WYSCAN Third Wish> 9 song CD Recorded at Heavy Air Studio (Miami) **** One of the attributes of a real musician is the ability to know when to hold back on an obvious musical set-up--knowing when to apply the subtle, quick riff or laidback, textured background fill while other inexperienced musicians pummel their listeners with lunkheaded solos or freeze-dried melodies. Formerly called "Third Wish," the band was forced to change their name for legal reasons to Wyscan. This quintet is an accomplished progressive metal act that ascends a few steps beyond the heavy posturing ofbetter-known groups like "Dream Theatre" by witholding their technical virtuosity until the right moment. While guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and keyboardist John Roggie both have plentiful chops, "Third Wish" is filled with little bursts of energetic playing and exciting accents rather than the bombastic overload favored by most groups in the genre. As a by-product, "Third Wish" should appeal to hard rock listeners searching for new directions - those curious folks initially put off by all of the complex chord changes and quick change-up rhythyms that only music students seem to fathom. Even though Wyscan can conjure some mellow moments (especially on the ballad "The Wanting," with vocalist Dean Madonia sounding like a ringer for Billy Ocean), the emphasis here is on inventive construction (the songs often sound like a cross between Be Bop Deluxe and King Crimson) with some underlying fusion moves. While there are a lot of thoughtful passages, it never sounds too brainy, nor does it sound stuffed with a lot of arty pretense. Contact: Batboy music, 3150 jackson Aveenue, Miami FL 33133 (305) 441-7020” - Richard Pomplesch

— Jam Magazine May 10, 1996

Sept 21-27 1994 Will They Get Their Third Wish? A Miami Band that's an alternative to alternative by Bill meredith Contrary to what MTV would have you believe, to see a band is not necessarily to hear a band. Look at Miami band Third Wish and you'd be tempted to think hard rock: Vocalist Dean Madonia looks like a heavy-metal screamer; guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has the devilish grin of guitar hero Steve Vai. But while their long-haired appearance might invite catagorization, their sound defies it. Third Wish harkensback to the lesser-publicized "progressive" movement that took place throughout the '70's - artists like Yes, Santanna and Jeff beck, whose complexities took them out of the standard rock mold. Third Wish blends these ideals, with a dash of fusion and some more modern elements, to create a '90's alternative to todays already oversaturated alternative scene. Their sound contains a healthy dose of British fusion-guitar luminary Allan Holdsworth, traces of classical composer Claude Debussy, world and latin music, and elements of UK, the rock/fusion band that included Holdsworth and members of such hard-to-catagorize acts as Yes, King Crimson and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The Third Wish bio sheet likens their sound to rock, art rock, jazz, classical and alternative music. "We're trying to capture that feeling of spontinaeity, with a psycadelic influence," says Kreisberg, echoing the jazz/fusion-meets-art rock side of the band. "We want to reach an artistically inclined audience." When you look at the band's othe rmembers' resumes, it becomes obvious why Third Wish is hard to peg. Previous experience includes jazz (Kreisberg toured with the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band), fusion (Kreisberg and keyboardist John Roggie played with violist Debbie Spring; bassist Javier Carrion with Sha-Shaty) blues (drummer Vincent Verderame worked with Roach Thompson) and funk (Conehead Bop, Madonia's Parliment/Funkidelic-style original act). Third Wish, intact since late '92, has a self-titles 3 song debut cassette available at Y&T music in Miami, and Peaches and Uncle Sam's in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The band is currently completing a full-length CD, which will be available in early '95, at Carrion's home studio. Their material, particularly in live performances, offers a barrage of shifting time signatures (including 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, and 9/8), Verderame's Terry Bozzio-ish drumming, Yes-like harmonies and an uncommon wall-of-sound fullness. This is due largely to the work of Roggie, whose textural keyboard playing lays the foundation for the band's sound, and Kreisberg, whose tone so often resembles violin or keyboards that you wouldn't belive that he uses no guitar synthesizer equipment (he doesn't). While the material on the Third Wish cassette is a good introduction to the band, a live show truly presents them in their element, with newer material that hints at an even more diverse array of directions. The instrumental, "Song For Tracy" is a waltz-time number featuring a blazing solo by Kreisberg; "Trance" ("the one corporate America would like to keep you in," said Madonia in the song's introduction) is a Dixie Dregs-like funk groove which offers a high-octane bass solo by Carrion. Modonia's vocals help keep Third Wish from being lumped into the pure-fusion category. Most high-energy bands are fronted by upper-register shreikers, but Madonia's influences are more akin to Elton John and Billy Joel. His range is considerable, his delivery relaxed, and his love of fusion solidified him with the already-intact instrumental unit. "I've been trying all of my life to find players who even knew who UK was," he say. With a cassette under their belt, a CD on the way, and some excellent previous experience, Third Wish realizes the next step is to create some publicity and move northward through Florida and beyond. While their superb musicianship could be a double-edged sword (Kreisberg say radio formats have turned the public away from musicallity and bred "lazy listeners"). they do have one major point in their favor; Despite the band's talent, the members' average age hovers around a lofty 25. "I' like to do a southern tour and start moving up the coast," says Kreisberg, who adds, "I'd like to someday do a live disc with this band" "Even if we don't ever make it, if we just complete the CD..." says Madonia, his voice trailing off. Clearly this is a band that wants to accomplish more, but is happy with what they've alreadt created. Conquering the fickle public would be gravy. And what deep dark secrets lie within the band's name? "It's about the99th one we came accoss," says Kreisberg, laughing, But the third wish is the one you really think about.” - Bill Meredith

