Daniel Popsicle

was founded by Dan Plonsey in September 1999. As he tells it:

Sometime shortly before lunch in the mid-to-late 90's, I had the opportunity to reconnect briefly with my teacher: composer, writer, artist, multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. We, the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet, were passing through Middletown Connecticut. Among much warm and welcome encouragement, Professor Braxton urged each of us to write "music for the next millennium." At that moment, a vision of the ensemble now called Daniel Popsicle came alive in my head.

It would include both western instruments and a motley assortment of mismatched instruments from around the world: emblems of a science fiction future that's at least as much past: a smaller world, perhaps apocalyptically decimated. Only one saxophone -- the rest having been melted down for unimaginablee future-to-the-ancient machinery. It would include women and men, good readers and bad, friends who would come to rehearsal by car, by train, or on foot from a house five houses away.

We cleared aside the minimum clutter necessar from the garage, then I wrote 15 pieces (each of which is represented entirely on one page of 16-staff manuscript paper), baked a couple pies, and Daniel Popsicle was formed.

Pictured above: Daniel Popsicle at the Ivy Room (Jan uary, 2009). Left to Right: Plonsey, Cory Wright, Micheal Zelner, John Shiurba, Lynn Murdock, Chris Silvey. Photo by Myles Boisen.


The Music of El Cerrito

Plonsey took Braxton's call for "Music for a new millenium" to mean that it was time overdue for a paradigm shift in the musical world: that existing forms would be no longer sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of the new world-to-be. Daniel Popsicle therefore strives to evoke and bring into being a world less cynical, less troubled and less cluttered, in which art can be as simple as it wants to be, and in which everyone can participate. A world more in tune with our nature as animals, but striving beyond equity (a noble goal) to true generosity.

The music played by Daniel Popsicle is not classical, jazz, rock, or any established genre; rather it is simply Music of El Cerrito: music which is happening here, wherever that largely imaginary, ideal, idealistic here is for us, and for you too. The music is simple: emerging from whatever Plonsey was humming that day, which might have something to do with music he heard last week or as a kid growing up in Cleveland Heights. The music is there to sweep you along, down a creek in an innertube. The music is there to provide color for your art and imagery for your blackberry pie-making. (We hope that you have a bush nearby.)


The Look of El Cerrito

Ah, if only you could be with us in El Cerrito! If you could sit with us under our willow tree, sipping mint julips, listening to the music of the wind through the branches and leaves, the chirp and buzz of the bushtits and hmmingbirds, the occasional appearance of waxwings. If you could walk with us up through the curvy, hilly streets of Northern El Cerrito, remarking on the strangely beautiful mix of Japanese and Mediterranean style architecture and landscaping: the sparse and even scraggly roses spotting a yard of gravel;

Photos of El Cerrito (on facebook)

There is the El Cerrito I describe, the El Cerrito you see in photographs, and then there is the imaginary El Cerrito: distinct from the more cynical, striving, crass, Bay Area. For us, beauty isn't something you purchase: either you make it yourself, or just go outside and look: it's everywhere, but you need the right expectations: the beauty is partly as a result of earnest attempts at replicating various memories of beauty, partly apparently accidental juxtapositions. These houses, these yards... they're not being designed by professionals. It's as though everyone came from far away, and the have to make do with local shapes, local color. You can feel the melancholy, the longing. Our music is like that: imprecisely remembered, unprofessional, but with similar melancholy, yearning. Outsiders.


Recordings

Since its inception, Daniel Popsicle has been dedicated to presenting the music of El Cerrito, in an open-ended series of volumes. Of the following, music from volumes 1, 2a, 2b, and some of 3 have been recorded. Two pieces from volume 4 were recorded at a concert at the Berkeley Arts Festival. Fourteen pieces from the collected "Cerrito Theatre Music" were performed April 9, 2002, at the Black Box, and were recorded by both Zoka and John Shiurba.

