The Open Music Collective is a place for Musicians

The Open
Music Collective is a collection of local, regional and national artists who come together to perform, teach, and appreciate music. We offer mentoring programs – master-classes, workshops, private lessons, ensemble courses, and jam sessions. As a result, we are a gathering place for musicians of all styles and all levels. At OMC, everyone is welcome!

On Sunday January 10 at 3pm, Open Music Collective will be presenting the duo “Contra-Temp”, featuring virtuoso bassist Salvatore Macchia
Contra-Temp is an exciting new music duo that features composer/performers Salvatore Macchia Contrabass, and Jazer Giles electronics. Its repertoire is made up of pieces for solo bass, bass and synthesized sound, bass and live electronics, and bass live electronics and interactive video. Although the group is actively involved in commissioning new works, they are also dedicated to performing the “classic” twentieth century bass pieces and their repertoire features music by Charles Whittenberg, Andrzej Dobrowolski, Charles Wourinen, Mario Davidosky, George Perle and others. In addition, improvisation plays an important element in the duo’s concerts, as does interactive video. The goal of the duo is both to expand the possibilities of live performance, interactive electronics and video, and to present an exciting aural and visual landscape, that both the connoisseur and the less experienced listener can enjoy.

Salvatore Macchia enjoys an active career as a performer and composer. A 2006-2007 Samuel Conti Award fellowship winner, Macchia’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, as well as in Russia and Japan. In addition, his music has been performed frequently major European cities and festivals, including Berlin, Florence, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Mantova, the Festival “Bruit de la Neige” in Annecy, France, the Computer Arts Festival in Padova, the “Musica Nuova Festival” IX° edition, Senigallia and the Santa Maria Musica Nuova Festival in Ancona, Italy. Other performances have taken place at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in Poland, the American Academy in Rome, the New England Chamber Music and Composers Conference, and the Aspen and Monadnock and Green Mountain Festivals in the USA. His music has been recorded on the Albany, Gasparo, Open Loop, MSR Classics, and Rivoalto labels.

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Jazer Giles returned to the area to compose, teach, and perform music after receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both physics and music from Skidmore College in 2002. In May 2015 he received a Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts studying composition with Salvatore Macchia. Drawing on his background in mathematics and physics, Jazer uses the visual programming software Max/MSP to develop unique approaches to interactive live electronic music and video.

Open Music Collective is handicap accessible and located in the Cottonmill at 74 Cotton Mill Hill in Brattleboro. The admission is by donation. Visit openmusiccollective.org or call (802) 275-5054 for more information


The Open Music Collective is a Vermont nonprofit providing a space for music, education, offering music classes and lessons for all ages including ensembles, masterclasses and summer camps. We are fortunate to currently be able to offer limited scholarships to needy students.

Come to the OMC to learn how to listen, interpret and manipulate rhythm, experiment within and outside of a form, use dynamics in your sound, develop articulation nuances, discover the power of role models, and the meaning of trust.

The OMC hopes that all who participate, novice to master, are inspired and enlightened.