Carl Testa (from Anthony Braxton 12tet+1) at Outpost on 10/22


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Saturday—October 22, 2011

186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
8:00 PM

Carl Testa/Kevin Frenette Quartet

World renowned master bassist Carl Testa (from Anthony Braxton's 12+1tet) and Boston's own avant-jazz co-conspirators Kevin Frenette (guitar), James Rohr (piano) and John McLellan (drums) present an evening of improvised music centering on exceptionally intricate interplay, texture and timbre on Saturday, October 22.

The Carl Testa/Kevin Frenette Quartet will take the stage at 8 p.m. at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA. Tickets are $10 or b/o; and can be purchased at the door the evening of the concert. For information and directions—http://zeitgeist-outpost.blogspot.com.

Carl Testa is a composer, bassist, bass clarinetist, and electronicist who has been composing and performing creative music since 2000. He is primarily known as one of the members of multi-instrumentalist/composer Anthony Braxton's Sextet, Septet and 12+1tet. He is featured on the 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 box set on Firehouse 12 records, on 12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007 on Victo Records, as well as the Quartet (GTM) 2006 box set on Important Records. His debut recording as a leader, Uncertainty, features his compositions for clarinets, percussion, string bass, and electronics, which blends chamber music, free improvisation, jazz, and modern electronic music.

Boston area guitarist Kevin Frenette has performed throughout the Northeast USA making music that is inspired by both avant-garde jazz and contemporary improvisation. He studied guitar, composition, and music theory at UMASS-Dartmouth where he received a BA in Theory/Composition. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright, Joe Giardullo, Daniel Levin, Forbes Graham, Luther Gray, Harvey Sorgen and Dan DeChellis. In 2007, Fuller Street Music released Kevin's first date as a leader: CONNECTIONS. That album featured Frenette with Tatsuya Nakatani on percussion, Andy McWain on piano and Todd Keating on bass.

James Rohr has been playing the piano since the age of 5 and began playing professionally at 14 in New Mexico. In the mid 1990's, James formed a piano trio with Nate McBride on bass and Curt Newton on drums—together they released three recordings. James has had the honor and privilege of playing with many of the great improvisers in the Boston/NYC area. Currently, James is interested in writing and performing songs with his band, the blue ribbons, which he describes as Ray Charles and Johnny Cash meet Captain Beefheart and Sun Ra.

John McLellan was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Massachusetts; his resume is expansive and varied, including work with Joe and Mat Maneri, Roswell Rudd, Bern Nix, Roy Campbell, William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Denman Maroney, Ben Monder, and the Either/Orchestra. He has performed at festivals throughout the country, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and New York's Vision Festival. John's inventive drumming can be heard on his duo record with saxophonist Joe McPhee, Grand Marquis on Boxholder

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