Music Program
 


Friday, April 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Ken Vandermark's Made to Break

$10-15 suggested donation

MADE TO BREAK is improviser/composer Ken Vandermark's newest ensemble and his most radical. Combining elements of his interest and experience with the music of Ethiopia and the Ex, alongside the New Music ideas of John Cage and Morton Feldman, and mixing these with his perspective toward jazz and improvised music history, he has devised a compositional framework for the band that can be restructured for every performance and which deals with melody, sound, and rhythm in a completely unique way. This creative system gives the music of MADE TO BREAK an almost unprecedented flexibility and immediacy.
The instrumentation of the quartet (drums, electric bass, electronics, and reeds) has given Vandermark an amazing palette of sounds to explore with each composition, but it is the individuals involved (with Tim Daisy, Jasper Stadhouders, Christof Kurzmann), and their diverse approaches to improvisation, that give the ensemble such a dynamic and spontaneous energy.

www.kenvandermark.com

Made To Break in performance at the Voll-Damm International Festival of Jazz in Barcelona, November 20, 2011:




Tim Daisy (percussion) has been an active member of Chicago' s creative music scene since moving there in 1997. He has performed, composed, recorded, and toured with many of the city's celebrated musicians and ensembles, including the Engines, KLANG, the Rempis Percussion Quartet, the Resonance Ensemble, and the Vandermark 5. In addition, Tim maintains an active composing schedule, writing for his own bands (such as Vox Arcana and Group 4-34) as well as contributing music to a number of collaborative projects—including chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, and film ... continue reading >>

 
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Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Pausa Art House present

Easel

Pausa Art House 19 Wadsworth St. Buffalo, NY

$10 general, $7 students

Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, electric guitar)
Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)
Michael Zerang (drums, percussion)

Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has played and studied music in a variety of situations from the Juilliard School to the gutter. A former student of Anthony Braxton, Morton Feldman, Bunita Marcus and Pauline Oliveros, his primary projects are his Valentine Trio and The Lightbox Orchestra. He is also a member of a number of ongoing collective projects (The Boxhead Ensemble, The Friction Brothers with Michaels Zerang and Colligan, The Flatlands Collective, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens) as well as participating in numerous one off "ad-hoc" or frequently convening ensembles. He also currently plays in groups led by Joe McPhee (Survival Unit III), Peter Brotzmann (Chicago 10tet), and Ken Vandermark.

Christoph Erb (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet) was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1973. He currently lives in Lucerne, Switzerland. He performs regularly in Europe and the U.S with many musicians including: Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasciewicz, Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Frank Rosaly, Nate Wooley, Jamie Branch, Jeb Bishop, Paul Lovens, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Martin Schütz, Christy Doran, Daniel Humair, Peter Schärli, Julian Sartorius, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Christian Weber, Christian Wohlfart and many others, He played several tours in Europe, USA and South America. In 2007 he has formed his own Label veto-records, and 2011 after a four month residence in Chicago the sub label for improvised musik veto-exchange. 2012 he received the Culture Award from the City of Lucerne.

Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian decent ... continue reading >>

 
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Monday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Keir Neuringer

$10 general, $8 students/seniors/members

with Kevin Cain

Keir Neuringer (alto saxophone)

Keir Neuringer is a musician and interdisciplinary artist who is involved in creative arts communities in Poland, Holland, and the US. He has cultivated a personal and intensely physical approach to saxophone improvisation, plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, and sings and narrates text. After training as a composer and jazz saxophonist in the US, he spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow. He then moved to The Hague, where he spent eight years, curating performative audiovisual art and earning a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. He lives in Philadelphia and continues to travel widely to present his work, collaborating closely with Rafal Mazur, Ensemble Klang, and Julius Masri, among many others.

CEREMONIES OUT OF THE AIR, a double LP of solo saxophone improvisations to the memory of Esther Neuringer, will be released on New Atlantis Records in April 2014. Recorded in a single performance, CEREMONIES is a 79-minute technical, conceptual, and emotional tour-de-force, setting prodigious use of the circular breathing technique in relief against a wealth of compositional history and sonic terrain.

keirneuringer.com

 
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Tuesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

[null point] 1 - Too Much/Too Little: extreme limitations in contemporary music and sound poetry

$5 - $7 suggested donation

[null point] curates a concert of music that explores severe limitations upon material, instrumental technique, and form. In these works, restrictions both close off and open up possibilities: for instance, in the extremely quiet music of Ben Isaacs, limitations upon volume facilitate a sonic delicacy and fragility that could not be achieved otherwise; other works on the program likewise thematize the dialectic between lack and excess.

The concert features world premieres of works by emerging composers Ben Isaacs and Colin Tucker together with US premieres of works by G. Douglas Barrett and Charlie Sdraulig and a rare performance of B. A. Zimmermann's Sonata for Solo Cello. The event places this music alongside the sound poetry of Christian Bök and Gerhard Rühm, which places constraints upon linguistic materials in order to de-emphasize their meaning while calling attention to their sound. Additionally, UB musicology professor James Currie, whose provocative research on the personal and political consequences of limitations in the arts has been widely discussed across the humanities, is scheduled to give a talk on these topics.

Concert Program:

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Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.

UB Humanities Institute and Hallwalls present

Jonathan Golove

Scholars@Hallwalls - Mental Radio for theremin cello, voices, and ensemble

Select Fridays between September 2013 and May 2014, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center becomes an intellectual salon. Scholars at Hallwalls features eight thought-provoking, award-winning lectures in the humanities, presented in the intellectual and inspiring setting of Hallwalls by the UB Humanities Institute.

