Nathan Bontrager

Cello and viola da gamba

Tag: experimental music

Celebrate Carl

In honor of the upcoming Broadcloth tour with Carl Testa and a duo performance this coming Saturday featuring the man and myself, I’d like to offer you these two videos from Carl’s new solo set.  Come hear us at Bru Cafe in New Haven Saturday evening as the April Uncertainty Series Festival marches on!

First Piece:

NHIC Atlas

Tomorrow night, Saturday November 19, I’ll be playing with an ensemble called Atlas that was formed out of the New Haven Improvisers Collective.  We’ll be playing at 8:30 at Firehouse 12 and immediately following will be another NHIC ensemble, Mayhem Circus Electric.  Atlas is cello, sax (Steve Asetta), clarinet (Adam Matlock), guitar (Bob Gorry), bass (Jaime Lamb), and drums (Steve Zieminski).   The show consists of mostly improvised pieces which have been written by various members of the ensemble.  The uncommon instrumentation has produced some very interesting timbrel outcomes in rehearsal and with each member coming to the world of improvised music from a different starting point there is sure to be great stylistic variety as evidenced by the scope of the compositions.  One ticket gets you into both sets, come support the experimental music scene in New Haven.

Zero Moon

Some new dates added to the Performance calendar including a Broadcloth gig in Silver Spring, MD in April.  We’re hoping to put together a brief tour around this show with stops in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, and perhaps others.  The Silver Spring show is put on by DC Sonic Circuits.  You can check them out here:

Sonic Circuits books lots of greats performers in the DC area in addition to curating an annual festival of experimental music.  I’m disappointed that I only learned about this as I was leaving the area for CT but to those near the capitol I highly recommend staying up to date with their calendar.

Jeff, who did the booking for this show, runs (sort of intuiting this info) a web-based label that puts out experimental music called Zero Moon.  The catalog has some great looking recordings many of which can be listened to, at least in part, online.  Check out the record of out-there alpine horn player, Philip Corner, which is currently on the front page.