Aeolian Music Works
FROM QUARK TO QUASAR
“A drummer’s life is pain.” – Francis Pip Biancamano the III rd of the Neapolitan House of the White Hand of Peace.
01. AEOLIAN KID - He’s Weird (Take #1 – 04/28/1992 – Edible Rex Rehearsal) - 04:19 - AAD ... Hard-Folk-Rock
02. LANDING IN LIBRA - An Afternoon Stroll - 08:30 - DDD ... Jazz-Rock Fusion
03. AEOLIAN KID - Henry (Control Room Demo) - 05:01 - ADD ... Folk
04. AEOLIAN KID - The Good One - 15:51 - AAD ... Jam-Band Groove-Rock
05. LANDING IN LIBRA - Everything Changes - 03:45 - ADD ... Folk-Pop
06. AEOLIAN KID - Djamdjampal - 14:33 - DDD ... Space-Blues
07. LANDING IN LIBRA - Psychedelic Polka Dot - 13:59 - DDD ... Free-Form Alternative Pop-Rock
08. AEOLIAN KID - Them Blues (Take #2 – 04/25/1992 – Edible Rex Rehearsal) - 07:10 - AAD ... Alternative Hard-Rock
TOTAL TIME: 73:30
Compilation Catalog Album Two of 8 original songs from the deep inner vaults of Aeolia Recording Studio.
2 Acoustic / 6 Electric... 5 Long Songs / 3 Short Songs... 5 with Lyrics / 3 Instrumentals.
Official Release Date: November 25, 2008
AEOLIAN MUSIC WORKS – “FROM QUARK TO QUASAR” – (AMW-CAT-002) - Released On: 11/25/2008 – Bar Code Number: 634479938337 – U.S. Copyright Office Registration Number: SR 655-875 – Registration Date: 02/26/2009
You've never heard ANYTHING like this before!
A sampler compilation album of 8 songs from AEOLIAN KID and LANDING IN LIBRA with musical selections that range from Acoustic Folk to Far-Out Spaced-Out Instrumentals.
01. AEOLIAN KID He’s Weird (Take #1 – 04/28/1992– Edible Rex Rehearsal) 04:19 AAD … All words and music written by George Koumantzelis. Music written by Michael Ginieres. All original music and arrangements ©1979, ©1989, ©1991, ©1992, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP), and ©1992, ©2001, ©2008 Michael Ginieres. … Performed by AEOLIAN KID: Pip Biancamano – Electric Bass; Matt Donahue – Electronic Synthesizer; Mike Ginieres – Electric Guitar (on the left); George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Ludwig Drums and Acoustic Zildjian Cymbals, and Vocal; and Joe Tremblay – Electric Guitar (on the right). … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs onto two tracks of the 4-track master tape. Analog 2-track 1/4 inch magnetic cassette tape recording at 1 & 7/ 8 ips with DBX-II noise reduction recorded and mixed on to digital 2-track DAT tape at 48 kHz / 16-bit in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio on April 28, 1992 during the Edible Rex rehearsals. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by AEOLIAN KID called: Live In Wamesit And Beyond (AMW-AOK-002). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … Pip Biancamano can be reached here: http://www.lasttribenyc.com/our_music.html ... Matt Donahue can be reached here: http://www.enbmdlaw.com/jsp2109559.jsp ... Mike Ginieres can be reached here: http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=361895474 … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html ... Joe Tremblay cannot be reached.
02. LANDING IN LIBRA An Afternoon Stroll 08:30 DDD … All music written by Dave Ambrose, Amer Baloch, John W. Butler, and George Koumantzelis. All original music and arrangements ©2000, ©2001, ©2008 Dave Ambrose / Howlin’ Dave Music (ASCAP), ©2000, ©2001, ©2008 Amer Baloch / Jazak-Allah! Music / (ASCAP), ©2000, ©2001, ©2008 John W. Butler / Wakan Tanka Music (ASCAP), and ©2000, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP). … Performed by LANDING IN LIBRA: Dave Ambrose – Acoustic Tenor Saxophone; Amer Baloch – Electric Guitar (on the right); Johnny “Johnny B” Butler – Electric Bass (on the left); and George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Ludwig Drums and Acoustic Zildjian Cymbals. … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs. Digital 2-track hard-disc recording at 96 kHz / 24-bit recorded in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio on October 21, 2000. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by LANDING IN LIBRA called: An Afternoon Stroll (AMW-LIL-009). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … Dave Ambrose can be reached here: http://www.uml.edu/Libraries/Staff/David_Ambrose.html ... Amer Baloch can be reached here: http://www.myspace.com/djapu1 ... Johnny Butler cannot be reached … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html
03. AEOLIAN KID Henry (Control Room Demo) 05:01 ADD … All words and music written by George Koumantzelis. All original music and arrangements ©1979, ©1989, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP). … Performed by AEOLIAN KID: George Koumantzelis – Electronic Synthesizer (“Chorused Piano” and “Medium Strings”), and Vocal. … Analog 2-track 1/4 inch magnetic cassette tape recording at 1 & 7/ 8 ips with Dolby C noise reduction recorded in Dracut, Massachusetts at Loon Hill Recording Studio on May 29, 1989, and mixed on to digital 2-track DAT tape at 48 kHz / 16-bit in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio in the summer of 1992. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by AEOLIAN KID called: Leftovers & Second Helpings (AMW-AOK-009). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html
