Gathering Hiking Nature Parks

Last time we met up was…

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.

Music Videography

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)
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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

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West Rock Ridge State Park

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.

Music Videography

Carl Testa Trio plays for the Uncertainty Music Series in New Haven

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.

Cark Testa trio is:
Carl Testa, String Bass
Mike McGinnis, Clarinet
Aaron Siegel, Percussion

The set played included the following pieces:

Trio (2009)
17 (melodic) and Improvisation(2 clips)

All six pieces can be watched in the same order they were played on the following YouTube playlist:

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From Rail to Trail, Farmington Canal

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?


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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:


To Yale or not to Yale, that is the question

This was a hangout with a friend from my hometown in New Haven, CT last week. We met in a cafe and then decided to take a walk around. I was fascinated with some of the building structures that were lying around and started, surprise..surprise, shooting!