“Exquisitely accomplished music”: great new Pleonid review


“The music is a delight, the continuity of the work lending an aether of enquiry, of investigation through shifting structures, liquid dissension and aggressive, conflicting textures … Overall I was reminded of Ornette Coleman as both composer and player … There is a very open feel about the album and each musician’s distinctive, transparent sound is bell-like in its clarity and this in turn distinguishes their contributions to the collective æsthetic. Five very fine musicians present an hour of exquisitely accomplished music.”

Posted July 19th, 2017

PSS, Bassoon, Pleonid show writeup in The Observer

Brad Cohan has been providing super-intrepid and thoughtful reportage of the new/creative music scene here in NYC, and wrote the following about this week’s shows!

Last month, the Observer highlighted The 15 Best Metal Bands in NYC with sludge-metal crushers Bassoon leading the way. Not only will you get your chance to see Bassoon inflict its Melvins’y damage on May 2 at Gold Sounds, but the night before protean bassist/composer Stuart Popejoy shows off his avant-jazz chops as he joins forces with guitarist Brandon Seabrook and Talibam! drummer Kevin Shea for free-improv fireworks at Gowanus’ jazz hub, ShapeShifter Lab.

Don’t fret if you miss those gigs because come May 7, Popejoy, alongside an avant all-star group that includes violinist Sarah Bernstein, alto saxist Avram Fefer, trombonist Steve Swell and drummer/vibesman Kenny Wollesen, celebrates the release of the sprawling Pleonid.

A single, hour-long composition birthed from software Popejoy himself developed and broken up in seven-minute intervals, Pleonid’s mesmerizing angularity, dizzying patterns and conversational back and forth is both cathartic and intense.


Posted May 1st, 2017

“Pleonid” released on Bandcamp!

Posted March 8th, 2017

“Pleonid” CD Released on Leo Records!

This live recording of the 2012 performance of my piece “Pleonid” is out on Leo Records! The band of Avram Fefer on alto sax, Sarah Bernstein on violin, Steve Swell on trombone, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass, and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone and drums, did an amazing performance of my 60 minute piece which can now be yours in all of its jewel-case retro charm!


Posted February 15th, 2017

New release SEE on Nefarious Records

Timo Ellis concocted this uncanny genre-smusher by recording him, Brandon Seabrook and John Ehlers jamming, slicing and dicing it beyond recognition and then bringing me in on synth overdub. The result is aggressively disorienting!

Lighteninging On Your Thames


Posted February 15th, 2017

“what to do”: VIDEO Chris Cochrane & Stuart Popejoy

New video I made to accompany a beautiful track off our upcoming duo release!


Posted April 9th, 2016


Formerly “The Nilads” now STAR SYSTEMS …



This month – two trios that share vibrational affinities and sonic terrains + it’s a cd release show for The Gate = A VERY UNIQUE SHOW not to miss!

10 pm: STAR SYSTEMS is the new electric trio playing original compositions that warp from psych jazz to trad fusion to improv rock and beyond.
Anders Nilsson on guitar, Stuart Popejoy on bass guitar, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums.

8.30 pm: The Gate is comprised of Dan Peck (tuba, compositions), Tom Blancarte (double-bass), and Brian Osborne (percussion).

On The Way Out is a monthly series that has been going on since 2003. It focuses on presenting performances of creative music artists and is open to all forms of experimental music including composed, improvised, free jazz, contemporary classical, electro-acoustic and noise.

$10 suggested donation.

Freddys Bar is located at 627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, between 17th & 18th Streets, R to Prospect Avenue.

Posted April 24th, 2012