Broadcloth Awakens!

Broadcloth has technically been on hiatus for the past few months; although we all performed in several concerts together (notably with Carl Testa and guitarist Ben Shirley performing Shirley’s compositions, and with vocalist Kyoko Kitamura on a different bill), and did one recording session in order to continue tracking the ever-impending full length album, we hadn’t performed as Broadcloth since the end of June.

All this is about to change. As Nathan will be leaving for Europe in November, and we’re all extraordinarily busy with varying events including the Energies, Ideas, Intuitions Festival at Roulette between October 5-8, performing the music of Anthony Braxton (more info at: http://www.roulette.org/events/upcoming.php), we’ve only got a few dates on the horizon, but hopefully more soon.

First is this weekend, October 1st, at The Home Of in Gowanus. (http://www.thehomeof.org). This will be our second visit to curator/saxophonist Edward Schneider’s Holidays for the Future series which focuses on new and experimental music as well as improvisation. This is part of a two day mini-fest (day 2 is at 16 Beaver St in Manhattan, which will also feature Anne and Nathan along with other improvisers.) Our first time there was a blast and produced one of our best sets (audio available at http://thehomeof.org/holidays-for-the-future-4), and we are excited to return!

The next will be on November 2nd, as the debut installment of another arm of the Uncertainty Series, happening at the Elm Bar in New Haven, CT. Details surrounding start time are still nebulous but we’ll have them as we get them.

More as we hear it!


Big Room Audio released!

Little to no fanfare. Can’t believe we didn’t put this up earlier.


Cafe Orwell and Summer Vacation

Missed our TOTALLY FREE New Haven show at the John Slade Ely House last Friday? Well thankfully Kinan Faham, our sometime videographer, was there and captured the whole thing – our set, two short Prehistoric Horse sets and a final 14+ minute collaboration between the two trios.

Here we are:

And Prehistoric Horse, with some truly extraordinary and noisy textures (I challenge any harsh noise/electronic group to get this far out):

and finally our collab:
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We’re playing with Prehistoric Horse again on June 24th at Cafe Orwell in Brooklyn, and then we’re on a bit of a hiatus for much of the summer, our varying schedules preventing much from happening but a bit of recording. We’ll all be in the same place at the same time on the August edition of the Uncertainty series but it won’t quite be Broadcloth, (more details on that as the date approaches, as it is at least somewhat pertinent to our work as a trio) and we expect to reconvene the momentum toward the end of the summer and in early fall. Stay tuned.


A Busy Month Ahead…

Broadcloth has an exciting month ahead of us, which I (Adam) am incredibly stoked for.

Next week, we’ll be strolling out to Boston on May 25th for a return to Outpost 186. Our set there last September was a real blast and we played for a small but dedicated crowd, and having all made a few connections in the city since then, we’re quite excited for our return. That date will feature some guest appearances by some locals in the Boston improv/new music scene, and we are always excited about collaboration.

Two days later, we’ll be heading down to Brooklyn for a show at I-Beam, on Friday, May 27th. We’ll be sharing the bill with a really unique and fabulous duo Architeuthis Walks on Land, consisting of Amy Cimini (viola) and Katie Young (bassoon). Their recent disc “Natura Naturans” has been getting great press, and I feel like their sound is quite sympathetic to ours. I’m really looking forward to that date.

Two days after that, Sunday, May 29th, we’ll be in New Haven performing at the mostly noise/punk venue Popeye’s Garage on a bill consisting of a good deal of improvised music. The bill will also feature guitarist Bill Nace collaborating with the Jookla Duo (sax and drums), hailing from Italy, as well as a Mittimus, a subgrouping of the Hat City Intuitive, an improv/jazz/noise collective. This is sure to be an excellent night of music in New Haven.

That weekend, we’ll be heading to Gowanus for a small show in a venue known as “The Home Of,” which will also feature a set by electronics artist and composer Sam Morrison, as well as a third set of collaborative improv with Sam and a few locals. Visit http://thehomeof.org for further details, including an address.

The following weekend, we’re glad to be hosting Prehistoric Horse in New Haven. That trio, featuring David Grollman on percussion, Valerie Kuehne on cello and Lucio Menegon on guitar, borders between free improv and harsh noise, and their sound is truly wonderful. The venue is the John Slade Ely house, and we’re pleased to announce that the show will be 100% free, so take this opportunity to coerce a friend or loved one into checking out some new music! (bring cash for merchandise and refreshments, which will be served.

