XFest

Open Field Initiative and 119 Gallery present XFest 2016, a festival of improvised music, visuals and movement.

 

 

 

Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell at The Little Shul

Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell are a one-of-a-kind trumpet and accordion duo whose performances find the common thread in klezmer, original concert music, and improvisation, interpretations of Romantic-era composers, pop music and more.

Accordionist Patrick Farrell (Yo-Yo Ma, Frank London, Yiddish Art Trio) and trumpeter Ben Holmes (Slavic Soul Party!, Ben Holmes Quartet, Brooklyn Qawwali Party) bring together a unique array of experiences to present a truly original program of music ranging from the 19th-21st Century and beyond.

The Rotunda

hosted performances by three acts from Philly and New Haven this Friday

part of the Archer Spade Performance Series.

The night started with 3 Philly Guitars playing a set of music composed by Travis Woodson, Carl Testa and Eric Slick:
“Lesbians With Victorian Sensibilities” (Travis Woodson)
“Slope II” (Cart Testa; written for bass and cello, arranged for three guitars)
“Gary & Monty” (Eric Slick; written for solo guitar, arranged for three guitars by Travis Woodson)
“Personality Donor (A Donor for 3)” (Travis Woodson; arranged for three guitars)
“Free” (Ornette Coleman)

Next, Carl Testa took the stage and played two of his pieces for solo String Bass and Electronics.

And finally, Broadcloth, New Haven’s trio known for playing Avant garde chamber music, took the stage and played three of their newer pieces including an Operetta composed by Adam Matlock.

Broadcloth is: Anne Rhodes,
Adam Matlock
And
Nathan Bontrager

Ben Shirley and the Scrimshaw Ensemble at The Uncertainty Music Series

July’s uncertainty music series featured Ben Shilrley(guitar) and the Scrimshaw Ensemble:
Nathan Bontrager on cello,
Adam Matlock on accordion,
Anne Rhodes voice,
& Carl Testa on bass.

The group performed a set of Ben’s original music followed by improvisational sets for duets. The group concluded the night by a piece for quintet written by Ben.

The Uncertainty music series is a regular event that takes place in Never Ending Books store on State Street in New Haven, CT.
For more information, please check their Facebook page or website.

Benjamin Shirley presents a set of his music featuring the Scrimshaw Ensemble consisting of Nathan Bontrager on cello, Adam Matlock on accordion, Ben Shirley on guitar, Carl Testa on bass and Anne Rhodes(voice)

Broadcloth & Prehistoric Horse At John Slade Ely House

Broadcloth trio performed at John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT last Friday with a set of their improvised music.

Broadcloth trio is:

Anne Rhodes, vocals
Nathan Bontrager, Cello &
Adam Matlock, accordion

They played 4 pieces of their music

Con Ahinco

In Stitches

Sharpie Suite

Folk Song

The entire performance may be watched on YouTube:

Broadcloth Performs at John Slade Ely House

 

While the following video shows the set performed by Brooklyn based harsh improv group: Prehistoric Horse.

Prehistoric Horse Performs at John Slade Ely House

Prehistoric Horse is:

David Grollman, percussion
Valerie Kuehne, cello &
Lucio Menegon, guitar

Finally, the two groups performed an encore piece for the crowd at Ely house:

Broadcloth & Prehistoric Horse sextette close the night at Ely House Improvising

The following picture, taken during the intermission, shows the instruments of Broadcloth

Live Music at Popeye’s Garage

This was a “Farewell & good luck” performance for Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro before he moved to the west coast for grad school. The event took place in New Haven’s  Popeye’s Garage at Goffe street.

The set started with Chris Point playing an Electronic noise piece of his followed by a piece by Adam Matlock on Accordion,Theremin & clarinet.

Then Black Thorn Cataclysm, Adam Matlock Nathan Bontrager & Gabriel José Bolaños Chamorro, took the stage playing a number of pieces using guitars, drums and keyboards. Their improvisational music ranged from heavy metal to post rock and flamenco.

The set was concluded with Chris Point & Adam Matlock playing one piece of electronic noise.

The following playlist shows all the pieces by the order they were played:

Broadcloth makes it to The Stone in Alphabet City, NYC

My Cello teacher’s trio,Broadcloth, has made it to “The Stone” described by many as “ A not for profit space for the Experimental and Avant-Garde”. Its location in Alphabet city talks a ton about its vitality and dedication to up and new musicians.

Broadcloth is:

Anne Rhodes on Voice,
Nathan Bontrager on Cello and
Adam Matlock on Accordion/Recorders

The trio played a set of 5 pieces of their free improv music to the Big Apple crowd. They were accompanied towards the end by the remarkable sound of the Stone’s heater!

1- Free Improv piece

2- Windows and Walls

3- Introductus

4-In Stitches

5- Free Improv finale

The following is a playlist that has all the pieces in order instead of navigating through individual clips:

Broadcloth Trio

On January 30th 2010, Broadcloth trio played two sets of their original compositions with two aspiring guests. Broadcloth is a free improv Chamber group that includes:

Anne Rhodes, Vocal
Nathan Bontrager, Cello
Adam Matlock, Accordion and Recorders(he also provided some voices)

The guests were

Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro, electronic spectral music composition and guitar
Steve Zieminski, percussion and drums

The trio played the following pieces(in the order they were played):

Intro piece” composed by Nathan Bontrager

Windows In Walls” composed by Adam Matlock

In Stitches” composed by Anne Rhodes and inspired by an embroidery she had made

State Crunch Singularity” composed by Gabriel Bolaños Chamorro and includes electronic renderings of previously played tracks with acoustic performance

Free improv

After the break, Gabriel and Steve joined the trio in playing the following pieces:

Intro Piece II” revised with the addition of Gabriel on the guitar

The quintet then played a circular series of duets where two performers would play simultaneously with one of them leading while the other musician provides the atmosphere and transfer the rhythm to the next musician. This was really outstanding. Gabriel played the guitar and Steve the percussions.

In Stitches II” was revisited with Steve adding the percussions

The quintet finally finished the performance with an improv(improvisation) finale.

You may find all the video clips captured during the performance on YouTube (links are provided on the names of the individual pieces above). Alternatively, I created a playlist that shows the pieces one at a time in the same order they were played, here it goes:

Still photos of the performance follow: