the cellar and point

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.”

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The Cellar and Point... use acoustic instruments and electronics to create a sound that is winningly melodic, thoughtful in its balance, groove-heavy, sometimes glitchy, and delightfully unpredictable as the septet straddles all kinds of genres.” WNYC’s New Sounds, with John Scahefer

“Post-everything... chamber music, rock, jazz, post-rock and electronic all rub elbows, and the sparks fly... The Cellar and Point have moved into a territory all their own.” Wondering Sound

“One of the most interesting bands of the moment, perhaps able to answer the question ‘where is music going?’” All About Jazz

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