Prehistoric Horse will be returning the favor by hosting us in Brooklyn on June 24th as part of cellist Kuehne’s Super Coda series, which that weekend will be dedicated to a weekend of cello music. Further details pending – and if you live in the Brooklyn area, and wish to support the Super Coda series as well as Café Orwell which hosts it, please consider checking out the Kickstarter campaign to support soundproofing the café here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/827158541/keep-the-super-coda-living-through-creative-soundp

Finally, I’m also quite pleased to announce that Broadcloth has done one of two planned recording dates with Doug Slawin at St. Peter’s Episcopal in Milford, CT. The room has great, extremely flattering acoustics for our group, and we’re excited to be gearing up for a proper debut sometime soon. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the full audio of the Big Room set we’ll be releasing shortly…

Hope to see you out there soon!


Tour Audio and a Big Room Video.

I guess the major trouble with having Bandcamp embedded as your music page is that you can’t have any place besides a news post to have stuff hosted on any other such services. Rah rah rah. Here are a few select tracks from the four nights of our recent tour. Most are from the last show, at Pyramid Atlantic, as there was a good deal of crowd noise at the other two venues and another audience member recorded our Philadelphia show. The final piece is from The Wind-Up Space in Baltimore, and is a collaboration with experimental turntablist Erik Spangler, which was loads of fun.

Finally a small fragment of our show at The Big Room:


In the Future…

All in all we’re feeling pretty good about ourselves, the Big Room show representing to us a culmination of a week’s worth of solidifying as a group, adapting some, and solidifying again. Consider our birth pangs to be over. We expect to put up select pieces of audio from the tour on Soundcloud and quite possibly a digital release of the Big Room show, a room that has flattered us with its acoustics before, evidenced by “Elastic” and “Selkirk’s Coronation” on the tour compilation, both recorded there last May.

Also, this week we’re on the New Haven Arts Council’s Media Lounge – find that link HERE

After the shows we announced for may, we have a few shows in the works for June as well – June 4th at a recently started Experimental Music series in Gowanus, Brooklyn (details TBA). June 10th, we’ll be hosting the trio Prehistoric Horse, a fierce, noisy improv trio of guitar, cello and percussion – again, details TBA. Later that month, they’ll return the favor and have us on cellist Valerie Kuehne’s Super Coda series either June 24th or 25th, details again TBA.

Stay tuned…


Conclusion

Thanks one and all who came out and helped make the past week of shows a true blast. Telegraph in New London, CT gave us a good chance to warm up for tour, giving us a chance to test out some of the ideas we’ve been working at a great deal since our last show in January. We had a great run of shows for our mini-tour, taking us to Philadelphia for a house show, Baltimore for a venue inspired by Twin Peaks and David Lynch called The Wind-Up Space, Lancaster, PA for an art exhibition, and Washington D.C. at Pyramid Atlantic for an experimental music series. Each show produced a slightly different feel, and the effect of playing four successive shows like that gave these compositions and improvisations a tremendous immediacy.

Coming up will be a show this Friday, April 8th at The Big Room in New Haven, CT. We’ll be doing two sets, one more focused toward recent compositions of ours including an excerpt of a chamber opera by Adam, a new embroidered piece by Anne, and some additional compositions by the three of us. The second set will be more focused towards improvisation. Show begins at 8PM, and tickets are $10. The address for The Big Room is 315 Peck St, New Haven, CT.

Later on, we’ll be returning to Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday, May 25th, and then Friday, May 27th we’ll play at IBeam with additional sets TBA. Details on those forthcoming.

We made recordings of most of our performances from the tour, so excerpts will be uploaded at some point soon.

Finally, we should be solidifying plans to record our first full length soon. We’ve all gotten extremely busy somehow over the next several weeks so our plans to tack the recording on at the end of tour has unfortunately had to be scrapped. Suffice to say that we’ve got enough material circulating in the complete or “near-done” phase that we should be able to effectively keep the momentum working for us.

Momentum...or caffeine?

-Adam

P.S. Thurber Carnival.


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