Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, The Cellar and Point

Fri Oct 17 2014

7:00 PM (Doors 5:00 PM)

Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club

17 Holland Street Somerville, MA 02144

All Ages

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Johnny D's is a mix of table seating and standing room.

General Admission does NOT guarantee seating.  Bar area is unreserved, first come first served, and offers a full menu. Fifteen minutes before music begins, unoccupied tables in the main room are open for all patrons. 

Guaranteed Seating: For guaranteed seating, purchase a ticket in one of the main room zones A-G, arrive within designated time which is in your confirmation email, and purchase dinner that evening. $15 FOOD minimum per person plus 7% meal tax.  

Please note: If zoned seating is not available for purchase on this event page there is only general admission tickets still available.

Fees Apply To All Online Purchases

You can also purchase tickets without fees through our  Box Office cash only.

Tues-Fri  4-7pm, Saturday 3-5pm

The day of show:

- Limited number of admissions available "cash only" at door on any given night, first come first serve.

- The ''cash only'' price at Door may vary from advance price.

Please call venue (617) 776-2004 for more information.

Zones arrival times:

Section A  5:30 – 6:00pm

Section B  5:15 – 5:45pm

Section C  5:15 – 5:45pm

Section D  5:00 – 5:30pm

Section E  5:30 – 6:00pm

Section F  5:00 – 5:30pm

Section G  5:45 – 6:15pm

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  • Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

    Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

    Music

    Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic

    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 demise of Mission Of Burma at about the same time as the EP's release, Birdongs 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.

    1995's Dancing On A'A (Rune 69) was the first Birdsongs release to feature the current lineup of the group, which has been performing ever since to widespread acclaim.

    Birdsongs' instrumentation is as striking as its music: two keyboards, guitar, and saxophone blend with electronic and acoustic percussion (including a Mercury Cougar hubcap and a paint can) to produce sound "...as meditative as it is physical, as rooted in classical structure and jazz improvisation as it is in rock 'n roll." (The Boston Globe)

    Since 1994, the members of Birdsongs have been Aritsts-In-Residence at Dartmouth College and Massachusetts College Of Art. Other recent notable performances have included the Knitting Factory in New York City, the Honolulu Academy Of Arts, the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire, and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Members of the group also have gained attention by composing music for film and television, including, most recently, work for the Children's Television Workshop's highly respected Sesame Street series.

  • The Cellar and Point

    The Cellar and Point

    Music

    THE CELLAR AND POINT is an adventurous "garage chamber" septet whose musical universe comprises the detail of modern concert music, the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz, and the emotional directness of alt-rock. Formed in 2010 by drummer/composer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist/composer Christopher Botta, the ensemble features an impressive cross-section of young talent from NYCʼs c...lassical, jazz, and new music scenes. Members of the group also currently perform with JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Signal, and Mantra Percussion. Time Out NY's Steve Smith has described the ensembleʼs sound as “ethereal chamber-prog” and lauded their live performance as “brainy, yet highly engaging.” After three years spent crafting their debut recording, the band will release "Ambit" on Cuneiform Records in September 2014.

    In addition to drums and acoustic guitar, the group features Christopher Otto (violin), Mariel Roberts (cello), Joe Bergen (vibraphone), Terrence McManus (electric guitar), and Greg Chudzik (bass). the cellar and pointʼs songbook includes original compositions by Branciforte and Botta as well as imaginative arrangements of such composers as Anton Webern, György Ligeti, and Pierre Boulez.

    Since 2010, the ensemble has consistently polished its live performance in NYC, sharing bills with such artists as guitarist Ben Monder, bassist/composer Florent Ghys, guitarist/composer Andrew McKenna Lee, and David T. Little's Newspeak. After the release of its debut record in September, the cellar and point is planning its first East Coast tour for fall 2014.
Johnny D's

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic plus The Cellar and Point

Fri Oct 17 2014 7:00 PM

(Doors 5:00 PM)

Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club Somerville MA
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, The Cellar and Point
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All Ages

Johnny D's is a mix of table seating and standing room.

General Admission does NOT guarantee seating.  Bar area is unreserved, first come first served, and offers a full menu. Fifteen minutes before music begins, unoccupied tables in the main room are open for all patrons. 

Guaranteed Seating: For guaranteed seating, purchase a ticket in one of the main room zones A-G, arrive within designated time which is in your confirmation email, and purchase dinner that evening. $15 FOOD minimum per person plus 7% meal tax.  

Please note: If zoned seating is not available for purchase on this event page there is only general admission tickets still available.

Fees Apply To All Online Purchases

You can also purchase tickets without fees through our  Box Office cash only.

Tues-Fri  4-7pm, Saturday 3-5pm

The day of show:

- Limited number of admissions available "cash only" at door on any given night, first come first serve.

- The ''cash only'' price at Door may vary from advance price.

Please call venue (617) 776-2004 for more information.

Zones arrival times:

Section A  5:30 – 6:00pm

Section B  5:15 – 5:45pm

Section C  5:15 – 5:45pm

Section D  5:00 – 5:30pm

Section E  5:30 – 6:00pm

Section F  5:00 – 5:30pm

Section G  5:45 – 6:15pm