Mercy Choir is the songwriting and recording project of New Haven, CT based musician Paul Belbusti. Since 2004, Belbusti has produced a large quantity of critically acclaimed music ranging from abstract experiments to more traditional pop and rock and roll, released both digitally and physically on his own imprint (Dead Language Records) and collaboratively. Mercy Choir, as a recording project, is generally Belbusti alone (with a few exceptions), recording in his home studio with a mixture of analog and digital instruments and techniques. As a live band, Mercy Choir is a shifting and evolving entity. Many musicians and friends pass through. Join and rejoin. Contributing arrangements and breathing new life into songs that may have started as crude, lofi, sketches. The Mercy Choir discography is joyously uneven and unpredictable.
I paint, draw, and do digital and analog collage. Some examples of visual art can be seen on my visual art instagram:
Wobbling Roof Magazine was/is a multimedia web/print zine curated and edited by Paul Belbusti. The magazine features experimental and fringe poets, sound and visual artists, and conceptualists. In 2016, Wobbling Roof Revue was a month-long residency/variety show at Never Ending Books in New Havem CT, co-hosted with songwriter/artist Lys Guillorn. Read about it here.
Jump Italiano is Nick Di Maria on trumpet and Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir/Rivener) on drums. They perform sporatically and plan to record soon.
Desiket Dogs was an anonymous noise/occult project that resulted in two albums.: