As you know, Cuneiform Records ceased releasing new material and laid off its staff on December 31, 2017. The Thumbscrew trio subsequently encouraged label owner Steven Feigenbaum to resume operation; see Steve's Message to Friends of Cuneiform Records: Two Toes Back in the Water.
Steve agreed to release two new recordings by Thumbscrew: Ours, an album of original Thumbscrew compositions, and Theirs, featuring Thumbscrew performing works by others. Released and distributed worldwide by Cuneiform on June 8, 2018, Ours and Theirs are available in CD and digital (standard & HD) formats. They are the first releases of newly recorded material to come out on Cuneiform in physical and digital formats since the label's re-emergence.
Digital reissue of the guitarist's long-unavailable first LP. Recorded at home in 1977 using multiple guitars, synths, and tape effects, the music is an unholy mix of finger-style guitar Americana with the psychedelic spirit of Jimi Hendrix. Carefully remastered from the original master tape, the album sounds better, Steve says, than he even hoped was possible. Available only fromBandcamp. Released May 4, 2018. (No promotional copies).
Thumbscrew is the all-star collaborative trio of: Michael Formanek - bass Tomas Fujiwara - drums Mary Halvorson - guitar
A favorite performing and recording ensemble for Halvorson, for Formanek and for Fujiwara, the Thumbscrew trio often forms the core of each of these stellar musicians' larger ensembles.
Guitarist Mary Halvorson has been in the global spotlight since 2017, when she was named a DownBeat triple-hitter: DownBeat's 2017 Guitarist of the Year, Rising Star Jazz Artist, & Rising Star Composer.
This Spring/Summer 2018, she's featured on the covers of
The Wire - April 2018 (above) and DownBeat - June 2018 (below).
Thumbscrew's extensive 2018 touring schedule celebrates the release of two new albums – OursandTheirs– on Cuneiform, which re-opened its doors to resume releasing recordings of new music in both physical & digital (HD & standard) formats specifically on Thumbscrew's request and encouragement.
SUMMER 2018 THUMBSCREW CONCERTS Summer 2018 will be Thumbscrew's busiest performance season ever. The all-star trio will play numerous festivals across North America and serve a week-long residency at NYC's The Village Vanguard!
eCsTaSy celebrate their new release, Doors of Perception, their third record on Cuneiform with two European shows. As anyone who has ever seen Björkenheim can attest, he is one of the great, unheralded guitarists of our time.
The exuberant Swiss jazz/pop/beyond group - named after the American triple-Gold Medal winner at the 1904 Summer Olympics - tours the European festival and club circuit, celebrating their Cuneiform release Tilt.
Named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2010, Harrison has long been recognized as a risk taker, someone who never stands still. He has blossomed from mentorships with Joan Tower, Ali Akbar Khan, W.A. Mathieu, and Charlie Banacos into one of the most respected artists of his generation.
September 22 -Rhizome DC - 6950 Maple St, NW - Washington, DC
Rob recently appeared on the cover of The Wire magazine and was voted Musician of the Year by Italy's top jazz magazine, Musica Jazz! He is constantly touring the world and is known as one of today's most intrepid and sought after sound explorers.
August 10 - Crowley Theater - Marfa, TX [Quartet Premier of Desert Encrypts: Volume 1, Part 1]
August 10 - Crowley Theater - Marfa, TX [Quartet Premier of Desert Encrypts: Volume 1, Part 2]
Providence, RI's beloved electro-acoustic ensemble celebrate Cuneiform's digital reissue of FIVE albums previously on other labels by opening for Germany's legendary Krautrock band Faust in July and then storming the stage of France's renowned Rock in Opposition Festival in 2018 with accordion, French horn, & more.