LIner notes to 3-cassette box - "Mars Rehearsal Tapes" (Anomia 2012)

Connie Burg and I met Sumner Crane and Nancy Arlen in late 1975, and quickly decided to start a band. Sumner had been playing piano since he was a kid and I trumpet, guitar and more recently bass, but we were for the most part self taught. Connie decided to pick up a guitar and we started jamming in Nancy’s loft on Broadway and Duane St. where Sumner lived downstairs. For the first few months it was just piano, bass and acoustic guitar, with some paper bag percussion from Nancy. Our biggest rock influence at the time was Velvet Underground so we started jamming on some of their songs till we found our own. Tape one begins with Sumner alone playing over a Sweet Jane riff with his own blues styled fills, then goes onto Pale Blue Eyes, the first song Connie would sing. Our first original song with Sumner’s lyrics was Cry, also the only song to make the transition from our acoustic to electric lineup. The set ends with a blues jam with Sumner improvising a story about a leather jacket. Here we’re joined by Jody Harris on guitar, who had been playing with us in the loft for a couple months until Sumner, for practical reasons – given that no clubs had pianos – decided to switch to guitar, at which time Jody gracefully bowed out. Jody: “Yeah, dim memory, being in Sumner's loft for the first time -- maybe hadn't met him yet.

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Blood Quartet

 

Blood Quartet was formed in early 2015 in Barcelona, after I was asked to collaborate with Catalan underground rock band Murnau B. to play at a party for Shookdown magazine to celebrate a special issue about No Wave. The encounter went so well that we decided to keep it going. The name, our own sound and a set of songs followed quite naturally.

 

In May 2015, after our first concerts as Blood Quartet, we released an EP, Dark Energy, on cassette and online on Bandcamp.

Blood Quartet “Dark Energy”

'Dark Energy' EP

 

Exactly a year later we went back into the studio to start working on a full album - re-recording several of the songs from Dark Energy, which had matured considerably in concert, as well as a number of new ones. The result is Deep Red, now available on CD, LP and most online platforms.

 

 

DEEP RED

Blood Quartet “Deep Red”

LP Edition of 500, in transparent red vinyl (FEEDING TUBE RECORDS USA)

CD digipak Edition of 500 (HANG THE DJ RECORDS - Barcelona)

Blood Quartet "Deep Red" LP

Discography

CASSETTE ONLY:

1983 DON KING (HYRAX)

1986 DON KING 'ON THE MEDITERRANEAN' (4 SELLOS)

2012 MARS REHEARSAL TAPES (ANOMIA)

 

VINYL:

1977 MARS '3E' (REBEL 7", ZE 12")

1978 MARS ON 'NO NEW YORK' (ANTILLES LP) PRODUCED BY ENO.

1979 MARS 'EP' (LUST-UNLUST)

1980 'JOHN GAVANTI' (HYRAX LP)

1985 DON KING 'ONE TWO PUNCH' (DOUBLEVISON)

1987 'MARS 78' (WIDOWSPEAK)

2005 Mars LP - Complete Studio Recordings - (IMPORTANT RECORDS)

About

February 7th, 2017 marks 40 years of my onstage career, starting with the first Mars show at CBGB's on that date in 1977. The first 14 years I spent in New York City and the last 26 in Barcelona. We have set up this site and blog to house archives of all my past projects and ongoing documentation of my current ones.

Press Comments


…like Herb Alpert waking up in a spaceship… When he improvises, alternating between long, sonorous proclamations and agitated tonguing and smears, Cunningham sounds close to Don Cherry…

Wire 225

 

Convolution's noirer-than-noir trumpet, voice and effects thing is loaded with subtle menace. Cunningham and partner Silvia Mestres are on to something darkly magical.

Time Out New York

 

...deeply distorted guitar, breathy vocals, trumpet, synth. Sounds like: balloon animals mid-contortion, Latin Jazz, rainy island nights locked inside of a haunted house, and the hot & cold soundtrack to an ever-morphing poetry book.

CEC-Philadelpia newsletter

 

"Mark Cunningham uses the trumpet to caress the audience into a sonic landscape lush with heady atmospheres full of lusty intrigue. Seductively urges the listener to relax into a full body aural massage. Perfect music for mid summer's night dreams."

Lydia Lunch

 

"Sounds like Etant Donnes playing the exotic sounds of Martin Denny".

Yves Botz, Dust Breeders

 

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