Friday January 10 8pm donations welcomed
Landon Knoblock – solo keyboard, electronics [New York NY]
Carl Testa – bass, electronics [New Haven CT]
Christos Koulendros – solo electronics [Lowell MA]
Bats From Pogo: [Salem, Lowell MA]
Andrea Pensado – voice, laptop
Walter Wright – electronics, drums
Landon Knoblock is a pianist, a composer, and an improviser. He plays keyboards – the Wurlitzer electric piano, the Fender Rhodes, and the Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4. The first music Knoblock ever played was improvised. He was three. At the age of 9, he taught himself the music of Billy Joel. It was around this time that his Uncle Wayne gave him a large collection of vinyl records, one of which was Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. He listened to it every night. At 12 years old, Knoblock rediscovered improvisation with some like minded middle school band mates. Forming a band with a drummer and bass player, Knoblock and friends likened themselves after the Grateful Dead, torchbearers Phish, and other groups that incorporated rock songs and improvisation. Sometime during the next six years of religiously holding band practice in the garage every Sunday, Knoblock discovered jazz. It was Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, Cannonball’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy”, and other seminal albums of the tradition. Next came some schooling, a couple of degrees, and a seven year stint in the sub tropics of Miami, in a wedding band.
Carl Testa is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, most notably as the bassist in composer Anthony Braxton’s groups with whom he’s performed throughout the US and internationally. Testa’s own compositions have been described as “engaging and unique” (Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery) and “human music, with varied emotions and sublime moments” (Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant). Testa released his debut album Uncertainty in 2008 and is currently working on his second release. In addition to his own trio with clarinetist Mike McGinnis and percussionist Bill Carbone, he regularly performs with Anthony Braxton’s Septet, 12+1tet, and Trillium Orchestra. He also collaborates with vocalist Anne Rhodes, choreographer Rachel Bernsen, and composers Lou Guarino, Brian Parks, Adam Matlock, Nathan Bontrager, and Christopher Riggs. Every month he runs the Uncertainty Music Series as an organizer in New Haven CT.