Music Program

Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m.

$12 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 members

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Urs Leimgruber solo & duo


Urs Leimgruber - tenor/soprano saxophones
Steve Baczkowski - baritone/tenor saxophones

Hallwalls welcomes the return of the singular Swiss saxophonist highlighting his extraordinary solo work and featuring a collabortion with Buffalo's own Steve Baczkowski.

Urs Leimgruber is a saxophonist born in Lucerne, Switzerland and is a key member of the European scene of contemporary improvised music. He specializes in solo concerts and performs regularly; Trio Leimgruber-Demierre-Phillips, Quartet Noir with Marilyn Crispell, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser, 6ix Jacques Demierre, Hannah Marshall, Thomas Lehn, Dorothea Schürch, Roger Turner, Schweizer Holz Trio with Omri Ziegele, Hans Koch in Duo with Evan Parker, Roger Turner, Thomas Lehn, Gerry Hemingway, Joëlle Léandre in Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, and South-America. His countless collaborations have resulted in successful concerts and recordings with Fred Frith, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Keith Rowe, Günter Christmann, Sunny Murray, Günter Müller, Sunny Murray, John Tchicai and many others. Several Projects with the ARTE Saxophone Quartet. During the 1970s, he was the co-founder of the Electric jazz and free-music group OM.

"With his seventh solo CD, "Broken Silence", Leimgruber once again enters brand new musical territory. He has long left the path of powerful electric jazz that characterized his time with "OM" during the 1970s, having since advanced into one of the most masterful representatives of a form of improvised music that is delicately sophisticated and often quite abstract, with noticeable connections to the compositions of new music. With "Broken Silence", however, Leimgruber takes matters even one step further: The nine pieces found on this CD have been developed out of silence, which they - mostly gently - break, only to subside back into eloquent silence in the end. Despite these moments of musical compression about halfway through the album, Leimgruber allows much more space for the expression of the quiet - a sort of contemplative essence. This expression is dominated by the spirit of musicmaking that spontaneously arises from a situation." - Reinhard Kager

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This concert is supported in part by Pro Helvetia.

Hallwalls Music Program is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and a generous grant from the Cullen Foundation.