The Tet Offensive Plays The Music Of Nirvana
In August, New Haven string-quartet powered rock band, the Tet Offensive, performed an all-strings arrangement of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” in its entirety at Sidewalk Café in New York City. On April 5th, the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, the Tet Offensive will give “Nevermind” its New Haven premiere at Café Nine.
The Tet Offensive are a string quartet-powered rock band led by singer and composer Brian Robinson, featuring musicians trained at some of the top music schools in the country, from the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, and Mannes College of Music. Formed in New York City, the Tet Offensive played to audiences at CBGBs and the Knitting Factory covering bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and the Bee Gees. Now based in New Haven, CT, the Tet Offensive has become a formidable ensemble, performing original songs that dig deep into the uncomfortable tracts of the human condition, strongly influenced by bands like Radiohead, and Nick Cave. It’s the Tet Offensive’s mission to show that traditionally “classical” instruments have just as much bite and visceral energy as the standard rock quartet, and can send audiences into the same energetic throes as guitar, bass and drum-fueled ensembles.
Falconeer is a new
instrumental audio/visual project bringing the spectacle back to live music in New Haven, Connecticut. Blending over the top synth pop and retro game influences, Falconeer builds on vintage synthesizers, modified videogame consoles, and a bit of tongue-in-cheek nostalgia for hyperbolic electronic hits of the 80s to make a sound somewhere between Kraftwerk and LCD Soundsystem. As a performance Falconeer uses mechanized sounds, but the human element never leaves the equation. All of the songs have a goal, and the whole production is carried out by one man, live on stage, without the aid of a modern computer. The culmination of years of experimentation with electronics and chasing classic sounds, Falconeer began in earnest in 2017 with a collection of animated and constantly moving tracks that conjure dreams of electric sheep.
Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps
Formed in 2010, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps—Chris Cretella (guitar), Adam Matlock (accordion and clarinet), Michael Paolucci (percussion), Brian Slattery (violin and banjo), and Mike Tepper (bass)—have made a name for themselves as a band playing music from around the world and across a variety of styles, from American folk and spirituals to Eastern European dance music to Ethiopian jazz to original compositions by Matlock.