Music Program

Wednesday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.

$10 general

Corsano/Baczkowski/Lopez Trio

photo: Cheryl Gorski

photo: Cheryl Gorski
Steve Baczkowski - tenor/baritone saxophone
Brandon Lopez - contrabass
Chris Corsano - drums, percussion

Chris Corsano and Steve Baczkowski first performed together at Hallwalls in 2003 in a trio with legendary saxophonist Paul Flaherty. The live concert recording was released as The Dim Bulb on Flaherty's Wet Paint label. They have since performed, recorded and toured in multiple contexts and have released albums on Open Mouth, Golden Lab and Feeding Tube records. This new trio with the brilliant NYC-based bassist Brandon Lopez will record a new album for Relative Pitch records in 2018.

"...seriously one of the most exciting drummers on the planet." -Adam Richards,

Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990's. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as "The Hated Music", infuses modern free-jazz's ecstatic collectivism with the urgency and intensity of hardcore punk.

A move from western Massachusetts to the UK in 2005 led Corsano to concentrate on his solo music, an always-spontaneously-composed amalgam of extended techniques for drum set and non-percussion instruments of his own making incorporated into his kit: e.g. violin strings stretched across drum heads, modified reed instruments that transform the drums into resonators which can, in turn, be used to incite strips of metal to react to the drum membranes' Chladni-plate-like modes of vibration, etc. In February 2006, Corsano released his first solo recording, The Young Cricketer, and toured extensively throughout Europe, USA, and Japan. He spent 2007 and '08 as the drummer on Björk's Volta world tour, all the while weaving in shows and recordings on his days off with the likes of Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, C. Spencer Yeh, and Jandek.

Moving back to the U.S. in 2009, Corsano returned focus to his own projects, including a duo with Michael Flower, Vampire Belt (with Bill Nace), Rangda (with Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny) and his solo work, further expanded in its use of contact microphones and synthesizers. In 2017, he received the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artist Award.

Corsano's dedication to collective improvisation led to collaborations with many kindred spirits and resulted in his appearance on over 140 records and 1000 live performances. In addition to the the musicians mentioned above, he's worked with, among others: Paul Dunmall (released by the label: ESP-Disk), Joe McPhee (Roaratorio), Okkyung Lee (Open Mouth), Mette Rasmussen (Hot Cars Warp Records & Clean Feed), John Edwards (OTOroku & Dancing Wayang), Sylvie Courvoisier (Relative Pitch), Nate Wooley (No Business & Astral Spirits), Jim O'Rourke & Akira Sakata (Drag City & Polystar), Merzbow (Family Vineyard), Jessica Rylan (Load Records), Nels Cline (Strange Attractors), Heather Leigh (Volcanic Tongue), Ken Vandermark (Audiographic), Sunburned Hand Of Man (Manhand).

In addition to the those mentioned above, he's also worked with, among others: John Edwards (released by: Clean Feed/Dancing Wayang), Jim O'Rourke & Akira Sakata (Drag City/Family Vineyard), Paul Dunmall (ESP-Disk), Nels Cline (Strange Attractors), Jessica Rylan (Load Records), Jandek (Corwood), Sunburned Hand Of Man (Manhand), MV&EE (Eclipse/Time-Lag), Vampire Belt (Open Mouth), Joe McPhee (Roaratorio), and Wally Shoup (Leo/Columbia Japan).

Deemed "the ubiquitous free improv bass ace" by the Village Voice and said to play with a "bruising physicality" by the Chicago Reader, composer and bassist Brandon Lopez is dedicated to the exploration of the left of center music. Lopez has performed widely across the US and Europe. Recent appearances include the Ljubljana Jazz Festival 2017 and St Johan im Tirol's ArtActs 2017. He is a 2017-2018 resident artist at Issue Project Room and has recently released a new album with his trio "The Mess" on the Manchester-based label Tombed Visions. He's had the pleasure of working with many of the world luminary weirdos and performs regularly with Nate Wooley, William Parker, Chris Corsano, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Tyshawn Sorey, Gerald Cleaver, Hamid Drake, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Paul Lytton, Mette Rasmussen, Jooklo Duo, Michael Foster, Leila Bordreuil, Joe Morris, Brandon Seabrook, John Dikeman, and many others. In addition to his work as a performer, Lopez has curated several different concert series in Brooklyn, NY, including the now defunct Thursday night series at the Manhattan Inn.

Saxophonist, multi-wind instrumentalist Steve Baczkowski began playing alto saxophone at age eight and switched to baritone by the time he was twelve. He studied music in high school at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and went on to studies in music, saxophone performance, literature and ethnomusicology at the State University of New York at Buffalo '94-99. In addition to organizing multiple ensembles, such as The Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra, and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs solo, in trio with percussionist Ravi Padmanabha & bassist Brian DeJesus, in duo/trio with guitarist Bill Nace and drummer Chris Corsano, and in several other groups. He has collaborated with many musicians from around the world and has appeared at festivals in the US, Canada, Mexico & the UK.