stephen chillemi

Stephen Chillemi is a percussionist who lives in the CT area.

In 2002, he decided to start a band to play Beefheart material, Old Farts At Play, later to be transformed into Doctor Dark.

Before the Beefheart band, Stephen was the man behind Invisible Them, an avant-garde quartet.  The band featured a synth / guitar, drums & percussion, bass and reeds.

August 2005, Doctor Dark performed at the Zappanale festival.
Later in the same year Stephen started Doot! together with Peter Brunelli. A couple of months later, he left Doctor Dark.

October 2005, ChollyHoss Productions was born.
From the website:
"ChollyHoss is the brainchild of Stephen Chillemi.  As a multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde torch-bearer Stephen has had the good fortune to work with some fantastic musicians.  ChollyHoss was created as a way to assist these musicians in getting the exposure and support that they deserve.  Stay tuned as ChollyHoss pounds the pavement to bring you the best in music that dares to be different."

Check it out at:

The ChollyHoss logo was designed by Cal Schenkel.

July 2006, Doot performed at Zappanale 17. Besides Stephen Chillemi and Pete Brunelli, the line-up featured André Cholmondeley on guitar!

August 2007, Stephen took the stage at Zappanale 18, as special guest for Kimono Draggin'. They performed Captain Beefheart's 'Electricity'.

In 2008, Doot! morphed into Underground Sensation for a one-time-gig at Zappanale. The band featured Kilissa Cissosko: saxophone  (The Voice Of Cheez), Jerry Outlaw: guitar  (Bogus Pomp), Alex Pasut: bass  (Bogus Pomp), Stephen Chillemi: drums, and Annemarieke Schoonderwalt: violin.

Doot! performed again at the 20th anniversary of the Zappanale festival, August 2009, with a very special line-up: Pete Brunelli on bass, Stephen Chillemi on drums and percussion, Michel Delville on guitar, Ivan Leirvik on guitar, Annemarieke Schoonderwaldt on violin and guest Bas Langereis on vocals.

November 2010, Stephen Chillemi did a couple of gigs with Scott Schroen and Jeremy Hogsten, billed as Ugly Radio Rebellion. This line-up only lasted for about five concerts.

August 2012, Stephen returned to Zappanale with Doctor Dark.

June 2013, Stephen performed with Space Orphans. He's also performing with Fuchsprellen (Pete Brunelli (animoog, filtration, bass), Peter Riccio (drums) and Stephen Chillemi (soprano sax, bass clarinet, drums)).

In 2014, Stephen joined the Intergalactic Meditation Ensemble, performing music to accompany yogic meditation and meditative relaxation.


  düt!: rough mixes
    (2005, cdr-promo, usa, private release)

  doot!: out of the basement
    (2005, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'help i'm a rock' (frank zappa) & 'click clack' (don van vliet)

  doot!: live @ mattatuck museum
    (2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'filthy habits', 'gumbo variations', 'pound for a brown dwarf nebula' (f.zappa)

  doot!: live at brass city records
    (2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl.
'filthy habits' (frank zappa)

  doot!: doot!
    (2006, cdr, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. various frank zappa & jimi hendix themes

  doot!: live at zappanale 17
    (2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'chunga's revenge', 'filthy habits', 'pink / black napkins' (frank zappa)

  doot!: live at the space
    (2006, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release)
  various artists: zappanale 17
    (2006, 2cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 17 - retrospective
    (2006, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  doot!: basement lounge omniverse trio
    (2007, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release)
  doot!: secret session
    (2007, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release)
  doot!: doot! 2007 mega-sampler
, cdr-promo, usa, cholly hoss productions / private release) - incl. 'filthy habitz', 'pink / black napkins'  (frank zappa)

  various artists: zappanale # 17
    (2007, cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: 20 extraordinary renditions
    (2008, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa

  various artists: zappanale 19
    (2009, mp3-dvd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions
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  various artists: 21 burnt weeny sandwiches
    (2010, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa
  various artists: shark gathering in post industrial bad doberan 2012
    (2013, 3dvdr, ger, private release / rr productions) - feat. frank zappa, l.shankar, the ensemble modern & incl. various bands playing zappa compositions
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  fuchsprellen: live @ best video january 3, 2013
    (2013, download, --, bandcamp) - feat. pete brunelli and steve chillemi
  various artists: zappanale # 26
    (2016, 3cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various frank zappa compositions, feat. napoleon murphy brock, ike willis, denny walley, jeff hollie, craig twister steward, ed mann, robert martin, albert wing, ray white, tom fowler, robbie mangano, mats öberg
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  john d venter / steve chillemi: past performances are not an indication of future performances
    (2017, download, --, bandcamp)
  john d venter / steve chillemi: west street
    (2018, download, --, bandcamp)
  jeff day, ed flyn, steve chillemi and john d venter: 2018 02 01
    (2018, download, --, bandcamp)



random notes

September 28, 2003, Doctor Dark opened for John Sinclair. For the second part of the evening, Doctor Dark drummer / percussionis Stephen Chillemi was asked by John Sinclair to sit in to play the drums, which he did. A recording of this concert circulates on Suburban Poser Records.

for immediate release

2013 02 11




Dear Mr. Chillemi -

      as you know, we fully appreciate your Organization's ongoing co-operation in the humongous task of addressing this recent Blizzard snow accumulation and ensuring our entire team's desired outcome.

      it has been reported & duly noted that that Mr. Cholly Hoss's example has set off a major cavalcade of encouragement among not only all fellow snow removal professionals but with every eager amateur as well, that quickly spread throughout the city.

      it has been suggested that, as we speak, a "Special Mayoral Citation" Medal is being engraved with Mr. Cholly Hoss' name, as a small token of the City's & Mankind's appreciation of his outstanding example.

      it is in this Light, that we thank you once again for your service & Congratulations on thius truly great Honor.

sincerely yours,

Mr. Pre C. Ipitation / CEO  "Shovels'R Us", llc. Unltd.

            PS - as it turns out, our staff photographer was assigned to document the various phases of the attack on the snow removal situation and we are delighted to inform you of the winning status of your top team & share with you two of our favourite fotos depicting Head job foreman, Chief Supervisor the esteemed Mr. 'Stefano' Cholly Hoss, as he steadfastly and tirelessly directed his team to Victory over the mountains of snow and emerged the clearly triumphant winner in the unflinching, immediate, ad-hoc process of defeating Old Man Winter and his long-standing sidekick, Mother Nature..


" Supervisor Cholly Hoos Peers into the Future of Snow Removal... "

   snap by eaw/staff fotog

" Illustrating the Proper & Accepted Way of ' Holding the Shovels'  During any Brief "Taking-A-Breather" recess... "

( please note the distinct air of confidence and silent-tho-most-inspiring work ethics clearly visible etched in Cholly's countenance...his stance -  the positioning and the angle of the head on the neck ...  the prominent tho subtle totally Symbolic 'right foot forward'- the left hand index finger clearly tho unobtrusively pointing upwards to the desired Victory of the task at hand and the resulting Final Winning Accomplishment

 - by the way, this image has been selected as the cover shot for the Company's 2014 "Proper Snow Removal Techniques: the Full Procedure" Manual & Calendar

        snap by eaw/staff fotog





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