ALTAR'd Spaces

For over 200 years, four churches on the New Haven Green have made history as sanctuaries and historic meeting houses for all who enter. This summer they take up one more purpose: arts incubator. For two weeks, experience a world of new music from within these historic halls.

The Coastal Reeds

The Coastal Reeds performs for schools and communities throughout Connecticut, showcasing the unusual and beautiful sounds of the double reed instruments. Take a journey through the history these instruments, experiencing music from the Renaissance to the present, learning how double reeds work, the interesting sound they make, and what makes them unique and fun to play. This program is fun and educational, appropriate for all ages.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 7:30pm  Details
1 hr

Elegant Primates

Elegant Primates make original pop music for the 21st century. Playing original world beat pop music with Latin, African and Caribbean influences, they have performed for audiences of all ages at outdoor festivals, libraries, theaters and nightclubs. They blend rich four-part vocal harmonies with exciting, unusual percussion.

Tue, June 12, 2018, 8:45pm  Details
1 hr

The Word

Weekly Word Warriors are passionate poets and rappers from New Haven high schools who have met weekly week to write, workshop, and perform poetry with teaching artists and special guests. They organize Citywide Youth Poetry Jams and satellite events at their sending schools. This performance focuses on poetry they've written influenced by the NEA Big Read book, Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 7:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

The Joe Carter Samba Rio Trio

Think: “Jobim meets Coltrane”. This international trio is well versed in the various Brazilian styles of music—Samba, Bossa Nova, Baiao, Choro. By combining this music with straight-ahead Hard Bop Jazz the trio creates a style known as Brazilian Jazz.

Wed, June 13, 2018, 8:45pm  Details
1 hr


The Zikina experience starts with curiosity. If you’re like most audience members, you’ll immediately ask, “What is that he’s playing?” Uganda native Gideon Ampeire draws you in with a variety of traditional East African instruments rarely found in the US, including enanga (zither), adungu (harp), and kalimba (thumb piano)—all of which he builds himself.

Thu, June 14, 2018, 7:30pm  Details
1 hr

The Recess Bureau

Created in 2015 by bassist/bandleader Jeff Moro, The Recess Bureau has played venues and events such as New Haven Jazz Festival, The Bitter End NYC, Branford Jazz Series, The Acoustic, BRYAC, and many more.

Tue, June 19, 2018, 7:00pm  Details
1 hr

Carte Noire

Carte Noire musicians perform music as a language, combining diverse musical backgrounds to perform innovative, improvised programs. Drawing from jazz, contemporary and traditional classical music, world music, rock, and electronic music, the musicians invite audiences to share in their process of creation and discovery.

Tue, June 19, 2018, 8:00pm  Details
1 hr

The Meadows Brothers

The Meadows Brothers' distinct brand of roots music combines folk, blues, country and rock 'n' roll into what the Boston Globe calls “An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.” Their 2017 release, “TRUTH”, demonstrates the brothers' keen ability to get to the heart of the matter with down to the bone melodies, blood harmonies, unsweetened songwriting, expressive guitars and blues tinged harp.

Wed, June 20, 2018, 5:30pm  Details
1 hr

The Kenn Morr Band

The Kenn Morr Band performs Original Folk/Rock music featuring catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics and unique instrumentation (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, violin, bass, drums, accordion and three-part harmony.) Concerts are highlighted by the stories behind the songs.

Wed, June 20, 2018, 8:30pm  Details
1 hr