— XS Magazine Sept 21 - 27 1994

Third Wish, "Third Wish (independent) Seasoned musicians with a variety of influences are the key to the flow of Third Wish's sound. Flashes of jazz and classical composition make up what the band calls rock-art-fusion." This three song demo release is a preview of a CD to be released in the fall. The songs complimented by Dean Madonia's strong vocals, have a sonic passion. Unusual percussion and electronic drums fill out the back beat, especially on the track, "Back In the Womb." Third Wish has landed some choice opening slots for Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, and has played a Yamaha-sponsered showcase in Orlando. - Sandra Carol Schulman (May 20, 1994)” - Sandra Carol Schulman

— Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

Third Wish Live by Brian Eckert Recently I had the chance to catch a live show by THIRD WISH, an original band from Miami. If you have not heard Third Wish yet it's probablyt because they're relatively new on the scene. They have only been together since the fall of 1992 when the five of them joined together to develope a new and innovative approach to Rock music. Despite the fact that they have not been around very long, THIRD WISH still managed to be selected (from 200 Florida bands) as one of the five semi-finalists to perform in the Orlando showcase for the "Yamaha Sound Check" competition. When you first get to hear THIRD WISH rip into one of their originals, you quickly learn thatthis is no average garage band. The band flawlessly shifts gears throough a variety of musical grooves and musical styles. THIRD WISH describe their music as "combining the energy of rock, the improvisational 'chance taking' of jazz and the orchestral soundscaping of classical music, complimented by lyrics which both confront and celebrate many aspects of our society." It is definately difficult to categorize the music of THIRD WISH since it obviously draws from such a variety of styles. THIRD WISH is comprised of five gifted musicians who have all played in well-known groups in the South Florida area. The band is fronted by vocalist DEAN MADONIA who you may have seen in such groups as FX, the CITY LIMITS SECOND SHIFT BAND, or CONEHEAD BOP. Guitarist JONATHAN KREISBERG has performed with the DEBBIE SPRING GROUP and the University Of Miami Concert Jazz Band (who he recently toured with in Brazil). Janathan has been featured in Guitar Player and Downbeat magazines. On keyboard is JOHN ROGGIE who also played with the DEBBIE SPRING GROUP as well as HUMANE SOCIETY, Rapper Raw B. Jae, and a number of other South Florida Groups. Laying down the low end of the group is bassist JAVIER CARRION who was formerly with SHA-SHATY. Rounding out the band is drummer VINCE VERDERAME who has performed with Roach Thompson, Nil Lara, Lynne Nobel, and has also toured South America with Jose Lois Rodrigues, "El Puma." Aside from great songwriting, THIRD WISH's strength lies in it's members who are all accomplished musicians. All THIRD WISH's instrumentalists have studied at the University of Miami's nationally acclaimed School of Music. (Two members, Jonathan and Javier are currently studying there... while John and Vince are UM gradusates). These guys lay down a solid foundation on which DEAN MADONIA, trained as a visual artist, can create his passionate and colorful vocals. THIRD WISH has yet to release a CD, butthey plan to get into the studio to record sometime in October. So your only chance to check them out is at one of their upcoming live dates: ROSEBUDS, Sept 24 (Live broadcast on WFTL; STEPHEN TALKHOUSE, Sept 26, PLUS FIVE, Oct 16. If you would like to have your tape or CD reviewed in this column, have a gig schedule you'd like to mail in, have any comments or suggestions, or have anything else you'd like to see in this column send 'em my way care of this magazine. Brian Eckert is an electric bass player and vocalsit with a studio music and jazz degree from the University of Miami. Brian has performed and recorded with numerous local original bands and is currently performing in KRYPTON, the 8 piece house band at the DAILY PLANET in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Sept 11 1992” - Brian Eckert

