Music Program
 


Wednesday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

Battle Trance

Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo




Travis Laplante: tenor sax, compositions
Patrick Breiner: tenor sax
Matt Nelson: tenor sax
Jeremy Viner: tenor sax

Blade of Love is the new album from tenor saxophone quartet Battle Trance. The follow-up to their widely acclaimed debut Palace of Wind (2014), Blade of Love is an elemental composition that aims to fulfill the tenor saxophone's expansive potential as an ensemble instrument. Working within the intimate intersection of the human body/breath and the saxophone, Blade of Love is a spiritual and enigmatic work with a deep emotional resonance.

Since forming in 2012, the four saxophonists in Battle Trance (Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, Jeremy Viner) have spent hundreds of hours deepening their musical connection with each other, maturing as an ensemble through relentless touring everywhere from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Montreal to Vancouver, and most places in between.

The three movements of Blade of Love were composed by Battle Trance leader Travis Laplante and recorded by the group in a wooden room with soaring ceilings in the Vermont forest, after spending two years of rigorous rehearsals working to perfect the array of extended techniques, both virtuosic and primal, required to bring the challenging piece to life.

Blade of Love's central focus is on the physical and spiritual intersection of the saxophone and the human body ... continue reading >>

 
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Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general, $12 student/senior, $10 member

Dave Rempis & Gunwale

Dave Rempis - saxophones
Albert Wildeman - bass
Ryan Packard - percussion/electronics

Gunwale matches veteran Chicago saxophonist Rempis up with two of the up-and-coming stars from the next generation of Chicago improvisers. Packard is known mostly for his extensive work as a composer and percussionist within the thriving contemporary classical scene in Chicago, while Wildeman has achieved fame for his meteoric rise from novice instrumentalist to one of the busiest players in town after relocating to Chicago from the Netherlands in 2011 to immerse himself in the city's broad-shouldered music world. These two contribute noticeably fresh perspectives to this ongoing and ever-evolving local dialogue, a world of which Rempis has been a flagship member for almost two decades. As a trio, their voice carries a unique shape, combining a love for full-on blasts of energy with a sensitivity to the smallest details, resulting in music that can be a freight train one moment, and an insectoid microcosm the next. The band plans to release their first recording on Aerophonic Records in the summer of 2016, with a North American tour to follow this fall.

daverempis.com/gunwale/

 
 
341 DELAWARE AVE.
BUFFALO, NY 14202
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GALLERY HOURS:
Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

IN THE GALLERY
from Sep. 16, 2016
through Oct. 28, 2016
 

Amy Greenan - Eric Magnuson - Brad Phillips - Betty Tompkins

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