Music Program
 


Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m.

$10 general

The Evolution of the Arm


Michael McNeill - piano, compositions
Evan Courtin - violin
Megan Kyle - oboe, english horn
Katie Weissman - cello

The Evolution of the Arm performs (mostly) acoustic composed, improvised, and semi-composed/semi-improvised chamber music. The group first convened in November 2017 for a concert at Villa Maria College; their individual and collective musical explorations continue to evolve.

Megan Kyle performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician throughout the Western New York region. She is a member of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the new music ensemble Wooden Cities, and is a founding member of the oboe/cello duo Parvenue and oboe/voice duo Senso di Voce. Megan has performed with the Slee Sinfonietta, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse), the Omaha Symphony, and the New World Symphony in Miami, among others. She was previously a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Megan earned a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from DePaul University (2013), as well as a B.M. in Oboe Performance and B.A. in English from Oberlin Conservatory and College (2011), studying with Eugene Izotov, Robert Walters, and Alex Klein. She teaches oboe at Houghton College, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY at Buffalo.

Violinist Evan Courtin has been playing on the Buffalo music scene for the past 10 years. He graduated from Buffalo State College in 2016 with a B.A. in Music. He is a freelance performer and can be seen around town performing at weddings, funerals, and murder mystery dinner theaters, and he regularly performs with Little Cake Band, and local new music ensemble Wooden Cities. When he's not performing, he is teaching the fine young children of Buffalo String Works, Community Music School of Buffalo, and Suzuki Violinists of WNY.

Katie Weissman began playing the cello at the age of three at Buffalo Suzuki Strings after seeing Yo-Yo Ma appear on Sesame St. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance from Boston University, and her principal teachers include Feng Hew, Michael Reynolds, Amanda Truelove and Roman Mekinulov. Katie lends her talents to many chamber ensembles and musical groups of varying styles, is a frequent substitute for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and teaches privately. Katie has been on the faculty as a cello instructor, chamber music coach and orchestral section leader at Buffalo Suzuki Strings and Buffalo State College, and taught Pre-K and Kindergarten strings at St. Andrew's Country Day School. Katie can be heard on many projects recorded at Buffalo's own GCR Audio recording studio, including multiple releases from the Goo Goo Dolls.

Pianist and composer Michael McNeill works in the areas of jazz, classical music, "new" music, and in music that crosses and breaks through those stylistic boundaries. His recent CD releases with his own trio (with veteran improvisers Ken Filiano and Phil Haynes), the chamber-jazz quartet resAUnance, and the Buffalo Jazz Octet, have drawn praise from critics in the US and abroad. He's a founding member of the Wooden Cities New Music Collective and the Buffalo Bach Project. Other collaborations of note have included performances with cornetist/composer/conductor Taylor Ho Bynum, the masterful improvising trumpeter Paul Smoker, and the virtuoso bass-trombonist David Taylor.