“Adventures are never planned—they are always improvised. In order to make discoveries, you have to explore. That's the nature of improvised music: adventure, exploration, and discovery.”
-Alex Curnow, former member of Carte Noire and guitarist for Charge The Atlantic
Carte Noire is committed to presenting engaging, lively, and high-caliber performances to audiences of all ages, cultures and social backgrounds through concerts, workshops, and outreach programs. The founding members of Carte Noire (CN) are Minta White, flute, and Tim Peck, piano/effects. CN is structured as an improvisational collective with a rotating cast of performers. Carte Noire musicians combine diverse musical backgrounds to perform innovative, improvised programs. Drawing from jazz, contemporary and traditional classical music, world music, rock, electronic music, and many other influences, Carte Noire unites acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians for performances that delight audiences. Carte Noire encourages a more personal relationship between concertgoers and performers by inviting audiences to share in our process of creation and discovery.
In this way Carte Noire is able to create a one-of-a-kind experience in both concerts and educational workshops. We invite you to take this journey with us as we compose the music we perform right before your eyes and ears!
Carte Noire’s core members hold degrees from Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Hartt School, and Skidmore College.
"Throughout their set, Carte Noire skillfully navigated the axes of density and sparseness, of tonality and texture; for a moment or two, they would try on the roles of a traditional chamber music ensemble, with the flute taking a melodic line .... and keyboard splitting the duties of chordal and contrapuntal accompaniment. These were all the more otherworldly in contrast to passages that maintained their sonic organization, but went for the extremes of the instrumental palette, reminding the audience of the alchemy that sometimes can happen in a small space."
- Adam Matlock, New Haven Independent
"Carte Noire provided an interactive musical presentation that was both spontaneous and carefully planned. Students felt engaged no matter what their musical experience happened to be. Improvising music together as a group was a wonderful experience!"
- John Becker, Chair, Cultural Affairs Committee, Pomfret School
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