Featured Artist – Carl Testa
Carl Testa: I am a composer and instrumentalist based in New Haven, CT and New York City. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, I studied music with Donn DeSanto, at the U of C Lab School, as well as at the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) School of Music. There I studied and performed with Mwata Bowden, Ann Ward, Avreeyal Ra, Steve Berry, Ernest Dawkins, Aaron Getsug, Isaiah Spencer, Stephen Ptacek, Will Faber, Noah Meites, Kevin Nabors, Justin Dillard, and many others.
After Chicago, I moved to Middletown, CT to study music and sociology at Wesleyan University. There I studied with Anthony Braxton, Neely Bruce, Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Charles Lemert, and performed with Anthony Braxton, Aaron Siegel, Anne Rhodes, Angela Opell, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Gergely Kiss, Dave Ruder, Daniel Raimi, Dave Kadden, Philip Schulze, David Jensenius, and many others again!
I now live in New Haven, CT with my wife, vocalist Anne Rhodes and perform in New Haven and New York City. I lead my own groups that play my own compositions, I also perform in duo collaborations, as well as various side projects most notably with Anthony Braxton.
I am currently working on a new extended piece for voices and chamber ensemble. I am also continuously working on new pieces for my clarinet trio and for my solo electronics project.
I organize a concert series called the Uncertainty Music Series on the second saturday of every month in New Haven, CT. This series is a chance for me to have an original music performance every month as well as feature musicians from the greater New Haven area or New York, etc.