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The Cellar & Point (Record Release Party!), Empyrean Atlas, The Knells
Nov 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm| $10
THE CELLAR AND POINT is an adventurous, NYC-based “garage chamber” septet whose musical universe comprises the detail of modern concert music, the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz, and the emotional directness of alt-rock. Formed in 2010 by hometown friends drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta, the band has spent almost 5 years crafting the material presented on their debut recording, Ambit, released by Cuneiform Records on October 14th, 2014
AllMusic has called Ambit “one of 2014’s finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music” , while John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s New Sounds describes the ensemble’s sound as “winningly melodic, thoughtful in its balance, groove-heavy, sometimes glitchy, and delightfully unpredictable.”
In addition to drums and acoustic guitar, the group features Christopher Otto and Kevin McFarland of JACK Quartet on violin and cello respectively, Joe Bergen of TRANSIT on vibraphone, Terrence McManus on electric guitar, and Greg Chudzik on bass. THE CELLAR AND POINTʼs songbook includes original compositions by Branciforte and Botta as well as imaginative arrangements of such composers as Anton Webern and György Ligeti.