Trio S – leader

  • Doug Wieselman – clarinets, guitar
  • Jane Scarpantoni – cello
  • Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion

Formed in 1999, Trio S  is a trio of longtime musical collaborators encorporating Wieselman’s water and dream melody compositions with live looping. The cd “Trio S” (Zitherine 001) is available through CD Baby. Laurie Anderson said of this recording – “It’s three of my favorite musicians and the music is incandescent.”

The Funes – leader

  • Doug Wieselman – clarinets, saxophone
  • Gina Leishman – accordion
  • Don Falzone – bass
  • James Pugliese – drums

The Funes is Wieselman’s band based on melodies that have occurred to him while walking around, some water melodies and the occasional cover.

Kamikaze Ground Crew – co-leader

  • Doug Wieselman – clarinets, saxophones, electric guitar
  • Gina Leishman – saxophone, bass clarinet, keyboards, vocals
  • Steven Bernstien – trumpet, slide trumpet
  • Peter Apfelbaum – saxophones
  • Art Baron – trombone Marcus Rojas – tuba
  • Kenny Wollesen – drums

Kamikaze Ground Crew – originally formed to accompany the Flying Karamazov Brother for their more extended theatrical productions, this band became the vehicle for Wieselman’s and Leishmans original compositions and arrangements. Steven Bernstein also contributes compositions and arrangements.  They have released 5 cd’s on various labels including New World, Koch and Busmeat.     Over the years the players have changed depending on circumstances and geography. Past players include –   Danny Frankel – drums Ralph Carney – clarinet, alto saxphone Jeff Cressman – trombone Bob Lipton – tuba Howard Patterson – trombone Paul Magid – clarinet, alto saxophone Bud Case – tuba

Mr. Wau Wa– co-leader

  • Gina Leishman – pump organ, accordion, vocals
  • Doug Wieselman – guitars, clarinets, saxophone
  • Rinde Eckert – pump organ, accordion, euphonium, vocals
  • Marcus Rojas – tuba
  • Kenny Wollesen – drums, percussion

Mr. Wau Wa – dedicated to the songs of Bertolt Brecht – with music by Kurt Weil, Hanns Eisler, Paul Dessau, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. They have one cd in limited release.

Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – player

  • D.W. – Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone

This Steven Bernstein’s 9 piece band which is structured like a “territory band” from the 20’s  – playing both material from those times as well as material up through the decades. It is Bernstein’s vehicle for his inspired arrangement, both spontaneous and otherwise. 3 cd’s available on ????






Antony and the Johnsons


D.W. – Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Electric Guitar




Singer Antony Hegarty performs with this band of revolving members.  Wieselman has

toured with them for many years and continues to perform with them . He  has appeared on numerous recordings as well as contributing arrangements – particularly the horn arrangement for “Fist Full of Love” on the Mercury Prize winning album “I Am a Bird Now”






Smokey’s Secret Family


D.W. – Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone


This is ace guitarist Smokey Hormel’s project of African electric guitar driven music as

as well as Brazilian music.  With Charley Burnham – violin, Clark Gayton – trombone,

David Hofstra – tuba and Davi Viera and Gilmar Gomes on percussion.






Villa Delirium


D.W. – Bass Clarinet


This band – inspired by the name of  one of Brian Gyson’s  abodes, plays original and traditional macabre songs collected and composed by John Kruth on guitar, mandolin, banjo, voice – and Tine Kinderman on musical saw and voice.  With Kenny  Margolis  –

accordion, keyboards – and Steve Bear – pots and pans


Karen Mantler Trio


D.W. – Electirc Guitar, Bass Clarinet


This is composer and singer Karen Mantler’s current band where she sings, plays piano and harmonica, along with Kato Hideki on Electric Bass. Karen Mantler is the daughter of composer/performers Carla Bley and Michael Mantler and continues their harmonic legacy with her own take on what a song can be.







John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards


D.W. – Electirc Guitar, Clarinet



Wieselman played in the last incarnation of this seminal downtown band – from

’96 to ’99.  He performed in the estimable guitar chair as well as playing clarinet. He

is not on any of the band recordings, but plays on the soundtrack cd “African Swim”

and “The Ledgendary Marvin Pontiac”





Selfhaters (Trio and Orchestra)


D.W. – Eb Clarinet, Bass Harmonica


This was composer/pianist  Anthony Coleman’s project of a kind of  broken music inspired by Samuel Beckett and old Middle/European villages.

The trio was with drummer Jim Pugliese

The orchestra included Michael Attias on baritone sax and Fred Lomberg-Holme on ‘cello and occasionally Roy Nathanson on woodwinds.