04. AEOLIAN KID The Good One 15:51 AAD … All music written by Pip Biancamano, Michael Ginieres, George Koumantzelis, and Joe Tremblay. All original music and arrangements ©1991, ©2001, ©2008 Pip Biancamano / Potentially Important Projects (BMI), ©1991, ©2001, ©2008 Michael Ginieres, ©1991, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP), and ©1991, ©2001, ©2008 Joe Tremblay. … Performed by AEOLIAN KID: Pip Biancamano – Electric Bass; Mike Ginieres – Electric Guitar (on the right); George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Ludwig Drums and Acoustic Zildjian Cymbals; and Joe Tremblay – Electric Guitar (on the left). … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs onto two tracks of the 4-track master tape. Analog 2-track 1/4 inch magnetic cassette tape recording at 1 & 7/ 8 ips with DBX-II noise reduction recorded and mixed on to digital 2-track DAT tape at 48 kHz / 16-bit in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio on November 17, 1991. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by AEOLIAN KID called: Mojo Jams #1 (AMW-AOK-004). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … Pip Biancamano can be reached here: http://www.lasttribenyc.com/our_music.html ... Mike Ginieres can be reached here: http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=361895474 … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html ... Joe Tremblay cannot be reached.
05. LANDING IN LIBRA Everything Changes 03:45 ADD … All words and music written by John W. Butler. All original music and arrangements ©1999, ©2001, ©2008 John W. Butler / Wakan Tanka Music (ASCAP). … Performed by LANDING IN LIBRA: Johnny “Johnny B” Butler – Electric Guitar, and Vocal; Mike Ginieres – Electric Guitar (barely audible); and George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Conga Drums. … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs. Analog 2-track 1/4 inch magnetic cassette tape recording at 1 & 7/ 8 ips with Dolby C noise reduction recorded and mixed on to digital 2-track hard-disc at 96 kHz / 24-bit in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio on September 4, 1999. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by LANDING IN LIBRA called: Traversing The Hypotenuse (AMW-LIL-003). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … Johnny Butler cannot be reached … Mike Ginieres can be reached here: http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=361895474 … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html
06. AEOLIAN KID Djamdjampal 14:33 DDD … All music written by Scott Bears, Gregg Daigle, and George Koumantzelis. All original music and arrangements ©1993, ©2001, ©2008 Scott Bears / Bear Songs Music (ASCAP), ©1993, ©2001, ©2008 Gregg Daigle / Gregg Daigle Music (BMI), and ©1993, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP). … Performed by AEOLIAN KID: Scott Bears – Electric Guitar (on the right); Gregg Daigle – Electric Guitar (on the left); and George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Ludwig Drums and Acoustic Zildjian Cymbals. … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs. Digital 2-track DAT tape recording at 48 kHz / 16-bit recorded in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio on July 25, 1993. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by AEOLIAN KID called: Centered (AMW-AOK-008). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … Scott Bears can be reached here: http://www.batkolmusic.com/Music.html ... Gregg Daigle can be reached here: http://www.raisingcanebluegrass.com/bio_g.html ... George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html
07. LANDING IN LIBRA Psychedelic Polka Dot 13:59 DDD … All music written by Amer Baloch, John W. Butler, and George Koumantzelis. All words written by John W. Butler. All original music and arrangements ©1996, ©2001, ©2008 Amer Baloch / Jazak-Allah! Music / (ASCAP), ©1996, ©2001, ©2008 John W. Butler / Wakan Tanka Music (ASCAP), and ©1996, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP). … Performed by LANDING IN LIBRA: Amer Baloch – Electric Guitar (on the left); Johnny “Johnny B” Butler – Electric Bass (on the right), and Vocal; and George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Pearl Drums and Acoustic Zildjian Cymbals. … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs. Digital 2-track DAT tape recording at 48 kHz / 16-bit recorded in Dracut, Massachusetts in “the back room” recording studio at Aeolia Whole Foods on November 23, 1996. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by LANDING IN LIBRA called: Libran Landing (AMW-LIL-011). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. ... Amer Baloch can be reached here: http://www.myspace.com/djapu1 ... Johnny Butler cannot be reached … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html
08. AEOLIAN KID Them Blues (Take #2 – 04/25/1992– Edible Rex Rehearsal) 07:10 AAD ... All words and music written by George Koumantzelis. All original music and arrangements ©1983, ©1989, ©1991, ©1992, ©2001, ©2008 George Koumantzelis / Aeolian Lyrical Music (ASCAP). … Performed by AEOLIAN KID: Pip Biancamano – Electric Bass; Matt Donahue – Electronic Synthesizer; Mike Ginieres – Electric Guitar (on the left); George Koumantzelis – Acoustic Ludwig Drums and Acoustic Zildjian Cymbals, and Vocal; and Joe Tremblay – Electric Guitar (on the right). … Live in-studio recording with no overdubs onto two tracks of the 4-track master tape. Analog 2-track 1/4 inch magnetic cassette tape recording at 1 & 7/ 8 ips with DBX-II noise reduction recorded and mixed on to digital 2-track DAT tape at 48 kHz / 16-bit in Wamesit at Aeolia Recording Studio on April 25, 1992 during the Edible Rex rehearsals. Recorded, engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced by George Koumantzelis. … Taken from the album by AEOLIAN KID called: Live In Wamesit And Beyond (AMW-AOK-002). ©2001 & (P)2001 Aeolian Music Works. All Rights Reserved. … Pip Biancamano can be reached here: http://www.lasttribenyc.com/our_music.html ... Matt Donahue can be reached here: http://www.enbmdlaw.com/jsp2109559.jsp ... Mike Ginieres can be reached here: http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=361895474 … George Koumantzelis can be reached here: http://aeolianmusicworks.homestead.com/AeolianErgonautics.html ... Joe Tremblay cannot be reached.
