Music Program
 


Saturday, June 3

$20-$10 suggested donation

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

"This music is the purest kind, choosing to usurp notions such as pitch, rhythm or melody in the search for its sounds. Its spontaneity is what can initially draw a listener in, with the default praise for group improvisation being a congratulation of their 'telepathy' or 'chemistry'. The most defining characteristic of Brötzmann's playing - other than his infamously harsh tone - has always been the way in which the pieces come to life around him." – Tristan Bath, The Quietus


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 ... continue reading >>

 
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Thursday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.

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

BassDrumBone


Ray Anderson - trombone
Mark Helias - contrabass
Gerry Hemingway - drums

40th Anniversary tour and recording in 2017!

BassDrumBone is a trio that has wedded the uniquness of its instrumentation with the singular personality of its three members. A true collective, their music combines three distinct compositional and improvisational approaches with an exceptional musical rapport. Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson began performing as a trio in the fall of 1977. Their first record, "Oahspe", was released in 1979 on the Auricle Record label. Bob Rusch, in his review of the record, wrote: "Exceptionally good music, fearlessly played and tightly coordinated. Recommended."

In 1984, "Right Down Your Alley" was released on Soul Note Records of Italy, and in the beginning of 1986 "You Be" was released on the Minor Music label of Germany. Both records received acclaim from the European and American press including a five star review in Downbeat magazine for "You Be." In 1988 came "Wooferlo" which was released on the Soul Note label. Ben Watson of The Wire commented: "Each musician has a story to tell, the solos are stuffed with event and happenstance."

After 1988 the group went into a temporary dormancy while all three of its members pursued their own individual groups. In the Fall of 1993, BassDrumBone became active again for a tour in Europe. A tour in 1996 yielded "Hence the Reason" (enj9222), and in March of 1999, BDB released some archival material from 1986-97 on an Auricle Records CD entitled "Cooked to Perfection." BassDrumBone celebrated its 25th year together with the release of "March of Dimes" on the Dutch label Data ... continue reading >>

 
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Wednesday, June 14 at 8:00 pm

DKV Trio


photo: Krzysztof Penarski

photo: Peter Gannushkin
Ken Vandermark - saxophones/clarinet
Kent Kessler - contrabass
Hamid Drake - drums

"A simple superlative: DKV Trio is the best working band in Chicago jazz. That's no small feat considering that its members work in lot of other combinations. Assembled in 1994 by reedman Ken Vandermark, the group forged an instant bond that mandated further investigation. Drummer Hamid Drake never fails to provide a spark and when he and bassist Kent Kessler get on the good foot you can expect a bonfire.

Where many free groups avoid funky swinging or melodic materials DKV eagerly embraces them. The trio's open-ended, sometimes set-length improvisations unfold in sections: Drake and Kessler might set up a cyclical groove for Vandermark to dive into or soar above, then an insistent bass clarinet ostinato might free up the bassist to take one of his superb arco solos after which Drake might suddenly kick out a Max Roach high hat jam or hit the ground running with some infectious Afro-pop polyrhythms or reggae snare-centricity… All three players are respectful listeners cresting space and letting the music breathe but challenging each other as well. Each time out DKV invents a new context where daring exploration and pure corporeal pleasure shake hands and get down to business." - John Corbett, Chicago Reader


By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music ... continue reading >>

 
 
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