Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Carl Testa

Carl Testa (b. 1984, Chicago, IL) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer at the intersection of improvised, electronic, experimental music, and new media. As a performer/improviser, he is equally comfortable on string bass, electronics, lighting, and combinations thereof. As a composer, he has written acoustic and electronic music for configurations ranging from solo to chamber orchestra, including multimedia pieces that incorporate electronics, lighting, dance, and theater. His work has been performed throughout the US and Europe, and is documented on many recordings, most recently "Iris (for solo bass and electronics)" (Lockstep Records 2013), and "Sn (for prepared guitar and electronics)", a collaboration with guitarist Christopher Riggs (Gold Bolus Records 2015).

In addition to his work as a leader/collaborator, he performs regularly with composers Anthony Braxton, Mario Pavone, and Tyshawn Sorey. He serves as the Director of Publishing and Creative Technology for Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation where he manages all facets of the production of digital and print scores for the organization. He is the production manager for noted jazz venue and record label Firehouse 12. He also organized The Uncertainty Music Series from 2007-2017, which was a monthly concert series in New Haven, CT featuring improvised, electronic, and experimental music. He has received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the State of CT as a 2018 Artist Fellow, from the New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs, and from NewMusicUSA. He lives in New Haven with his wife, vocalist Anne Rhodes, and their son, Florian.

Additional Links: 
Documentation of Sway
Documentation of open-source software version of Sway

I Have Worked With

  • March 2019

    Other Side Gallery presented a solo performance of Sway with Video in March 2019

  • March 2019

    Kingston Artist Collective presented Sway solo in March 2019

  • January 2019

    Elastic Arts in Chicago, IL presented Sway in January 2019

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Carl
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Physical Address: 
New Haven, CT 06513
Last Name: 
Testa

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Composition
Additional Disciplines: 
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Video
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
2001
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Performance / Concert / Reading
Preservation / Conservation
Publishing
Residency - Production / Development
Venue Rental
Events Per Year: 
12
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Firehouse 12, Production Manager
Tri-Centric Foundation, Publishing Director
Education: 
BA 2006, Wesleyan University
Awards: 
2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
2018 CT Artist Fellowship in Music

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
6 microphones, Stereo PA
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,500
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8