Music Program

Tuesday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m.

São Paulo Underground

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

(São Paulo/Chicago)

photo: Yiannis Soulis
Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics)
Guilherme Granado (keyboards, synths, sampler, voice)
Mauricio Takara (percussion, cavaquinho, electronics)

"Limitless in its possibilities." — Rolling Stone

"Post digital, post industrial psychedelia." — The Wire

"A modern approach to Brazil's Tropicalia." — All About Jazz

São Paulo Underground is an electronica-laced tropicalia funhouse, a secret passage between Chicago's volatile avant garde jazz scene and Brazil's teeming creative capital.

Featuring Chicago maestro Rob Mazurek on cornet, harmonium and various effects, and São Paulo's Guilherme Granado on keyboards, synths, sampler and vocals, and Mauricio Takara on percussion, cavaquinho and electronics, SPU delivers its fourth revelatory album Beija Flors Velho E Sujo.

In 2006, Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra, Black Cube SP, Pulsar Quartet, Rob Mazurek Octet) and Mauricio Takara (M.Takara 3, Hurtmold) released the group's debut album, Sauna: Um, Dois, Trê̂s, to much international acclaim, and began performing live as a duo. In 2008, with new members, Guilherme Granado (Bodes e Elefantes, Hurtmold) and Richard Ribeiro, the ensemble released their second album The Principle of Intrusive Relationships, which was rated among the Top 50 Records of 2008 by The Wire. The third record, Trê̂s CabeÇas Loucuras, also features the quartet and was released by Cuneiform in 2011 ... continue reading >>


Friday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Elliott Sharp & The Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra

Location TBA

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

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to welcome internationally renowned composer/musician Elliott Sharp for a three-day artist residency project featuring a collaboration with the local collective known as the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra (BIO). Mr. Sharp will perform his original compositions in concert with the ensemble on Friday, October 9, 2015 and will also conduct a workshop with music students at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. This project is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Elliott Sharp is an American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

Sharp was classically trained in piano from an early age, taking up clarinet and guitar as a teen. He attended Cornell University from 1969 to 1971, studying anthropology, music, and electronics. He completed his B.A. degree at Bard College in 1973, where he studied composition with Benjamin Boretz and Elie Yarden; jazz composition, improvisation, and ethnomusicology with trombonist Roswell Rudd; and physics and electronics with Burton Brody. In 1977 he received an M.A ... continue reading >>


Wednesday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Leimgruber/Demierre/Phillips Trio

FREE admission ($10-20 suggested donation)

photo credit: Ralph Kuehne

80 years Barre Phillips / 15 years Trio Leimgruber/Demierre/Phillips

Urs Leimgruber (saxophone)
Jacques Demierre (piano)
Barre Phillips (double bass)

Spontaneous, direct, together. Without any preparation, conferring or planning. Faced with the same challenge as on the very first day they met - sculpting sounds in an empty room. AlI these three musicians can contribute is their decades of experience in free improvisation and their own personal styles of musical expression - no more and no less. For the past fifteen years the American double bass player Barre Phillips and the two Swiss musicians Urs Leimgruber and Jacques Demierre have been coming together to play on an irregular basis and have already chalked up something in the region of two hundred concerts. All three have unlocked a whole new dimension of their instruments and it is this that gives them their unmistakable sound. Every time they get together, their music is simultaneously reinvented and carried forward. At that point their musical styles either become more densely interwoven or evaporate until verging on silence.

New CD: 1->3|=2:1 jazzwerkstatt cd 156 / 2015

Barre Phillips is simply the most fantastic bass player I've ever heard…He has a technique of a great classical musician and the feeling of Mingus. As much a composer as a performer, Barre works in the areas of film, ballet and theater. He has written music for numerous feature films - Robert Kramer, Jacques Rivette, William Friedkin, Marcel Camus… scores for ballet for Carolyn Carlson and the Paris Opera… At the same time he has continue his experiences in the jazz and contemporary improvised music scene ... continue reading >>

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from Sep. 18, 2015
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