christopher otto | violin studied composition at the Eastman School of Music with Martin Bresnick, David Liptak, and Robert Morris. Christopher is a founding member of the JACK quartet, a string quartet devoted to contemporary music. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Biennale di Venezia, and the Lucerne Festival, and has worked with the Arditti and Kronos quartets. As a violinist, he worked closely with composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Matthias Pintscher, Wolfgang Rihm, and Steve Reich. In 2005 he served as concertmaster of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under Pierre Boulez. He has performed and participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Darmstadt Summer Courses, the Stockhausen Courses, the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Music at Mannes, and June in Buffalo.

mariel roberts | cello is a New York-based cellist who is quickly gaining recognition as a deeply dedicated interpreter and performer of contemporary music. She holds degrees from both the Eastman School and the Manhattan School of Music, where she specialized in contemporary performance practice while studying with Alan Harris and Fred Sherry. Mariel performs internationally as a member of the Mivos String Quartet.  She has also appeared with SIGNAL Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, the NouveauClassical Project, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Mariel's premiere solo album, Nonextraneous Sounds, was released on Innova Records in September 2012. The record, consisting of brand new works commissioned by Mariel, received high accolades from sources such as TimeOut NY, TimeOut Chicago, the American Composers Forum, New Sounds with John Schaefer, and WQXR radio.

joe bergen | vibraphone is a multi-percussionist who has studied with Gary Fink, John Ferrari, and Gordon Gottlieb. He is co-founder of new music ensembles Mantra Percussion and TRANSIT. In 2012, Mantra worked with composer Michael Gordon, presenting a North American tour of his 75- minute percussion sextet "Timber". Joe has collaborated extensively with Newband (Harry Partch Group), S.E.M. Ensemble, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster, and Aaron Siegel Ensemble. Mr. Bergen has been a featured artist in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Arts Space and at festivals such as MATA Festival and Bang on a Can Marathon. Joe can be heard on Innova, Shsk’h, Peacock, Equilibrium, and Atma Classique record labels.

terrence mcmanus | electric guitar has performed and/or recorded with John Zorn, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck, Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson, Mark Helias, Mat Maneri, Kermit Driscoll, and Gene Bertoncini at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the New York Guitar Festival, and the inaugural month at John Zorn’s The Stone. Terrence is featured on the Gerry Hemingway Quintet release Riptide (Clean Feed Records), and the Hemingway/McManus Duo release, Below the Surface of (Auricle Records).  An accomplished solo guitarist, Terrence performs his own compositions and arrangements on electric and classical guitar and has developed a unique style of improvisation, drawing on extended technique and prepared guitar. He has released one solo recording entitled Brooklyn EP. Terrence has taught at The University of California, San Diego, Loyola University, the University of New Orleans, the University of Nebraska, and The New School.

greg chudzik | bass After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2006, Greg moved to Brooklyn NY where he collaborates on several musical projects including: the Wet Ink Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Signal Ensemble, and David Crowell Ensemble. Greg has had the opportunity to work with several influential figures in contemporary music, including the Bang on a Can All-Stars at their summer music festival, as well as Pierre Boulez and George Benjamin at the Lucerne Summer Music Festival.In addition, Greg has worked with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Hilda Parades and David Felder.  Greg’s recording credits include the Grammy- nominated “Barcelonaza” by Jorge Leiderman, “Americans” by Scott Johnson (Tzadik Records), multiple recordings with Signal Ensemble on New Amsterdam and Mode Records, “Grown Unknown” by Lia Ices (Secretly Canadian Records), and “High Violet” by The National.

joseph branciforte | drums is a multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer, and composer. As engineer/producer, he has worked on over 130 releases for some of the most well-respected names in NYC's creative music scene including Tim Berne, Vijay Iyer, Ben Monder, Mark Dresser, Nels Cline, Tyshawn Sorey, Dan Weiss, Tom Rainey, Matt Mitchell, and Jen Shyu. Recordings he has produced, engineered, and/or mixed have been included in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll's Top 10 and Downbeat Magazine's Albums of the Year, and have received praise from publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, All Music Guide, Jazz Times, and The Village Voice. Joseph has engineered multitrack location recordings at dozens of NYC clubs, halls, and stages including The Village Vanguard, The Stone, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Jazz Gallery, Central Park Summerstage, and Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series. He has also written chamber works for Cygnus Ensemble, The New York Miniaturist Ensemble, and Mantra Percussion.

christopher botta | acoustic guitar is a composer, producer, sound designer, and guitarist. He received a BM at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA majoring in Music Synthesis (production, electronic music, and engineering). He has studied both jazz and classical guitar with Ben Monder, William Anderson, and Jon Damian. In addition to the cellar and point, Christopher has composed music for and performed with The Cygnus Ensemble and On The Cusp New Music Ensemble. As a solo performer, he had developed improvisationally-based music for processed electric guitar, and electronics.  Chris runs a post-production studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn where he currently works on TV commercial music and sound design.

                                                    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.  

Ambit - the band's debut recording - was released on Cuneiform Records in late 2014, to widespread critical acclaim. The album was included in New Sounds host John Schaefer's Top 10 Records of 2014 and was awarded 4.5 stars by All Music, calling it "one of 2014's finest albums of challenging, engaging, and genre-defying contemporary music.” The album has also received high praise from BBC RadioWondering SoundQ2 Music/WQXR, and All About Jazz, who called the group "one of the most interesting bands of the moment, perhaps able to answer the question: 'where is music going?'"

Since 2010, the ensemble has consistently polished its live performance in New York City and beyond, sharing bills with such artists as Kneebody, Eric Harland’s Voyager, Ben Monder, Florent Ghys, The Knells, Empyrean Atlas, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and David T. Little's Newspeak. Time Out NY's Steve Smith has lauded the ensemble's live performance as “brainy, yet highly engaging.”  

In early 2015, the group will bring their live set to NYC's Winter Jazz Fest and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as select cities in the northeast.

the cellar and point

"One of the most interesting bands of the moment, 

perhaps able to answer the question ‘where is music going?’”

All About Jazz

"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

"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

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