On Saturday evening May 12, the Series moves to Neverending Books, 810 State Street in New Haven for a performance by the duo of Christopher Riggs (guitar) and Carl Testa (bass, electronics). The sounds commence at 8 p.m. To get a taste of the duo's collaborations, click here. For more information about the series, go to uncertaintymusic.com.
music.yale.edu or call 203-432-4158.
music the bassist composed after studying the 20th Century Russian Shostakovich (1906 - 75). The latter was quite a figure in the last century, creating music that reflected the changing society in which he lived. Much happened to him and around him and he often had issues with the Soviet officials. On one hand, he composed "serious" music, filled with myriad influences (and certainly some of them were European) but also felt forced to compose "nationalistic" works. By the early1960s, Shostakovich wrote darker works, including his "13th Symphony - Babi Yar" based on the poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko that look at the oppression and slaughter of Russian Jews.
Bates' music makes great use of Lossing's atmospheric Fender Rhodes, Sarin's explosive drumming and the blend of reeds and brass. The music can be quite serious; yet there is also a playful edge to certain pieces. Jazz lovers will enjoy the interplay, the melody lines played by 2 or more instruments that come together and move apart. Bates and Acrobat play 2 sets, 8:30 and 10 p.m. - for tickets and more information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468.
www.bridgeboymusic. His CDs range from trio explorations of the music of Clifford Brown to songs from the Civil War played as solo piano pieces to larger group takes on the songs from World War I. All these creative efforts do not make for great commercial success. Yet, I'll lay odds Carrothers does not really care about the hoopla of success.
His new CD, "Family Life" (Pirouet Records), is comprised of 15 pieces for solo piano and may bequietest music you'll hear this year. Yet, the intensity of melody and emotion that one hears in this music will touch you long after the last notes fade. Like the snapshots on the cover, the stories implicit in the music are of nights spent around the dinner table, of days walking in the woods, of sitting on a chair after the children have gone to sleep and listening to them breathe, of memories of parents and relatives who shape your life even after passing.
It does not pay to explain the individual tracks; every listener will hear something in this music that will resonate in his or her life (I would be surprised if you could not or did not connect with this music.) Shut off the lights, turn off the computer, open the shades, relax -you might even fall asleep - but do not sleep on this music, an oasis in an ever-maddening world. Check out Bill Carrothers website (listed above) or go to www.pirouet.com/home/album.php?release=PIT3063 to hear for yourself.