Excerpts from Bruce's musical past

This page contains some mp3 downloads highlighting some of the music I made before the days of Wargameroom. 

Recent Changes

8/30/13: Added "Distance" by Influx
8/30/13: Added "Three Bells" by Solar Circus
8/30/13: Added "One More Time" by Juggling Suns

Influx
Influx was a band that I was in between 1992 and 2000.  The music was heavily inspired by the progressive rock from the 1970s, and also by the grunge rock of the 1990s.  Originally playing a mix of originals and eclectic cover tunes, the band transitioned into becoming an all-original act somewhere around 1995.  In 1997, the band played several high-profile gigs, including opening for one of our own all-time favorite bands Marilion, and also for Marillion's former lead singer Fish The first track below, The Maze Inside, was written by the keyboard player Tom O' Brien, and to this day remains my favorite recording of all those of which I have been a part.  Why was recorded in the same recording sessions.  When Everyone Knows was recorded earlier (1993, I think).  Distance was recorded live at R.T.'s, in south New Jersey.


The Maze Inside (9:21)
  (O' Brien)
Dave Kilpatrick - Lead Vocal
Andy Mackie - Drums
Tom O' Brien - Keyboards
Rich Pierro - Saxophone
Rob Victory - Guitar
Bruce Wigdor - Bass, Harmony Vocal

Why (6:31)
  (Victory/Kilpatrick)
Dave Kilpatrick - Lead Vocal
Andy Mackey - Drums
Tom O' Brien - Keyboards
Rob Victory - Guitar
Bruce Wigdor - Bass, Harmony Vocal

When Everyone Knows (3:33)
  (Wigdor)
Andy Mackey - Drums
Tom O' Brien - Keyboards
John Sanborn - Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocal
Rob Victory - Guitar
Bruce Wigdor - Lead and Harmony Vocal, Bass

Distance (3:53)
  (Wigdor/Kilpatrick)
Dave Kilpatrick - Lead Vocal
Andy Mackey - Drums
Tom O' Brien - Keyboards
Rob Victory - Guitar
Bruce Wigdor - Bass, Harmony Vocal


Solar Circus
Solar Circus was a band that I was in between 1988 and 1991.  The band did extensive touring, mostly on the northeast coast of the United States, playing to a small but extremely dedicated following.  A jam band in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, Solar Circus had an extremely large repertoire of both original and cover tunes, always mixing things up every show so that our audiences never knew what to expect.  The tracks below, Fortune Teller and Three Bells, were off of the band's first album on Relix Records, Juggling Suns, recorded in December, 1988.  Fortune Teller ends abruptly because its last chord is the first chord of the next track on the disc.

Fortune Teller (6:16)
  (Diomede)
Mark Diomede - Lead Vocal, Lead Guitar
Brad Hall- Drums
Steve Greene - Rhythm Guitar, Harmony Vocal
Ken Golojuch- Bass
Bruce Wigdor - Keyboards, Harmony Vocal

Three Bells (4:13)
  (Diomede)
Susan Cohen - Harmony Vocal
Mark Diomede - Lead Vocal, Lead Guitar
Brad Hall- Drums
Steve Greene - Rhythm Guitar, Harmony Vocal
Ken Golojuch- Bass
Bruce Wigdor - Keyboards, Harmony Vocal

Juggling Suns

In 1999, I reunited with Solar Circus guitarist Mark Diomede and joined what was essentially the remnants of Solar Circus, Juggling Suns.  Mark had lost the legal rights to the name Solar Circus and was keeping the band's tradition alive by using the name of the band's first album as the name of the band when I joined on.  This time I joined as the bass player, and enjoyed some really good musical experiences until I left the band in 2003.  One More Time was recorded live at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.  The version of the Beatles' Come Together included below was recorded live at The Vault in Baltimore, MD.  The Grateful Dead's Box of Rain and the original song The Awakening were recorded at a performance at an American Legion hall in Maryland.  The Awakening is actually Part 4 of a 4 song suite called The Art of the Bell.


One More Time (9:28)
  (Diomede)
Mark Diomede - Lead Vocal, Guitar
Ivan Funk - Drums
Gus Vigo - Keyboards, Harmony Vocal
Bruce Wigdor - Bass, Harmony Vocal

Come Together (5:09)
  (Lennon/McCartney)
Mark Diomede - Guitar
Ivan Funk - Drums
Gus Vigo - Keyboards
Bruce Wigdor - Vocal, Bass

Box of Rain (5:33)
  (Lesh/Hunter)
Mark Diomede - Guitar
Ivan Funk - Drums
Gus Vigo - Keyboards, Harmony Vocal
Bruce Wigdor - Lead Vocal, Bass

The Awakening (7:30)
  (Diomede)
Mark Diomede - Lead Vocal, Guitar
Ivan Funk - Drums
Gus Vigo - Keyboards, Harmony Vocal
Bruce Wigdor - Bass, Harmony Vocal


Solo Acoustic
Playing solo acoustic is really the way I started playing music.  After college, my friend Steve Mundt and I started playing as an acoustic guitar duo at a weekly open mic in New Brunswick, NJ.  We called ourselves Random Sampling, and were sometimes joined by our friend Keith Woods adding in vocals.  We prided ourselves on doing at least one new thing every performance, and performed well over 100 different songs over the years.  After a few years, I also began to work as a solo acoustic artist, and had a lot of interesting experiences doing that, including a 4 month gig in Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico playing in a bar/restaurant/nightclub.  This recording of Emerson Lake, & Palmer's From the Beginning was recorded on New Year's Eve, 2003, at The Front Row, in East Stroudsburg, PA.  Juggling Suns was headlining the show, and I did a little extra duty opening up with an acoustic set.  The recording ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger; for the record, I did a segue into the Moody Blues' The Story in Your Eyes.

From the Beginning (2:06)
  (Lake)
Bruce Wigdor - Vocal, Acoustic Guitar


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