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New CD by the Elm City Guitar Quartet


The Elm City Guitar Quartet +3, celebrates the release of the new CD, CRASH, with a concert at Cafe Nine on Friday night, January 29th, 2010.
This evening also celebrates the fifth anniversary of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. 
Cafe Nine:  250 State St, New Haven, CT  

Set1 10pm  Brett Bottomley Group
Set2 11pm  Elm City Guitar Quartet+3
Set3 12am  Mayhem Circus Electric

The Elm City Guitar Quartet +3 plays electric avant improv rock.  Four Electric Guitars, drums and reeds, deconstructing and reconstructing rock's most primal elements and adding twists from everywhere else. In an early review of CRASH, Signal to Noise Magazine raved about the "riotous stew of juggernaut chords and feedback skronk"  "righting itself towards blistering conclusions".  High energy, high art.

Mayhem Circus Electric plays edgy electric low-down rockfunk jazz with a nod to the deep groove of electric miles and some lubricitous modern mob fun.  MCE will do the late night set bringing its tunes and improv's as well as original interpretations of a few rock classics to take the evening higher and groovier.  Mayhem Circus electric just finished recording its debut CD at Firehouse 12 capped off by a memorable live performance that had the audience on its feet.  Look for the CD later in 2010.
Brett Bottomley plays the Chapman Stick, a bass/guitar hybrid played by tapping the strings with both hands.  Brett's recent jazz CD Journeys showcases his jazz chops and original compositions.  Brett also leads a progressive rock group, Toy Masheen, that played 2009 prog festivals in the Northeast including Toads Place in New Haven.  He brings a small group to this performance, getting the evening moving with some seriously original rock/funk.

The New Haven Improvisers Collective held its first workshop on January 31st, 2005 and has held them every month for the last five years.
NHIC is a far-reaching collective of creative musicians forming into a particular group to play particular music in a particular moment. NHIC holds monthly workshops, sponsors performances of various ad-hoc combinations of NHIC members and hosts visiting jazz and new music ensembles.  A growing number of musicians and composers pass through the group bringing insights and enthusiasm from distant corners of the music world. Monthly open workshops welcome new members, new instruments and new ideas.

Elm City Guitar Quartet +3
Bob Gorry,  Tom Gogola, Jeff Cedrone, Christopher Venter  -  Guitars
Steve Zieminski  - Drums, percussion
John Venter - Reeds
Adam Matlock - Clarinet, Accordion

Mayhem Circus Electric
Steve Zieminski - Drums, percussion
Pete Brunelli - Bass
Bob Gorry - Guitar
Jeff Cedrone - Guitar
Paul McGuire - Alto and Soprano Saxophone
John Venter - Bass Clarinet
+ special guests