This was a hike in West Rock State Park followed by a party hosted by Emily in New Haven, CT. The title was inspired by the fact that she has not seen some of the people who showed up for more than 20 years.
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.
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
The entire performance may be watched on YouTube:
While the following video shows the set performed by Brooklyn based harsh improv group: Prehistoric Horse.
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:
The following picture, taken during the intermission, shows the instruments of Broadcloth
This was a hike with New Haven Hikers. We walked around the state park and enjoyed the views from the Ridge before descending towards Lake Wintergreen and heading back.
Carl Testa Trio did such a stellar job Saturday at Never Ending Books in New Haven that the crowd forgot about the wind and rain blowing outside and immersed in an hour of music indulgence as the trio played a set of 5 pieces of their original compositions.
The set played included the following pieces:
All six pieces can be watched in the same order they were played on the following YouTube playlist:
The Farmington Canal was built in the 1800s to facilitate trade between the towns of Connecticut, it was what some say a reaction to Errie’s canal in NY state. It was originally meant for boats to move merchandise but later railroads proved cheaper and faster and the canal was ditched and a rail road covered the same tracks. It remained in business till 1980s when floods damaged the rail lines and by that time, trucks were taking place of railroads in shipping.
Today, the canal is mainly a pedestrian trail for walking, jogging, biking & more. It stretches between New Haven, CT all the way to Northampton, MA for a total of 84 miles some of which are paved(such as the section you see in the footage)!
I wonder what would happen to the I95 200 years from now!
P.S: The pictures are for a timber wolf(pet wolf) owned by a meetup member of the group I was with on this walk. The name is Kane.Beautiful, eh?
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:
The guests were
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
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: