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Updated May 7, 2015
Welcome! The Door Into Summer; Gary Davenport's new album is now available. Accompanying GaryisAlchemy, who perform withGaryat live events and in the studio.
Alchemyis: Gary Davenport-Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, E-Bow, Piano, Korg Triton, Mellotron. Fred Masinter-Violin. Dylan Martin-Drums and Percussion. Brandon Bombardier-Lead Guitar, Support Vocals.
Brandon and Dylan are also with the group Triaxe.
Kevin Lewis plays Bass Guitar on the majority of the songs from The Door Into Summer.
Special guest Klaus Weiland added guitar to the song, "The Distant Malverns" and sitar to, "Gilgamesh". Bob Catlin also added tambouras to "Gilgamesh" Heday Kataokawho was once with Alchemyadded keyboards and mellotron to several songs as well. Richard Potter who was also on "Wonder Slips Away"returns adding various flutes,sax, and EWI to several songs. John Thurston plays bass guitar on "The Distant Malverns". Val Cronk plays bass guitar on "All of the Days". Gus Wanner is on bass guitar on "No Place To Hide" and "Gilgamesh". And Joan Carroll is on vocals on "All of the Days", "The Distant Malverns", and "Let It Go".
Coming from Closet Records in 2015
Gary Davenport-Chronicles. An album of songs spanning the years 1977 through 2010. The album will contain the songs and the original recordings with Mannequin, "Scatterd Thoughts" and songs from the recording, "If It's Not One Things...It's Another". Released originally in 1981. Also the single with the late Mark Champion, "True Freedom" and "Remember Our Lives" will be part of the album. And the single that was never officially release with the songs, "Sarra" and "Journey To Oaxaca". It will also contain songs that were never manufactured for release.
Coming From MuseMyth Recordings in 2015
Himmel. A reissue that was once available on Habitual Grace Records. As described in the liner notes on the Habitual Grace release, " The thick tropical rhythms that weave Himmel together convey the influence and cultural impact of Mexico's diverse interior." And it is safe to say that many of the sounds heard on this recording are a combination of the old and new sounds that were available at that time. Many of these emanating from the ancient cultural heritage that is Mexico which influenced certain members of the group from extensive and frequent journeys taken before and during the time of this recording. Some instruments used are from Mexico.
Henry Arispe-Steel Drum, Clay Flute, Guica, Various Percussion. Gary Davenport-Elka String Synth, Bass Guitar, Maraccas, Vocal and Lyrics on "Into Desert Lands". Steve Sanchez-Bass Guitar, Elka String Synth, Steel Drum, Assorted Percussion, Vocal & Lyrics on "Lidice Non-Movement". Art Sarkis-Hand Drum, A Go Go's, Afuge, Maraccas, Steel Drum.
Still AVAILABLEfromMuseMython the Closet Records label is the album "Wait No Longer" by Mannequin. Mannequinwas a group that Gary was a member of 30 plus years ago. Originally intended for release in 1981, it is now here and available. It is currently only available on vinyl. The CD is being worked on at this very point in time and will be released in September. It was mixed and mastered at Edit Point Studios by Donnie Meals. Closet Records (CRD 1001)
More releases from the Closet Records catalog will be re-issued in the next few months primarily on CD and some vinyl. Announcements will be made just prior to the release date for each recording.
What follows below is the text to introduce the launching of the MuseMyth Recordings label and Wonder Slips Away album/CD. It has been left on for the sake of posterity.
March 17, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Gary Davenport Releases CD, Wonder Slips Away
Gary Davenport, founding member of Mannequin, Red Square, and Himmel is releasing a CD “Wonder Slips Away,” on the newly formed MuseMyth label. The CD features fifteen songs recorded with core group members--Fred Masinter, violin; Kevin Lewis, 5-string bass; and Raul Garcia, drums and percussion.
Also appearing on the recording is Gib Wharton who has previously recorded and performed with Cassandra Wilson, Laurie Anderson, and Van Morrison; Cari Palazzolo, singer/songwriter of Belaire; Rob Meyer, formerly with the San Antonio Symphony on trumpet; Richard Potter on flute and saxophone; Will Willard from the Gilliam Section on electric lead guitar; and multi-instrumentalist, Val Cronk; and many others.
The songs were recorded by Eugene Ng at Krazy Kat and by Donnie Meals at Edit Point with the recording being produced by Donnie Meals and Gary Davenport.
Davenport states, “These songs are highly personal yet I believe they will appeal to all audiences. Like the title of the CD states, wonder has a tendency to slip away. I’ve tried to capture and convey that sense of wonder in my music.”
Davenport has been an integral part of the San Antonio music scene since 1976 fronting such well known bands as Mannequin and Red Square whose release, “Lemmings and Saviors” achieved critical acclaim well beyond the local music scene.
At the same time Davenport wishes to announce the formation of MuseMyth; a label devoted to promoting not only his own recordings but the works of other independent artists. Davenport previously co-founded Closet Records, a label that produced such interesting artists as, Mannequin, The Rejects, and Mike Escamilla; and also the seminal compilation LP, “As Raindrops Become Ocean.”