Volume 1: Music of Dan Plonsey (party music) (Yesnolp, CD-R)
Volume 2: Relations among Two of the Three Primary (Great) Kingdoms of Natural Objects: Plants and Animals
Volume 2a: Moving About, Humming, Still Our Flowers are Blooming, Under the Old Portcullis (UnLimited Sedition, CD)
Volume 2b: Wise King Taken by the Foolish One
Volume 3: The 23 Marches for Casual Space Tourist, a.k.a., Destination: Fremont!
(These Marches were commissioned by New Music Works, Santa Cruz, for 2001: A Space Garden (Garden Party))
Volume 4: Music for Occasions of State, El Cerrito
Volume 5: El Cerrito Annex: late 14th Century French Secular Polyphony
Volume 6: Music from Northern El Cerrito: Daniel Popsicle plays Cerrito Theatre Music of Dan Plonsey
Volume 7:The Playback Operas of El Cerrito
Volume 8:``Jazz at Yoshi's'' (Yesnolp, CD-R; re-released on digitalis records)
Volume 9:The Color Music of El Cerrito (99 pieces, banter, and a selection from approximately 3000 photographs)
Volume 10:The New Monster Music of El Cerrito (97 pieces (so far), and a collection of colored pen and marker drawings)

Performances

  1. December 2, 1999: The Starry Plough
  2. July 22, 2000: The Zeum courtyard.
  3. October 15, 2000: ACME Observatory
  4. June 24, 2001: A Berkeley Arts Festival and Beanbender's Presentation.
  5. December 8, 2001: two pieces performed by: New Music Works of Santa Cruz
  6. April 9, 2002: The Black Box, Oakland, CA.
  7. June 21, 2002: Garden of Memory: Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.
  8. July 27, 2002: New Langton Arts Award Show, San Francisco, CA.
  9. August 5, 2002: At the Richmond Arts Center, Richmond, CA.
  10. September 30, 2002: At Yoshi's, Oakland, CA. (A Jazz in Flight presentation.)
  11. June 19, 2003: Memorial Concert for Matthew Sperry
  12. September 28, 2003: Daniel Popsicle Subsidiary Marching Band in the "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade
  13. April 25, 2004: CD Release at the Jazz House
  14. June 27, 2004: Outdoor conccert at MoCHA
  15. October 30, 2004: Berkeley Arts Festival HQ
  16. June 12, 2005: Santa Cruz New Music Works Avant Garden Party
  17. June 02, 2006: The Starry Plough, as part of the 4th annual SperryFest.
  18. October 6, 2006: The Illuminated Corridor (at 21Grand)
  19. October 7, 2006: Museum of children's Art, Oakland
  20. May 4, 2007: The Berkeley Arts Festival HQ (2323 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley)
  21. May 9, 2007: 21Grand, Oakland
  22. June 21, 2007: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland
  23. August 23, 2007: The Starry Plough
  24. September 15, 2007: Peanut Butter Jam, Alameda
  25. February 22, 2008: The Berkeley Arts Festival, 2213 Shattuck Avenue
  26. July 13, 2008: The Transbay Skronkathon, 21Grand, Oakland
  27. June 21, 2008: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland
  28. September 12/13/14, 2008: The Milkbar International Film Festival at The Noodle Factory, Union/26th, Oakland.
  29. January 19, 2009: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA.
  30. April 11, 2009: Koi Pond, Oakland (Val's Birthday)
  31. June 21, 2009: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland
  32. March 22, 2010: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA.
  33. May 3, 2010: The Make-out Room, SF, CA.
  34. May 30, 2010: The Berkeley Arts Festival, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA.
  35. June 21, 2010: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.
  36. October 24, 2010: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire, Park Day School, Oakland, CA.
  37. November 3, 2010: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA.
  38. February 8, 2011: The Uptown, Oakland, CA.
  39. March 26, 2011: La Placita, 2375 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland, CA
  40. April 20, 2011: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA.
  41. June 21, 2011: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.
  42. July 20, 2011: The Subterranean Art House, Berkeley, CA
  43. August 17, 2011: The Subterranean Art House, Berkeley, CA
  44. September 11, 2011: The Webster Street Jam, Alameda, CA
  45. September 21, 2011: The Subterranean Art House, Berkeley, CA
  46. November 5, 2011: The Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  47. December 29, 2011: The Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  48. January 31, 2012: The Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA
  49. June 21, 2012: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.

