T. Roth saw Mike Krisukas and Mark Golin perform in a
Baby Eddie on the road, Roth and Krisukas started working with sax player Dave Smith and
violinist Mark Golin. The response to this
quartet was so overwhelming that Zen For Primates was born. The
band quickly moved from its
finishing work on 13 songs at Minot Studios in
Zen released its first CD Albatross in 1992 and shot their first music video the following year. After years on the road, Zen did their final concert performance in August 1995 and the band members decided to work on their individual projects.
T. Roth reunited with Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres to perform concerts as Another Pretty Face, their cult band from NYC glam-rock scene of the 70s and 80s. Mark Golin went off to become a publishing superstar and editor at Cosmopolitan, Maxim and Details magazine. Nice move ! Mike Krisukas did solo projects, founded Bummer Tent Records and started producing other artists.
In 1997, a
call from a
In 2002 Zen released their third CD entitled Its Polka Time! bringing T. Roth into the instrumental mix on accordion; adding renowned French Horn player Robert Routch to the band and having Mark Golin return on a few tracks. With new violinist Shelagh Maloney joining the fold in late 2002, Zen now has its best touring line-up in years.
In 2004 the Alive & Bell CD was released featuring live tracks from various venues covering a cross-section of older material and some songs never recorded before.
In 2007, with 5 years of live playing under their belts, the now established band of T. Mike, Jodi, Pete and Shelagh went into the studio to record their first new CD project together. Entitled "Mary Ann's Dead Husband Was My Stella Novagratz", The CD featured performances by some new friends of the band. Bruce Kapler, sax and woodwind player for the CBS Dave Letterman Late Show Band; Bob Dorough, legendary jazz singer (with Miles Davis and more) and composer of ABC-TV Schoolhouse Rock series; Bill Goodwin, drummer and Grammy Award winning producer (with Phil Woods, Tom Waits, Gary Burton); and Rick Chamberlain, Principal Trombone with the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center and others. With a late 2007 release date anticipated the band plans to play extensively in 2008 and 2009.
Zen For Primates is T. Roth vocals, Mike Krisukas guitar and vocals, Jodi Beder cello, Pete Fluck sax and harmonica and Shelagh Maloney violin.