— Verge Magazine (Miami)

Music Third of Paradise This rock and roll Wish rings true By Greg Baker Published: Tuesday, August 16, 1994 Third Wish consists of serious musicians, veterans of the University of Miami's music school, true virtuosos capable of technical precision in a variety of genres. Even so, they're a damn good rock band. If that seems unlikely -- that players who can run through a perfect Beethoven sonata are also able to rock da house -- the actual coalescence of Third Wish was an even longer shot, for no other reason than simple geography. Singer Dean Madonia lives in Fort Lauderdale. Guitarist and songwriter Jonathan Kreisberg calls South Miami home. Keyboardist John Roggie gets his mail on South Beach. Bass player Javier Carrion resides in West Kendall. And drummer Vince Verderame is a Coconut Grovite. "It does make it easy for us to flyer," quips Kreisberg. Kreisberg and Roggie were working with cellist-violist Debbie Spring about two years ago when, Kreisberg says, they decided they wanted to try something "with more of an edge." Roggie, trained as a classical pianist, and Kreisberg, who toured Brazil as a member of the UM Concert Jazz Band, hooked up a few months later with Verderame, who was studying classical percussion at UM. Carrion, who's still completing the jazz program, came onboard next, and Third Wish was officially a band. All they needed was a vocalist. Javier was playing in Sha-Shaty," Dean Madonia recalls, "and we met at a session. He told me he was in another band that was looking for a singer. I'm thinking, Yeah, you've got this band! There's no way I'm driving to Miami for this." Then Carrion played some four-track demos for Madonia. "They sounded great," the singer says. "I played keyboards in Conehead Bop, and I play some guitar, but I wouldn't play with these guys. They're just too good." Instead, Madonia lends his expansive vocals to the sometimes intricate, sometimes ballsy configurations of the other four to fashion a sound that reflects elements of the kind of Seventies "progressive art rock" purveyed by Yes, early Rush, and early Genesis. But the Wish pulls this off without ever falling into the cheese barrel. Even at their most languorous, as in "The Game," Third Wish slip in enough worthwhile lyrics and solo excursions to keep things interesting. None of their songs is riot-inducing, and the members of the band don't expect audiences to jump up and form a conga line. "This isn't supposed to be light-hearted party music," Kreisberg notes. Madonia adds, "Plus we don't put on this big attitude. We're not preaching." The approach presents an obvious problem for the quintet. There are fans for this out there," Kreisberg says. "But they aren't the types who hang out in the clubs. They're more the closet music-heads." Tweeded pipe-suckers might give Third Wish straight A's, but the band wants to reach the rockers, and the music itself should be able to. Except, of course, for the fact that most rock fans are not generally known as deep musical thinkers. There's the marvel factor -- watching Kreisberg whip out six-string runs as if he had 40 fingers, seeing exactly how Roggie fills all voids with multiple keyboards, and so on -- but to crawl deep into the Third Wish groove you have to have an interest in true and real musical ability of the recital kind. Mostly. In "Back in the Womb," one of three songs on the group's debut cassette, ethereal keys mix with Madonia's semivocals ("push") to create something resembling human birth (a popular topic among good rock bands, including One and Nil Lara). And that's just the intro. After the little whorl, Carrion slams home some heavy, thumbed-bass detonations, and the band snaps their attention to some tough, old-style-rock progressions. "We take the edge of rock and roll and the complex harmonies of jazz," Verderame said on a recent television interview. "Unlike the fusion you hear on the radio, which takes the edge out of rock, takes the simpler harmonies of rock, and puts it in a jazz context." Though theirs certainly is a fusion -- of jazz, rock, even classical -- Third Wish does not play fusion, as in the pap you hear on Love-94. Which is not to say their jazz-oriented tunes, such as "Paths," don't do justice to improv: Kreisberg plays this one extremely subtly, lightly stroking the strings, barely touching one to produce a "ding" hook, as Verderame gently taps a cymbal and Madonia's sprawling voice floats above it all like a kite on a lilting breeze. Paths," which isn't on the cassette but will appear on Third Wish's debut CD, due this fall, is one of several songs that allows Kreisberg to get off a guitar solo. During one live performance, you see drummer Verderame reach up and adjust a cymbal clamp in the middle of the song. He knows he has time, he knows what's coming: Kreisberg twisting out impossible stings from his strings, cross-handed fingering way up on the frets, for sonic effect not flash, squeezing sparks that are more tasteful, clean, and controlled than, say, those of Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen (both for whom Third Wish has opened). All the Wishers take solos, and each is a blessed event for the musically inclined (emphasis on music), but the fireworks are equally bright in collaboration. "Stars" lights up with Roggie's keys, then Kreisberg's guitar, then Carrion's bass A all of it building to a splashing drum burst by Verderame that signals Madonia's vocal insert, with Carrion both strumming and finger-plucking oversize bass lines. Then those vocals hush and rush right up to the bridge, at which point Madonia's voice flies out the window as another dazzling guitar break smashes in the front door. The song has arrived. And rockers say, "Huh?" Band members explain they try to shape a setlist from their tons of originals that caters to rockers when they play for such audiences. But they don't argue that it wouldn't hurt headbangers to open their minds to something a little more complicated and intricate than "we will we will rock you." Not that "Trance," for example, doesn't rock you, with its massive drum patterns and roiling energy. Even so, and perhaps because of those blistering guitar solos, Third Wish is more welcome at metal venues than jazz clubs or straightup rock joints. "We're trying to break out of the heavy-metal places," Kreisberg says. "We want to play more places that support funk, world-music type stuff. We improvise a lot, but it's more to let it blow. Cut loose. But it's still expressing a feeling." That's really it: This is music you can feel, even if you don't know an F-sharp from an open-tuning. For all its intricacy and virtuosity, Third Wish's sound is atmospheric, absorbing. And, yes, it still rocks. Third Wish performs tonight (Thursday) at Nocturnal Cafe (525-9656), tomorrow (Friday) at Rosebuds in Ft Lauderdale (566-6331), and Sunday at the Plus Two in West Palm Beach (407-965-4072). Call for times and prices.” - Greg Baker

