The year was 1984, and Copernicus was making the transition from being a performance poet to declaiming in front of a full-scale band of musicians. He'd already begun performing with saxophonist Melody Peach, when he first witnessed multi-instrumentalists Larry Kirwan and Pierce Turner performing in the East Village. He suggested an immediate collaboration, and from that point the threesome went on to make up a performing nucleus. Shortly thereafter, Copernicus breezed into the slick midtown Manhattan RCA Studios with fifteen musicians in tow, spontaneously laying down the tracks that would become "Nothing Exists". ... It was a day RCA would not soon forget. Momentum gathered, as his reputation quickly blossomed.
"Harrowing journeys of beat poetry and psychedelic/jazz improvisation into the irreducible atomic. Copernicus stands at the cosmic podium, the bellows of nihilism heaving in his chest, and ... everything we thought we knew about the universe is incinerated. Recommended to sonic adventurers who enjoyed sailing with Captain Beefheart and The Red Krayola." - Progrography
released December 27, 2012
COPERNICUS: poetry, lead vocals
PIERCE TURNER: musical director, keyboards, vocals
LARRY KIRWAN: electric guitar, keyboards, vocals
THOMAS HAMLIN: drums
CHRIS KATRIS: guitar
JEFFREY LAD: flute, keyboards, effects
PETER COLLINS: bass
STEVE MENASCHE: marimba, percussion
FRED PARCELLS: affected trombone
PADDY HIGGINS: bodhran, floor toms
ANDY LEAHY: violin
FIONNGHUALA: flute, vocals
JIMMY "THE DOCTOR" ZHIVAGO: guitar, piano
FRED CHALENOR: bass guitar
All lyrics by Copernicus. All music spontaneously created by all musicians. (C) Nevermore, Inc. 2009. (P) Nevermore, Inc. (Ski Music Division) 2009. All rights reserved.
Recorded at RCA Studios, NYC, 1984. Recording engineers: Ron Bacchiocchi, Andy Heermans & Michael Theodore.Digitally remastered at MasterDisk, NYC, from the original recording tapes.
Executive Producer: Joseph Smalkowski
Dedicated to Emily Glen.