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 June ?? 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.
HD digital format reissue of guitarist Steve Tibbetts' first, self-titled album from 1977. Available only in digital format and only from Bandcamp. Release date: May 4, 2018. (No promotional copies).
Digital-only reissues of five albums by accordionist/ vocalist/ composer Alec K. Redfearn's ensembles.
Released April 13, 2018; available via all digital outlets: Bandcamp, iTunes etc. (No promotional copies.)
June 4 - Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT [with Free Salamander Exhibit]
June 5 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO [with Free Salamander Exhibit]
June 6 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO [with Free Salamander Exhibit]
June 7 - 7th St Entry - Minneapolis, MN [with Free Salamander Exhibit]
June 8 - The Frequency - Madison, WI [with Free Salamander Exhibit]
June 9 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL [with Free Salamander Exhibit]
"Last year, one of the most impressive concerts I saw was the Dragon Drop/Cheer Accident/Free Salamander Exhibit show in Indianapolis. ...Cheer Accident...had just released their 18th studio album, Putting Off Death...it was time...to see them live. To put it simply, Cheer Accident blew me away... The music was innovative and powerful and brave and everything I’d hoped it would be."- Proglodytes
The exuberant jazz/pop/beyond Swiss 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!
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 MA and then storming the stage of France's renowned Rock in Opposition Festival in 2018 with accordion, French horn & more.
July 18 - Brighton Music Hall - Brighton, MA [opening for Faust]
Celebrating RIGHTS, their new album on Cuneiform, Schnellertollermeier will dazzle audiences at dozens of jazz, rock & experimental music festivals across Western and Eastern Europe during the summer of 2018.
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 – Yours and Ours – 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 encouragement & request.
SUMMER 2018 THUMBSCREW CONCERTS Summer 2018 will be Thumbscrew's busiest performance season thus far. The all-star trio will play numerous festivals across North America, serve a week-long residency at NYC's The Village Vanguard in addition to Pittsburgh's City of Asylum, and then tour South America.
June 14-24 - West Coast USA and Canada Tour - dates tba
June 14 - San Francisco Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA [double bill with Julian Lage Trio]
June 16 - Gold Lion Arts - Sacramento, CA
June 18 - Kuumbwa Jazz - Santa Cruz, CA
June 20 - PDX Jazz - Portland, OR
June 21 - Earshot Festival - Seattle, WA
June 22 - Vancouver Jazz Festival - Vancouver, BC, Canada