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Perhaps the most fitting way to describe Copernicus is as a performance poet. Even though he (originally named Joseph Smalkowski) plays keyboards, Copernicus refuses to be categorised as a musician. Despite often having inhabited the alternative New York rock'n'roll scene, his music also exudes strong elements of jazz, classical and the avant garde. Even though Copernicus' preferred recording strategy is that of improvisation, his epic pieces tend to revolve around themes, riffs and repeated clusters, moving along a clearly linear pathway. The booming delivery and abstract texts evoke the spirit of classic beat generation poetry, but the Copernicus stance goes back even further to the theatrical confrontations of the Dada movement


Immediate Eternity II

Label: Nevermore Inc.
Released: 2014



Label: Unknown label
Released: 2013

Article: Film Review

Copernicus Live in Prague

Read "Copernicus Live in Prague" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Copernicus Live in Prague Copernicus Nevermore Inc.(distr. Moonjune Records) Valutazione: 3,5 stelle Era l'estate dell'anno di grazia 1989, il muro di Berlino sarebbe crollato a novembre e incredibilmente, già dalla primavera, dai paesi vicini all'Unione Sovietica, cominciarono ad arrivare richieste di performance di musicisti occidentali. Perfino di artisti occidentali indisciplianti come Copernicus, un visionario cantautore americano ...


Cipher And Decipher

Label: Nevermore Inc.
Released: 2011

Article: Album Review

Copernicus: Cipher and Decipher

Read "Cipher and Decipher" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Immaginate di essere spettatori di quello che succede nel giorno dell'apocalisse. Gli elementi naturali stanno scatenando le loro forze ancestrali per lo scontro finale. Pioggia, vento, tempesta, nevischio ghiacciato, tuoni, fulmini, bagliore di fuochi. Tutto quello che può succedere sta succedendo. E in mezzo a tutto ciò si alza la voce di un profeta che declama ...


Article: Album Review

Copernicus: Cipher And Decipher

Read "Cipher And Decipher" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

For those new to work of New York City performance poet Copernicus (aka Joseph Smalkowski), Cipher and Decipher, might be an appropriate onramp. This release of improvised music plus poetry appears to be aimed at a wider, more cynical audience than those that pioneered the form in previous decades in the jazz world, such as Gil ...



Label: Nevermore Inc
Released: 2009
Track listing: 12 subatomic particles; The Quark Gluon Plasma; The Blind Zombies; Humanity created the illusion of itself; Atomic New Orleans; Poor Homo Sapiens; Revolution.

Article: Album Review

Copernicus: Disappearance

Read "Disappearance" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Copernicus è uno dei poeti visionari di New York. Prima regola: non chiamatelo Joseph Smalkowski, altrimenti si incazza e vi scomunica all'istante dichiarando la vostra non-esistenza. E del resto chi è Joseph Smalkowski? I suoi testi visionari sono meravigliosamente resi in questa registrazione che lo vede affiancato da un dozzina di ottimi musicisti, guidati da Pierce ...


Article: Album Review

Copernicus: disappearance

Read "disappearance" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

New York-based performing poet Copernicus talks about sub-atomic particles such as quark gluon plasma, which pertains to the building blocks of matter, and issues centered on the possibilities of an atomic New Orleans. As the press release states, the artist generally improvises upon themes and motifs. Copernicus' artistry and discography spans several decades, with Disappearance effectively ...


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