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Recent Shilansky records RELEASED! - June 25, 2018

I have been remiss in reminding you that 2018 has seen the release of at least a couple new recordings featuring those of us here at Shilansongs. My brother Neil Shilansky's long-awaited "Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint" became available in late-December 2017, and features 11 of Neil's eclectic, groovy compositions, ranging from Latin-Jazz to Instrumental Rock, with guitar contributions from Marty Walsh and Eric Byers, Trumpet and Synth by Taylor Haskins, a whole bevy of woodwinds by Jared Sims, low-end contributions from Danny Morris, Tim Webb, and Fernando Huergo, and many many more.
Also, I am on a project for Jazz Quartet and String Trio by reedist Dan Moretti, called "Invoke," featuring Dan on saxes and flute, Jesse Williams on bass, and Steve Langone on drums. It's here on this website if you can read Italian.
or you can check it out at these links:
Album on You tube
You tube of Live Performance
Digital Press Release
Also, this music is enjoyable by visiting the Youtubes, or Spotify, and even Apple Music and Itunes. Check it out, listen, and perhaps support the artists even more by downloading or purchasing a physical copy.

I'm down with NEFA! - May 24, 2018

Hey all, I was just informed I could use the following text on my website:

Fee support for Mark Shilansky may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit for more information.

That means if you've been dying to hire Mark Shilansky to do a clinic or a concert or just hang out and bother your students or patrons, you can apply for partial funding to hire me (I'm not sure if they pay in sushi or buffalo wings yet but I can ask). This is great, because some schools want to hire people with my particular set of skills (Neeson, Liam, "Taken.") but are prohibited by finances. So, check out the website and search for my name (and other excellent people like David Thorne Scott) and let me come and entertain or educate you!

Here and Now - February 15, 2015

Hey Shilanskarians!  The wonderful radio show/podcast host and singer/songwriter/guitarist/pianist Julie Lavender has featured Fugue Mill on an episode of NPR's "Here and Now!"  We got a little "NPR bump" in terms of sales and web hits.  Click here to hear the segment.

BOSTON GLOBE REVIEW! - October 30, 2014

Read this review of "Fugue Mill" in the Globe written by critic Jon Garelick!

FUGUE MILL available for download and more - October 8, 2014

The debut CD by Fugue Mill is here, and may be downloaded and soon physically purchased at CDbaby, iTunes, or at the link here on the homepage.  

Here I've included lyrics to the final song on the CD, "Don't Forget the Dénouement", as well as the credits for the CD, in case you (LEGALLY) downloaded the music, and don't have the CD jacket to which to refer.  ENJOY!

Don't Forget the Dénoement  

Music and Lyrics by Mark Shilansky (Shilansongs BMI 2014)


The lights have just come up, the audience is on its feet

To call the author from the curtain, or to hasten to the street

I pause to hear the snips of conversation, mixed with my prejudice

What shall we call this entertainment, to venture a guess

A Masquerade would imply that we were only just pretending

A charade we'd recognize as it would have us laughing by the ending

Send the band home if you want but don't forget the Dénouement

You put these words into my mouth exactly as I would have said them

Then you took them away, they disappeared just as I read them

You cast me in this role then said that you did not believe me

The plot fell in a hole, more to confuse than to deceive me

I knew it all along before the crime had been committed

You had it in for me before the costumes had been fitted

A Masquerade would imply that we were only just pretending

A charade we'd recognize as it would have us laughing by the ending

Though the show will soon be closing and I'm just a dilettante

Twas your intention I'm supposing to forget the dénouement

And though the stage is dark the drama does continue as I tip the valet

For I know there's plenty malice in you for another day, and another play

A Masquerade would imply that we were only just pretending

A charade we'd recognize as it would have us laughing by the ending

A Passion Play would contain a lesson worth the learning

But I won't be back in the morning nor my ghost return to haunt

Save a prayer or a warning: don't forget the dénouement

1) RFD 7 

2) AM 

3) Body And Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)

4) Reely 

5) The False Bride (Trad)

6) Sure on this Shining Night (Samuel Barber/James Agee)

7) Dialogue #1 

8) Troubles 

9) Pass it On

10) Don't Forget the Dénouement


Fugue Mill: Mark Shilansky - piano, vocal (10), Sara Caswell - violin, Eric Byers - guitars, Joseph Brent - mandolin (2,4-6, 8), Bryce Milano - mandolin (1,3,9), Greg Loughman - acoustic bass (4-6, 8), Corey DiMario - acoustic bass (1,3,9), Fernando Huergo - electric bass (2), Jordan Perlson - drums, percussion (1-3,9), Steve Langone - drums, percussion (4,5,8), Kathleen Flynn - Soprano Voice (5,6), Catherine Bent - cello (4,7,10), Emily Rideout - viola (10), Jared Sims - clarinet (7), Rane Moore - clarinet (10)

Produced and Arranged by Mark Shilansky, All Music and Lyrics (10) by Mark Shilansky except where noted, © 2014 Shilansongs (BMI). 1,3,4,7,9,10 recorded by Peter Kontrimas at PBS, Westwood, MA.  2 recorded by Mark Wessel at Berklee College of Music, Studio A. 5,6,8 recorded by Huck Bennert at Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA.  Additional recording by Joseph Stewart at Dimension Sound, Jamaica Plain, MA. 1,3,7,9 mixed by Peter Kontrimas.  2, 4-6, 8, 10 mixed by Huck Bennert.  Mastered by Mark Donahue at Sound/Mirror, Jamaica Plain. Cover artwork by Ronman Ng.

Some bits of info: - September 12, 2014

1) Our Kickstarter Campaign FUNDED!!!  Thanks to all you generous participants.  I will be in touch about rewards and make sure you get your CDs and downloads and such, in mid-October.  You in fact may wish to attend the CD RELEASE SHOWS, Oct 11 at the Dance Hall in Kittery, Me, and Oct 12 at the Davis Square Theatre in Somerville, MA.  Jason Anick will be sitting in on mandolin, and his quartet will be sharing the bill with us.

2) I have put up many of my songs as picture-filled youtube videos, so you may check them out at your leisure and consider downloading the CDs from whence they came.  This is the link:

3) Also, Fugue Mill now has a Youtube Channel, thanks to the vociferous hawking I've been doing of the Kickstarter campaign:

Fugue Mill Kickstarter - July 31, 2014

Hi everybody!  I launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of Fugue Mill's debut CD.  It goes until September 1st, 2014!  Please consider participating!

ESP launches Kickstarter fan-funding project! - March 24, 2011

Hey there.  I play with some amazing singers and people who call themselves ESP (Emily Browder, Sandi Hammond, Patrice Williamson, Em, Sandi, Patrice, hence ESP...).  We've been gigging around New England the past few years, and now we've launched a Kickstarter campaign so our fans can pre-order or help fund our upcoming studio recording.  Check out this link.

Mark Shilansky's Talking Music Podcast now available - January 15, 2011

Click the menu link to access Mark Shilansky's Talking Music Podcast episodes or subscribe via itunes!

"Particles of Change" now available! - December 30, 2010

"Particles of Change", the EP recorded by Adrian Sicam and Mark Shilansky and friends in 2003 is now available publicly for the FIRST TIME!  Download from CD Baby HERE!

Welcome to the New Website! - December 10, 2010

Hey everybody! Thanks for visiting the new site! Not only will you be able to keep up with the comings and goings and public appearances of Mark Shilansky at this site, but you'll also be able to link to places where you can download new music releases and a free podcast!

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