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On tenderest terror and abject love:
a song cycle based on the poems by Kate Colby

We are please to announce the release of our new album, the recorded songs of the music from UNFINISHED BIRD. Available now on bandcamp.


An all-acoustic concert of the songs from Unfinished Bird.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Scuppernong Books - 304. S. Elm St Greensboro, NC 27405

I want to wake you

let you bite my chin with
your two new teeth, will

cut the skin if I let them.

Lyrics and text from Kate Colby's Unfinished Bird (Blue Hole, 2015) and other writings
Music by Cassandra Victoria Chopourian, Gary Heidt & the band
Dramaturgy by Gary Heidt

Cassandra Victoria Chopourian - Kate's Voice / Vocals, tenor guitar, trumpet
Donna Drinnen - Kate's Body / Vocals, percussion
Gary Heidt - Electric bass, tenor guitar, electric guitar, guitarron
Sara Jane Mann - Vocals, melodica, percussion
Lisa Woods - Percussion, toy piano
Tom Woods - Drums, soprano ukelele

We're on the other
side of the screen, singing

an endless accumulating lullabyŚ
mama's gonna buy you

a little box
in which to store these ruins.

Unfinished Bird

Past Performances:

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 2pm
   Ruby Slipper Fringe Festival - Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
   251 Spruce St, Winston Salem, NC

Friday, March 18, 2016
   Lovesphere 21 - Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC