much as any other unit in modern music, this trio defies genres
it jazz, rock, blues, pop, or free improv?) as well as gravity."
Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian
shaded music, asking questions instead of making declarations."
Watrous, New York Times
New York-based trio Spanish Fly consists of Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Marcus
Rojas (tuba) and Dave Tronzo (guitar). "Fly By Night," their second
full-length release, contains music commissioned for the ballet of the same
name, choreographed for the San Francisco Ballet by ex-Ballanchine dancer
Christopher d'Amboise. The music was used in a twelve-performance run in March
of 1996, drawing some 15,000 people and garnering international press acclaim.
"Fly By Night" (featuring special guest Ben Perowsky on drums)
contains several songs previously issued on a limited-edition CD-EP, which was
available by mail-order only from They Might Be Giants' "EP of the
Fly has long been one of the leaders of New York's "Downtown" music
scene, performing frequently and touring nationally and internationally.
Creating daring and surprising music with their unique instrumentation, they
back up brave compositional ideas with fearless playing and a desire to expand
the realm of not just jazz, but all music.
STEVEN BERNSTEIN is a longtime member and musical director of John Lurie's
Lounge Lizards and has worked with everyone from Carla Bley to Bootsy Collins.
He was the arranger for Robert Altman's feature film *Kansas City* and the
1995's *Get Shorty*. Steven also appeared as a guest on Medeski, Martin &
Wood's debut CD *Notes From The Underground* (Accurate AC 5010).
ROJAS is the top young tubaist in jazz today, having performed and recorded
with Henry Threadgill, Charlie Haden, Howard Johnson's Gravity and Accurate
recording artists Plunge (AC 5016).
TRONZO'S groundbreaking slide guitar method has gained him recognition as one
of the most original axe-men making music today. He has been called one of the
"100 greatest guitarists of all time" by Musician Magazine, and was
also singled out as one of the 30 "Most Subversive Terrorists, Tweakers
and Troublemakers" in Guitar Player's 30th Anniversary issue (Jan. 97). He
has appeared with David Bowie-guitarist Reeves Gabrels on * Night In Amnesia*
drummer BEN PEROWSKY is a founding member of New York's acclaimed Lost Tribe,
and is one of the most active and versatile players in the city.
Bernstein will be touring nationally as bandleader of the "Kansas City
Band" on the Verve All-Star Tour, featuring Charlie Haden and Joe
Henderson, from January 8 to February 3, 1997. This is a very high-profile tour
of large concert halls and Steven intends to use his visibility here to promote
the Spanish Fly CD. Spanish Fly will perform in New York throughout the winter
and will tour the West Coast in March of 97.