THE HEROES
 ARAD EVANS--Guitar/vocals--(Glenn Branca/Rhys Chatham's Merry Band/Ben Neill's Mainspring/John Myers' Blastula/SEM Ensemble/New Music Consort/Virgil Moorefield Ensemble)  NYC-based, new music guitarist since the 80's.  Has been heard on series such as BAM's Next Wave, Bang on a Can, San Fran. Symphonies New and Unusual Music, Lincoln Center's Serious Fun. "Soaring guitar"  N.Y. Times.
  PETER ZUMMO--Trombone--(Lounge Lizards/Arthur Russell)  Peter has been a regular in NYC avant-garde and new music venues since the 70's and he has played and recorded his own music worldwide.  He played extensively with Arthur Russell, with ex-Modern Lover Ernie Brooks and as a core member of NYC's Downtown Ensemble.  Peter was a member of John Lurie's Lounge Lizards and recorded with the Flying Lizards.  He has studied with Roswell Rudd. 

  BILLY FICCA--Drums--(Television, Nona Hendryx, Gary Lucas, Washington Squares, New York Blues Project, The Waitresses, The Neon Boys,  Uncle Bob NYC)  Billy is a founding member of the foundational CB's band Television and still appears regularly with them.  His wide ranging musical interests and prodigious chops have led him to play with a wide range of musicians and styles.  Modern Drummer describes his playing as  "unique--a solid yet spacious style equally informed by jazz greats like Elvin Jones and rock icons like John Bonham . . ."  It is difficult to overstate Billy's influence on underground art rock.

  ERNIE BROOKS--Bass--(The Modern Lovers/David Johansen/Elliott Murphy/Arthur Russell/Gary Lucas/Rhys Chatham)  Ernie was a member of the seminal proto-punk The Modern Lovers and has been an influential force in underground rock music since.  Brooks has played with Elliott Murphy, appearing on the majority of Murphy's releases in the last 3 decades. Ernie contributed to David Johansen's  Here Comes the Night (1982) and played and recorded with Arthur Russell.  Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) is a long-time collaborator and Ernie was in Harrison's band for Walk on Water.  Ernie is currently a member of Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas' Gods and Monsters and Robert Longo's Ex-patseys. 
  JENNIFER COATES--Fiddle/vocals--Jennifer Coates is an artist, writer and violinist living in New York City. When Jennifer is not playing with Heroes of Toolik, she is an old-time fiddle specialist heard frequently around the City with her band Jenny Get Around.
 

Photos by Scott Friedlander & Katy Admirand