Thursday, August 1, 2019

Cuneiform Records August 2019 Newsletter


Cuneiform Records
AUGUST 2019 Newsletter

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Tomeka Reid Quartet Old New 
Ghost Rhythms Live at Yoshiwara

The Spellcasters Music from the Anacostia Delta
Five Times Surprise Five Times Surprise
Le Rex Escape of the Fire Ants
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What's coming out next on Cuneiform? New jazz and avant-rock releases by American and French groups!

In September 2019, we'll we release Old New by the Tomeka Reid Quartet, led by the celebrated female jazz composer/cellist, and Live at Yoshiwara by French avant rock group Ghost Rhythms.

More info is forthcoming on the Cuneiform Records website and in the Cuneiform Records' September 2019 Newsletter.
Click Soundcloud image below to hear a track, "Old New":
Click Soundcloud image below to hear a track, "Kamaloka":

CUNEIFORM RECORDS Springs into the Season with:

We released three new albums in Spring/Summer 2019: two radically different albums featuring DC guitarist ANTHONY PIROG in quintets with other stellar American guitarists (HENRY KAISER, JOEL HARRISON, DAVE CHAPPELL), FIVE TIMES SURPRISE and MUSIC OF THE ANACOSTIA DELTA; and brass band, jazz & beyond music, ESCAPE OF THE FIRE ANTS, by the renegade Swiss brass band LE REX.

Read the Press Release for The Spellcasters' Music from the Anacostia Delta. 

Click Soundcloud image below to hear a track, "Rock Candy":
Music from the Anacostia Delta is by DC-based The Spellcasters (guitarists Joel Harrison, Anthony Pirog, and Dave Chappell and the late Danny Gatton's rhythm section: John Previti on acoustic & electric bass; and Barry Hart on drums), who celebrate the hybrid rockabilly/jazz/country music of the Anacostia Delta (DC/ northern VA/ southern MD) and the legacy of Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan via Fender Telecasters. Visit The Spellcaster's Artist Page at Cuneiform Records to hear/read/buy.

Read the Press Release for Five Times Surprise's self-titled album. 

Five Times Surprise is a monster ‘out’ electric jazz/rock session by Five Times Surprise (Henry Kaiser & Anthony Pirog–six-string guitar; Tracy Silverman–six-string electric violin; Jeff Sipe-drums; Andy West–six-string bass). Visit Five Times Surprise's Artist Page at Cuneiform Records to hear/read/buy. 
Click on Soundcloud image below to hear a track, "You Know You Know":

Read the Press Release for Le Rex's Escape of the Fire Ants. 

Click on SoundCloud image to hear title track, "Escape of the Fire Ants":
Cuneiform Records released Escape Of The Fire Ants by renegade Swiss brass band LE REX in April 2019. The band's fourth album, it's our second release by the young and highly mobile group who are winning jazz & beyond audiences across Europe & worldwide. Featuring a line up of trombone (Andreas Tschopp), tuba (Marc Unternahrer), two saxes (Benedikt Reising and Marc Stucki) and drums (Rico Baumann), the edgy "jazz" ensemble reinvents brass groove/jazz/brass band music with an indie-rock aesthetic. 


Please visit the Tours Page at Cuneiform Records for updates.


Emerging from the incredibly diverse crucible of music that is Chicago, Cheer-Accident embodies and re-affirms the “promises made” by previous generations of progressive rock, post-punk, and post rock bands—the creation of a thoroughly new rock-based music.

August 1 - Kiaju - Louisville, KY

August 2 - The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN

August 3 - TBA - Athens, GA

August 4 Curiousity Coffee - Columbia, SC

August 5 - TBA - Chapel Hill, NC

August 6 - TBA - Richmond, VA

August 7RhizomeDC - Takoma, Washington, DC

August 8 - TBA - Baltimore, MD

August 9The Rotunda - Philadelphia, PA

August 10Ceremony - Brooklyn, NY 

August 11Machine With Magnets - Pawtucket, RI

August 12ONCE - Boston, MA

August 13Tubby's - Kingston, NY

August 14Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH

August 15 - The Pioneer - Indianapolis, IN

August 16Blind Bob's - Dayton, OH

August 17 Martyrs' - Chicago, IL [with Bobby Conn, Akosuen]



Performing regularly at The Iridium and The Falcon, the Big Apple's beloved Ed Palermo Big Band, led by jazz composer/ arranger/ saxophonist Ed Palermo, hones its chops before the entire band travels overseas to perform at Germany's legendary Zappanale, the world's premiere festival devoted to the musical legacy of Frank Zappa.