Musicians who have played in the ensemble:

Dan Plonsey
Carol Adee
Kyle Bruckmann
Ben Goldberg
Michael Zelner
Ceylan Yagmur
Matt Ingalls
Randy McKean
Scott Rosenberg
Cory Wright
Joshua Smith
Fran Holland
Adrian Gormley
Jared Prolo
Joe Karten
Liz Albee
David Bithell
Chris Grady
Chris Silvey
Tom Yoder
Jamie Bastien
Tim Madden
Jen Baker
Jay Rozen
Phil Gelb
Ward Spangler
Wayne Vitale
Tom Swafford
Naomi Okuyama
Masha Albrecht
Sarah Willner
Samantha Black
Danielle DeGruttola
Jules Ryan
Ashley Adams
Myles Boisen
Marc Culbertson
Matthew Sperry
Steve Lew
John Finkbeiner
Randy Porter
John Schott
John Shiurba
Steve Kirk
Mike Pukish
Jenya Chernoff
Matt Lebofsky
John Hanes
Suki O'Kane
Erling Wold
Lynn Murdock (Wold)
Myra Chachkin
Mantra Ben-Ya'akova
Cleveland Plonsey
c melody saxophone, tenor saxophone, oboe, clarinets
piccolo
oboe and English horn
clarinet
clarinet
clarinet
clarinet
bass clarinet
sax, contrabass clarinet
soprano, bari sax, bass clarinet, piccolo
tenor sax, drums
bass clarinet
clarinet, bass clarinet
bassoon
shofar
trumpet
trumpet
trumpet
trumpet
trombone
trombone
trombone
trombone
tuba
shakuhachi
xylophone, glockenspiel, percussion
Balinese percussion & gangsa
violin
violin
violin
violin, viola, Balinese percussion, rebab
cello
cello
cello
bass
bass
bass
bass
electric bass
electric guitar
cumbus, guitar, violin
national steel guitar, electric guitars
electric guitar, guitar, electric bass, banjo
banjo
drums & percussion
drums & percussion
drums & percussion
drums & percussion
toys, drums & percussion
farfisa organ
acrusonic organ, syths, piano
little Yamaha synth, bass, cello
voice
percussion, Italian keyed whistla, robot feedback toy

Poster by Alan Anzalone

Appearances

December 1, 1999:
The Starry Plough, Berkeley With: Dan Plonsey, c melody sax; Joe Karten, shofar; Phil Gelb, shakuhachi; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Tom Yoder, trombone and sackbutt; Erling Wold, farfisa; Lynn Wold, acrusonic organ; Tom Swafford, violin; Sarah Willner, viola and gangsa; Samantha Black, cello; Ashley Adams, bass; Matthew Sperry, bass; Randy Porter, cumbus, guitar, violin; Wayne Vitale, Balinese drum and gangsa; Ward Spangler, percussion; with Henry Kuntz, guest, Balinese instruments.


Saturday, July 22, 2000:
The
Zeum courtyard. 1PM-3PM. Admission FREE! Poster by Alan Anzalone.
With: Dan Plonsey, c melody sax; Phil Gelb, shakuhachi; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Tom Yoder, trombone; Erling Wold, farfisa; Lynn Wold, acrusonic organ; Tom Swafford, violin; Samantha Black, cello; Ashley Adams, bass; Matthew Sperry, bass; Randy Porter, cumbus, guitar, violin; Ward Spangler, percussion.
Performed compositions from among "Music for El Cerrito: Volume 1" and Introductions and sections A-E of Moving About, Humming, Still our Flowers are Blooming Under the Old Portcullis.
Sunday, October 15, 2000:
ACME Observatory 7:48PM (Moe! opening.)
3192 Adeline, a block South of Ashby BART.
The world premiere of the complete
Moving About, Humming, Still our Flowers are Blooming Under the Old Portcullis
for large ensemble and miniature tableau theatre, by Dan Plonsey, with: Dan Plonsey: c melody sax, Phil Gelb: shakuhachi, Michael Zelner: clarinet, Tom Yoder: trombone, Erling Wold: accordion, DX7, Lynn Wold: farfisa organ, Tom Swafford: violin, Sarah Willner: viola, Ashley Adams: bass, Steve Lew: electric bass, Mike Pukish: percussion, Cleveland Plonsey: percussion and Italian keyed whistle, Mantra Plonsey: tableau-maker, Kattt Sammon: tableau-maker

Photos by Alan Brightbill
Sunday, June 24, 2001:
A Berkeley Arts Festival and Beanbender's Presentation. With:
Dan Plonsey, c melody saxophone;
Phil Gelb, shakuhachi;
Carol Adee, piccolo;
Ben Goldberg, Michael Zelner clarinets;
Tom Yoder, trombone;
Sarah Willner, viola;
Randy Porter, electric guitar, violin, cumbus;
John Schott, John Shiurba electric guitars;
Mark Culbertson, acoustic bass;
Wayne Vitale, Ward Spangler, various children percussion;
Mantra Ben Ya'akova, voice.

