Music Program
 


Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Cages Vivipary record release concert featuring Wooden Cities & Gas Chamber

$10.00

Cages
with special guests...

Wooden Cities
Steve Baczkowski
David Adamczyk
Alex Glenfield
& Gas Chamber

 
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Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Atomic

FREE admission ($10-20 suggested donation)

Fredrik Ljungkvist (reeds)
Magnus Broo (trumpet)
Håvard Wiik (piano)
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass)
Hans Hulbækmo (drums)

Atomic was established in 2000 and already after their first two studio albums Feet Music (2002) and Boom Boom (2003), both their growing audience and music reviewers alike began to perceive them as an original flavor with an entirely individual energy that few Scandinavian jazz groups could match. Even though initially thought of as a sort of rebellion to the quaintness of the "Scandinavian Sound" which had become exemplified by Norwegian artists on labels such as ECM, Atomic found themselves becoming a new sort of unique sound on their own. An explosive blend of American free-jazz with European characteristics is how some reviewers have described them. Or better yet, "part academic lecture, part a fun night out on the town" is how the band describes themselves and is what makes their sound truly Atomic.

While they make no secret of their admiration for leading American jazz musicians such as Duke Ellington, Archie Shepp, Charles Mingus and George Russell just to mention a few, the music of Atomic is also mixed with an equal love of European free jazz and improvised music. They regard the American and European jazz traditions as an inspiration rather than a restriction, as a springboard to set their own direction and position within jazz music.

No strangers to the touring circuit, Atomic were on the road almost as soon as they were formed, shaping and refining their sound, and they have toured in Europe, Scandinavia, US and Japan a several times.

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Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

The Renga Ensemble

FREE admission ($10-20 suggested donation)

James Falzone (Bb and Eb clarinets)
Ken Vandermark (Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone)
Keefe Jackson (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contra Bb bass clarinet)
Jason Stein (bass clarinet)
Ben Goldberg (Bb clarinet, contra Eb alto clarinet)
Ned Rothenberg (Bb clarinet, alto saxophone)

The Renga Ensemble was convened by clarinetist and composer James Falzone for a series of concerts and a recording in April, 2013 in Chicago. The ensemble was handpicked by Falzone, drawing together some of the most diverse and adventurous clarinet and saxophone players working in jazz and improvised music today:

The conception of the project is rooted in persona: how do diverse musical voices converge and find common ground, especially in a setting where composed and improvised elements coalesce? The intention in assembling such diverse players, most of whom had never played together before, was to allow space for each voice to be heard yet challenged and shaped by another, equally strong voice.

James named the group Renga after a centuries-old form of collaborative Japanese poetry, where two or three poets blend their words into a single meditative work. James' compositions, written especially for this project, were conceived around a haiku by American poet Anita Virgil. The titles of the 5 main compositions make up her stunningly clear poem:

Not Seeing
The Room Is
White
Until
That Red Apple

Six other shorter pieces were conceived as soundscapes for each member of the ensemble to improvise within, the written material assembled by James as a personal statement on the soloist's musical vocabulary ... continue reading >>

 
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Tim Berne's Snakeoil

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

Tim Berne (alto saxophone)
Oscar Noriega (clarinet and bass clarinet)
Matt Mitchell (piano)
Ches Smith (drums, percussion)

 
 
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Sat. 11-2
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IN THE GALLERY
from Jan. 16, 2015
through Mar. 6, 2015
 


Amid/In WNY 2015


curated by Kyle Butler, John Massier, and Rebecca Wing