August 7 - Montclair Social Club - 499 Bloomfield Ave  - Montclair, NJ

August 12The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY

August 17The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542

September 6The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY

October 19The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542

October 21 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY

November 18 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY

December 9 - The Iridium - 1650 Broadway - NYC, NY

December 21The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542

December 31The Falcon - 1348 Route 9W - Marlboro, NY 12542

Listen to & buy:
Ed Palermo Big Band albums on Cuneiform:
The Adventures of Zoyd Zundgren; The Great Un-American Songbook Vols. 1&2; One Child Left Behind
; Oh No! Not Jazz!!; Eddy Loves Frank; Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance


London's Empirical are expanding jazz's reach with their music (embracing the future while respecting the past) and via innovative means ("pop-up jazz lounges" in Tube stations) to introduce jazz to the mainstream public. After completing their first ever North American Tour in June, Empirical will tour the UK in the Fall of 2019.

Fall 2019: UK Tour

October 4 - Wakefield Jazz Club - Wakefield, UK

October 5 - Stapleford Granary - Cambridge, UK

December 12 - Bonington Theatre - Nottingham, UK

Listen to & buy:


The fourth release by this large, electric and eclectic French 'jazz and beyond band' and their first on Cuneiform.

October 11 - Moutier - Thorigny, France

October 18 - Sunset - Paris, France [CD Release Show]

Stay tuned for an upcoming GHOST RHYTHMS release on Cuneiform Records in October 2019!



The exuberant Swiss jazz/ pop/ beyond quartet - named after the American triple-Gold Medal winner at the 1904 Summer Olympics - continue to celebrate their Cuneiform release, Tilt,  by touring the Northern European jazz festival and club circuit. 

August 28 - Willisau Jazz Festival - Willisau, Switzerland

Listen to & buy: Tilt


Just released on Cuneiform Records (Spring 2019!), Escape of the Fire Ants announces the arrival of Swiss band Le Rex as an international force: street smart & road-tested, ferociously grooving & lyrically charged, a new millennium jazz brass band powered by indie rock energy & attitude.

August 17 -  PROGR - Bern, Switzerland

October 5 - Norval Foundation - Cape Town, South Africa

October 6 - Guga S'thebe - Cape Town, South Africa

October 9 - UKZN (university) - Durban, South Africa

October 12 - The Jazz Gallery - Mbabane, Eswatini

November 30 - Wendland Jazz Festival - Gedelitz, Germany

December 1 - B-Flat - Berlin, Germany

December 19 Theater Tuchlaube - Aarau, Switzerland

Listen to & buy:
Escape of the Fire AntsWild Man



UK electronic ensemble Radio Massacre International bring "Berlin School electronics" into the 21st  century and onto the live stage. The longstanding improvisational synth & electronics trio has released dozens of recordings - including 3 on Cuneiform – and mesmerized festival audiences worldwide.

October 12Awakenings - Lea Hall Pavilion, Sandy Lane - Rugeley, Staffs - UK

Listen to & buy:
Time & Motion, Rain Falls in Grey, Emissaries


Visionary jazz and electronic musician Rob Mazurek, a cornet player, improvisor, and band catalyst/leader has appeared on the cover of  The Wire, the world's premiere avant music 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, as well as an accomplished visual artist.


Listen to & buy:
Galactic Parables: Volume 1 

Cuneiform has also released numerous recordings with Mazurek's other ensembles, including Chicago/London UndergroundSao Paulo Underground, Rob Mazurek Octet, and more.


One of France's major experimental musicians and a key figure in the development of electronic rock, guitarist and electronic musician Richard Pinhas will tour Japan with drummer Yoshida Tatsuya  in September 2019


September 5 -  Nine Spices - Tokyo (Shinjuku City)  - Japan  (with trio PINHAS/MERZBOW/YOSHIDA)

September 6 - Satin Doll 2000 - Sendai, Japan 

September 7 - Morioka Music - Japan

September 8 - Snoky Records - Utsunomiya, Japan

September 9 - Kirchner - Hamamtasu, Japan

September 10 - Tokuzo - Nagoya, Japan (with trio PINHAS/YOSHIDA/ONO RYOKO) 

