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Carl Testa

Born: January 17, 1984    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Carl Testa

Carl Testa is a composer, bassist, bass clarinetist, and electronicist who has been composing and performing creative music since 2000. He is primarily known as one of the members of multi-instrumentalist/composer Anthony Braxton’s Sextet, Septet and 12+1tet. He is featured on the 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 box set on Firehouse 12 records, on 12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007 on Victo Records, as well as the Quartet (GTM) 2006 box set on Important Records. His debut recording as a leader, Uncertainty, features his compositions for clarinets, percussion, string bass, and electronics, which blends chamber music, free improvisation, jazz, and modern electronic music...
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“Testa’s bass playing is fantastic. His forceful personality and beautifully resonant tone”. . . “is a powerful counterpoint to Braxton’s often high-pitched inventions: put together, the two men create an imposing vista of registeral perspective. ” Philip Clark from review of Quartet (GTM) 2006(The Wire, Summer 2008)

“I believe that Carl Testa is an example of what can happen when there is courage, dedication, and clear vision. My hope is to have many more opportunities playing music with this guy, and sharing information and learning together. Carl Testa is already a great musician, and the best is yet to come. This is a guy to watch.” Anthony Braxton in Liner Notes to Quartet (GTM) 2006

As a Leader

Uncertainty
Uncertainty Music
2008
Tracks: Push; Clarity; Movement; A Little While; Uncertainty (Trio); Pull; Impetus; Fluctuation; Divergence; Uncertainty (Duo).
Personnel: James Antonucci: clarinet, tenor saxophone; Bill Carbone: drums and percussion; Gergely Kiss: clarinet; Carl Testa: compositions, string bass, bass clarinet, and electronics.

As A Side Musician

Interference
The New Haven Improvisers Collective
NHIC-Music
2008
Tracks: Elastic Moods and Paper Shirt Criminals; MicroKairos; Miniature; NHIC meets the Mummy; Trace Ernesto’s Pensivity; Whisper; Quantum Decoherence; 9-3-7-1-6; Straight No Chaser; Beatniks Revolt! (in miniature); To Gorge; Oberek Sokkyo; Darkmatter; Gutted and Wired; Chords; Infinity Mirror; Twain; Coin; At Least There’s Pretty Lights; Avenue B; Gravity; Straight No Chaser.
Personnel: Paul McGuire: soprano sax; Jeff Cedrone: guitar; Bob Gorry: guitar; Anne Rhodes: voice; Carl Testa: string bass and bass clarinet; Gabriel Kastelle: viola; Steve Zieminski: percussion.


Quartet (GTM) 2006
Anthony Braxton
Important Records
2008
Tracks: Composition No. 338; Composition No. 340; Composition No. 341; Composition No. 346
Personnel: Anthony Braxton: saxophones; Max Heath: piano; Carl Testa: string bass; Aaron Siegel: percussion.


12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007
Anthony Braxton
Victo Records
2008
Tracks: Composition No. 361.
Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, bugle, trombone, bass trombone, bass piccolo; Andrew Raffo Dewar: c-melody and soprano sax, clarinet; James Fei: alto and soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Steve Lehman: alto and soprano sax; Nicole Mitchell: flutes, piccolo, voice; Jessica Pavone: viola, violin, electric bass; Reut Regev: trombone, bugle, cymbals; Jay Rozen: tuba, euphonium; Sara Shoenbeck: bassoon; Aaron Siegel: percussion, vibraphone; Carl Testa: string bass; Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano and sopranino saxophones, contrabass clarinet.


9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006
Anthony Braxton
Firehouse 12 Records
2007
Tracks: Composition No. 350; Composition No. 351; Composition No. 352; Composition No. 353; Composition No. 354; Composition No. 355; Composition No. 356; Composition No. 357; Composition No. 358.
Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, bugle, trombone, bass trombone, bass piccolo; Andrew Raffo Dewar: c-melody and soprano sax, clarinet; James Fei: alto and soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Steve Lehman: alto and soprano sax; Nicole Mitchell: flutes, piccolo, voice; Jessica Pavone: viola, violin, electric bass; Reut Regev: trombone, bugle, cymbals; Jay Rozen: tuba, euphonium; Sara Shoenbeck: bassoon; Aaron Siegel: percussion, vibraphone; Carl Testa: string bass; Anthony Braxton: alto, soprano and sopranino saxophones, contrabass clarinet.

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