Monkee Head is a carnivalesque network of cannibal sounds from galactic jungles and gear-powered mountains, where space cowboys powwow with witchdoctors. Lift-off is battery operated, but includes bacon and some mozzarella cheese. Monkee Head echoes from a dark and neon cave in the jungles of Isla de Sombras (Island of Shadows), a solitary star in the spiral galaxy, Messier 51a. (2011-present)

Members: Chris Anderson, Susan Clausen, Umberto CrencaRicardo “Dingo” Ferrer, and Shey Rivera. We are all “Albert Monkee Heads”. Former members: Lou Grossi (bass, saxophone, clarinet) & Stacey Benben (cello, accordion)

Possible Instrumentation: (banjo)+(didgeridoo)+(drums)+(bass)+(harmonica)+(keyboard)+(violin)+(synth/keyboards)+(flarinute)+(bongos)+(congas)+(whistles)+(mbira)+(washboard)+(canjo)+(clarinet)+(slitdrum)+(chekere)+(trumpet)+(trombone)+(maracas)+(accordion)+(concertina)+(water jars)+(altars)+(tap dancing shoes)+(doll-head shoe bells)+(etc)

“More than music, what we are defining through our practice is a culture. The eating, critiquing, camaraderie, even the style of our music, our evolving coded sense of humor, a mythological happening in the bowels of Providence. I hate the traditional idea of a ‘band’.  I hate the idea of traditional ‘songs’. I love the idea of culture as an anthropological phenomenon. Sound is our primary means of communication, not words. We are a sci-fi collection of beings living in our own graphic novel, broadcasting our language from some secret safe place, while projecting the future of culture.” – Albert Monkee Head

Read the interview on the Brown Daily Herald online: “The Weirdness is Us”.

The Panic Band

When people ask what sort of music The Panic Band played, our first reply is usually ‘apocabilly music’ and then — when that fails to elicit a response — we fall back and describe it as ‘folky space rock.’ The band itself metamorphosed more than once since its 1991 inception as musical foil to the impassioned monologues of Umberto Crenca (as Sir Guy de Guy da Portagee) at AS220’s Cabaret of the Oddly Normal. Since Halloween 1995, the last incarnation wowed fans from the disparate musical camps, whether punk, jazz, folk or experimental, being compared variously to the indispensible Captain Beefheart, the German avant-gods Faust and the original psychedelic madcap Syd Barrett.

The Gillen Street Project

The Gillen Street Project was an avant-garde improv band made up of Tony Teixeira (bass, voice), Susan Clausen (banjo, ukulele, canjo, spoons, found objects, voice), Bert Crenca (flute, flarinute, percussion, found objects, voice), and Nisha Purushotham (percussion, voice, piano).

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