ONCE Somerville Presents
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Sat, June 3, 2017
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)ONCE Lounge
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Doors @ 9pm / Show @ 10pm
18+ / All ages admitted with an adult
$10 advance / $13 day of show
Tickets are available for purchase online until 5pm day of show / Walk up tickets are available for purchase at the door day of show after 9pmhttps://www.oncesomerville.com/event/1452215/
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic's innovative instrumental music, fusing rock, classical, minimalism, punk, and free-form sound, has earned the band wide recognition and audience appeal over 3 decades. Two keyboardists, guitar, saxophone, laptop, and acoustic/electronic percussion produce sound "as meditative as it is physical, as rooted in classical structure and jazz improvisation as it is in rock 'n' roll" (Boston Globe). The New York Times remarked that Birdsongs "sounds like a party in a Cubist roadhouse." Billboard called their music a "mesmerizing instrumental venture into the space-age jungle," while the Boston Phoenix calls it "a virtual reality that is both primordial and ultramodern."
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic began in 1980 as a side project by half of Boston's now legendary Mission Of Burma, Roger Miller and Martin Swope. Miller and Swope joined forces with Rick Scott and Erik Lindgren for what was originally conceived as a recording project only. In 1983, they released a self-titled EP, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.
With the (temporary) demise of Mission Of Burma at about the same time as the EP's release, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic became a full-time band for all members. In 1984 they released another LP, Magnetic Flip, and began extensive touring to support its release. A year later they released another EP, Beat of the Mesozoic, and again set out on tour.
In 1987, Roger Miller left the group to concentrate on solo projects and was replaced by saxophonist Ken Field. Birdsongs' new lineup recorded Faultline, released on Cuneiform (Rune 19). Their second Cuneiform release, Pyroclastics (Rune 35), appeared in 1992. Shortly afterwards, guitarist Michael Bierylo replaced Martin Swope, who moved to Hawaii. In 1993 a collection of previously unreleased material from 1980-1987 featuring the band's first lineup and accompanied by a written history, The Fossil Record (Rune 55) paid tribute to Birdsongs' early years.
The members of Birdsongs have been Aritsts-In-Residence at Dartmouth College and Massachusetts College of Art. Notable performances have included the Knitting Factory (NYC), Salvador Dali Museum (Florida), the Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Guimaraes Art Rock Festival (Portugal), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), and Real Art Ways (Hartford).
Members of the group also have gained attention by composing music for film and television, including work for the Sesame Workshop's highly respected Sesame Street series.
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