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 members probably include Adam Matlock and Anne Rhodes. The current lineup also includes Chris Cretella and Zachary Rowden.
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.