Faculty Fellows will present their cutting-edge humanities research in terms accessible to those in other disciplines and outside academia. The events will continue to be social occasions as well, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

The theremin cello represents one of the early applications of electronic technology to musical instruments. Leon Theremin's instruments, though fiendishly difficult to master, are extraordinarily simple to play, and thus represent a democratization of musical means of production. To observers in the 1920s and 30s, they appeared to be magical; for their inventor, they also provided a tool for measuring basic musical aptitudes. Mental Radio is an original musical-dramatic realization of Upton Sinclair's 1930 Mental Radio: Does it work, and how?, in which the author recounts his attempts to test and verify what he believed to be his wife's natural psychic abilities. A discussion of the instrument and composition will follow the performance.

Cellist Jonathan Golove is a dedicated performer of both new and traditional works, as well as of improvised music ... continue reading >>

 
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Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.

Cooper-Moore solo & ensemble

$10-15 suggested donation

Cooper-Moore (piano, homemade instruments)
Steve Baczkowski (saxophones, winds)
Dave Arenius (contrabass)
Ravi Padmanabha (drums, percussion)

Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. A native of the Piedmont area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Cooper-Moore began studying piano at age eight. Four years later, he was listening to the musics of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and working on improvisation. He earned a B.A. in Music Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and later studied composition-arranging at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Moving to New York in 1973, Cooper-Moore leased the five-floor 501 Canal Street building and transformed it into an artist live-in/work space, making possible numerous experimentations between performing and visual artists.

While his attention was focused on piano performance in New York clubs and touring abroad, Cooper-Moore began designing and building musical instruments and played them in collaboration with all kinds of artist at lofts, galleries, artist spaces, museums, and in the streets of New York City.

He has over the years built an extensive instrument collection, using such material as paper, bamboo, metal, wood, and acrylic. He most often performs with his ashimba (a type of xylophone), bass diddly-bow, horizontal hoe-handle harp, three stringed fretless banjo, and electric mouth bow ... continue reading >>

 
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Saturday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m.

Liz McKendry presents

Liz McKendry

From Buffalo to Broadway

$20


with Eddie Schnecker at the piano

Last seen at Cape May Stage as Gretchen in the smash hit Boeing Boeing, vocalist and musical theatre performer Liz McKendry is thrilled to be returning to her hometown of Buffalo with a matinee performance of her solo show, From Buffalo to Broadway, a spirited tale of a young woman's mission to realize her dream.

An enchantingly versatile performer, McKendry will take audiences on a journey through the euphoria, disarray, and survival of this lifelong quest. Boasting a wide range of credits, McKendry has appeared in the Broadway musical The Producers, in addition to a number of roles Off Broadway, in regional theatre, and on television and film. Recently she performed her solo show at The Metropolitan Room in New York City.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

 
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Sunday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Brötzmann/Parker/Drake Trio

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


Peter Brötzmann (clarinet, saxophones, tarogato)
William Parker (contrabass)
Hamid Drake (drums)

www.peterbroetzmann.com

 
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Tuesday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Boneshaker

$15 - $10 suggested donation

Mars Williams (saxophones, clarinet, compositions)
Kent Kessler (contrabass)
Paal Nilssen-Love (drums)

Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. Mars has played and or recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Kurt Elling, The Mission UK, Swollen Monkeys, Mike Clark, Gerry Garcia, Naked Raygun, Friendly Fires, The Untouchables, Blow Monkeys, MC5, and virtually every leading figure of Chicago's and New York City's "downtown" scene.

Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, Mars manages to stay active on the Chicago underground improvising scene. Inwrecent years he has toured and recorded with the Peter Brötzmann Tentet, Full Blast, Scorch Trio, the Vandermark 5, and Cinghiale, teaming him with such musicians as Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Tim Daisy, Fredric Lonberg-Holm, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mike Reed, Jeb Bishop, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Rempis, Kidd Jordan and Mats Gustafson. He performs weekly in Chicago along with Jim Baker, Steve Hunt, and Brian Sandstrom in the improvising quartet "Extraordinary Popular Delusions". As a bandleader, he continues to perform and record CDs with hiswown free-jazz groups, the NRG Ensemble, Witches & Devils, Slam, XmarsX, Mars Trio, and The Soul Sonic Sirkus which features improvising musicians and aerial circus performers.

Norwegian phenom Paal Nilssen-Love has established himself over the last decade as one of the most important voices in improvised music from his generation ... continue reading >>

 
 
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IN THE GALLERY
from Mar. 14, 2014
through May. 2, 2014
 

Kyle Butler
Mortality Tantrums


Across media including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and performance, the work of Kyle Butler addresses multiple ideas—parallels between the built environment and human behavior with that sphere; the interplay of competing and cooperating systems and the limitations of those systems; fluidity in the face of bureaucracy; and ordered conduct as a remedy to the ambiguity of socialization.
 

Chantal Rousseau
Harbingers of Doom


Behind the ongoing gif work of Chantal Rousseau resides a drawing and painting practice. Electronically realized, her gifs are clearly hand-rendered, rather than cobbled together from other more technological means. It might seem like a subtle distinction but less so when one considers the work within the broad terrain of other electronically-based aphorisms such as emoticons, memes, and screen savers.