Another gig

I'm excited to announce that I'll be performing in a 4tet with trumpeter and electronic manipulator Lou Guarino Jr., as well as guitarist Christopher Riggs and bassist Carl Testa at the February installment of Testa's Uncertainty Music series, at 8PM, Neverending Books, New Haven, CT. This promises to be an energetic group! Lou Guarino Jr. opens with a solo set. 8PM, $5 suggested donation. More info at http://uncertaintymusic.com


So ridiculously busy, but in the right kind of way recently.

of note:

Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps played two excellent shows early this month, hosting Jakob Battick and Friends from Portland, ME and Wood Spider from allover CT, and picked up a drummer, Michael Paolucci. Big plans for this group include an upcoming demo, performing live in studio on Jeff Day's radio show (3/4, 89.5 or wpkn.org, 10pm) performing live accompaniment to a silent film (3/6, Lyric Hall, New Haven, CT, time TBA) and world domination. Check out our page on Folk Routes: http://folkroutes.org/profiles/drcaterwauls/

Broadcloth played the Local 269 as part of Fay Victor's Evolving Voice series on Jan. 17th. I felt really good about the set and it makes me excited for our upcoming Tour (March 30th to April 2nd). We've got two dates in PA, one in Baltimore and one in Silver Springs, MD, details up on the little sidebar. Our one year anniversary came and went without much fuss, but I've really enjoyed the past year of developing a group sound with these folks that continues to evolve. We're also gearing up to record a CD around the time of the tour, details forthcoming.

The Erasmus Quintet is gearing up for the official launch of the disc "Serious Folly" featuring myself on accordion and clarinet, Bob Gorry and Jeff Cedrone on Guitars, Paul McGuire on Soprano/Alto saxes and Steve Zieminski on Electro-Vibes. Shows coming up include one at the Funky Monkey in Cheshire, CT on March 12th with trumpeter Nick DiMaria's Zero Dollar Trio, and a Tax Day Mini Fest (for lack of a better term) featuring saxophonist Steve Asetta's new trio and a free jazz quartet led by keyboard-wrecker Nate Trier, on April 15th at Lyric Hall. More to come, too.

While An Historic still does exist it is pretty dormant at the moment. I have written a few new songs and am planning a release for hopefully this summer. Dr. Caterwauls has played a few An Historic tunes in concert, and they may be kind enough to help me out on the album. That might just fracture my ego, though. Additionally, I set up an old Yamaha synth with a really fat sound and have been recording some really strange stuff with it and bowed cymbals. I don't know if it qualifies as G. Zarapanecko stuff but it is fairly ambient, just much more melodic. Given the pace of that project it might be months before those ideas gestate. Finally, there is a group that I've been conceiving and writing for very slowly, which will also interpolate G. Zarapanecko material from the last album as well as some improv structures I've written for other groups. I've gotten maybe 20 minutes of sunlight daily in the last 4 days, but dammit, winter doesn't win. Snow, maybe.


New Albums and video!

I'm pleased to announce the release of G. Zarapanecko's "Little Black Dots on the Air," officially released December 31st 2010. The album contains six noisy, drone-y ambient tracks, and one bonus track - a cover of the Sigh song "Nietzschean Conspiracy" done in raw black metal form. Find that HERE.

I've also just finished (yeah, like, just now) the "promo video" or what have you for Decade Orbit, from the new album. Shot over the period of several weeks on various borrowed cameras and compiled into an abstract visual narrative to accompany the song. This is my first such endeavor with video in general (not counting two "short films" for a high school language class) let alone a music video but I think the images do justice to the music. In addition to the Bonus track and high quality art, the video will be included as part of the bonus package. The album is free but if you have a few bucks to spare consider contributing a few for the release.

If you've already downloaded the album and you want to have a file of the video, please email me and we can set something up. Also check it out here:

I also recently released a recording of a live set from last May, featuring Steve Asetta, Nathan Bontrager, Anne Rhodes and Carl Testa in a series of improv structures. Results were quite good, I think, and worth a listen for an example of some fine acoustic improvisation with some real energy to it but full of the fluidity of an acoustic ensemble. Find that one HERE.

And a happy new year to everyone!