December 8, 2001:
New Music Works of Santa Cruz performs two works written for Daniel Popsicle. Following are the program notes:

"Two Eyes and A Nose" and "Cow With Ears" (both 1999) were written for any ensemble of unbalanced, asymmetric instrumentation, preferably including at least one instrument from Bali, and one or two people who can't play their chosen instrument so well. The lyrics to "Cow With Ears" were written by my older son Cleveland, who was three at the time. (He performs with various of my ensembles frequently.) These two compositions are part of an ongoing open-ended cycle of "Music From El Cerrito," in which I use materials, performers, and inspiration close at hand to create music which fails to meet any classical "standards." This music in fact draws upon all of my weaknesses at least as much as upon my strengths, and is intended as an testament to the beauty of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As such, I dedicate this performance to all those who will be falsely accused of crimes against the USA.


Tuesday, April 9, 2002
At the
The Black Box, 1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA. With:
Dan Plonsey, c melody saxophone;
Carol Adee, piccolo;
Matt Ingalls and Michael Zelner, clarinets;
Tom Yoder, trombone;
Randy Porter, mandolin, cumbus;
John Shiurba, electric guitar;
Matthew Sperry and Mark Culbertson, acoustic bass;
Lynn Wold, keyboard;
Matt Lebofsky, keyboard and drums;
Ward Spangler, vibes and percussion;

Friday, June 21, 2002
``Garden of Memory'' concert at the Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland CA. With:
Dan Plonsey, c melody saxophone;
Michael Zelner, clarinet, electronics;
Tom Yoder, trombone;
John Shiurba, electric guitar;
John Schott, national steel guitar;
Matthew Sperry, acoustic bass;
Lynn Wold, keyboard;
Suki O'Kane, percussion, toys, electronics;
and guests: Randy Porter, khen, unknown double-reed; Phil Gelb, shakuhachi.
Saturday, July 27, 2002
Bay Area Awards Show concert at New Langton Arts, San Francisco. With:
Dan Plonsey, c melody saxophone;
Ben Goldberg, Matt Ingalls, Michael Zelner, clarinets;
Phil Gelb, shakuhachi.
Tom Yoder, trombone;
Naomi Okuyama, violin;
Sarah Willner, viola, violin, Balinese percussion;
Steve Kirk, banjo;
John Shiurba, electric guitar;
John Schott, national steel guitar;
Matthew Sperry, acoustic bass;
Lynn Wold, keyboard;
Ward Spangler, vibraphone, percussion;
Suki O'Kane, percussion, toys, electronics.
``Sort of orchestral
modern jazz with
a child's melodic mindset.
Very odd, very fun...
but wished it
would have featured more
banjo-bass duets...''
-- Scot Hacker


Monday, August 5, 2002 6:30-8:30PM, Richmond Art Center
With:
Suki O'Kane,
Naomi Okuyama,
John Shiurba,
Matthew Sperry,
Lynn Wold,
Tom Yoder,
Michael Zelner.


Monday, September 30, 2002, 8PM and 10PM,

Yoshi's, Oakland

Daniel Popsicle: "Music from El Cerrito: Daniel Popsicle plays Music by Dan Plonsey"
At Yoshi's -- a
Jazz in Flight production.
Concert Preview from Contra Costa Times, by Andrew Gilbert

With:
Carol Adee,
Liz Albee,
Jenya Chernoff,
Marc Culbertson,
Phil Gelb,
Ben Goldberg,
Steve Kirk,
Matt Lebofsky,
Suki O'Kane,
Naomi Okuyama,
Randy Porter,
Mike Pukish,
John Schott,
John Shiurba,
Matthew Sperry,
Sarah Willner,
Lynn Wold,
Tom Yoder,
Michael Zelner.
"On September 30, the centerpiece of our concert will be
the premiere of a giant piece, Wise King Taken by
the Foolish One
, which will span the two sets
(no pieces will be repeated from set one in set two;
the audience is invited to stay for the entire evening
of music). In and around this piece will be some other works
which range from selections of very short, through-composed
works, to tunes and songs which are designed to set up
improvisations by the group's many fine players. Indeed,
the music I am writing can only be played by musicians
with skills in both reading and improvising: they alone
can bring the sort of tight-but-looseness, the spontaneous
combustability, and the subversiveness which in my
opinion is the soul of what we have called Jazz. I am very
fortunate to be living in the Bay Area, where uniquely in
this world I have access to such musicians who also
bring in enormous individual experience in Klezmer,
Balinese music, rock, blues, classical music, Salsa, free
improv, Italian film music, Japanese music, Brazilian music,
and of course all the historical traditions comprising jazz."

