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15636The Red Masque - NEW ALBUM - due June 1, 2002

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  • theredmasque
    May 1 9:00 AM
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      The Red Masque's New Album - Victoria and the Haruspex - due June 1,

      Greetings from avant rock band The Red Masque. We have several major
      announcements to make (including a new album, shows with Sleepytime
      Gorilla Museum and a new prog festival), so strap yourself in and
      cuddle up with Cthulhu!

      A funny thing happened on the way to the recording studio to make a
      new EP: The Red Masque made a new full-length album instead. The CD,
      titled Victoria and The Haruspex will be available June 1 at the
      Philadelphia Underground Music & Culture Festival. The show will
      feature Land of Chocolate, The Red Masque, Persephone's Dream, and
      Church of Hed (featuring members of Quarkspace). See
      www.theredmasque.com/pumc.htm for advance ticket sales, T-shirt
      information, and more on the PUMC. The new album will be available
      online at BigBalloonMusic.com and other online vendors TBA.

      Victoria and the Haruspex includes the 24-minute improvised
      piece "Haruspex," which features, among other oddities, musical china
      doll, toy piano and operatic vocalizations in an unknown
      language. "Afterloss" is a flamenco-influenced song featuring
      acoustic guitar, concert harp, percussion and vocals, with lyrics
      taken from Shakespeare's Sonnet 90. The darkly psychedelic "Bird
      Brain" features lyrics by Percy Bysshe Shelley. An early, live,
      version of "Bird Brain" can be heard on the Red Masque's web site at
      www.theredmasque.com/music.htm. Click on the bird to download the
      file. The song has since been rewritten for the new album.

      The Red Masque would like to welcome guitarist Abhi Taranath to The
      Red Masque family. Original RM guitarist Steven Blumberg has decided
      to part ways with the band after wrapping up some final shows.
      Steven's signature guitar work can be heard on "Bird Brain" while
      Abhi's textural experimentations and sonic explorations are featured
      on "Haruspex." The Red Masque wishes Steven the best of luck in
      future endeavors. Abhi recently joined The Red Masque after moving
      from California to Philadelphia, and is an alumnus of Robert Fripp's
      Guitar Craft. New band photos reflecting member changes will be
      available on The Red Masque's web site in the upcoming months....

      May 14 - The Balcony at the Trocadero Theater, Philadelphia. With
      Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (www.sleepytimegorillamuseum.com) and
      Stinking Lizaveta (www.stinkinglizaveta.com). 8pm. Ages 21-plus.

      June 1 - Sedgwick Theater, Philadelphia. With Land of Chocolate
      (www.landofchocolate.net), Persephone's Dream
      (www.persephonesdream.com), Church of Hed
      (www.quarkspace.com/coh.htm). 7pm. $10 for tickets/$20 for tickets
      and t-shirt combo. All Ages. Only 300 tickets will be sold for this
      event. Order in advance or purchase tickets at the door. See
      www.theredmasque.com/pumc.htm for details.

      See www.theredmasque.com/shows.htm for venue directions and more.

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