Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Cellar and Point with Neil Leonard + Transonic II

Saturday, May 23, 2015
The Cellar and Point with Neil Leonard + Transonic II
The Lilypad, Inman Square
1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

New York-based "garage-chamber" ensemble The Cellar and Point hosts a special evening at The Lilypad featuring a solo set by saxophonist/composer Neil Leonard and a performance by Transonic II - an electroacoustic ensemble comprising Dave Bryant, Neil Leonard, Ricardo de Lima, Andrew Neumann.

The Cellar and Point will be performing music from their recent critically acclaimed record on Cuneiform Records, "Ambit". The record was included on Soundcheck host John Schaefer's Top 10 recordings of 2014 and was called "one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music" by AllMusic. The Cellar and Point's musical universe comprises the detail of modern concert music, the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz, and the emotional directness of alt-rock. AllAboutJazz has declared the group "one of the most interesting bands of the moment, perhaps able to answer the question 'where is music going?'"

Saxophonist/composer/electronic musician (and Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music's Interdisciplinary Arts Institute) Neil Leonard, will present original works from his recent electro-acoustic recordings For Kounellis and Mil Maneras.

The evening will open with a live electronic performance by luminary artists Dave Bryant, Ricardo de Lima, Andrew Neumann as Transonic II.


The Cellar and Point (9pm):

Formed in 2010 by drummer/composer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist/composer Christopher Botta, The Cellar and Point features an impressive cross-section of young talent from NYC's classical, jazz, and new music scenes ­ (including members of JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Signal, and TRANSIT). Their songbook includes original compositions and idiosyncratic arrangements of composers such as Anton Webern and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Joseph Branciforte, drums
Christopher Botta, acoustic guitar
Christopher Otto, violin
Kevin McFarland, cello
Joe Bergen, vibraphone
Terrence McManus, electric guitar
Greg Chudzik, bass

Neil Leonard (8pm)

Neil Leonard is a composer, saxophonist and interdisciplinary artist. His work ranges from solo concerts for saxophone/live electronics, to works for orchestra, audio/video installation and sound for dance, theater and performance. He will be presenting original electro-acoustic works for saxophone and electronics.


Dave Bryant, moog synthesizer
Ricardo de Lima, electronics
Neil Leonard, bass clarinet
Andrew Neumann, Buchla Easel, misc electronics