-- Dan Plonsey



Thursday, June 19, 2003:
On this evening, Daniel Popsicle joined many friends and family at 21 Grand to pay tribute to our beloved bassist, Matthew Sperry, who was killed in an accident while riding his bicycle. We played "Lila Looms and Brooms" (which had been written a year earlier to honor Matthew's daughter Lila), and a new piece, "For Matthew, Stacia, and Lila," dedicated to Matthew's wife Stacia and to Lila. With Phil Gelb, John Shiurba, Randy Porter, Lynn Wold, Tom Yoder, Samantha Black, Ashley Adams, Michael Zelner, Matt Ingalls, Gino Robair, and Tim Perkis.


Sunday, September 28, 2003:
The Daniel Popsicle Subsidiary Marching Band (Plonsey, Shiurba, Chernoff, Lebofsky and Zelner) march in the "How Berkeley Can You Be?" Parade.


Sunday, April 25, 2004, 8PM:
Daniel Popsicle celebrates the release of its CD: "Music of El Cerrito, Volume 2a:
Moving About, Humming, Still Our Flowers Are Blooming, Under the Old Portcullis"
More information:
Full Press Release

June 27, 2004:
At the courtyard of the Museum of Children's Art (MoCHA), Old Oakland.
While we played, children and their parents made art (some using popsicle sticks). The music written for this event became the basis for "Simple Music series 1: Color Music" of which there are now over 70 pieces, being recorded steadily at the home studio of Michael Zelner and Suki O'Kane.
Musicians on this date: Suki O'Kane, Mark Culbertson, John Shiurba, Lynn Wold, Kyle Bruckmann, Michael Zelner, Liz Allbee, and Plonsey.
Scenes from this concert are included in Tim Perkis's forthcoming video documentary on Plonsey.

Saturday, October 30, 2004 at the Berkeley Arts Festival HQ, 2324 Shattuck Avenue, as part of the Festival:

This concert consisted of two sets of music. With: John Hanes, Mark Culbertson, John Shiurba, Randy Porter, John Schott, Lynn Wold, Tom Yoder, Liz Allbee, Scott Rosenberg, and Plonsey.


Sunday, June 12, 2005 at the Santa Cruz New Music Works annual Avant Garden Party, at the UCSC Arboretum
We played a 15 minute semi-improvised marching set and then 30 minutes of Music of El Cerrito, Volume 5: Simple Music: Series 2: "Colors."
With: Suki O'Kane, Ward Spangler, John Shiurba, Lynn Wold, Michael Zelner, Randy McKean, Scott Rosenberg and Dan Plonsey.


Friday, June 2, 2006 at the Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. We played a set as part of the first night of the SperryFest 2006. Music was all from the Color Pieces (Music of El Cerrito, Simple Music, Series 2).
With: Suki O'Kane, Ward Spangler, John Shiurba, Lynn Murdock (Wold), Liz Allbee, Chris Silvey, Tom Yoder, Mark Culbertson, Myra Chachkin, Michael Zelner, and Dan Plonsey.

October 6, 2006, as part of The Illuminated Corridor (at 21Grand), we played "Chitty Ch'Bang Bang" accompanying an edited version of the film; edited, that is, to remove as much of Dick van Dyke as possible.
With: Suki O'Kane, John Shiurba, Lynn Murdock, Chris Silvey, Tom Yoder, Cory Wright, Myra Chachkin, Michael Zelner, and Dan Plonsey.

October 7, 2006, we played in Gregory Gavin's Riveropolis, at Museum of children's Art, Oakland.
With: Suki O'Kane, John Shiurba, Lynn Murdock, Chris Silvey, Tom Yoder, Cory Wright, Myra Chachkin, Michael Zelner, Mark Culbertson, and Dan Plonsey.

