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The Cellar and Point Brings Elusive Sounds to Winter Jazzfest and Spectrum

The Players Theater

115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012

The Cellar and Point Photo by James Ewing

As a part of this year’s dynamic Winter Jazzfest that invades Greenwich Village for a feast of jazz at various venues, The Cellar and Point (“elegant but enigmatic practitioners of instrumental music”) unleashes its other-worldly music. It’s led by guitarist Christopher Botta and drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte, who explains the origin of their elusive music as being informed by a stylistic variety, “from Autechre to Morton Feldman to Wu-Tang Clan to J.S. Bach.” The duo augmented their musical vision by including another guitarist Terrence McManus, vibraphonist Joe Bergen, violinist Christopher Otto, cellist Kevin McFarland and bassist Rufus Philpot to create an unpredictable and delightfully rambunctious sound that ranges from post-rock to experimental chamber and out-jazz that was given voice on the group’s debut album Ambit released by the always adventurous label Cuneiform in October. In addition to The Cellar and Point’s late-night Winter Jazzfest show at The Players Theater (115 MacDougal Street) on Saturday, Jan. 10, the group curates four nights of music that they love at Spectrum, the new technology-intensive site for innovative music, multimedia and art. Housed at 121 Ludlow Street, Spectrum by day is the office for two biotechnology companies, but at night it transforms into a “smart” music and art gallery hotspot. The Cellar and Point presents four innovative shows there—January 9: guitarist/composer Ben Monder; January 11: Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet performed by Branciforte (on piano) and members of JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, and String Noise; January 16: singer/pianist/composer Judith Berkson presenting new music for piano and voice exploring microtonal tuning; January 18: Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer playing a rare duo set, utilizing tape loops, surround sound, piano and electronics. All shows at 9 p.m. and tickets are available at the venue’s door or at $15 for a single set, $25 for 2 sets, and $40 for a series pass.


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