No computers at all were used in the recording, mixing, or mastering of this music.
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO: Ted Leonsis
This Anthology of Music is Dedicated to all of our friends who did not make it:
The Apostolakos kid, Doug Butler, Paul Christidis & Family, Angelo Demoulas, Dave Dokos, Laura Franceschi, Stuart Frye, Archie Gatzimos, Maria Gatzimos, the older Gatzimos kid, Nicky Gavriel, Johnny Haidutis, Nicky Hantzes, Teddy Hantzes, Jimmy Kanavos, Johnny Kalogeropoulos, the older Kalogeropoulos kid, Mike “Spider” Koumantzelis, “Chicken” Logothetis, Peter Lullus, Peter MacMunn, Kathy Mirras, Al Moody, Nicky Petroules, Johnny Psomiades, Rick Skaff, David Stillwaggon, George Tatsios, Paul Tingas, Charlie Touliopoulos, Paul Tsongas, and Peter Walsh.
This is the second album in a series of musical anthologies to be presented by Aeolian Music Works. The first album is COSMIC PODUNK. Look for forthcoming albums to be called: ALL IS ONE, ISKOLOONIZINERNLY YOURS IN NERHITROGOOL, NAGARJUNA’S NOETIC NOD, GURDJIEFF’S GROUNDHOG GROOVE, MICROCOSM REFLECTS MACROCOSM, and more.
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Aeolian Music Works Logo, Art Direction, and CD Design: George Koumantzelis
Aeolian Music Works Logo Computer Graphics: John Trupp at Metro Graphics: http://www.metrographics.com
PRODUCED BY: George Nicholas Koumantzelis
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AEOLIAN MUSIC WORKS
Catalog Album Two
Made in America
ISKOLOONIZINERNLY YOURS IN NERHITROGOOL
. . . . . . . . . . AEOLIAN ERGONAUTICS
. . . . . The Art Of Sailing Through One’s Work
NOTE: In the summer of 1979, my old friend, Michael Ginieres, and I spent the day together in Harvard Square. Our intention was to get out of Lowell and go into Cambridge to the Harvard Coop. My personal goal was to buy a bunch of brand new Grateful Dead albums. Michael was there to enjoy the day in a pleasant atmosphere. After leaving the Harvard Coop (the best place to buy records in those days!), we walked up Mass Ave, parked Michael's car outside of a Chinese restaurant, and just hung out enjoying the sunlight and the magic of the Cambridge crowd of people around us. ... I was sitting on the hood of Michael's car, and as people walked by on the sidewalk - as a goofy / intellectual exchange-provoker - I would shout-out with a smile and a wave: "FROM QUARK TO QUASAR ! ! !" ... This behaviour inspired and encouraged some exciting and interesting responses from the passers-by at large. In fact, our sidewalk conversations and peripatetic exchanges with the general public began to attract a crowd of interested listeners to the topic of all things quantum. Remember: this was WAY before the days of WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?! and the new wave of literature with titles that seem to have been inspired by my original, enthusiastic and cosmic quest of examining the real nature of the spiritual / physical spectrum of all energetic states of existence from microcosm to macrocosm that range "FROM QUARK TO QUASAR." ... - George Koumantzelis, Producer
01. 04-13-2006 to 06-06-2007 – Andres Restrepo – via Email: “Hi George, Yes!! I'd be willing and excited to listen to as much music as you want me to hear! Really, I'd be honored. ... See you soon, Andres … Hey George! As I type this at home, I'm listening to From Quark To Quasar-Track 4... killer stuff, bro! I like how it's both funky AND psychedelic at the same time! Great twin electric guitar leads! The tone reminds me a lot of my Les Paul- is that what the guitarists were playing, do you remember? After I've had a chance to listen through a second time, I'll give you my feedback on EQ and sound. But I'm really enjoying what I'm hearing so far!! See you soon, Andres … It's great!! Again, killer guitar work. Is that you on vocals, bro? I don't have the track lists in front of me, so I'm not sure of the title... but I think it may be "Them Blues"? Oh, and nice drum sound! Anyway, I plan to start on All Is One tonight! Later! – Andres … P.S. Yeah, I've gotta say: this last tune (track 8) is the best on the album. … Hi George, You know, off the top of my head, I'm not sure what my impression of that track was. I'll take a listen to it again tonight, and send you my thoughts in an email over the weekend. Though I can say that I listened to most of All Is One the night before last, and enjoyed it a lot! By the way, just so you know: I've been sure to listen to the tracks only in my room or in my car (specifically not at work), to