May 4, 2007
The Berkeley Arts Festival HQ (2323 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). We played a full concert of two sets of the Color music.
With: Suki O'Kane, Lynn Murdock, Chris Silvey, Tom Yoder, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, Randy McKean, Joshua Smith, John Schott and Dan Plonsey.

Pictured, Left to Right: Chris Silvey, Michael Zelner, Suki O'Kane, Tom Yoder.



May 9, 2007, at 21Grand, Oakland as part of Phillip Greenlief and Jon Raskin's 2+2 series, we played a set-long premiere of "Rafting Season." We were joined by five members of the DROP ensemble, who are dancers from Dandelion Dance Theatre (including Mantra).
With: Suki O'Kane, Myra Chachkin (cello), Chris Silvey, Tom Yoder, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, Joshua Smith (percussion), John Schott, Matt Lebofsky (bass) and Dan Plonsey.

June 21, 2007, at The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, as part of the annual summer solstice concert, The Garden of Memory. we played outdoors at the very top and back of the Chapel. We played a set of COLOR music, a set which consisted of "Rafting Season," and a short last set of more of the COLOR music.
With: Lynn Murdock, Myra Chachkin (cello), Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, Joshua Smith (drums), John Shiurba, Fran Holland and Dan Plonsey. With guests Phil Gelb (shakuhachi) and Jie Ma (pipa) on "little Pinko and the Big Blue."

August 23, 2007, at The Starry Plough
With: Kyle Bruckmann, Myra Chachkin, Mark Culbertson, Randy McKean, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, John Schott, Chris Silvey, Josh Smith, Cory Wright, John Shiurba, Michael Zelner, and Dan Plonsey.
Performing 16 Color Music compositions

September 15, 2007, at Peanut Butter Jam, Alameda
With: Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, John Shiurba, Michael Zelner, and Dan Plonsey.
Friday, February 22, 2008
8PM
The
Berkeley Arts Festival presents: Dan Plonsey/Daniel Popsicle playing Music of El Cerrito

2213 Shattuck Avenue (formerly Gateway Computers next to former site of Eddie Bauer!)
$10-$5
Program: Selections from the Color Music of El Cerrito (the complete set comprises 99 pieces, designed to accompany artists at work)
  • aqua brown white orange pink & pale blue
  • clown yellow
  • gray gabardine green guys
  • octave blue
  • off white
  • olive red
  • pale green, dark blue, orange
  • pale turquoise & burnt sienna
  • pink
  • red blue orange red orange blue green blue pink red
  • red green & transparent medium
  • red we do for red
  • red yellow blue
  • rufous & rose & sky blue
  • saffron
  • titanium white & green
  • titanium white & green
  • titanium white mars
  • titanium white & sky
  • yellow red green blue
Also: My Version, The Superhero of Shirts,

Pictured, Left to Right: Chris Silvey, Randy McKean, Cory Wright, Lynn Murdock, Dan Plonsey.


June 21, 2008: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland

At The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, as part of the annual summer solstice concert, The Garden of Memory. we played outdoors at the very top and back of the Chapel. We played three setss of: COLOR music, and three parts of Hockey Season.
With: Lynn Murdock, Myra Chachkin (cello), Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, John Schott, John Shiurba, Mark Culbertson, Suki O'Kane, and Dan Plonsey.

Photo by Randy Porter: Standing, L to R: John Schott, Mark Culbertson. Middle row: John Shiurba, Myra Chachkin. Front row: Michael Zelner, Cory Wright, Chris Silvey. Standing, right: Dan Plonsey. Hatted head, back right: Suki O'Kane.


July 13, 2008: The Transbay Skronkathon, 21Grand, Oakland
Approximately 3:30 PM. Playing parts of Hockey Season, with a mini-Popsicle of John Shiurba, Michael Zelner, Suki O'Kane, and Plonsey. Two recordings were made, by Zelner and Tom Duff.
September 12/13/14, 2008: The Milkbar International Film Festival at The Noodle Factory, Union/26th, Oakland.
Plonsey, Zelner, Wright, Shiurba, O'Kane, Silvey, and Chachkin play sections of Hockey Season as accompaniment to two films: Liz Allbee's "Modern Times" and Frazer Bradshaw's "Bulb." AT The Noodle Factory, Union @26th, Oakland.
Monday, January 19, 2009
At the Ivy Room:
858 San Pablo Ave
(between Solano Ave & Washington Ave), Albany, CA.
With: Jen Baker (on trombone, making her debut with the band), Myra Chachkin, Mark, Culbertson, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Dan Plonsey. John Schott, John Shiurba, Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner.

