Music Program

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

$12 general, $8 members/students/seniors

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Michael McNeill Trio

Michael McNeil Michael McNeill (piano)
Ken Filiano (contrabass)
Phil Haynes (drums)

Pianist Michael McNeill has cultivated a personal style that draws not only on the jazz music of Paul Bley, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner, but also on the modern classical music of Arnold Schoenberg and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Since moving to Buffalo he has performed in bands led by Sabu Adeyola, Kelly Bucheger, and Ravi Padmanabha, and recently alongside Steve Baczkowski, Joe Ford, and Bruce Johnstone. McNeill has also worked frequently with trumpeter Paul Smoker: most recently in the latter's standards trio with bassist Dave Arenius, and in two adventurous quartet concerts this summer with Arenius and drummer Phil Haynes. McNeill, Smoker, and Haynes also toured the Northeast US as a trio in late 2005 and performed at New York City's Tonic.

McNeill's trio with the bassist Ken Filiano and the drummer Phil Haynes explores the pianist's original compositions, which range from lyrical ballads, to hard-driving jazz, to avant-garde soundscapes. Filiano and Haynes are a seasoned rhythm team, and with McNeill they push and pull their music in unpredictable directions.

Ken Filiano Noted for his accomplishments in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, and inter-disciplinary performance with dance and spoken word, Ken Filiano fuses the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless, often astonishing, inventiveness. Ken's solo bass CD, Subvenire (NineWinds), received unanimous critical praise, and a first place mention in Cadence Magazine's poll of top releases of 2003. For this and numerous other recordings, critics have called Ken a "creative virtuoso," a "master of technique" . . . "a paradigm of that type of artist. . . who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind."

Ken leads two groups for which he also composes: a quartet with Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, and Michael T.A. Thomspon, and a quintet with Attias, Jackson Krall, Steve Swell, and Tomas Ulrich. His prolific output also includes performances and/or recordings with Bonnie Barnett, Rob Blakeslee, Bobby Bradford, Roy Campbell, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Eric von Essen, Ted Dunbar, Giora Feidman, Bob Feldman, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Gonzalez, Vinny Golia, Lou Grassi, Francois Grillot, Hayes Greenfield, Phil Haynes, Fred Hess, Jason Hwang, Joseph Jarman, Sheila Jordan (with the Aardvark Orchestra), Raul Juarena, Joe Labarbera, Joelle Leandre, Frank London, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Tina Marsh, Warne Marsh, Bob Meyer, Dom Minasi, Hafez Modirzadeh, Butch Morris, Barre Phillips, Roberta Piket, Don Preston, Bob Rodriguez, Roswell Rudd, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Ursel Schlicht, Paul Smoker, Chris Sullivan, Peeter Uuskyla, Fay Victor, Biggi Vinkeloe, Kenny Wessel, Andrea Wolper, Pablo Ziegler.

Ken tours widely, playing across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has appeared at numerous festivals including the Charles Ives Festival, Summerfest (chamber and orchestra; Rutgers University), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Cascade Festival of Music (principal bass, Bend, OR), Jazz em Agosto (Lisbon), Seixal Jazz Festival, Jazz Ao Centro (Coimbra, Portugal), Fundacio Joan Miro (Barcelona), DuMaurier International Jazz Festival (Vancouver, BC), Jazzin' Tondela, Bergamo Jazz Festival, Banlieues Bleues Festival (Paris), Tampere International Jazz Festival (Tampere, Finland), Bumbershoot Festival, Texaco New York Jazz Festival, Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, NY JVC Jazz Festival; and on concert stages worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, and Philharmonie am Gasteig (Munich).

Along with new music concerts and solo excursions with poets and dancers, Ken has been a guest lecturer, performer, and workshop leader at institutions across the country and beyond, including the Actor's Institute of New York, San Francisco State University, UCLA, Centro de Arte Moderna (Lisbon), and at Rutgers University, where he received his Master's Degree.

Phil Haynes A 20 year veteran New York-based artist, Phil Haynes is featured on more than 50 LP and CD releases by numerous American and European record labels. Haynes' debut, The Paul Smoker Trio's QB with Anthony Braxton, was named the #1 recording of 1985 by esteemed critic Kevin Whitehead. The international media have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Charles Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In addition to the critically acclaimed three recordings for Enja Records by the composer's collective, Joint Venture, Haynes' diverse and distinctive dozen recordings as a leader include: Continuum (violinist Mark Feldman's jazz debut); the ground breaking and iconic ensemble 4 Horns & What?; his recording of jazz standards, A Couch in Brooklyn (featuring Israeli born pianist Micu Narununsky and bassist Drew Gress); The Hammond Insurgency with B-3 organ virtuoso Jeff Palmer; Free Country's trilogy of Americana with cellist/vocalist Hank Roberts, as well as his singular solo drum-set recording entitled Sanctuary.

Moving to central Pennsylvania in 2003, his regional trio, Adams/Stetz&Haynes, features works by the great pianists of the history of jazz, from Scott Joplin through Keith Jarrett and beyond. In addition, Haynes performs regularly throughout the state with legendary Harrisburg pianist, Steve Rudolph, The Zeropoint Jazz Orchestra, as well as The Hammond Brothers - with organist Steve Adams and guest performers such as David Liebman, Herb Robertson, Paul Smoker, Tim Warfield and Jim Yanda. After founding the nationally noted Jazz@Bucknell chamber series in 2005, Haynes accepted an appointment as Bucknell University's Kushell Jazz Artist-in-Residence. Since 2007, Haynes teaches courses each semester in Jazz History as a guest lecturer, directs his multi-media/new music Bucknell Improvisation Intensive Ensemble (BIIE), coaches the University Jazz Band rhythm section and soloists, works with various campus small groups, maintains an active private studio, and leads the all volunteer Bison Pep Band.

Artists Haynes has appeared on CD with include: Theo Bleckman, Anthony Braxton, Adam Caine, Joe Daley, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Feldman, Ken Filiano, Vinny Golia, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Lindsay Horner, Ed Jackson, Ritsu Katsumata, David Kikoski, Frank Lacy, Andy Laster, Tony Malaby, Denman Maroney, Micu Narunsky, Jeff Palmer, Hank Roberts, Herb Robertson, Ned Rothenberg, Ted Rosenthal, Rich Rothenberg, Michelle Rosewoman, Steve Rudolph, Steve Salerno, Ed Schuller, Paul Smoker, Michael Stevens, David Taylor, Andreas Willers, Gebhard Ullmann, and Tom Varner.

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