ensure that your work isn't leaked to the public or anything. AND, I haven't played it on my computer - only my CD players. That way, there's absolutely no chance it could get hacked or make its way to the internet or something. Talk to you soon! – Andres … George!! I'm listening to Polliwogs in King Neptune's Court... what can I say? It's AMAZING! Really impressed, bro. I love how the piece is very structured and composed, and yet very improvisatory at the same time. It really reminds me of the experimental psychedelia from Germany (aka "Krautrock") that was being made in the early 70s: bands like Can, Amon Duul II, Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru, Agitation Free, and the Cosmic Jokers really spring to mind. I love what the entire band is doing: guitars, drums, and electronics. A masterpiece! See you soon! – Andres … Hey George! I'm listening now [to The Traveling Pelican Suite], and loving it. Reminds me of mid-70s Eno (Another Green World), and definitely Pink Floyd - the guitarwork is definitely reminisicent of David Gilmour (not to mention Robert Fripp). The drumming is one of the highlights (really great playing and sound on the toms), as well as the electronics / post-production that start around 3:30. What exactly were you doing on this piece? The engineering /recording is stellar. Talk to you more about it soon, bro! – Andres … George, thanks for the detailed account of the tune's creation! Your inspiration and dedication paid off, in a truly masterful piece of music. My impression so far is that this piece, along with "Polliwogs....", is your masterpiece! I was impressed not only with the quality of the music, but the quality of the recording as well - it's really a professional job, bro! I may give it another listen to night... as for song 5, I listened to it last night, but my immediate impressions escape me at the moment. I'll hear it again, and give you more feedback tomorrow. Hope your sore throat gets better, bro! – Andres … Hi, George, Good to hear from you. … George, I thought of you when driving on the freeway, because I passed the exit for Trapelo Road. How could I not be reminded of the epic spoken-word track on Cosmic Podunk, "Lost On Trapelo Road"? … I did get your email about WONDERING... interesting stuff, man. Not sure about the amp. I'll have to see how my finances are and how much I should have saved when I go to school before determining whether or not I can / should buy the amp. But eventually! Let me know how you like the Dino Jr. disc! I've heard nothing but good things about it so far... Talk to you soon, Andres”
02. 12-05-2008 - Pete Stillwaggon - via Email: "Hi, George, ... I'll take a listen to the new work and appreciate your remembering David. ... All told, no complaints in the world. ... The Gatzimos guy who died early was named Jimmy. He was one of the first to go. ... Cheers, Pete Stillwaggon"
03. 12-06-2008 - Andrew Szava-Kovats - via Email: "hi, George: I got your package today. Wow! Very impressive package and label printing on the CD. The disc has a real pro look. Good job. I haven't listened yet... but I'll get back to you when I do. ... andy"
04. 12-07-2008 - Pip Biancamano - via Email: "Thanks for the CD, bro. Sounds good. Hope your Birthday went well. Mine went without incident. The jam at Matt's was OK... Pip"
05. 12-09-2008 - Andrew Szava-Kovats - via Email: "Hi, George: ... I'm going to put on your CD now. (Did you print the discs on the Epson? What kind of discs are these? I like the surface.) It would be great to see you at Christmas! ... andy"
06. 12-12-2008 - Scott Richards - via Email: "Hi George!!! I will order after Xmas because money is tight right now. Happy Holidays!!! Scotty"
07. 12-17-2008 - Jane Litwin Taylor - via Email: "I was planning on buying a copy of from Quark to Quasar… I should get to it next week. Can’t wait to hear the “All is One” - Jane Litwin Taylor"
08. 12-19-2008 - Keith Blanchet - via Email: "Congrats! Awesome Man! I'm just about to sit down and pay my bills, so I'll be filling out a check for "FROM QUARK..." I've been writing a lot of instrumental music at my home set-up recently, I'll keep you informed - no formal plans to do a CD right now, just inspired and in the writing a shitload of neat sounding stuff. I got the Frank Zappa Day email - Very Cool. Happy Holidays. Wishing You Peace and Divine Radiance - Keith"
09. 12-19-2008 - Keith Blanchet - via Letter: "Hey Dude! Please send me a copy of "From Quark To Quasar." Thanks - Keith - Be of Love, Joy, Radiance & Bliss!"
