Music Program
 


Monday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Peter Evans Septet


Tickets available online now.


photo by Peter Gannushkin
photo by Peter Gannushkin
Peter Evans - trumpets, compositions
Mazz Swift - violin
Sam Pluta - live electronics
Ron Stabinsky - piano, synthesizers
Tom Blancarte - bass
Levy Lorenzo - percussion, electronics
Jim Black - drums

Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Septet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively ... continue reading >>

 
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Sunday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Anna Webber's Simple Trio



Anna Webber - flute, saxophone, compositions
Matt Mitchell - piano
John Hollenbeck - drums

"Reedist Anna Webber, a Brooklynite by way of British Columbia, is one of the most exciting new arrivals on the New York avant-garde jazz scene in the past couple years. Her second album, SIMPLE, demonstrates the inextricable link between her improvising and her compositions; her detail-rich writing recalls the work of elders as disparate as Tim Berne and Henry Threadgill, and her busy motion evokes a fizzy sort of exhilaration." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader


Anna Webber is an integral part of a new wave of the Brooklyn avant-garde jazz scene. A saxophonist and flutist who strives for the unexpected, she has furthermore consistently proven herself to be a unique and forward-thinking composer with releases such as 2014's SIMPLE (Skirl Records) and 2013's Percussive Mechanics. Binary, the follow-up to SIMPLE which features bandmates John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell, further establishes Webber as a compelling improvisor and composer. It was released in October 2016, also on Chris Speed's Skirl Records.

More info at: www.annakristinwebber.com
 



 
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Thursday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m.

$5-10 suggested donation

Null Point 11 featuring the Gyre Ensemble


Stefanie Mirwald - accordion
Alejandro Oliván - saxophone
Christian Smith - percussion

A 'gyre' is a spiral or a vortex. In our ensemble we find this is an accurate way to describe what happens to sound as it is transferred between body-wind (Saxophone), machine-wind (Accordion) and cloud (percussion). Our purpose as a group is to develop new pieces and concepts for this unfrequented instrumentation. Our goal as humans who each come from different parts of the world—Germany, Spain, United States—is to collaborate and engage with composers and audiences in all of these regions. While we find ourselves in Basel at the time, we like to think of Gyre Ensemble as being transitory and baseless with possibilities stemming in every direction.

 
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Thursday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Dave Rempis Solo

photo by Dan Mohr
Dave Rempis: saxophones

plus guests

Ravi Padamanabha: drums
Brian DeJesus: bass
Steve Baczkowski: saxophones

Dave Rempis was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts on March 24th, 1975. He began his musical studies at the age of 8. Upon graduating from Northwestern University, Rempis decided to focus on performing, and in March of 1998 at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he's currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels. Past collaborations have included performances with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics's Poll as a "rising star" on alto saxophone, and as a "rising star" and "established talent" on baritone saxophone.

Aside from performing, Rempis is also active as a presenter. Since 2002, he's curated a weekly Thursday-night concert series for the Elastic Arts Foundation ... continue reading >>

 
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Thursday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.

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

In The Sea



Tristan Honsinger - cello
Nicolas Caloia - doublebass
Joshua Zubot - violin

Cellist Tristan Honsinger started improvising in Montreal more than forty years ago, prior to his decisive move to Europe, where he's been at the centre of improvised music activity ever since. So this group represents an oblique sort of homecoming, as well as an introduction to some of this city's finest players today. Their rapport is obvious, the results a satisfying mixture of musical empathy and creative conflict. Tristan plays with characteristic daring from his reserves of readymade tune fragments and shards of poetry and into the protean unknown that is the foundation for the best group improvising. Violinist Josh Zubot and bassist Nicolas Caloia don't merely follow him there, but provoke him—and each other—in ways that are, by turns, subtle, assertive, and irreverent. A superb encounter.

Honsinger is a particularly interesting artist because he has worked with so many first generation improvising artists and has an intimate knowledge of the regional differences in approach. For example, Honsinger has played extensively with Derek Bailey and Evan Parker in the UK; Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink in Holland; Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald in Germany; and Cecil Taylor in the USA. He has also spent considerable time in Italy and Japan. Currently Honsinger regularly gives workshops and master classes with the ICP Orchestra. In the past the workshops he has given in Montreal have served as a catalyst for a number of important artistic creations, including Jean Derome's "Oiseaux" ... continue reading >>

 
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Saturday, June 3

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

Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh Duo

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium
Burchfield Penney Arts Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo



Peter Brötzmann - saxophones, tarogato, clarinet
Heather Leigh - pedal steel guitar

The daughter of a coal miner, weaving a trail from West Virginia to Texas and now residing in Scotland, Heather Leigh furthers the vast unexplored reaches of pedal steel guitar. Her playing is as physical as it is phantom, combining spontaneous compositions with a feel for the full interaction of flesh with hallucinatory power sources. With a rare combination of sensitivity and strength, Leigh's steel mainlines sanctified slide guitar and deforms it using hypnotic tone-implosions, juggling walls of bleeding amp tone with choral vocal constructs and wrenching single note ascensions. In late 2015, Heather Leigh released her first proper studio album, I Abused Animal on Stephen O'Malley & Peter Rehberg's Ideologic Organ/Editions Mego labels to widespread acclaim. Renowned as a fearless free improviser, I Abused Animal is a breakthrough work showcasing Heather Leigh's songwriting prowess, foregrounding her stunning voice and her innovations for the pedal steel guitar. Warmly recorded in a secret location in the English countryside, the album transmutes the power of her captivating live performances to a studio setting, capturing her tactile playing in full clarity while making devastating use of volume and space. Heather Leigh explores themes of abuse, sexual instinct, vulnerability, memory, shadow, fantasy, cruelty and projection across the album's psychedelic hymnals. At times the intimacy of the recordings makes you feel like she's singing directly into your ear, playing just for you.

In 2016 Heather Leigh toured extensively as a solo artist in support of I Abused Animal ... continue reading >>

 
 
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Sarah Fonzi
Infrastructure Misappropriated


Sarah Fonzi is a Buffalo based sculptor and designer. Frequently drawing upon common building materials such as plaster and metal, Fonzi borrows imagery from diverse sources such as ornament, architectural details, and various everyday objects but tends to skew these sources and their appearance through specific reworkings of material.
 

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