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Elbows Akimbo, San Francisco 1986​-​1992

by Diana Rosalind

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Matabryne 06:11
Visitation 06:10
Lobotomized 03:32
There's a building That looks like a round man lying in the hills And between the arcs One can draw a woman of sorrow in the sky You can find me In the breasts of buildings....
Love Death 02:31


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My first really serious band, Elbows Akimbo was actually a performance troupe that formed while I was a student at SF State University's Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Arts. The musical core of the group eventually developed an identity of its own and played out separately from the rest of the performers, This led to no small amount of confusion! To add to this, there was a lot of overlap between Elbows and other groups I was to be involved with. Polymorphia, the Enormous Ensemble and Aether all were connected to and shared members with Elbows Akimbo, so it was often difficult to work out where to put certain songs, when compiling this archive. If the only recordings of songs that featured in Elbows productions were performed by one of those other groups, I went ahead and filed them here, if there were duplicate or different recordings then I've put up both in their respective places.


released December 31, 1989

Original members:

Kalonica McQuesten backing vocals, keyboards, percussion, flute
Kevin McKereghan guitar
Jon DiStefano percussion and electronics
Michael Calvello bass guitar

Later joined by:

Barbara Imhoff pedal harp
Susan Volkan vocals

Other performers/recording artists featured:

Jake Rivera bass guitar
Paula Frazer vocals
Meaghan Gannett vocals




Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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