Music Program

Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Fred Van Hove / Lou Grassi

FREE ($10-20 suggested donation)

Legendary pianist and towering pioneer of improvised music, Fred Van Hove makes a return visit to Buffalo for a special concert performance joined by the fantastic multi-faceted NYC drummer Lou Grassi. Join us in our first concert of the season celebrating 40 years of creative new music in Buffalo!

Fred Van Hove (piano)
Lou Grassi (drums)

Born 1937 in Antwerp, Belgium; piano, accordion, church organ, composer. Fred Van Hove studied piano, theory and harmony at the Music Academy in Belgium and experimented with several jazz styles and dance music before making the transition to free improvisation with local musicians (Zinzen, Van De Ven and Wanders). He has been a professional free-lance musician since 1964.

1966 saw the beginning of Van Hove's collaboration with Peter Brötzmann, initially in quartet or larger groupings (eg Machine Gun), then stabilising in a trio format (with Han Bennink) for five to six years; in 1995 contact with Brötzmann was renewed when the two played a duo as part of the 'Pool' at the Free Music XXII in Antwerp in August. His first solo concerts were played at the Avant-garde festival Gravensteen, Ghent, in 1970 and Jazz Middleheim, in Antwerp in 1971. In 1972, working as a duo with Belgian sax player Cel Overberghe, he refused to play at the Middelheim festival as a result of a dispute over the grossly differential fees being paid to visiting American musicians on the one hand and European musicians on the other. This dispute led to the foundation of the musicians collective WIM vzw, Werkgroep Improviserende Musici, whose aim was to improve the situation of free music in Belgium ... continue reading >>


Sunday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio Duo

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

Matthew Shipp (piano)
Michael Bisio (contrabass)

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

Mr. Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own—and he’s one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his two most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz CDs with Hatology, a group of CDs that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr. Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear’s "Blue Series" and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted. Matthew Shipp is truly one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants.

Troy Collins on Michael Bisio/Matthew Shipp Duo: Floating Ice (2012):

"Although bassist Michael Bisio has performed with pianist Matthew Shipp on occasion over the past few years, very little documentation of their working relationship existed until the formation of Shipp's current trio, which features Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey ... continue reading >>


Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Tatsuya Nakatani

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

Tatsuya Nakatani (drums, gongs, percussion)

Tatsuya Nakatani is a creative artist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has been residing in the USA since 1994 and is currently based in Easton, PA. Since the late 1990s, Mr. Nakatani has released over sixty recordings in the USA and Europe and has performed countless solo percussion concerts through intensive touring. He has also collaborated with hundreds of other artists internationally and presented masterclasses, workshops and lectures across the USA and around the world.

Nakatani's approach to music is visceral, non-linear and intuitively primitive, expressing an unusually strong spirit while avoiding any categorization. He creates sound via both traditional and extended percussion techniques, utilizing drums, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects and bells, as well as various sticks, kitchen tools and homemade bows, all of which manifest in an intense and organic music that represents a very personal sonic world. His approach is steeped in the sensibilities of free improvisation, experimental music, jazz, rock, and noise, and yet retains the sense of space and quiet beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. His percussion instruments can imitate the sounds of a trumpet, a stringed instrument or an electronic device to the extent that it becomes difficult to recognize the source of the sound. He has devoted himself to a musical aesthetic where rhythm gives way to pulse, often in a way that is not always audible or visible, in currents that incorporate silence and texture. Nakatani's primary music activities include solo percussion performance, N.G.O ... continue reading >>


Sunday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m.

William Parker's In Order To Survive

"Cosmic Revelations"

Asbury Hall at Babeville

$20 general admission, $18 students/seniors, $15 members

William Parker (contrabass, compostions)
Rob Brown (alto saxophone)
Kidd Jordan (tenor saxophone)
Lewis Barnes (trumpet)
Steve Swell (trombone)
Dave Burrell (piano)
Hamid Drake (drums)

We at Hallwalls are ecstatic to announce a very special concert event in celebration of our 40th anniversary—master bassist, composer and bandleader William Parker will present a unique expanded version of his long-standing ensemble In Order To Survive performing a new suite of compositions entitled "Cosmic Revelations". As a recipient of a 2014 Presenter Consortium For Jazz grant from Chamber Music America with support from the Doris Duke Foundation, Hallwalls has formed a partnership with Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut and Kerry Town Concert House in Ann Arbor, Michigan to produce and present this extraordinary project. This all-star ensemble features members of William Parker's flagship quartet with Hamid Drake on drums, Rob Brown on alto saxophone and Lewis Barnes on trumpet, along with NYC trombone stalwart Steve Swell, Philadelphia piano master Dave Burrell and one of New Orleans' true living legends of jazz, saxophonist Kidd Jordan. Join us in celebration at this one-of-a-kind concert experience!

William Parker is a master musician, improviser, and composer. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. He was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison ... continue reading >>


Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Eric Vloeimans' Oliver's Cinema


Eric Vloeimans (trumpet)
Tuur Florizoone (accordion)
Jörg Brinkmann (cello)

His specific approach to jazz and his poetic, authentic style have made trumpet player Eric Vloeimans a focal point not only on the Dutch jazz scene, but well beyond. Oliver's Cinema is his new trio. Teaming up with cellist Jörg Brinkmann and accordion player Tuur Florizoone, Vloeimann plays music that resembles film music in that it emotionally stirs up the listener in the most positive way and evokes imagery and reminiscences.

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from Jul. 18, 2014
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Hallwalls Members' Show

Each year, Hallwalls opens up its gallery to share the work of our members. This gives everyone an opportunity to share what's new in their work, amid a throng of other enthusiastic participants.