February 23, 2007

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic with Oral Moses
"These aren't just African-American songs - these are American songs." - Oral Moses

Birdsongs featured on new weekly Internet show -

The Classical Connection
Click here to download and listen to Episode 13 featuring Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Episode 13 of The Classical Connection features full-length pieces by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, along with pieces by the individual members, juxtaposed against some of their favorite classical pieces for an interesting exercise in making musical connections. The Birdsongs pieces featured in their entirety include Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho, Make The Camera Dance, and Primordial Sludge. Click here for the full playlist and transcript.

The Classical Connection is a weekly, hour-long show featuring progressive rock and related classical music. Tune in to the Internet's premiere progressive rock radio station Delicious Agony every Thursday at 2:00 Eastern time to listen to the show, and visit for episode downloads, program notes, and more information.

Extreme Spirituals - Birdsongs of the Mesozoic with Oral MosesExtreme Spirituals Liner Notes -

For their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve and link up with bass-baritone vocalist Oral Moses, one of the preeminent African-American performers of traditional spirituals. The band demolish all preconceptions about themselves by presenting a program of heavily rearranged, well known African-American spirituals and 19th century art songs. The blend of Birdsongs' cutting-edge instrumentation with the strength and majesty of Moses' voice creates a very unorthodox yet deeply moving sound, which The Noise called, "Totally sublime and deeply moving." This collaboration represents a new experiment from all parties - something of a meeting at the crossroads between two creative parties passing in very different directions. Together they bring these centuries-old songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Extreme Spirituals
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic with Oral Moses

  1. I’m A Rollin’ MP3
  2. Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray MP3
  3. A Little More Faith In Jesus MP3
  4. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child MP3
  5. Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho MP3
  6. Swing Low Sweet Chariot MP3
  7. Listen To The Angels Shoutin’ MP3
  8. Wayfaring Stranger MP3
  9. Great Day MP3
  10. Nobody Knows The Trouble I See MP3
  11. Oh Freedom MP3
  12. Amen MP3

Buy this CD!Oral Moses-bass baritone
Michael Bierylo-guitar/programming, sound design
Ken Field-saxophones, flutes, percussion
Erik Lindgren-acoustic grand piano
Rick Scott-synthesizer

Additional musicians:
Jason Marchionna-percussion
Larry Dersch-drums

Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray, I’m A Rollin’, Joshua, Listen To the Angels Shoutin’, Nobody Knows The Trouble I See, Oh Freedom, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot arranged by Erik Lindgren; A Little More Faith In Jesus and Great Day arranged by Michael Bierylo, Wayfaring Stranger arranged by Ken Field, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child arranged by Harry T. Burleigh and Erik Lindgren, Amen arranged by Erik Lindgren and Michael Bierylo.

Produced by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Recorded 2003-2006 at Sounds Interesting, Middleborough MA and Virtual Planet, Brookline MA by Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

Mixed at Mixed Emotions, Middleton, MA by Rich Durkee

Graphic Design and Digital Imaging by Diane Menyuk, Black Cat Studio

Photography by Margaret Wiegel

Cuneiform Records
PO Box 8427
Silver Springs, MD 20907-8427

Extreme Spirituals is supported, in part, by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered by the Middleborough Cultural council.

Arrangements for “I’m A Rollin,” “Listen To The Angels Shoutin’,” and “Oh Freedom” were composed by Erik Lindgren as part of the American Composers Forum’s Community Partners Residency Program. This program, administered by the American Composers Forum – Boston Area Chapter and funded by the Cherbec Advancement Foundation, enables community, cultural and educational institutions to select a composer to create original musical works designed around the needs of their specific communities.

Birdsongs’ and Oral Moses website design and maintenance by Andrew Doss:

Other related releases:

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic:
Sonic Geology (Rykodisc RCD 20073) 1988, Faultline (Cuneiform Run 19) 1989, Pyroclastics (Cuneiform Rune 35) 1992, The Fossil Record 1980-’87 (Cuneiform Rune 55), Dancing On A’A (Cuneiform Rune 69), Petrophonics (Cuneiform Rune 137) 2000, The Iridium Controversy (Cuneiform Rune 179) 2003

Oral Moses;
Deep River [with Ann Sears] (Albany Troy 332) , Amen [with George Bailey)] (Albany Troy 459) 2001, Spirituals In Zion (Albany Troy 587) 2003

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