Craig Shepard writes
music related to stillness. The experience of listening to his music has
been compared to listening to the sound of falling snow. He writes
mostly for acoustic instruments with rich tonal qualities.
music is published by Edition Wandelweiser. It has been called "spare,
elegant" (Steve Smith, Time Out New York) "touchingly beautiful"
(Wolfgang Fuhrmann, Berliner Zeitung) and "truly invulnerable" (Martin
Preisser, St-Galler Tagblatt). It has been featured at the Huddersfield
Contemporary Music Festival, Moments
Musicaux Aarau, the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the Kunstraum
Düsseldorf, Experimental Intermedia New York, The Stone NYC, Issue
Project Room Brooklyn, Real Art Ways in Hartford, the Deep Listening
Center in Kingston, New York, and throughout Europe and the United
Mr. Shepard has received commissions from the
Musikpodium der Stadt Zürich, Quartour Bozzini, the Masanti/Parkinson
Duo, the Kantorei der Stadtkirche Solothurn and the Gesellschaft für
Literatur, Musik und Kunst Romanshorn.
As a trombonist, he has
performed with Christian Wolff, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company,Jürg
FreyCollegium Novum Zürich and many others. He has played on recordings
with the Vokal Ensemble München and with Burkhard Schlothaur.
At the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zurich University of the Arts),
Mr. Shepard served as a lecturer and listening researcher. A paper
detailing the results of his work has been published in the
From 2001 to 2005, he studied
sacbut with Ulrich Eichenberger. In 1998, he graduated with a Bachelor
of Music, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University, where he
studied trombone with Frank Crisafulli and composition with Michael
Pisaro, Amnon Wolman, and Alan Stout.
Alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty is New England's
purveyor of the ecstatic jazz pulse. Even before his 1978 debut
Flaherty remained unshakable in the pursuit of soul healing and demon
dashing through freedom music. That first record, In the Midst of Chaos
was cut with his local clan, under the banner Orange. For the next 20
years Flaherty remained exclusively in the great North East and
recording over a dozen blasting, freely improvised albums with drummer
Randall Colbourne, and others, for Cadence and their own Zaabway
imprint. Wet Paint is Flaherty's current imprint for the occasional
Since 2001 Flaherty's notoriety has risen in tandem with his
hyper-acclaimed duo with drummer Chris Corsano and regular group work
with Dream/Aktion Unit (with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore), Cold
Bleak Heat (with Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner), Spencer Yeh, Dredd Foole,
Joe McPhee, Steve Baczkowski, Marc Edwards, and many others. - frontporchproductions.org
He's been at it since
the '70s and has become an underground champion of chasing the Eternal
Now. The subject of these sonic musings is freedom--freedom from the
constraints of traditional harmonic, melodic, and compositional
forms--freedom to go, baby, go wherever the Spirit takes him.
-- Farrell Lowe, All About Jazz
descriptive with myriad small details fleshing out the larger picture;
other times he paints in bigger broader strokes. This is New England
improvisational saxophonist Paul Flaherty's second solo album... He
coaxes sounds out of his alto and soprano saxophones that I have never
heard before, and besides his musical inventiveness, he's got more raw
energy than three people.
-- George Parsons, Dream Magazine on Flaherty's 2006 solo album Whirl of Nothingness
"Furnsss are a garage pop indie experimental quartet hailing from the
backwoods of Burlington, CT. Furnsss have been actively gigging since
2009, but more recently have worked on improving their sound to a more
comfortable taste. They released "The FAB EP" in the summer of 2013 on
Aye Nako "Three weirdos trying to find their confidence/sexuality/harmony/pay day."
"Point Bonita is a rock band basing their sound on the heavy use of
consistent leading basslines, interchangable lead and rhythmic guitar
lines, Marcus on drums, and random obnoxious yelling in between."
"Spit-take is a three piece indie/punk band based out of Willimantic,
CT. Though they formed less than a year ago, the band, which features
ex-members of Book Slave, Osier Bed, and SOFX, has already released a
demo, toured the east coast, and recorded a soon-to-be-released LP."
"Terrible Roars is a one-man turned 6-piece indie rock outfit from
southeastern Connecticut. Check out the single from the upcoming EP
"Wolf Suit" at terribleroars.com."
Music starts at 7pm. A free show with donations to the bands encouraged. Thanks to Carmine at Manic Productions for setting this up.
Saturday, February 15th looks to be a good day to get off the couch for something other than shoveling snow. In addition to the Willimantic Chocolate Festival, Saturday also offers an opportunity to see several bands who've played here, or who I've wanted to play here, perform nearby, or somewhat nearby, in Willimantic, New London, and Storrs.
Willimantic Records is open 11am to 5pm on Saturdays. I won't be able to catch the Willi Food Co-op shindig, or historian/time travel guide Bev York's 11am chocolate talk upstairs at Rajeans. Probably won't have time to get to New London, either. I'll be here, if you're passing through and have a few minutes to check out the latest used LP arrivals, and I'm looking forward to the absolutely stellar show in Storrs Saturday evening.