From the DSR Vaults, pt.3

December 24th, 2010

A rare vocal excerpt. Giancarlo Vulcano reciting “Life is a Screwball Comedy,” by Ishmael Reed. Composed circa 2002. Happy New Year from Distant Second Records!


Tim Monaghan

December 22nd, 2010

Tim is a very nice guy, and a wonderful drummer. He’s had a bad accident and he’s in the hospital and we are all pulling for him. Like so many musicians, he has no health insurance. If you know him, or if you’d like to do a random good act for the holidays, please consider donating a little bit to his fund. Thank you –

From the DSR Vaults, pt.2

December 20th, 2010

Here are 4 sketches from a project that did not materialize.  All instruments played by Giancarlo Vulcano.


From the DSR Vaults, pt.1

December 15th, 2010

“Self Portrait” on Giancarlo Vulcano’s Vetro was co-produced with Jesse Schiffrin. In 2004 Vulcano sent Schiffrin the basic musical material that makes up the ‘portraits’ on the album, and below is what Jesse sent back, the basis for the final track on the album.

rimbaud sketch

My Funny Detective is now on iTunes

December 10th, 2010

My Funny Detective is now available for sale on iTunes! We recommend previewing the album there, and then buying the beautifully printed hard copy from distant second records. Search under ‘my funny detective.’

Here is another track from the cd.
Heartache in the Dark

Time Doesn’t Stand Still

December 9th, 2010

Giancarlo Vulcano had the great pleasure of playing on a score by Angelo Badalamenti. The short film, directed by Asa Mader and Benjamin Millepied, is called “Time Doesn’t Stand Still.” More details as soon as we hear anything.

Entire Joseph Cornell String Quartet

December 8th, 2010

Thanks again to everybody who came to hear the World Premiere of Giancarlo Vulcano’s String Quartet in London, played beautifully by The Smith Quartet. Here is the complete piece.

string quartet mvt 1
cornell interlude 1
string quartet mvt 2
cornell interlude 2
string quartet mvt 3
cornell interlude 3
string quartet mvt 4

Dispatch from London

November 18th, 2010

On October 29, the Smith Quartet premiered a new piece by Giancarlo Vulcano at the Bloomberg Art Space in Finsbury Square. The rest of the program included “2 Houses in Brasil,” accompanying the Micro Films of Jean-Pascal Flavien, and “Cob and Bar,” from Monologues for Minerals, read by Julien Bismuth. The new string quartet was inspired by the artist Joseph Cornell.

Program Notes:
“For years I lived in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Down the street from me was the building where poet Marianne Moore lived with her mother. In a biography of Joseph Cornell I learned that he was a prodigious NY city walker, and that one of his favorite weekend walks was to Fort Greene where he would visit with Moore. When I discovered this, it immediately conjured up visions of Joseph Cornell walking down my street, maybe sitting on my stoop, but certainly seeing what I saw everyday. To me this was magic, I started seeing my neighborhood differently, and music would come into my head as I took my own walks. The string quartet you will hear is the notation of what I heard, influenced strongly by Cornell’s own music predilection for early Lieder and Opera recordings by the divas of the day.”

Here is a recording of movement one of the string quartet.

string quartet mvt1

The Music of 30 Rock Soundtrack

November 10th, 2010

The Music of 30 Rock Soundtrack album that I helped produce will be on sale November 16.  It is wonderful music, chosen by Hal Willner, Jeff Richmond and myself.  The collector’s edition comes with a beautiful hard cover book of pictures, notes from the stars of the show, and even reproductions of score pages.  A very cool album for 30 Rock music fans.

Check it out here ( or on iTunes.

Subscriber Benefits

November 5th, 2010

For the month of November, people who subscribe to the Distant Second News Feed will receive a free (digital) copy of the soundtrack to Love and Roadkill (  This film, directed by John Allen, features an intimate ‘road movie’ score performed by Giancarlo Vulcano, Greg Stare, and Ian Riggs.  Subscription to the feed will mean receiving occasional messages from Distant Second Records.