Music: Improvisation by Tom Blancarte, Chris Cretella, Zach Rowden Wed., Nov. 16

Improvisation performers Tom Blancarte, Zach Rowden and Chris Cretella play Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The show starts early—7 PM—and the cover is $10.

For over a decade, Texan bassist Tom Blancarte has been contributing a vivid pallet of dark frequencies to New York’s creative music scene, both as a freelance performer as well as a member of bands such as the electro-acoustic jazz ensemble the Peter Evans Quintet, the banjo-shred power trio Seabrook Power Plant, New Timbralist free jazz noise trio Totem, the duo Sparks with trumpet phenom Peter Evans, an eerie post-apocalyptic duo with wife Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen (The Home of Easy Credit), improv doom tuba trio The Gate and new Danish post-punk improv quartet Sweet Banditry.

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Writes The Wire: “Blancarte scribbles a continuous line of amplified upright bass without ever taking his pen from the metaphoric paper, a twisting, turning stream… that leaves the listener to pick a path through it… small gritty sounds are scraped, twisted and plucked from Blancarte’s bass, with frequent sudden leaps from the minuscule to flamboyant.”

Chris Cretella. (Rob Miller photo)

Chris Cretella. (Rob Miller photo)

Chris Cretella is a guitarist, composer and improvisor working out of New Haven, CT (well…actually Meriden…but that’s close enough to New Haven…right?). He holds a BA in music from Southern Connecticut State University and an MM in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Since leaving NEC Chris has been working on developing a system of playing on the guitar through regular small group improvisation with frequent collaborators such as Joe Morris, Nigel Taylor, and Zach Rowden. This work on the guitar is often spit back out somewhere down the line as compositions. Very much an improvisor at heart, Chris’ written music often deals with some sort of open parameters.

Zach Rowden

Zach Rowden

Zach Rowden deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities/issues of the upright and electric basses. Currently based in New Haven, Connecticut, and from Richmond, Virginia. Collaborators and associations include Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Robert Black, Lindsey Vickery, Matt Sargent, Leila Bordreuil, Sean Ali, Chris Cretella, and Michael Foster. He has performed at venues such as Harpa (Reykjavik), Issue Project Room, Fridman Gallery, Firehouse 12, Cafe Oto, Real Art Ways, and living rooms or basements found throughout the United States.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Nov. 10. BEST VIDEO FILM & CULTURAL CENTER GALA FIRST ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT (at The Ballroom at The Outer Space) with JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS, THE BANDIDOS, MERCY CHOIR, THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Nov. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: FERNANDO PINTO PRESENTS JESSE TERRY & CALLAGHAN

• Sunday, Nov. 13. MARK SCHENKER: HOW TO READ A FILM—JOHN HUSTON’S “THE AFRICAN QUEEN” (1 PM)

• Sunday, Nov. 13. KLEZMER JAM (6 PM)

• Wednesday, Nov. 16. IMPROVISATION/AVANT-GARDE: TOM BLANCARTE, CHRIS CRETELLA, ZACH ROWDEN

• Thursday, Nov. 17. LITERARY: ALICE MATTISON—”THE PLEASURES AND PERILS OF WRITING A NOVEL”

• Friday, Nov. 18. PARTY PUNK: TINY BOX BOOKING presents POSTURE & THE GRIZZLY, PRINCE DADDY & THE HYENA, MILKSHAKES, JUST FRIENDS (7 PM)

• Saturday, Nov. 19. JAZZ JAM with ALLEN LOWE, JEFF FULLER & ED CERCONE

• Monday, Nov. 21. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “RUNAWAY TRAIN”

• Wednesday, Nov. 23. AMERICAN PRIMITIVE GUITAR: DANIEL BACHMAN, ALEXANDER

• Friday, Nov. 25. BLUEGRASS/TRADITIONAL COUNTRY: DAVE PETERSON (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Saturday, Nov. 26. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Nov. 28. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CHARADE”

• Wednesday, Nov. 30. JAZZ: URI SHAHAM TRIO

• Thursday, Dec. 1. ACOUSTIC GUITAR: GLENN ROTH, SINGER-SONGWRITER: KRISTEN GRAVES

• Friday, Dec. 2. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES CD RELEASE SHOW, HANK HOFFMAN (solo)

• Sunday, Dec. 4. FREE FIRST SUNDAY AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM (PRESENTED BY GUITARTOWNCT)

• Monday, Dec. 5. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID”

