Thursday, April 11, 2013

Partners in Live Music + Solo Work

Saxophonist/composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith (pictured left) came to Middletown late last August to begin her post-graduate studies in composition at Wesleyan University.  The New Zealand-native already had recorded her first North American CD as a leader, had done a bit of touring but felt the need to deepen her skills and knowledge.  Clarinetist Nathan Friedman (pictured below), a native of British Columbia, came to Wesleyan at the same time to study composition and experimental music, having already worked with Professor Anthony Braxton when the famed composer and conceptualist came to Vancouver in 2010 to perform his "Sonic Genome Project."

This Saturday evening (April 13), Ms. Lovell-Smith and Mr. Friedman blend her soprano saxophone and his clarinet for a duo concert as part of the Uncertainty Music Series, the New Haven-based Creative Music program curated by Carl Testa. Also on the bill is guitarist Chris Cretella , a New Haven resident and recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, who will perform a set of solo pieces.  His new CD, "Going Nowhere", is a collection of solo works, the first time the guitarist has recorded in a solo setting. The event takes place at 8 p.m. in the performance space of Never Ending Books, 810 State Street - for more information, go to

To learn more about the musicians, here are links to their respective pages:;;

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