THE CELLAR AND POINT is an adventurous, NYCbased garage-chamber septet whose musical universe comprises the detail of modern concert music, the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz, and the emotional directness of alt-rock. Formed in 2010 by drummer/composer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist/composer Christopher Botta, the ensemble 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.
After three years spent crafting their self-produced debut recording, the band released Ambit on Cuneiform Records in October 2014, to widespread critical acclaim. All Music Guide awarded the record a rare 4.5 stars, calling it one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music.” The album has received praise from BBC Radio, WNYC's New Sounds, Wondering Sound, The Brooklyn Rail, and All About Jazz, who called it a challenging and fascinating effort. 'Ambit' takes the listener on a journey through texture, timbre, and time.
Since 2010, the ensemble has consistently polished its live performance in New York City and beyond, sharing bills with such artists as Ben Monder, Florent Ghys, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, The Knells, Empyrean Atlas, and David T. Little's Newspeak. Time Out NY's Steve Smith has lauded the ensemble's live performance as “brainy, yet highly engaging.”