10. 12-22-2008 - Fred Vigeant - via Emal: "Yowza, you're still on a roll... I got to hear it! How are things in MD?"
11. 12-24-2008 - Greg Franceschi - In Person: "Wow, George - I really like the graphics. Nice picture on the front cover. Nice image of the Buddhist rock garden. It looks very professional. ... Thanks for doing all this. I really appreciate all the effort you put into releasing all of our music that we've recorded over all these years. It's nice to have the variety of music all on one disc. I like that. It's nice to hear what you've done over the years with all these people and different groups. I like the song that Johnny sings, the fifth one. Johnny has a good voice. He's a good guy, too. I know I liked him that one time we all met him at Svetlana's. ... I like the one with the sax a lot, too. It reminds me of Traffic. That one is really cool. The recording sounds very professional. ... I'll have to listen to more of it and tell you what I think. I like Michael's guitar playing, too. He's real good. ... I hope you keep on coming out with these compilation discs, man. I think they're a lot of fun to listen to."
12. 12-30-2008 - Keith Blanchet - via Email: "Thanks Man! Happy New Year! - Keith"
13. 01-05-2009 - Jane Litwin Taylor - via Email: "This is going to rock! We are definitely going to the 2 shows in Worcester ! Whoo hoo! Thanks for sending us Quark. I can’t wait to hear it in its entirety. Haven’t listened yet, as Bill was just here and we jammed a lot and recorded 2 cassettes! Love, Peace and Merry New Year! Jane Litwin Taylor"
14. 01-05-2009 - Yukon Bob Howard - via Phone Call: "GEORGE!!! ... Man, I LIKE this new CD. It's REALLY good. I like the songs on it better than the last one. It seems like there's more variety. The one I really like a lot is the second one, with the sax. It's jazzy and cool. ... Oh, no - it does NOT suck! It's a real good CD, bro. I think you guys recorded some interesting stuff. Really different. I like all the songs, but especially the long jazzy one with the sax. That's great. The Polka Dot one is real funny, too. It was fun to listen to. ... I got to tell ya, it sounds great driving around in the van. It really holds my interest. I want to listen to it somemore. I think it's really good. ... Man, THANKS for this CD, George! I think it's cool."
15. 01-12-2009 - Scott Bears - via Email: "Thank you for all your work! Scott"
16. 01-12-2009 - Andy Szava-Kovats - via Email: "Hi, George, ... I'm working on the "Grindstone Redux" Documentary DVD these days, although it's slow going so far... Attached is the Official 2009 Grindstone Calendar, formatted to print on your favorite 8.5 x 11" paper. Enjoy. I listened to "From Quark to Quazar" and my favorite piece is 02: Landing in Libra - "An Afternoon Stroll" - the sax really gives it soul, you know? Are you going to the Innauguration? cheers, ask www.TrueAgeRecords.com POB 9701, Lowell, MA 01852"
17. 01-13-2009 - Jane Litwin Taylor - via Email: "I have been so scattered and just got over a bad migraine stretch. Was pretty sick for most of last week, so I haven’t listened yet. Your email is a reminder to put Quark in the CD player when I get home this evening. I’ll let you know what I think, but knowing your creative musical spirit, I’m sure it really grooves! Love! Jane Litwin Taylor"
18. 01-15-2009 - "YOSHI" - via Email: "Hey, I listened to the first 4 songs off the new CD. Very cool stuff. I like some of the blues tone in (can't remember) track 3 or 4? Will be listening to more tonight while im doing dishes... had other house work keeping me up late last night. The first song sounded like it was live. The first song didn't catch my attention right off the bat. But the few after it where really cool. I notice you have Metallica syndrome = long songs. Some younger crowds who are not use to listening to songs over 3.5 - 4 mins might not catch on. Me, on the other hand, if its good i'll stay in the song for the long hall. I like older Metallica, Pink Floyd, and The Doors. Those bands are known for having long songs. I will have to listen to it more tonight to give you a little more of my oppinion. Cheers! -Yoshi"
19. 01-15-2009 - Keith Blanchet - via Email: "Hey George! I got the CD - Thanks Man!I like the artwork, the Zen Garden theme is a nice touch. My favorite tracks include: Track 2, An Afternoon Stroll is bluesy and cool. Dave's Sax playing is what gives the track its life. I enjoy Amer's guitar underneath the sax, it almost gives the feel of electric keys. Track 4, The Good One - funky groovin'! I dig it. The drums are just laying down the time keeping things together, a good compliment to what the bass is playing. I dig the guitar leads on this one. Track 6, Djamdjampal - my personal favorite on the whole album. Bluesy, laid back jammin'. This tune works especially well because of how all the pieces fit together to form the whole. The guitar tones on this tune are especially good. They fit in with the overall sound of the tune really well. I think that they make the track shine. Track 7, Psychedelic Polka Dot - Silly! Polka-Feel! It's an overall light song. Great for toe tapping and head bobbing. Track 8, Them Blues - can't go wrong with the classic (I - bIII) chord progression in Eb! Great work overall George. I know how hard you work at this and how much effort you put into it. Keep your love for music alive and may your continued efforts open up greater joy in your Being. May this work pave the way for Bliss to overflow within you. In Divine Joy and Happiness - Keith."
