Broadcloth performs improvised music with a nod to various compositional outlets. Using a unique instrumentation of voice, cello (Nathan Bontrager) and accordion/recorders (Adam Matlock), the trio plays from notated, graphic, embroidered, and textual scores in addition to completely spontaneous pieces. Without shying away from virtuosity, Broadcloth creates music that reflects the order of composition and the risk of unpredictable musical interactions. Emphasis lies on establishing a holistic sound that favors cooperation over hierarchy.
anthony braxton and the tri-centric foundation
The Tri-Centric Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the ongoing work and legacy of composer/multi-reedist/philospher Anthony Braxton. Since studying with Anthony during my graduate work at Wesleyan University, I have been fortunate enough to perform and record as a member of some of his ensembles. These include his Pine Top Aerial Music Sextet, Lydia Music Ensemble, and Ghost Trance Music choir (for which I am also a co-conductor), as well as singing with the Tri-Centric Orchestra as a member a fantastic group of singers dedicated to realizing his Trillium cycle of operas. In 2007, I had the distinct honor of recording a duo album with Anthony, which is available from Leo Records. Being involved with the TCF not only provides the opportunity to continue working with this great master and mentor, but also to connect and collaborate with a unique community of like-minded musicians.
A flexible ensemble with a rotating cast of creative musicians, Large Objects focuses on the realization of small-scale experimental compositions. At any given time, the lineup probably includes Adam Matlock and Anne Rhodes. Current and past members include Benjamin J. M. Klein and Maura Valenti.
the cygnet sisters
Sopranos Zohra Rawling and Anne Rhodes create salon-style performances of cabaret, opera, operetta, and other old-timey repertoire with unconventional instrumentation. Repertoire includes Kurt Weill, Mozart, Gilbert & Sullivan, Rossini, and Satie, as well as traditional songs. Frequently accompanied by avant-tranditionalists Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps.
Bruxism is Carl Testa on bass, bass clarinet, electronics, and bullhorn and Anne Rhodes on voice and bullhorn. The duo performs original works as well as new music by composers who have written for them.
prêt à jouet
Prêt à jouet is a series-in-progress of works by Chris McDonald, for voice and interactive wearable electronics. Chris writes the music and designs the electronics, and Anne sings, wearing the electronics as they accompany her. She also designs and constructs garments into which the electronics are incorporated. The first piece, Everybody's Autobiography, was premiered in November of 2007 as part of the Uncertainty Music Series.
unicorns were horses
Dancer/choreographer Rachel Bernsen's work for singer, electric bassist, and two dancers, Unicorns Were Horses, explores the performance possibilities inspired by deconstructing a particular pop sound: the N.E.R.D. and Gnarls Barkley oeuvre. In collaboration with Anne Rhodes and Carl Testa (electric bass, electronics). With Lindsey Bauer. The collaboration has expanded to include other pieces that explore structured sound and movement improvisation, including Bernsen's peice User.