Davenport will be performing songs Wonder Slips Away for Fredstock to be simulcast on KSYM at San Antonio College campus, Thursday, April 15, 2010. A release party for the CD/album will follow on Friday, June 18, 2010 at Pho Sure (formerly the Big Kahuna), 721 W. Ashby across the street from the San Pedro Playhouse with a live performance there as well.
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Gary Davenport, Andrew Tullos, & Idyll Summit Live
Imagine Books & Records, 8373 Culebra Road, San Antonio, Texas, United States
Gary will be performing solo this time without the band; first time in 27 years. This will feature songs from his beginnings that have never been recorded and also some very new ones. None of them have ever been performed live before.
Songwriters & Poetry-Live at Imagine Books & Records
Imagine Books and Records, 8373 Culebra Road Sutie 201 B phone: 210-236-7668, San Antonio, Texas, USA
An evening of songs and poetry reading by the authors of their own works. Songwriters performing will be Gary Davenport accompanied by Gus Wanner on mandolin and Genevieve Davenport on cello doing new songs not yet recorded and from Vita Nova. Gus Wanner will also perform songs of his own. Gus has been performing for a good 30 years now and is a songwriter in his own right.
Poetry readings will be done by local poets Jesus Cordona and Russell Hoke. Jesus has been writing and performing his work for many years and has an album of poetry due out in the coming year on Red Wheelbarrow Records. Russell Hoke is a prolific poet and songwriter who has several LPs of his songs and of his poetry.
Gary Davenport and MuseMyth-Live at GIG on the Strip
GIG on the Strip, 2803 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas , USA
This is the last performance for Gary Davenport and MuseMyth for the year 2011. There have been changes as no drummer/percussionist will be with the group for this show. Songs from Wonder Slips Away will be performed along with songs from the upcoming album, the Door Into Summer. A new drummer has joined MuseMyth; Dylan Martin. He will replace Raul Garcia and begins rehearsing with MuseMyth in mid-January, 2012.
The name MuseMyth was decided upon by band members recently. MuseMyth is now: Fred Masinter-violin, Kevin Lewis-lead guitar & bass guitar, John Thurston-bass guitar and Chapman Stick, Gus Wanner-guitar & mandolin, John Rodriguez-keyboards & backing vocals, Genevieve Davenport-cello, Dylan Martin-drums & percussion.
GIG on the Strip, 2803 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Gary will be performing songs from his album Wonder Slips Away and from his upcoming album The Door Into Summer. He will be accompanied by band members: Fred Masinter-violin, Genevieve Davenport-cello, Kevin Lewis-lead guitar, bass, John Thurston-upright electric bass, Chapman stick, Raul Garcia-drums and percussives.
Amanda Pearcy from Austin is also sharing the bill. If you enjoy good country, folk, Americana, then Amanda will please you.
GIG on the Strip, 2803 North St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Gary Davenport w/ band......Gary Davenport-vocals, guitar, Kevin Lewis-lead guitar, Gus Wanner-bass guitar, Raul Garcia-drums, percussion, Fred Masinter-violin. Gary will be performing all new material from his next upcoming album/CD that is currently in production.
Also performing after Gary are Thumper D at 9:45pm, The Lion Lads at 10:25pm, and Dickie Briganza at 11:15. Cover is $6 for seeing 4 different artists/bands...quite the deal.
A night of music and poetry. Gary Davenport and band will be guests performers to support the release of LP recordings of poetry by Don Hurd, Russell Hoke, and Jesus Cardona on Red Wheelbarrow Records. Each of these poets will be reading/performing poetry from their prospective albums interspersed with songs performed from "Wonder Slips Away" and from the upcoming album by Gary and band. Mike Escamilla will also be performing songs.
Gary Davenport Live at the Foundry with Indo opening the show
The Foundry (phone) 210-785-8208, 2720 McCullough, San Antonio, TX, USA
The performance was to extend the promotion of the new CD, "Wonder Slips Away". There were also new songs performed not yet recorded. The recording sessions for the next CD begin in December of 2010. One of the songs featured out of the new songs was "Gilgamesh"....an instrumental piece. Opening the show was Indo from Austin.
Pho Sure (phone) 210-733-8473, 741 West Ashby, San Antonio, Texas, USA
The performance at Pho Sure to set the maiden voyage for "Wonder Slips Away" was a success and did well even with critics. The performance began quietly with the song, "Eric" and ended with the exotic, "Gilgamesh" accompanied by Bob Catlin and Quinn Mathews both on tambouras. Contributing also to 'Gilgamesh' were Gil Garza on trombone and Rob Meyer on trumpet. In addition to these guest musicians were Val Cronk on keyboards and daughter Genevieve Davenport on vocals. The core band contributed splendidly and guided things through steadily. They are: Fred Masinter on violin, Gus Wanner on mandolin and guitar, John Thurston on electric upright bass and Chapman Stick, and Raul Garcia on drums and percussion. Though electrical outages (3 times) interrupted the flow of the event, the power was restored promptly. Also,though the show was intended to launch "Wonder Slips Away" at least 40% of the show was material not yet recorded and slated for the next CD. Besides "Eric" and "Gilgamesh" , the instrumental pieces "Sufi" and "Zapotec" were also performed from the upcoming album.
Opening the show were INDO from Austin. Their performance was also met by a very receptive audience as they demonstrated their effectiveness in live performance.