Pictured, left to Right: Plonsey, Wright, Zelner. Photo by Myles Boisen.


Saturday, April 11, 2009
Val Esway's 40th Birthday Party.
With: Myra Chachkin, Mark Culbertson, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Dan Plonsey, John Shiurba, Chris Silvey, Josh Smith, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner.

Pictured, left to Right: Plonsey, Zelner, O'Kane, Chachkin, Wright, Silvey, Culbertson, Shiurba. Photo by Myles Boisen.


June 21, 2009: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland
For the fourth year, we played this fantastic event of multiple simultaneous performances as part of the annual summer solstice concert, The Garden of Memory. Again, we played outdoors at the very top and back of the Chapel. On this occasion, we alternated sets with Orchestra Nostalgico.
With: Myles Boisen (debut performance), Myra Chachkin, Mark Culbertson, John Hanes, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Dan Plonsey, John Shiurba, Cory Wright, Tom Yoder, Michael Zelner.


Front: Cory Wright;
Second row: Myra Chachkin, Tom Yoder, John Shiurba
Back row: John Hanes, Suki O'Kane, Mark Culbertson
Photo by Dan Plonsey


March 22, 2010: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA Jamie Bastien (debut performance), Ceylan Yagmur(debut performance), Myra Chachkin, Mark Culbertson, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Dan Plonsey, John Schott, Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner.


May 03, 2010: The Make-out Room, SF, CA Myra Chachkin, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Dan Plonsey, John Schott, John Shiurba, Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, Michael Zelner.


May 30, 2010: The Berkeley Arts Festival, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA Myra Chachkin, Mark Culbertson, Lynn Murdock, Suki O'Kane, Dan Plonsey, John Shiurba, Chris Silvey, Cory Wright, Ceylan Yagmur, Michael Zelner.


June 21, 2010: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.
In photo:

front row: Michael Zelner, clarinet; Cory Wright, bass clarinet; Dan Plonsey, c melody saxophone.

second row: Chris Silvey, trumpet; Tom Yoder, trombone, Jamie Bastien, trombone; Lynn Murdock (legs only), keyboards.

third row: John Shiurba, guitar; Suki O'Kane, drums; Mark Culbertson, bass.

Photo by Adria Otte.


October 24, 2010: East Bay Mini-Maker Faire, Park Day School, Oakland, CA.
We were supposed to play outside, but at starting time (11AM, and indeed, all day) it was raining with gusts of wind, so we found a clay sculpture studio inside Studio 1 which was unoccupied and we played there. Only 10-20 people could be in the audience at a time. We premiered the "New Monsters" music, playing #4-13, 16, 21, 22, 24, 27.
Musicians: Michael Zelner, Cory Wright, Dan Plonsey, Chris Silvey, Masha Albrecht (making her debut, on violin), Sarah Willner (violin), John Shiurba, John Schott, Lynn Murdock, Mark Culbertson, and Suki O'Kane.
In photo, left to right: Masha Albrecht, Sarah Willner, Chris Silvey, John Shiurba, Mark Culbertson.
Additional photos of this concert on facebook, posted by Steve Lew. Recorded by Michael Zelner.

November 3, 2010: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA.
Musicians: Michael Zelner, Cory Wright, Dan Plonsey, Chris Silvey, Masha Albrecht, Sarah Willner, John Shiurba, John Schott, Lynn Murdock, Myra Chachkin, Steve Horowitz, Mark Culbertson, and Suki O'Kane.
Recorded by Michael Zelner.
February 8, 2011: The Uptown, Oakland, CA.
Musicians: Michael Zelner, Cory Wright, Dan Plonsey, Chris Silvey, Masha Albrecht, John Schott, Lynn Murdock, and Suki O'Kane.
Recorded by Michael Zelner.

March 26, 2011: La Placita, 2375 Fruitvale Avenue, Oak land, CA

Front: Michael Zelner and Adrian Gormley, clarinets.
2nd row: Chris Silvey and Cory Wright.

Photo by Mantra Plonsey.


