"Testa's bass playing is fantastic. His forceful personality and beautifully resonant tone (perfectly positioned in the balance) is a powerful counterpoint to Braxton's often high-pitched inventions: put together, the two men create an imposing vista of registeral perspective."
- Phillip Clark, The Wire, Summer 2008 on Quartet (GTM) 2006 [link to article]
The "trio performances are thoughtful and evocative . . . [they create] an introspective, chiaroscuro atmosphere."
- Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, September 2011 on Solos/Trios (Chicago, February 2010) [link to article]
A "fine, engaging disc...doesn't quite sound like anything else I've encountered before...[Carl's] composing remains most engaging and unique throughout."
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, October 2008 on Uncertainty [link to article]
"An interesting and unusual record...a worthwhile debut album."
- free jazz stef, free jazz blog, October 2008 on Uncertainty [link to article]
"It's human music, with varied emotions and...sublime moments."
- Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant, August 2008 on Uncertainty [link to article]
| Read an interview with Carl on the Tri-Centric Orchestra Blog
Read an article about Carl and The Uncertainty Music Series in The New York Times
Read an article about Carl and Rachel Bernsen's collaboration in The New York Times
Read an article about Carl and the NHIC in The New York Times
Read a feature about Carl on Peter Margasak's Chicago Reader Music Blog
Read an article about Carl in The New Haven Advocate
Read a feature about Carl's solo electronics project Kalle on Bill Carbone's Music Blog
Carl Testa is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who has been called "a phenomenal upright bass player and composer" (Scott Schulz, Words on Sounds). He is most notable for his numerous performances with Anthony Braxton whom he has performed with throughout the US and internationally. Testa's most recent album of music for solo bass and electronics, "Iris" (Lockstep Records, 2013) was called "warm and engaging-highly recommended" by Time Out New York. He is a board member of the Tri-Centric Foundation and organizes The Uncertainty Music Series in New Haven, CT where he lives with his wife, the vocalist Anne Rhodes and son, Florian. http://carltesta.net
contact me - carl (at) carltesta (dot) net