• Friday, Dec. 9. BLUEGRASS: DALE ANN BRADLEY BAND (A GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTION)

• Monday, Dec. 12. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “WINTER’S BONE”

• Friday, Dec. 16. JAZZ: JEFF FULLER & FRIENDS

• Saturday, Dec. 17. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “THE GOONIES” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

• Monday, Dec. 19. MEMBER’S CHOICE FILM SCREENING: “CONTACT”

• Friday, Jan. 6. ACOUSTIC FOLK BLUES & MORE: VANGE DURST

• Friday, Jan. 13. BLUEGRASS: FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

• Friday, Jan. 27. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Saturday, Jan. 28. FILM SCREENING FOR KIDS: “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” (Sponsored by Pediatrics Plus of North Haven)

 

Music: DIN//VOID and Derek Piotr play Wed., Aug. 12, at 8 PM

DIN//VOID aka David Elkin-Ginnetti and Derek Piotr perform at Best Video Performance Space on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The show starts at 8 PM and there is a $5 cover.

David Elkin-Ginnetti

David Elkin-Ginnetti

DIN//VOID is improviser, sound artist and lifelong New Havener David Elkin-Ginnetti. DIN//VOID offers up electronics and sometimes saxophone, club deconstructionism, deterritorialized acoustics and audio as accelerated process(ion).

Derek Piotr. Photo by Christiana Rifaat

Derek Piotr. Photo by Christiana Rifaat

Derek Piotr is a Poland-born producer and composer based in New England, whose work focuses primarily on the voice. He has been intern to Meredith Monk, had his work nominated by the jury for Prix Ars Electronica (2012), and featured on Resonance FM and BBC.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Thursday, Aug. 6. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, BILL ARNOLD

• Friday, Aug. 7. INDIE ROCK: MERCY CHOIR

• Wednesday, Aug. 12. ELECTRONIC IMPROVISATION: DAVID ELKIN-GINNETTI & DEREK PIOTR

• Thursday, Aug. 13. INDIE FOLK: KINDRED QUEER

• Friday, Aug. 14. ROCK: THE FURORS, TOM HEARN

• Wednesday, Aug. 19. FOLK: WALKINGWOOD MANDOLIN QUARTET

• Thursday, Aug. 20. INDIE ROCK: THE LYS GUILLORN BAND

• Friday, Aug. 21. BLUEGRASS: FIDDLE FOREVER

• Tuesday, Aug. 25. BLUEGRASS: STACY PHILLIPS & HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS

• Thursday, Aug. 27. AMERICANA: PATRICK DALTON & MIKE SKAGGS

• Friday, Aug. 28. FILM SCREENING: “HEAD” (CT-PRODUCED LIVE PUPPET HORROR FEATURE)

• Friday, Sept. 4. JAZZ: BADSLAX

• Wednesday, Sept. 9. COMEDY OPEN MIC WITH JAKE NIETOPSKI

• Thursday, Sept. 10. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA

• Friday, Sept. 11. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNW MARIE MENTA BAND

• Wednesday, Sept. 16. CARIBBEAN/FOLK: LUKE RODNEY

• Friday, Sept. 18. SINGER-SONGWRITER: DAPHNE LEE MARTIN

• Tuesday, Sept. 29. SINGER-SONGWRITER: HANNAH FAIR

• Wednesday, Sept. 30. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ANGELA EASTERLING

• Thursday, Oct. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: FRANK CRITELLI

• Friday, Oct. 23. ALT-COUNTRY: TANNERSVILLE

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

Music: Super Trance on Thurs., Aug. 1 at 8 PM

Super Trance will play the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, Aug. 1. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

Super Trance, The Ultimate Jam Band weaving aspects of rock, jazz, funk, rap, electronic and world music to create a super-licious soundscape to groove to!

Made up of a core rhythm section of Didge (Pete Onofrio), Guitar (Brian), Congos (Jay), Bass (Jim), and Percussion (John Boiano). The band frequently is joined by guests on guitar, vocals, saxophone, keyboards and strings. Thursday the band will be joined by violist Colin Benn.

