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by New Haven Improvisers Collective

Avant progressive chamber punk jazz. Electric guitars, acoustic bass, saxophones, bass clarinet, viola, percussion and voice all in service of the music. Draws from multiple styles to offer a unified vision with an edge. Rack your brains, move your hips.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Elastic Moods And Paper Shirt Criminals
5:54 album only
2. MicroKairos
3:52 album only
3. Miniature
0:34 album only
4. NHIC Mees The Mummy
0:32 album only
5. Trace Ernesto's Pensivity
0:24 album only
6. Whisper
0:22 album only
7. Quantum Decoherence
18:09 album only
8. 9 3 7 1 6
3:42 album only
9. Straight No Chaser
3:18 album only
10. Beatniks Revolt!
0:27 album only
11. To Gorge (In Miniature)
3:56 album only
12. Oberek Sokkyo
6:44 album only
13. Darkmatter
3:34 album only
14. Gutted And Wired
4:03 album only
15. Chords
7:00 album only
16. Infinity Mirror
0:30 album only
17. Twain
0:36 album only
18. Coin
0:17 album only
19. At Least There's Pretty Lights
0:34 album only
20. Avenue B
4:19 album only
21. Gravity
3:44 album only
22. Straight No Chaser
3:37 album only


Album Notes
Avant Progressive Chamber Punk Jazz!

Interference is the debut CD from the New Haven Improvisers Collective. NHIC is a far-reaching collective of creative musicians forming into a particular group to play particular music in a particular moment. NHIC is interaction, conflict, and harmony.

Here are what some folks are saying.

Artsy modern-musical fun.
- Craig Matsumoto, KZSU, Stanford California

NHIC paints in a sonic form of Cubism that, through invention, fragmentation and rearrangement of form, simultaneously depicts many surprising, even revelatory facets of a piece as it unfolds in real time.
- Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

Very, very nice music.
-Gérard Viols, Radiojazz 34, France

It's really good. Top Notch.
- Craig Gilbert, Play Magazine

One of the top 10 Discs of 2008
-David Utevsky: KBCS, Seattle

I’m really pleased with this New Haven Improvisers Collective disc, “Interference.”
- DaveX, Startling Moniker, Illinois

The New Haven Improvisers Collective is a catalytic force in New Haven's burgeoning music scene
- Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

They are conversant in academic music theory but their intellectualism doesn't get in the way of a good time.”
-David McMahon, New Haven Advocate

The musicians come from jazz, rock, classical, English folk and various experimental backgrounds. The music comes from everywhere. It grooves, it skronks, it's quiet, it's raucous, it reaches for the sublime and it digs in the dirt.

This group grew out of the open improv workshops that NHIC hosts on the last Monday of every month. The intelligence, energy and generosity that people bring to these workshops is a testament to the power of the musical impulse. And they are great fun. This music was recorded in performance at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, one of the finest venues anywhere for performing, recording and listening to live music.

Quantum Decoherence is a long form improv structure with several twists and turns inspired by the uncertainties and endless entanglements in physics, music and life. On the other end of the spectrum are the Miniatures. These compact little beasts capture the core essence of an idea. There are several free improvs each opening with an unaccompanied solo turn by the leader of the piece. There are also arranged improv vehicles with several strict written parts, the most highly arranged of which is the drummer’s waltz Oberek Sokkyo.

NHIC is one of the focal points of a thriving improvised and experimental music scene in New Haven, CT. Check out NHIC on the web at and if you are ever in New Haven on the last Monday of the month, come join the fun.
The musicians on this disc represent a particular core of the group and they come from various backgrounds. Each player contributed compositions and played an important role in shaping the ensemble and the music.

Jeff Cedrone - Guitar (left side)
Bob Gorry - Guitar (right side)
Gabriel Kastelle - Viola
Paul McGuire - Soprano Sax
Anne Rhodes - Voice
Carl Testa - Bass, Bass Clarinet
Steve Zieminski - Drums/percussion

A few brief words about the players:

Bob Gorry – From a rock, jazz and experimental music background, Bob has led NHIC through a conduction with Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, a site specific long-form composition at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and a stream of new music performances at avant festivals and venues around New Haven.

Carl Testa – A strong young composer and emerging voice on the bass, bass clarinet, and electronics. Carl currently plays bass with Anthony Braxton in his septet and 12+1tet and is featured on three of his latest CD releases. He also runs the Uncertainty Music Series. Carl's debut CD as a leader, Uncertainty, which features his compositions for small clarinet ensembles, will be released in the fall (2008).

Jeff Cedrone – Founder of the art rock trio Greylyng and a major contributor to the NHIC book. Jeff also records eclectic rock and experimental film scores as Blacklight on Film.

