Anthony Coleman/Chris Cretella/SoloSoloDuo
Sunday, February 24, 2019
4:00pm - All Ages
Water House (map)
23 Woodbine Street
Pianist, composer, educator, and all-around raconteur, Anthony Coleman, will be coming to Hamden for a rare CT area solo performance. Joining him will be local New Haven area guitarist, composer and educatee (spell check says that shouldn't be a word but shouldn't it?) of Anthony's, Chris Cretella, also playing solo, but not so rare. The two will also play duo set, also rare.
Don't sleep on this chance to catch Anthony Coleman in CT at a house show all intimate and up close-like. There will be refreshments and libations. Matinee show for those of you who don't get President's Day off (which was actually this Monday so this sentence is moot). $10-$20 suggested donation.
Anthony Coleman has been one of the key figures of New York music for nearly four decades. His work bridges the gap between Composition and Improvisation, Uptown and Downtown, and spans a wide range of genres and practices including Free Improvisation, Jazz, Jewish music (of various types), and Contemporary Chamber Music.
At the dawn of the 1980s, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition from New England Conservatory and a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Yale School of Music, Coleman immersed himself in New York City’s forward-thinking circle of genre- confounding composers and improvisers that would come to be known as the Downtown Scene. The first two records Coleman played on, Glenn Branca’s Lesson No. 1 and John Zorn’s Archery, are classics of a then-emerging avant - garde.
Balancing a powerful sense of structural logic and expressionistic color, Coleman has had a prolific career as a composer. His works have been commissioned by the Concert Artist Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival Banlieues Blues, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among others. He has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, etc.
He has presented his own work at the Sarajevo Jazz Festival (Bosnia), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Saalfelden Festival (Austria), and the Krakow and Vienna Jewish Culture Festivals. Ensembles led by Coleman have recorded extensively for Tzadik and include the trio Sephardic Tinge and Selfhaters Orchestra. He has also toured and recorded with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, Shelley Hirsch, Roy Nathanson, and many others.
Coleman has recorded 15 CDs under his own name, and has played on more than 150. His most recent recordings are You (New World) and The End of Summer (Tzadik), both recordings of his Chamber Music. His Damaged by Sunlight (2010) was issued on DVD by the French label La Huit.
He has been a member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory since 2006 and the Mannes College of Music at the New School since 2013. He has also taught at Bennington College, the Bard MFA program, and La Guardia Community College.
Chris Cretella is a guitarist, composer and improvisor working out of New Haven, CT (well…actually Meriden…but that’s close enough to New Haven…right?). He holds a BA in music from Southern Connecticut State University and an MM in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Since leaving NEC Chris has been working on developing a language on the guitar through regular small group improvisation with frequent collaborators such as Joe Morris, Nigel Taylor, and Zach Rowden. This work on the guitar is often spit back out somewhere down the line as compositions. Very much an improvisor at heart, Chris’ written music often deals with all kinds of open parameters. Chris has performed in the United States and Europe with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Mary Halvorson, Gary Lucas, Rhys Chatham, Carl Testa, Nigel Taylor, Fausto Sierakowski, Andy Allen, Dave Parmelee, Bob Gorry, Colin Fisher, Adam Matlock, Mike Paolucci, Brian Slattery, Mike Tepper, Jack Wright, Peter Negroponte, Zach Rowden, Stephen Haynes, Stole Liavik Solberg, Anne Rhodes, Nathan Bontrager, Sam Weinberg, Susana Santos Silva, Trevor Saint, Nate Trier, Grant Beale, Dan O'Brien, Michael LaRocca, Aaron Rubinstein, Drew Wesely, and a whole bunch of others. Chris has released several albums as a leader and/or collaborator.