Spaghetti Eastern Music

Spaghetti Eastern Music

Can trans-techno-fired guitar instrumentals co-exist with ambient sound collages featuring the likes of American literary great Henry Miller and intimate DADGAD-tuned vocal ballads straight out of the Nick Drake/John Martyn playbook? They can and do on “Sketches of Spam,” the 16-track, 69-minute, genre-surfing debut release from Spaghetti Eastern Music (Bad Egg Records, 30003), the solo project of NYC & Saugerties NY-based guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Sal Cataldi.

Cataldi’s much-varied sound is the product of an insatiable musical soul and a record collection rivaling the Smithsonian’s. This debut album is an hour-plus journey through contrasting moods, with instrumentals inspired by 70’s Miles, Krautrock, Ennio Morricone, Bhangra, Fripp & Eno and ECM’s icy guitar great Terje Rypdal giving way to bare-bones acoustic vocal tunes – ones oft anchored on unusual tunings, with narratives that chart the course of difficult loves, in styles that range from Brit Folk to Bossa Nova.

Spaghetti Eastern Music has received consistent critical raves, for live performances and the selective release of early mixes of works now fully realized on this debut disc. Time Out New York writes: "Cataldi's largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere." Newsday adds: “Mad scientist-guitarist-keyboardist Cataldi brings da funk and throws it in a mixer with electronica, bebop and blues,” while The New York Times adds “the funk-tinged original instrumentals and acoustic vocal tunes have a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “beautiful and unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag, “a wild one” by Radio Woodstock, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI, “a stimulating soloist” by The New York Press and “a jazz virtuoso without the need to prove it” by Aquarian Weekly. East Coast Rocker/Rolling Stone writer John Swenson, the man who penned the liner notes to Frank Zappa’s “Shut Up n Play Yer Guitar,” may have put it best, “he’s the hippie guitarist playing to another dimension.”

The authority on all things Beatles, The Beatles Examiner recently praised the album’s “ sharp soaring guitar jams” and called the distinctive cover of “Ticket to Ride,” “incredible, a wonderfully moody re-imagining” of the Lennon classic. Huffington Post dubs it “the perfect soundtrack for New York City life,” while WFMU’s Irene Trudel calls it “charming melodic and off-center,” while popular Zappa fan sites Idiot Bastard and United Mutations gave raves to his reinvention of “Sleep Dirt,” a Zappa acoustic instrumental rarity, which appears on the CD as “Nap Dust.” The album is now enjoying airplay on radio including WFUV’s “Mixed Bag,” SiriusXM, WDST-Radio Woodstock, WFMU, Oakland’s KALX, NYC-area college station including WCWP, WDFU and WHPC and many more. The CD’s title is a lighthearted tribute to Miles Davis’ atmospheric classic, “Sketches of Spain,” one ripe for this digital overload and lunchmeat age!

Sal’s other current project, Hari Karaoke Trio of Doom, is a duo co-lead with Kansas City-based drummer D. Hitchcock, which includes guest appearances by legends like Eno/Brand X bassist Percy Jones. HKToD has released two critically acclaimed discs, “Escape Velocity” (1999) and “Geolago” (2002). Collector, Cataldi’s former “heavy metal bebop quartet,” released another genre-leaping critic’s fave, the all-instrumental “Almost Live” in (1999). Both of these bands have performed frequently in New York and beyond, at progressive clubs like the Knitting Factory.

As guitarist, Cataldi is also remembered for the role he played in one of the most popular, kamikaze bands of the early-to-mid-90s downtown scene, the “clown pop princes of Brooklyn,” Frank’s Museum. This band was a popular attraction at New York-area clubs including CBGB, The Ritz, Tramps, Coney Island High, Lone Star Road House and Maxwell’s in Hoboken. Cataldi’s guitar work and songwriting with the Museum can be found on four Brooklyn Beat compilations and two full-length CDs, “Den of Antiquity” (1992) and “Make Coffee, Not War” (1993). Cataldi was also featured on the 2010 release of Rhys Chatham’s 200 guitar orchestra, Crimson Grail (Nonesuch) Live at Lincoln Center. Also forthcoming is a CD of music set to the poetry of Alaskan Mark Muro and New Yorker Bill Lessard called “Vapor Vespers.”

Orr * Colletti * Shamir

Orr * Colletti * Shamir is a new Woodstock based trio with Ted Orr (guitar), Mike Colletti (bass), and Amit Shamir (drums). The repertoire draws from many of their favorite classic composers like: Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, P-Funk, Stevie Wonder, Santana, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, James Brown, Billy Cobham, King Crimson, and Stanley Clarke. They can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/OrrCollettiShamir

Ted Orr is a renowned innovator in the arena of midi guitar. Ted studied at Berklee College Of Music and at the Creative Music Studio. He has a long history of performing with a variety of Woodstock based acts including Futu Futu,, Gary Windo Band, Pam & The Shades, Dharma Bums, Creative Music Studio Orchestra, 420 Funk Mob, Blue Food, Salted Bros, Winston Grennan Band, Amrod Bros Band, da 411, BLOB, Hudson Valley SoundPainters, and Ras T Asheber Posse. He has recorded with funk legends George Clinton, Sly Stone, the JB horns (Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker), as well as Bad Brains, Stanley Jordan, Garth Hudson, Karl Berger, Swollen Monkeys, Hunter S. Thompson, and many others. He is also a live and studio audio engineer who spent many years running sound locally for The Joyous Lake, The Colony, and Tinker St Cafe as well on the road with the Bad Brains. He has worked at many area studios including Nevessa, Bearsville Studio, Jersville, Applehead, and Clubhouse. He is currently head engineer at Sertso Studio and SoundHive.

Mike Colletti has been playing the electric bass on the Northeastern US club scene for over thirty-five years. Starting performing in NYC clubs at age fifteen, he has enjoyed playing music of many genres including, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Latin and Rock.
Michael earned a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in music from SUNY@ Purchase. Michael studied under organist and harpsichordist, Anthony Newman and producer Jim McElwaine. Some of Michael’s session work includes: Leslie West's Alligator release (The Stealer); earlier studio recordings with songwriter/composer Frank Carillo (Peter Frampton, Carillo). Michael loves performing, songwriting, and being a side-guy. Studio sessions are a favorite activity. The diversity in genres, players and material always keeps it interesting. Moving to Woodstock, NY has afforded amazing opportunities to explore music with some of the most expressive and talented musicians in the area.

Amit Shamir performs locally as the drummer with The Flash Band, Ras T and Frenzi, and Rennie Cantine Band. He has performed in the past with Charnett Moffet, Cro Mags, Conehead Buddha, Dr Jah, Liz Swados, John Blair, Nail, Iration Squad, Zen Mambo, First House, and Hells Kitchen.

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