Steve Zieminski – Active in progressive rock and jazz circles and a multi-percussionist. Studies with tabla maestro Kumar Das. Steve is an amazing drummer, colorist and composer.

Paul McGuire - A New Haven fixture for many years playing reeds in jazz groups, djembe in percussion groups, and early winds in Renaissance and assorted folk styles.

Anne Rhodes – Has an opera and new music background and uses her extensive technique to serve the music. Studied with Anthony Braxton, Neely Bruce and Alvin Lucier. Working on a duo recording with Mr. Braxton. A member of the new music duo Bruxism with Carl Testa and a chorister with the Connecticut Opera.

Gabriel Kastelle – Current violinist with New Britain Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony and other ensembles. Also jams on the er-hu and has a rich history in improvised music and music theater in Long Island and Philadelphia. Gabriel now runs his own Violin Training Gymnasium in New London.

New Haven Improvisers Collective - Interference
Piece by Piece

Elastic Moods and Paper Shirt Criminals - Starts out with sustained chords made up of long single tones held by each member of the group. Jeff’s guitar riff starts some rhythmic duels and celebrations. Reprised chords let you down easy.

MicroKairos – A feature for viola. Gabriel starts things off with a strong idea that gets picked up by the group into a rollicking saunter through an American landscape of many colors.

MINIATURES I - The first set of miniatures. Extremely short pieces. Get to the point and leave it there.
Miniature – Chamber Punk
NHIC meets the Mummy – In a misty castle on an island. Is that Lon Chaney or Lou Costello?
Trace Ernesto’s Pensivity – Get it all out there to the people Che. And do it again please.
Whisper – or Not

QUANTUM DECOHERENCE – This was the centerpiece of the performance and shows what NHIC is all about. It is inspired by the bridge between quantum and classical physics. The piece deals with the relationships and entanglements between musicians, the interference of sound and action, science, music, and the meaning of life.
Double Slit – Interference patterns of similar notes allude to the classic experiments on the duality of light. Percussion moves it all along. Are those church bells? Just sit back and be.
Eigen Do This – A little math goes a long way. A seven dimensional Eigenspace for improv. Principal Axes.
Universal Entanglement – On a macroscopic level, the group mixes it up and really has some fun. Without each other we are nothing. Together we rock.
That Cat’s Death has been Greatly Exaggerated – Slows down into existential contemplation. Are we alive or dead or both at the same time. Open the box and see. I ponder, I develop, I repeat, therefore I am.
Anthropica (Life in the Multiverse) – Bring it all back to human interactions as the group pulls together with a Conduction inspired by Butch Morris. Tension builds, tension builds, and finally a big bang to nothingness.

9-3-7-1-6 - Feature for Bass Clarinet. Carl takes it outside to a NHIC place. Clockwork, gears, eventual peace.
Straight No Chaser – Each set closed with a take on this monk theme. Theme - OutThere - Theme. Everyone adds their own and assorted borrowed melodies on top of one another. Very dry viola. String Bass.

Beatniks Revolt! – This miniature surreptitiously started the second set in six.

To Gorge – A feature for voice. Anne takes us on a tour of the vocal chords. Breathy, melismatic, strong, playful, operatic, and confidential. The group ebbs and flows with support and interaction.

Oberek Sokkyo - This piece reflects the influences of Eastern Europe and the Far East on the life and times of this American composer. An Oberek is a polish dance, a bit faster than a polka, and Sokkyo is Japanese for improvisation. Hop and turn, make rise here and now. Almost a pop tune in the NHIC canon.

Darkmatter – Feature for Soprano Saxophone. Paul goes modal, exotic and pastoral. The group comes in with dramatic backup including a melodic sax/guitar duet.
Gutted and Wired – Feature for Guitar. Jeff starts off euphonically atmospheric. Viola comes in with poignant support followed by the rest of the group on a mission through a desert space to an insistent spidery progression.

Chords - This is an exquisite, fragile piece. It takes some attention to experience the delicate tension and beauty.

MINIATURES II - More unyielding little beasts.
Infinity Mirror – Electric, vocal, and processed tinkering.
Twain – Toyworks chamber goes a little loopy.
Coin – Capture this Change. Now!
At Least There’s Pretty Lights – Mid 20th century abstract art and electronics inform this auralization. Gets busy.

Avenue B - Guitar Feature. Bob in the east village. Offbeat rhythms, a little mystery, a group walk through Tompkins Square. The drums punctuate the edge of the night and eventually break the tension to bring us home.

Gravity – Started off as a computer generated graphical piece. We orbit one another and explore the cosmos.

Straight No Chaser – Almost Punk Monk Johnny, with Bass Clarinet. Urgent.



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