April 20, 2011: The Ivy Room, Albany, CA
June 21, 2011: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.
In photo:

front: Masha Albrecht and Sarah Willner, violins; Adrian Gormley, clarinet and bass clarinet; Plonsey (standing, back turned)

second row: Lynn Murdock, keyboard; Chris Silvey, trumpet; Adrian Gormley, clarinet and bass clarinet;

third row: Ward Spangler, drums; Mark Culbertson, bass.

not seen in picture: Michael Zelner and Cory Wright, clarinets and bass clarinet (Wright); Tom Yoder, trombone; John Shiurba, guitar; Myra Chachkin, cello; Steve Lew, electric bass.

Photo by Larnie Fox.


July 20, 2011: The Subterranean Art House, Berkeley, CA
Performed with DandelionDance Theater.
August 17, 2011: The Subterranean Art House, Berkeley, CA
September 11, 2011: the Webster Street Jam, Alameda, CA

Clockwise from bottom left: Chris Silvey, Adrian Gormley (back of head), John Shiurba, Myra Chachkin, Suki O'Kane.
Photos by Dan Plonsey


September 21, 2011: The Subterranean Art House, Berkeley, CA
Performed with DandelionDance Theater.
In photo:

Mantra Plonsey, standing; Cory Wright, Adrian Gormley (mostly obscured), Chris Silvey, Masha Albrecht; John Schott, standing in back.

Photo by Dan Plonsey


Saturday, November 5, 2011
Berkeley Arts Festival 2011
Dan Plonsey's Music of El Cerrito:
Daniel Popsicle plays new versions of old New Monsters music.
With:
Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, and Adrian Gormley, clarinets; Chris Silvey, trumpet; Herb Diamant, bassoon; Masha Albrecht, violin; Myra Chachkin, cello; John Shiurba, guitar; Lynn Murdock, piano & bass piano; Ward Spangler, vibes; Suki O'Kane, drums.
In photo, left to right: John Shiurba, Myra Chachkin, Herb Diamant, Cory Wright. (Adrian Gormley and Suki O'Kane are behind.)

Photo by Dan Plonsey


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Berkeley Arts Festival 2011

Dan Plonsey's Music of El Cerrito, 2011 Edition:

Daniel Popsicle plays new versions of old New Monsters music.

Featuring:
Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, and Adrian Gormley, clarinets;
Chris Silvey, trumpet; Masha Albrecht, violin; John Shiurba, guitar;
Lynn Murdock, piano & bass piano; Suki O'Kane, drums.

Also: "The Museum of Unnatural History":
a collaboration between Plonsey and poets Carol Dorf and Autumn Stephens.
Music performed by Albrecht, Murdock, and Plonsey.

...and costumes, and cookies...

2133 University Avenue (between Shattuck and Oxford)
7PM
$10--20 donation.

Dan; Cory and Dan; Cookies


Tuesday, January 31, 2011
Berkeley Arts Festival 2011/2012
Dan Plonsey's Music of El Cerrito, 2012 Edition:
Daniel Popsicle plays New Monsters music and More:
premieres of New Monsters 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, and the return of "The Public Toe Problem."
Featuring:
Cory Wright, Michael Zelner, and Adrian Gormley, clarinets; Chris Silvey, tr umpet; Masha Albrecht, violin; Herb Diamant, bassoon; Myra Chachkin, cello; Lynn Murdock, keyboard; Suki O'Kane, drums.
2133 University Avenue (between Shattuck and Oxford)
8PM

June 21, 2012: The Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA.
In photo:

Reed section, L to R: Jesse Canterbury, Adrian Gormley (hair visible), Michael Zelner (yellow cap), Cory Wright, Dan Plonsey.

not seen in picture: Herb Diamant, bassoon; Chris Silvey, trumpet; Tom Yoder, trombone; Masha Albrecht and Sarah Willner, violins; John Finkbeiner, guitar; Myra Chachkin, cello; Ward Spangler, percussion; Suki O'kane, drums.


Current Lineup of Daniel Popsicle:

Below: Eight members of a very early Daniel Popsiclei, circa 2000, after a rehearsal for the recording of "Portcullis." Photo presumably by Mantra Plonsey.
Top row: Tom Swafford, John Shiurba, Sarah Willner
Middle row: Tim Madden, Mike Pukish
Bottom row: Lynn Murdock, Danielle DeGrutolla, Dan Plonsey