New Times

WYSCAN Third Wish> 9 song CD Recorded at Heavy Air Studio (Miami) One of the attributes of a real musician is the ability to know when to hold back on an obvious musical set-up--knowing when to apply the subtle, quick riff or laid back, textured background fill while other inexperienced musicians pummel their listeners with lunkheaded solos or freeze-dried melodies. Formerly called "Third Wish," the band was forced to change their name for legal reasons to Wyscan. This quintet is an accomplished progressive metal act that ascends a few steps beyond the heavy posturing of better-known groups like "Dream Theatre" by withholding their technical virtuosity until the right moment. While guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and keyboardist Jon Roggie both have plentiful chops, "Third Wish" is filled with little bursts of energetic playing and exciting accents rather than the bombastic overload favored by most groups in the genre. As a by-product, "Third Wish" should appeal to hard rock listeners searching for new directions - those curious folks initially put off by all of the complex chord changes and quick change-up rythyms that only music students seem to fathom. Even though Wyscan can conjure some mellow moments (especially on the ballad "The Wanting," with vocalist Dean Madonia sounding like a ringer for Billy Ocean), the emphasis here is on inventive construction (the songs often sound like a cross between Be Bop Deluxe and King Crimson) with some underlying fusion moves. While there are a lot of thoughtful passages, it never sounds too brainy, nor does it sound stuffed with a lot of arty pretense. Contact: Batboy music, 3150 jackson Avenue, Miami FL 33133 (305) 441-7020” - Bill Meredith

— Sun Sentinel - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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