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Nevermore, Inc., in collaboration with MoonJune Records, continues their comprehensive reissue program of the Copernicus catalogue with the release of 1987's Deeper. This was the New York performance poet’s third album, previously issued on vinyl (only) twenty-five years ago.Maintaining his consistently uncompromising approach that explored the connection between improvised words and music, this superlative effort documents the continued evolution of the Copernicus journey. The music, though seemingly earthly, is cosmic. The great arsenal of musicians with which he surrounded himself seem to suck out the emotions inherent in all of the themes that invade his searching mind.Upon the foundation of this mesmerizing musical accompaniment, Copernicus provides a perspective as only he can: guiding the listener through a multi-faceted view of the evolution of a mind reaching into the subatomic to explain the cosmos. (... And, in the process, exposing the mirages which comprise the physical realm as we know it.) 'The illusion of the macrocosm,' and more subatomic revelations, are revealed in this riveting set from the classic Manhattan RCA Studio sessions.
 
 
TRACKSClick on any highlighted track title to listen to individual audio samples, or listen to them all on the player to the right.
1. Oh God !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (0:52)
9. The U.S. Does Not Exist. (1:02)
 
 
PERSONNEL
COPERNICUS: Vocals
PIERCE TURNER: Keyboards, Musical Director
LARRY KIRWAN: Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
MATTY FILLOU: Saxophone
MARVIN WRIGHT: Drums
STEVEN KAY: Keyboards
TOM BOWES: Bass
STEVE MENASCHE: Synthesizer, Marimba, Percussion
FRANCES XAVIER: Guitar
TOM HAMLIN: Drums
FRED PARCELLS: Affected Trombone
DAVE CONRAD: Bass
MIKE FAZIO: Guitar, Synthesizer
ROSEANN PRICE: vocals
J.C. ROSE: vocals
DON "BROWNIE" PINTO: Trumpet
TONY DeMARCO: Violin
STARZ VANDERLOCKET: percussion
HASAN BAKIR: percussion
TAITE WALKONEN: Andean flute, xylophone
ADAM PRICE: acoustic guitar
JEFFREY LADD: flute, keyboards
CHRIS KATRIS: guitar
PADDY HIGGINS: bodhram, floor toms
JIMI ZHIVAGO: guitar, piano
FRED CHALENOR: bass
PRODUCTION
Originally released on LP in 1987. All lyrics by Copernicus.
Recorded at: RCA Studios, NYC, and the Daily Planet, NYC.
Recording Engineers: Ron Bacciocchi, Michael Theodore, and Jim Crotty.
Mixed by Michael Theodore, Scott Neil and Tom Gartland.
Executive Producer: Joseph Smalkowski, for Nevermore, Inc.
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Perhaps the most fitting way to describe Copernicus is as a "performance poet." Even though the gentleman originally named Joseph Smalkowski plays keyboards, Copernicus refuses to be categorised as a musician. Despite often having inhabited the alternative New York rock'n'roll scene, his music also exudes strong elements of jazz, classical and the avant garde. Even though Copernicus' preferred recording strategy is that of improvisation, his epic pieces tend to revolve around themes, riffs and repeated clusters, moving along a clearly linear pathway.

The booming delivery and abstract texts evoke the spirit of classic beat generation poetry, but the Copernicus stance goes back even further to the theatrical confrontations of the Dada movement. He's always preferred the improvisatory approach, even though each poem's grist might be prepared in advance, their rhythms and content might be disassembled in the moment.

Copernicus has always been fiercely independent, since he first started recording in this manner, back at the dawn of the 1980s. He organises the recording sessions, sculpts the assembled band, oversees the album artwork and releases each disc on his own Nevermore, Inc. label. 1985 brought Nothing Exists, which emphatically laid out the themes of his subsequent work. A burst of creativity led to the swift succession of Victim Of The Sky (1987), Deeper (1989) and Null (1990). Often, Copernicus would perform with large-scale ensembles, but in 1991 he initiated the practice of giving completely solo performances, revealing his declamations in a stripped, confrontational space. He views himself as a conduit for abstract ideas and philosophical notions. Copernicus decided that his particular marriage of music and narrative was the best way to communicate his thoughts and concepts to a receptive audience.

He released "No Borderline" in 1993, but there was to be a longer gap before the eventual release of 2001's "Immediate Eternity" -- which moved in a completely different direction, as its creator was spending increasing amounts of time in Ecuador.

Copernicus was evolving after having spent three years penning his book, also called Immediate Eternity. He linked up with Los Nomadas from Guayaquil, the country's biggest city, and his music moved temporarily more towards the zone of jazz-rock fusion. With 2010's Disappearance, Copernicus made a return to the old established methods, refining them into a distillation of an ongoing obsession with the freedom and beauty of nothingness.

Image: Nevermore Records artist, Copernicus
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