Check out one of Super Trance’s YouTube videos:

Other videos are accessible through the group’s Facebook page.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, July 24. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE: SAMUEL BASS, KEVIN MF KING

• Thursday, July 25. AVANT-GARDE_IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN, COLORGUARD

• Monday, July 29. FILM SCREENING: “ARRANGED”

• Wednesday, July 31. INDIE PSYCH/POP: M.T. BEARINGTON

• Thursday, Aug. 1. IMPROVISATION/WORLD MUSIC: SUPER TRANCE

• Monday, Aug. 5. FILM SCREENING: “ONLY HUMAN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Monday, Aug. 12. FILM SCREENING: “CRASH”

• Wednesday, Aug. 14. GARAGE ROCK/PUNK: THE ESTROGEN HIGHS

• Thursday, Aug. 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Monday, Aug. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THE WAR WITHIN”

• Thursday, Aug. 22. MULTI-MEDIA: HAPPENING/NOW

• Monday, Aug. 26. FILM SCREENING: “THE OTHER SON”

Music: Fuchsprellen and Colorguard play experimental music Thurs., July 25, at 8 PM

The free improvising group Fuchsprellen and ambient/noise musician Kryssi Battalene aka Colorguard will perform in the Best Video Performance Space on Thursday, July 25. The cover is $5 and the music starts at 8 PM.

Fuchsprellen—the name comes from “fox tossing,” a popular blood sport of the 17th and 18th centuries—play free-form, improvised music.  The trio is comprised of Steve Chillemi (who plays drums in Captain  Beefheart cover band Doctor Dark) on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, Peter Riccio (guitarist and singer of The Sawtelles) on drums and Pete Brunelli on bass. No foxes will be harmed in the making of this music.

Fuchsprellen at the Best Video Performance Space in January, 2013 with special guest saxophonist Richard Brown

Fuchsprellen at the Best Video Performance Space in January, 2013 with special guest saxophonist Richard Brown

Colorguard will perform a short opening set. Colorguard’s most recent casette release is described thusly on the Elm Recordings Web site: “Hauntingly minimalistic improvisations from New Haven guitarist (Mountain Movers, Medication) and noise-maker Kryssi Battalene. On this release she works with a prepared turntable to create both harshly distorted and keenly melodic record loops that are as beatiful as they are unrecognizable from their source material.”

Listen to Colorguard’s “Host” at YouTube:

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Wednesday, July 24. SINGER-SONGWRITER/INDIE: SAMUEL BASS, KEVIN MF KING

• Thursday, July 25. AVANT-GARDE_IMPROVISATION: FUCHSPRELLEN, COLORGUARD

• Monday, July 29. FILM SCREENING: “ARRANGED”

• Wednesday, July 31. INDIE PSYCH/POP: M.T. BEARINGTON

• Thursday, Aug. 1. IMPROVISATION/WORLD MUSIC: SUPER TRANCE

• Monday, Aug. 5. FILM SCREENING: “ONLY HUMAN”

• Wednesday, Aug. 7. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Thursday, Aug. 8. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ILANA ZSIGMOND

• Monday, Aug. 12. FILM SCREENING: “CRASH”

• Wednesday, Aug. 14. GARAGE ROCK/PUNK: THE ESTROGEN HIGHS

• Thursday, Aug. 15. JAZZ: THE NICK Di MARIA QUARTET

• Monday, Aug. 19. FILM SCREENING: “THE WAR WITHIN”

• Thursday, Aug. 22. MULTI-MEDIA: HAPPENING/NOW

• Monday, Aug. 26. FILM SCREENING: “THE OTHER SON”

 

Music: Fuchsprellen on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 8 PM

Fuchsprellen—the name comes from “fox tossing,” a popular blood sport of the 17th and 18th centuries—play free-form, improvised music.  The trio is comprised of Steve Chillemi (who plays drums in Captain  Beefheart cover band Doctor Dark) on bass clarinet and soprano saxophone, Peter Riccio (guitarist and singer of The Sawtelles) on drums and Pete Brunelli on bass.

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The group will explore unmarked sonic territory in the BEST VIDEO PERFORMANCE SPACE on Wednesday, Dec. 26, with the music starting at 8 PM. The cover for this show is $5. No foxes will be harmed in the making of this music.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE SPACE EVENTS:

• Thursday, Dec. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITERS: HENRY SIDLE, ANNA AYRES-BROWN

• Wednesday, Jan. 2. ACOUSTIC GUITAR/FOLK: JOHN THOMAS

• Sunday, Jan. 6. FILM SCREENING & TALK: “ALL ME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WINFRED REMBERT”

• Wednesday, Jan. 9. ELECTRIC ROCK: MOLD MONKIES

• Thursday, Jan. 10. CLASSICAL GUITAR: ORPHÉE RUSSELL

• Monday, Jan. 14. FILM SERIES: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? “STATE OF THE UNION”