20. 01-16-2009 - Greg Franceschi - via Email: "I'll second that. A Minor jamming, man. I've been playing several of those same chords for 30 odd years now, but not like this. Thanks Dave Lamkens! And thanks George!! By the way, George, have you seen this software you can jam with your friends through the internet with, LIVE & in color! I don't know about the in color, but the LIVE jamming part sounds cool. I heard a radio program snippet, but don't know what its called. Do you know? Maybe we could do another version of Working Blues without my glitch in the middle? PS - I want to rerelease some of the stuff we done together, in a way more along the lines of what you've done with Aeolian Kid, Cosmic Podunk, etc., with a physical cd, with pictures, and artwork & distribute it, but don't know anyone who could help produce it with me, right & proper, if you know what I mean. Any idea what it would cost to do this? Any interest, or, more to the point, time??????? Thanks for the Lamkins link-a-runi, man! It's beautiful. ... Hey George, It's me again. Listening to some more Dave Lamkins thanks to you. It's very peaceful and soothing. Makes me feel legit, even though I hardly ever play anymore, but hey, I'm not dead yet, right? Have you ever heard Terje Rypdal's After The Rain. Same school. Tubes sure are warmer. ... Hope this finds you well. ... I'll try and reach you tomorrow by phone. Greg"
21. 01-23-2009 - Jane Litwin Taylor - via Email: "George, I will see if we can bring 11th Hour over to G & L’s sometime to watch. We just got a new DVD player this week, so haven’t watched it yet. Okay, feedback on Quark: WOW!! I think it is fantastic. So far my favorite tune is "An Afternoon Stroll" I love the horns and how it just grooves. I also like djamdjampal (not sure I got that name that right!) It reminds me of The Dead from 68-69 when they were doing those Blues jams – not the real psychedelic stuff, but bluesy. It also reminds me of Quicksilver Messenger Service. I want to listen to the whole thing a few more times and give you my feedback again. But, man, you guys really jam! It sounds so professional. I am really proud of you! I put it in the new car CD player so I can have "surround sound" while cruising! On a musical note, I started a myspace page and put my original songs on it as well as Octagon Octopus. Hope you’re okay with that since you are the drummer and producer on all those tracks. Check it out at www.myspace.com/janelitwintaylor It’s a new day….things are going to get brighter... Lots of love, Jane"
22. 02-05-2007 - "YOSHI" - In Person: "George, you know, I've been listening to the CD somemore. I've listened to it a few times. I really like it. I'm really starting to get into the first song now. It was weird at first - it's a different kind of song. I never heard a song that sounded like that before. But now, I like it a lot. I like the sound of the guitars. They sound real LIVE. In fact, the WHOLE CD sounds like it was basically recorded LIVE. I really like that. ... I think the "Polka Dot" song is funny, man. It's a lot of fun to listen to. ... Good recording, man. Like I said, I really like the live sound. It's great."
23. 02-06-2009 - Patrick Taylor - via Email: "hey George, We did listen to quarks and we loved it. i like that you recorded it all live, so cool. Talk to you soon. Patrick"
24. 02-09-2009 - Jane Litwin Taylor - via Email: "Hey George - Quark is in the car CD player and I just listened to “He’s Weird” and “Afternoon Stroll.” I’m not a techie person, but it sounds really professional and clean to me. I am really impressed. Performance wise, you guys ROCK. The drums are fantastic, the lead guitar is amazing too, and the band in general is really tight. I will be listening to more of it today, since I am driving to Noho. It’s good road trip music!! Patrick hasn’t listened to it as much as I have because I’ve been using the car with the CD player. But he has listened to some of it. I know you want his feedback, so I’ll take the CD out for him to listen to at home. George, in general, I think it is a fantastic collection. The songs are poetry and I am blown away at how good they are. It’s up there with anything Neil has done for sure. More feedback to come…. Peace & Love Jane"
25. 02-13-2009 - Ian Soper - In Person: "George... I really like the CD. You know, I was surprised by it, because when you first talked to me about it, and I looked at it, I thought it was going to be basically folk-rock. But, man - it's really different from what I thought. I really like the second song, the one with the sax. It reminds me a lot of "Dark Side Of The Moon" by PINK FLOYD. It's really cool. ... How did you put all this together? ... I mean, are you singing on every song? ... What instruments do you play? ... Yeah, I really like it, and I'm going to buy it. I'm going to keep it. It's a good CD. ... Thanks, man."