Two cd’s on Tzadik as well as a piece on Hal Willner’s second Kurt Weill tribute “September Songs”, accompanying William Burroughs doing “What Keeps Mankind Alive”




The New York Composer’s Orchestra


D.W. – Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Composition



This was the ensemble created by Wanye Horvitz and Robin Holcomb as a vehicle for original composition for a jazz orchestra.  Along with playing in the ensemble, Wieselman contributed “Three Pieces for Wind Orchestra”.  Two pieces from this – “The Montana Section” and “Interlude” are on the first of two cd’s put out by New World Records.  The ensemble continues to perform from time to time.






The President


D.W. – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet


This was keyboardist and composer Wayne Horvitz’s electric band incorporating elements of  interlocking Indonesian rhythms as well as R&B, Soul, Rock and Noise.  2 cd’s on Elektra Musician as well as performing and touring in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s.








Robin Holcomb


D.W. – Guitars, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone


Wieselman’s work with Robin Holcomb goes back many years.  He appeared on her first three song albums and has performed and toured with her. He has also worked with her on numerous theatrical pieces/song cycles as well as the instrumental album “Larks, They Crazy”



Victoria Williams


D.W. – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Flute



Wieselman met Victoria Williams in the ‘80’s through his longtime friend – drummer Danny Frankel.  He started playing with her in her various living rooms, to various stages including a national tour opening for Lou Reed.  He appears on the albums “Loose” and more extensively “Musings of A Creek Dipper”




Martha Wainwright


D.W. – Guitars, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone

Doug started to play with Martha Wainwright on her first self-titled EP from the mid ‘90’s.  Since then he was music director for her Piaf project which toured internationally and was recorded with Hal Willner producing.  He appeared on her last 2 studio albums – “I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too” and “Come Home to Mama”.  He continues to perform with the McGarrigle/Wainwright family for their tributes to Kate McGarrigle – with whom he had the honor to play before she died – as well their Christmas shows.  He appears on the Kate McGarrigle tribute record “Sing Me the Songs” as well as in the film of the same title.









Jolie Holland


D.W. – Electric guitar, Electric bass, Bass Clarinet


Wieselman has been working with Jolie Holland fairly recently – contributing extensively on her soon to be released album on Anti – “The Wine Dark Sea”.  He has started to perform more with her as part of her band.




Ambrosia Parsely


D.W. – Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Guitars


Wieselman first encountered Ambrosia on a Hal Willner tribute concert to Neil Young.

He has since performed and recorded with both with her and her band “Shiveree”. He contributed an arrangement of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”for the album “Tainted Love: Mating Calls and Fight Songs”





Syd Straw


D.W. – Bass Clarinet, Clarinet


D.W. first worked with Syd Straw working on Robin Holcomb’s song cycle “Angels at the Four Corners” in 1989.  13 years later, he started to work with her band “Plankton”, performing for many of her annual Valentine’s Day “Heartwreck” Show.  He appears on her album, “Pink Velour”



Gina Leishman


D.W. – Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Guitar



Wieselman has contributed to Leishman’s songs and compositions, performing with various ensembles and appearing on her albums, “Bed Time” and the more composition oriented “Bassless Rumors”








Laurie Anderson


D.W. – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Electric Guitar


Wieselman started to work with Laurie Anderson in ’98 – helping her develop ideas for her “Moby-Dick” project.  He since has performed and toured with her over the years with her  pieces “Homeland”  and “Delusion” as well as various other performances.



Yuka Honda


D.W. – Clarinet,Saxophone, Electric Guitar


Wieselman began his association with Yuka Honda on a recording session with Cibo Matto for a compilation.  He appears extensively on Yuka Hoda’s Tzadik album “Heart Chamber Phantoms” and has performed as a guest with Cibo Matto as well as contributing his saxophone work for their upcoming album “Hotel Vallentine”




Anthony Coleman


D.W. – Eb Clarinet, Bass Harmonica, Bass Clarinet



Wieselman has collaborated with Anthony Coleman for many years. Besides the Selfhaters, he has appeared in concerts and on the cd’s “Pushy Blueness” and “Lapidation”






Butch Morris


D.W. –  Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar


Wieselman was fortunate to work extensively with the visionary Butch Morris, who created “Conduction” – a specific vocabulary for conducting ensembles of improvisers.

He played in various conductions as well as the ensembles “Skyscraper”, “Lucky Cheng Orchestra” and most notably “Nublu Orchestra”




Bill Frisell


D.W. –  Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Sax


Wieselman first worked with Frisell when they were both band members in Wayne Horvitz’s “The President”  He then made a duo recording with him of Robin Holcomb’s music and then appeared on Frisell’s album “Before You Were Born”   Lately he has been in Frisell’s ensemble for accompanying Hal Willner reading Alan Ginsburg’s “Kaddish” and the Willner produced reading of Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”