Sontag Shogun & Aaron Martin

Sontag Shogun and Aaron Martin

Somewhere between a lullaby and a dirge, Sontag Shogun takes their lullanoise and tries to find the strange, eery moments that exist within beauty.

Sontag Shogun is an ambient, electronic piano trio comprised of former members from [the] slowest runner [in all the world]. Pooling their influences from modern classical, improvised and ambient musical spheres, they create longform shape-shifting compositions that are at times lush and melodic as well as textural and unpredictable.

Two thirds of the band:Jeremy Young(field recordings, tapes, amplified surfaces) and Ian Temple(electronic piano) collaborated with Cellist Aaron Martin for their show at Pageant : Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

This performance was part of the series called: Fire Museum Presents.

The band’s music is available on their bandcamp page while Aaron Martin’s music is available on his bandcamp page.

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin

Began his musical life at age 11, switching between guitar and drums. At the age of 17, he decided to change paths and learn how to play the cello, which he went on to study in college. While earning his music degree, he began to experiment with recording.

After creating several self-released collections of music, and graduating college, he recorded Almond, which caught the attention of the Australian label Preservation, and became his debut release.

He has gone on to record two more albums for Preservation, River Water and Chautauqua as well as one album for Experimedia called Worried about the Fire.

He has also collaborated with a variety of other musicians, including Machinefabriek, Part Timer, Dawn Smithson (as Winter’s Day), and Dag Rosenqvist (as From the Mouth of the Sun), with releases on Type, Dronarivm, Facture, and Under the Spire Recordings.

Aaron Martin lives and records in Topeka, Kansas. His music may be found on his bandcamp page.

This was Martin’s debut performance at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. The performance was part of the series called: Fire Museum Presents.

The Rotunda

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

Scrimshaw Ensemble

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)