26. 02-22-2009 - Greg Franceschi - via Email: "Hey George, It didn't come through with any red or other color highlights, but what do you need? I'm confused, (What else is new?) . . . I have no memory of anything this specific. Did I space out and forget to pay for the Podunks? What's up? Loved the POLKA DOT. Great talking to you. Hope all is well. Ciao for now! Greg"
27. 03-04-2009 - Andres Restrepo - via Email: "On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 5:55 AM, George Koumantzelis wrote: On what authority does the President of The United States have the right to execute Executive Orders and to sign Presidential Signing Statements?
Those are great questions, George! The President's authority to issue Executive Orders (a key tool by which he oversees executive branch activity) is threefold. First, Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution provides that "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." This is known as the Vesting Clause, and confers upon the President the duty and authority to carry out the laws of the United States. One of the ways he does this is by overseeing the activities of the executive branch departments, agencies and officers, and the Executive Order is a means by which he fulfills his duties under the Vesting Clause. Second, Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution provides that the President "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." Here again, the Constitution species that the President has, not just the authority, but the duty to execute the laws duly enacted by Congress. The President must, therefore, provide instruction to his subordinate officers in the Executive branch as they carry out their duties; otherwise, he fails to comply with the dictates of the Take Care clause. Executive Orders are are major vehicle by which these instructions are provided. Finally, Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 requires the President to take the following oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Again, the affirmation that he will "faithfully execute the Office of the President" echoes the Take Care clause, and indicates that the President has a duty to fully execute the laws of the United States. Executive Orders are the means by which he can execute this duty and ensure that the lower executive branch officials are faithfully exeuting the laws. The authority for signing statements, it must be acknowledged, is more obscure. It may seem odd at first that the President can choose not to execute a law duly enacted by Congress! However, take a look again at the Oath of Office: the president affirms or swears that he will "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." But what happens if the President is faced with executing a law, or part of a law, that he and his advisors genuinely believe is unconstitutional? In these rare circumstances, the President has the authority--and perhaps even the responsibility--to decline to execute the law or the unconstitutional provision, and to explain to Congress and to the American people why he believes that law is unconstitutional and therefore why he will not execute it. The signing statement is a means by which the president may do this. Furthermore, there may be times in which the president is faced with executing a law that is open to several different plausible interpretations, one or more of which would be, in the president's best judgment, unconstitutional. In these circumstances, it is the President's duty to interpret the law in a way that does not raise constitutional problems, and to execute it accordingly. In these instances, it is appropriate for the President to issue a signing statement announcing that he will execute the law according to an interpretation that does not raise constitutional problems. Of course, the issuance of a signing statement is a solemn act, and should only be done in the most dire circumstances. If a president utilizes it too frequently and for the purpose of aggrandizing his own office, or issues signing statements in cases in which the law at issue is not very clearly unconstitutional, he will be abusing the tool of the signing statement, and may (and should) incur serious political backlash (and perhaps contradiction by the judiciary, if the law at issue comes before a court). There's a strong case to be made that the last presidential administration abused its power in just that way. However, we must always bear in mind that all officers of the government, not just Courts, have a duty to uphold the Constitution; and in those rare cases in which government officials are asked to comply with certain dictates that they truly believe violate the Constitution, it is necessary and expedient that they have a means by which to decline to engage in those activities. I hope that helps! Best regards, Andres P.S. Thanks again for the stuff you sent me to my place in Somerville! I really enjoyed the copy you burned me of From Quark To Quasar, and will purchase a real copy from CDBaby soon!"
28. 03-12-2009 - Ted Leonsis - via Email: "Some good stuff - some not so good -- how goes sales. Ted"
29. 03-12-2009 - Cerphe Colwell of 94.7 The Globe FM Radio Station - via Email: "hi george......sorry for the delayed response....yes i listened to this and loved it. very creative stuff plus cryptic liner notes! thanks so much for sharing this and for tuning in on the ride home. rock on! thanks again. cerphe"
30. 03-29-2009 - David Lamkins - via Emai: "Hi George, I finally got a chance to listen to "From Quark to Quasar". I've played the CD just once through so far; these are my first impressions.
First of all, I have to say that I love the honesty of these recordings. There are lots of little cues that tell the listener that these songs were performed by the artists rather than assembled by a technician. I really like the sense that these are verbatim recordings of real performances. To me, this is the way music should be heard: as performed. I am so tired of hearing music that has been filtered through some kind of weird perverted engineering process to remove every breath, every bit of background noise, every misplaced note, in fact every single cue that would tell the listener that the recording was made by musicians rather than anal-retentive recording technicians. Think back to the excitement you experienced the first time you heard Led Zeppelin I or Wheels of Fire, both of which were thrilling because of the occasional imperfection.