September 11 - Takutaku - Kyoto, Japan 

September 12 - Musica Japonica - Osaka, Japan (with trio PINHAS/YOSHIDA/KAWABATA MAKOTO) 

September 13 - Helluva Lounge - Kobe, Japan

September 14 - Jiro's Guitar Bar - Tokushima, Japan

September 15 - Too Nice - Takamatsu, Japan

September 16 - Hoshizora Jett - Matsuyama, Japan

September 17 - Otis - Hiroshima, Japan (with trio PINHAS/YOSHIDA/KOBAYASHI YOSHIO)

September 18 - Indo-Yo - Hofu, Japan

September 19 - At Hall - Oita, Japan

September 20 - Navaro - Kumamoto, Japan

September 21 - Utero - Hakata, Japan

September 22 - Silver Elephant - Tokyo, Japan (with trio PINHAS/YOSHIDA/HOPPY KAMIYAMA) 

September 23 - Goodman - Tokyo, Japan (with quartet PINHAS/YOSHIDA/HAINO KEIJII/TAKEDA RISA) 

Listen to & buy releases by Richard Pinhas & friends on Cuneiform:

Richard Pinhas: Process and Reality, Desolation Row, MetatronMetal/CrystalTranzition, Event & Repetitions


Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland: Mu 

Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi: Tikkun

 Richard Pinhas & Merzbow:  Keio Line, Rhizome, Paris 2008

Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya: Welcome in the Void

Schizotrope (Richard Pinhas & Maurice Dantec): The Life & Death of Marie Zorn


The second release – and first on Cuneiform Records – by cellist Tomeka Reid 's quartet

October 30 - November 5 : Midwest Tour - Dates Soon

Stay tuned for an upcoming TOMEKA REID QUARTET release on Cuneiform Records
in October 2019!



Recognized by DownBeat Magazine as a "National Treasure," composer/ improvisor/ trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is one of the most renown musicians in American Creative Music. Releasing countless albums that top critics' polls, Smith has won numerous music awards, including being winner of the Jazz Journalist Association's 2017 Musician of the Year Award and DownBeat 2017 Critics Poll awards for Trumpeter of the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year & Jazz Album of the Year. 

November 2 - Jazz At Lincoln Center - 10 Columbus Circle - NYC, NY

Listen to & buy: 
America's National Parks
(DownBeat's 2017 Album of the Year Award)

Ten Freedom Summers
(finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music)

& additional Wadada Leo Smith albums on Cuneiform:
Tabligh, Heart’s Reflections, Spiritual Dimensions, Sky Garden, Upriver 



UK's legendary Soft Machine 
[l-r: Roy Babbington, John Marshall, John Etheridge, Theo Travis] follow up their marathon global tour with an extensive series of concerts in their UK homeland.

August 4 - TBA - Porretta Terme, Italy

September 13 - Lowestoft Jazz Festival - Lowestoft Beach, UK

October 5 - Apollo - Scarborough, UK

October 6 - Spa Zephyr Lounge - Leamington, UK

October 10 - The Crescent - York, UK

October 11 - Green Hotel - Kinross, UK

October 16 - Robin 2 - Wolverhampton, UK

October 17 - Band On The Wall - Manchester, UK

October 19 - Saffron Hall - Saffron Walden, UK

October 22 - The Stables - Milton Keynes, UK

October 24 - Bonington Theatre - Nottingham, UK

October 26 - Empire Shepherds Bush - London, UK

October 27 - Academy - Sheffield, UK

October 30 - Earl Haig Club - Cardiff, UK

November 9 - Storey's Field Centre - Cambridge, UK

November 10 - Warwick Arts Centre - Coventry, UK

Listen to & buy  

NDR Jazz Workshop,  Middle Earth Masters,  Switzerland 1974,
  Virtually,  Spaced,  Backwards,  Grides,  Live in Paris,  Noisette





Thumbscrew is the all-star collaborative trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums), and Michael Formanek (acoustic bass). Their two new albums on Cuneiform – Ours and Theirs  placed on numerous Best Albums of 2018 lists worldwide, including the 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, Popmatters' Best Jazz of 2018, Bandcamp's Best Jazz Albums of 2018 and many more. Brilliant live performers, they've performed at festivals and served numerous residencies at art centers and prominent venues in the US and abroad.

October 13 - 18, 2020 - The Village Vanguard - NYC, NY


Listen to & buy: 



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