How Mark Cunningham Blitzed the Bowery With No Wave Icons Mars
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
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.
'Dark Energy' EP
Exactly a year later we went back into the studio to start working on a full album - re-recording
1983 DON KING (HYRAX)
1986 DON KING 'ON THE MEDITERRANEAN' (4 SELLOS)
2012 MARS REHEARSAL TAPES (ANOMIA)
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)
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.
…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…
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