That's not to say that From Quark To Quasar is not well-recorded, nor that the performances are sloppy. The CD captures a musical aesthetic that originates from a time and place which has sadly been left in the dustbin of history by the music industry. These performances would
have been right at home, and warmly received, at the Fillmore West under the direction of Bill Graham or Chet Helms. The musical forms are simple - mostly blues-based or modal vamps - but there's a joyous unselfconscious sense of experimentation that permeates every tune.
The fact that the form and style of the music pays homage to an earlier time, though, does not mean that the music sounds dated. While the guitars hew fairly closely to the classic psychedelic or ancestral heavy metal distortion sound (think Jorma Kaukonen and Jimmy Page), other musical elements are decidedly modern sounding. Imagine mixing slap bass with psychedelic guitar and keyboards. And one of the guitarists (although named in the credits by location in the stereo field, my listening setup is mono by default) cuts loose with bursts of shredding that would have turned Alvin Lee's head back in the day.
The recording quality is pristine, not in an engineered-to-the-point-of-blandness kind of way, but in the sense that it captures every nuance of the performance. If you listen closely, you can hear past the instruments to the performers themselves. All of those subtle cues that get cut from modern recordings by noise gates and digital editing - the hand on the strings just before a blistering solo, the spoken cues from one musician to another, even some of the chatter before and after a take - are all there. Ironically, rather than detracting from the quality of the music - as conventional wisdom would have one believe - these little sonic cues reinforce the sense that this is music played in the moment with joy and spontaneity.
This is good stuff, George. Thank you!
Whatever universe you live in, there's completion in there if you want to find it. There's infinity to explore, and you're always equally far from the goal. -- Tuck Andress"
31. Winter / Spring 2009 - John Collinge of PROGRESSION Magazine - via Issue #56:
MUSIC REVIEW of FROM QUARK TO QUASAR from Issue 56 Winter / Spring 2009 of PROGRESSION Magazine, page 103, by John Collinge, Publisher and Editor:
"VARIOUS ARTISTS: FROM QUARK TO QUASAR - Style: ROCK / JAZZ / JAM / PSYCH / FOLK / BLUES - 2008 (CD, 73:32); Aeolian Music Works - SOUND: 2.5 COMPOSITION: 2.5 MUSICIANSHIP: 2.5 PERFORMANCE: 3.5 TOTAL RATING: 11 [out of a maximum total of 16]
Lovingly compiled, produced (and partially performed) by Baltimore – based [Gaithersburg, MD] muso George Koumantzelis, FROM QUARK TO QUASAR is a testament to the independent spirit of non-mainstream American music. This sampler comprises eight tracks by two bands for which George plays drums and sometimes sings – Aeolian Kid and Landing In Libra. Styles cross-pollinate throughout, creating an earnest flower-child vibe that’s high in likeability if short in virtuosic chops.
Prog fans will instinctively gravitate to the three “epic” tracks clocking in at 14-minutes plus, where freewheeling psych / jam / blues meanderings hold sway. Landing In Libra’s hilarious “Psychedelic Polka-Dot” portrays a drunken lounge wolf “lookin’ for nookie” on the dance floor and finding disaster. This kind of rock humor, once popularized by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen decades ago, is something we all need more of.
Aeolian Kid’s fuzzy, psych / blues-drenched “The Good One” is a sprawling jam that’ll have you pining for the days of black lights and lava lamps. The band’s curiously named “Djamdjampal” is a long, improvised blues stroll that recalls late ‘60s head-trippin’. Fun stuff. - John Collinge"
32. 05-15-2009 - Dr. Vicki R. Casella, Executive Director, The Bridge School - via Letter: "Dear George, We recently received your donation to The Bridge and, on behalf of the students, parents, staff and Board of Directors, would like to thank you for supporting our programs. It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to provide quality support for our children and their families. Pegi and Neil are on a short break from their tour and the package was delivered yesterday. ... We appreciate your continued support of our programs. - Dr. Vicki R. Casella, Executive Director, The Bridge School"
33. 05-26-2009 - Andy Kaknes - via Email: "Seems like you have it worked out quite well. Hope all is going well."
34. 06-29-2009 - Keith MacAllum - via Email: "Hey George, ... I love the title of your albums and tracks. I've only had a chance to listen to from Quark to Quasar once so far, and that was in the car. ... I was impressed by the diversity of musical styles. You were right, you do have a lot of different influences. The drumming is awesome. I look forward to listening to Q2Q again and Cosmic Podunk. ... Cheers, Keith"
35. 07-20-2009 - Keith MacAllum - via Email: "George ... I've been meaning to tell you that I had a chance to listen to the two disks from Aeolian Music Works. Many of the tracks more than once. There's some really cool stuff on there. I notice that a lot of the tracks go back quite a few years. And others are more recent. Some excellent musicianship but also at times a rather loose jam improvisational like feel. ... I really hope you get the chance to play more. I can tell how much you enjoy it. ... Cheers, Keith"