Music Program

Friday, October 24

The Vores

The Ninth Ward at Babeville


Afterparty for Hallwalls 40th Birthday Celebration A/V Imbrglio: Redux

Admission FREE with A/V Imbrglio: Redux ticket, $5 otherwise

Cathy Carfagna (keyboards, vocals)
Biff Henrich (guitars, vocals)
Mr. Heyden (drums)
Gary Nickard (bass, vocals)
Scott Ryan (guitars, vocals)

from Artvoice:
May The Vores be With You

What keeps a band together for more than 30 years? Apparently, songs about Love Canal, murder, deteriorating relationships, stalking, mental disconnect, and maybe not seeing each other every day. Oh, and humor—lots of humor.

The Vores, who started playing and recording music in Buffalo in the late 1970s, are about to release their newest CD. Common Scar, upon completion of the art work by Brian Grunert, who designed the art work for the Vores' 2007 CD, Moment of Uncertainty, and won a Grammy Award for Best Record Packaging for his design of Ani DiFranco's Evolve CD in 2004. The band is made up of original members Biff Henrich on guitar and vocals and Gary Nickard on bass and vocals, visual artists who also provide much of the songwriting, as well as keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter Cathy Carfagna (ex-Jazzabels, current Outlyers, solo, and Jim Whitford Band), Scott Ryan on guitar and vocals, and Patrick Heyden on drums.

Henrich, Nickard, and Carfagna recently sat down at an Allentown restaurant to discuss the new CD and the Vores past and present. Carfagna conveyed Whitford's compliments for the Vores' Elmwood Festival of the Arts performance to Henrich and Nickard; Whitford told her the band "was as loud as Motorhead."

"That is because we've had loud drummers," Nickard says with a smile ...
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Tuesday, October 28

From Second Life® to the Magic Lantern or A Kind of Progress:
On Opera and New Media
A Presentation by Johanna Dombois


The UB Arts Management Program, in collaboration with the Techné Institute for Arts & Technology, and with generous support from the Gender Institute and the Departments of Theater & Dance, Architecture, and Media Study, is proud to present the Cologne (Germany)-based opera director and author Johanna Dombois. All are welcome including students, faculty, and interested Buffalo community.

Johanna Dombois is an internationally active Berlin-born opera director and author. She has practiced music theatre and media art in collaboration with the London Young Vic, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, De Nederlandse Opera / Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Staatstheater Kassel, Fraunhofer Institute for Media Communication, and the ZKM Karlsruhe. From 2001-2005 she was Artistic Director of the Stage for Music Visualization at the Beethoven House in Bonn. In 2006 she received her Ph.D. with a dissertation on Richard Wagner's music-aesthetic dramaturgies.

The main focus of her work is opera as an autonomous art form: she engages with visual and graphic music, installation, object and mask theatre, the historical avant-gardes, and New Technologies, i.e., the experimental within the repertoire and the possibilities of merging traditional and contemporary, linear and non-linear media on the opera stage. Recent productions include Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, 21 ... continue reading >>

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from Sep. 12, 2014
through Oct. 24, 2014

Michael Mararian
Kinder Kavalcade

It's not that Michael Mararian's paintings are about children, but children serve as the central protagonists in much of his work. Painted with equal proportions of dark humor and buoyant charm, children function as the most effective dramatic foils for the contradictions, absurdities, and layers of pathos Mararian is fond of exploring. Whether brandishing lit matches and gasoline, wearing inappropriate clothing, wielding knives and guns, or just lying in a drunken stupor upon a field of cell phones, children as characters sharply highlight an array of themes and concerns discussed throughout Mararian's work.