Music Program

Friday, April 8, 2005

$7 general

Corsano/Flaherty/Baczkowski/Padmanabha Double Duo

Presented at:

Chris Corsano (drums)
Paul Flaherty (alto/tenor saxophones)
Steve Baczkowski (baritone/tenor saxophones, winds)
Ravi Padmanabha (drums, percussion)

"While buckleheaded fascists continue to try and stop the progressive roiling of the essential ecstatic impulse that lurks in us all, Flaherty and Corsano negate their every thrust w/ gorgeous parries of sheer emotional intellect." - Byron Coley

Saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano are New England-based musicians dedicated to the promise and purpose of free improvisation. Paul has released over 20 recordings since the late 70's, while Chris first appeared on record in 1997. For the past 5 years, the two have operated together in duo format as well as in collaborations with some of the finest freedom thinkers around such as Nmperign's Greg Kelly, Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke of Sonic Youth, Tony Conrad, Matt Heyner of Test and the No Neck Blues Band, Daniel Carter, Christina Carter and Heather Murray of Charalambides/Scorces, Wally Shoup, and Steve Swell. Together, Flaherty & Corsano seek to champion the cause of total free improvisation, an often misunderstood, underestimated, and sometimes even hated artform.

Corsano and Flaherty join Buffalo’s own saxophone/drums duo Steve Baczkowski and Ravi Padmanabha (who perform at CBGB’s in NYC on April 3rd) for a special Double Duo mini-tour in the Northeast. This special Buffalo performance will feature two individual duo sets followed by one all-out quartet set. Baczkowski, Corsano, and Flaherty will be celebrating the release of their live in Buffalo Trio CD release The Dim Bulb on Wet Paint records which will be available at the concert.

photo by Nancy J. Parisi

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