Music Program

Monday, March 2 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
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 >>


Tuesday, April 28 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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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Jan. 16, 2015
through Mar. 6, 2015

Amid/In WNY 2015

Amid/In is a conversationally-derived casual survey of the art of our region at this moment. We have used the term "studio trolling" to describe our process and that's an apt description. Curated by Kyle Butler, John Massier, and Rebecca Wing. Exhibiting artists are:  Marie-Claire Bozant • Emily Churco • Martin Freeman • Kate Gaudy • Brian Milbrand • Tommy Nguyen • David Schirm • Peter Stephens • Marc Tomko • Jeff Vincent • Virocode • Alfonso Volo • Kurt Von Voetsch.