Wednesday, April 23, 2008





(ANNE RHODES voice; CARL TESTA double bass/bass clarinet/electronics - featured with the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet)
with guest NEIL LEONARD bass clarinet/electronics

Chase - saxophones, Råberg - double bass
Leading New England improvisers

Friday, May 2 @ 8:00
$10 suggested donation, $6 with a student ID

ANNE RHODES is a vocalist based in New Haven, CT. She holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, and an M.A. in Experimental Music Performance from Wesleyan University. Anne specializes in collaborating with composers and improvisation, using extended vocal techniques while relying heavily on her classical training. She has performed with Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, the Crane School of Music Opera Ensemble, the Boston University Chamber Choir, the New England Conservatory Continuing Education Opera Studio, MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Anthony Braxton Large Ensemble, the FLUX Quartet, Mirror Boiyz, and Connecticut Opera, and has premiered works by composers including Anthony Braxton, Neil Leonard, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Alvin Lucier.Rhodes is a member of the New Haven Improvisors Collective.

CARL TESTA is a composer and instrumentalist based in New Haven, CT and New York City. Originally from Chicago, Testa studied music with Donn DeSanto, at the U of C Lab School, as well as at the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) School of Music. He studied music and sociology at Wesleyan University with Anthony Braxton, Neely Bruce, Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Charles Lemert, and performed with Anthony Braxton, Aaron Siegel, Anne Rhodes, Angela Opell, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Gergely Kiss, Dave Ruder, Daniel Raimi, Dave Kadden, Philip Schulze, David Jensenius, and many others. Presently, he leads his own groups, and is a key member of Anthony Braxton's ensemble. Testa's compositional interests are focused on in writing for clarinet ensembles, for electronics, for voice, and for multimedia events.

Bassist/composer BRUNO RÅBERG is originally from Sweden. At age 20 he moved to Stockholm to join Eje Thelin's band and stayed on for four years, recording and touring extensively. In 1981 Råberg relocated to the US to study with Miroslav Vitous at New Enland Conservatory. Råberg has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, as well as North, South and Central America. He released 5 CDs as a leader and has performed with: Mick Goodrick, Matt Wilson, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Yoron Israel, Billy Hart, Dick Oats, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Bobo Stensson, Thomas Gustavsson, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphil, Jim Black, Bruce Barth, Bob Mintzer, Greg Osby, Jackie Byard, Ran Blake, George Russell, Miroslav Vitous, Regina Carter, Antonio Hart, Billy Kilson, Gene Jackson, John Medeski, John LaPorta, John McNeil, Rachel Z, Donald Brown, Bill Pierce, Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra with David Baker. Råberg is a Professor at Berklee College of Music.

Jazz and classical saxophonist ALLAN CHASE has performed with Alan Dawson, Teddy Kotick, Mick Goodrick, Lewis Nash, Fred Hersch, and Andrew Cyrille. Chase's debut recording with his own quartet, Dark Clouds with Silver Linings, was chosen as one of the top ten jazz CDs of 1995 by critics for the Boston Globe, Jazziz, and the Boston Phoenix. His second CD, Phoenix, was released in 2000. From 1981 to 1995, he was a member of Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, which recorded six CDs and performed on 10 European concert tours. Since 1992, Chase has been a member of Rashied Ali's quintet, Prima Materia, and has recorded four CDs with him. He has also performed chamber music with Marimolin and the Princeton Composers' Ensemble. Chase has recorded with his own quartet and with Gunther Schuller, John Zorn, Dominique Eade, and Stanley Cowell, and has done studio recordings for feature films, popular music records, television, radio, and advertisements. Recordings on Coppens, Knitting Factory Works, Catalyst/BMG, Accurate, GM, Bridge, Cadence Jazz, YOUR Records, Northeastern.

NEIL LEONARD works as a sound artist, composer and saxophonist. His ensemble has featured Marshall Allen (Director of the Sun Ra Arkestra), Bruce Barth, Uri Caine, Don Byron, Kenwood Dennard, Robin Eubanks, Frank Lacy, Oriente Lopez, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Uri Caine. Leonard's Dreaming of an Island, for orchestra, electronics and video was premiered by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Leonard's composition Totems was premiered at Carnegie Recital Hall by Byron and Caine. Leonard compositions were featured in festivals in Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East, Japan and the Caribbean. Leonard's collaborative work with visual artist Magdalena Campos-Pons was featured by the 49th Venice Biennial and MOMA, NY. Leonard has recorded for ECM, A&M, Accurate and Interval Recordings. Leonard is co-owner of Gallery Artist Studio Project (GASP). Leonard is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, and taught sound installation at the University of Padova and the C. Pollini Conservatory, Italy.

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