Composer Carl Testa, most notable for his numerous performances and recordings with the legendary composer, multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton, is releasing his debut recording as a leader. The CD entitled Uncertainty features 10 tracks of 9 original compositions that blend jazz, free improvisation, chamber music, and electronic music. It showcases a unique ensemble that includes clarinets, saxophone, string bass, percussion, and electronics. The quartet of James Antonucci, Bill Carbone, Gergely Kiss, and Carl Testa mix and match the instrumentation to create a music that is dynamically varied while retaining a consistent group sound and compositional focus. Featuring James Antonucci (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Bill Carbone (drums and percussion), Gergely Kiss (clarinet), and Carl Testa (compositions, string bass, bass clarinet, and electronics) 'Testa's bass playing is fantastic. His forceful personality and beautifully resonant tone". . . "is a powerful counterpoint to Braxton's often high-pitched inventions: put together, the two men create an imposing vista of registeral perspective. " Philip Clark from review of Quartet (GTM) 2006 (The Wire, Summer 2008) About Carl Testa Carl Testa is a composer, bassist, bass clarinetist, and electronicist who has been composing and performing creative music since 2000. He is best 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, will be released in Fall 2008. Testa is a native of Chicago where he studied and performed with musicians Ernest Dawkins, Mwata Bowden, Aaron Getsug, Isaiah Spencer, David Boykins, Nicole Mitchell, Will Faber, Stephen Ptacek and others. He then moved to Connecticut in order to study with Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier at Wesleyan University. There he studied and performed with Neely Bruce, Ron Kuivila, Aaron Siegel, Daniel Raimi, Andrew Dewar, Anne Rhodes, David Jensenius, Dave Ruder, and many others. "I believe that Carl Testa is an example of what can happen when there is courage, dedication, and clear vision. My hope is to have many more opportunities playing music with this guy, and sharing information and learning together. Carl Testa is already a great musician, and the best is yet to come. This is a guy to watch." Anthony Braxton in Liner Notes to Quartet (GTM) 2006.
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