Music Program

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

$0.25 admission! ($10 suggested donation)

David Kennedy, in conjunction with the Burchfield-Penney & Hallwalls Contemporary Art Centers, presents:

Wadada Leo Smith / John Lindberg Duo

Burchfield-Penney Arts Center • 1300 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, N.Y.

Three For A Quarter, One For A Dime
A Series of Modern Jazz Performances
Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)
John Lindberg (contrabass)

Two luminaries of 21st-century American music, Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg will return to Buffalo for a very special duo concert after an incredible performance in Asbury Hall last March with the Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet & Double Quartet, the culmination of a week-long Hallwalls Artists-in-Residency Project.

Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser Wadada Leo Smith has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi in 1941, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76). Mr. Smith has studied a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American.

He has taught at the University of New Haven (1975-76), the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (1975-78), and Bard College (1987-93). He is currently a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. He is the director of the African- American Improvisational Music program, and is a member of ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Mr. Smith has received numerous awards and commissions throughout his career. His music philosophy notes (8 pieces) source a new world music: creative music has been published by Kiom Press (1973), translated and published in Japan by Zen-On Music Company Ltd. (1976). In 1981 notes… was translated into Italian and published by Nistri-Litschi Editori. Some of the artists Mr. Smith has performed with are : Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Richard Teitelbaum, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Carla Bley, David Murray, Don Cherry, Jeanne Lee, Milton Campbell, Henry Brant, Richard Davis, Tadao Sawai, Ed Blackwell, Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Kowald, Kazuko Shiraishi, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Marion Brown, Kazutoki Umezu, Kosei Yamamoto, Charlie Haden, Kang Tae Hwan, Kim Dae Hwan, Tom Buckner, Malachi Favors Magoustous and Jack DeJohnette, among many others.

Mr. Smith currently has three ensembles: Golden Quartet, Silver Orchestra, and Organic. His compositions have also been performed by other contemporary music ensembles: AACM Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Contemporary Chamber Players (University of Chicago), S.E.M. Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, Del Sol String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, ne(x)tworks, and California E.A.R. Unit.

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John Lindberg - contrabass

John dropped out of high school to allow for total immersion into his work as a performer/composer, subsequently being mentored by the late, great bassist David Izenzon.

For the last thirty-six years he has traveled the globe performing thousands of concerts of creative music. He has released myriad albums that spotlight his original compositions and feature his singularly identifiable bass playing. His extended works for chamber ensembles, both large and small, have been widely commissioned, including works for The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York Chamber Ensemble, and Neues Kolner Streichquartett. His work as a producer of powerful cross-genre projects is well known, as is his ongoing work as an educator with a distinctly unique message. In addition to being an ensemble leader and a co-founder of the String Trio of New York, he has worked with a plethora of luminary improvising artists, including Albert Mangelsdorff, Ed Thigpen, Wadada Leo Smith, Susie Ibarra, Karl Berger, John Carter, Kevin Norton and Roswell Rudd.

Awards and fellowships in support of his work include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, Arts International, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, and a Diploma de Honor from Gobernacion Cordillera, Chile.

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