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Cos - Cos

Progressive Rock
New City
Band Description
"Cos" is a one man band. That one man is Mark W. Costoso.He is an accomplished pianist and guitarist with an Associates Degree in Composition and piano.
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Artist Biography
After developing an interest in the piano at the age of 13 and studying privately with a student of the legendary jazz great, Lenny Tristano, I studied classical music theory for four years in high school and continued this training at Five Towns College majoring in composition and piano.During this time, I also developed an interest in the guitar and began playing with several local club bands while being heavily influenced by "progressive" rock groups such as Yes, Kansas, Genesis, King Crimson, UK, Gentle Giant and Todd Rundgren's Utopia.Through my late teens and early twenties, I played keyboards and guitar with a variety of rock, dance, club-date and wedding bands while constantly maintaining a substantial interest in composition.After years of being frustrated by the inability of bands I worked with to pursue original material and limited financial means, I chose to pursue other avenues to provide income while maintaining an active interest in writing and recording.I graduated at the head of my class from Suburban Technical School and worked as an engineering aide in the field of electronics for 2 years while continuing to write and record in a small studio in my basement.Since then, that small studio has grown into a substantial MIDI studio which features 96 MIDI tracks, 16 digital audio tracks and rack-mounted outboard equipment. In addition, I have assumed control of the family owned Electrical Contracting firm based in Manhattan.The material presented was composed, arranged, performed, engineered, and sung by me in that studio.
Press Release
review by: EricWow! What a nice surprise this is. An artist that combines the best of Utopia circa Ra with Todd Rundgren’s classic solo Hermit Of Mink Hollow is more than I could ask for!

 Mark Costoso aka Cos is the mastermind behind this gem of progressive pop. The production is immaculate and he plays nearly everything here with a guest guitarist aiding on one track. Costoso lists the usual suspects Yes, Genesis etc as influences, but it’s Rundgren and Utopia that comes through loud and clear. Yet even with this strong influence running through the disc, Costoso does add his own personal touch to the music making this more than just a copy of a better known band. I won’t do a track by track run down, only because each song is excellent in it’s own right.

 I recommend this CD to those who appreciate the pop genius of Todd Rundgren and would like something along the same lines, but also to those who enjoy solid songwriting, fine musicianship, and something outside the norm of the usual progressive rock offerings. Although released in 2002, this is the best CD I have heard this year and Cos is a talent to watch out for. Let’s hope there is more to come! Time to pull out my copy of Something / Anything? for a spin.....

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