Baritone Thomas Buckner is joined by L'Art Pour L'Art Ensemble, performing works by Cage, Wolff, Kaul, and Meierhof.
Baritone Thomas Buckner welcomes Hamburg-based ensemble L’Art pour L’Art, (celebrating 35 years as an ongoing ensemble). Works Include Matthias Kaul’s “Thinking About Air… A Song” and “Games for 5″, Michael Meierhof’s “Rostfrei”, Christian Wolff’s “Edges”, and John Cage’s “Four6”.
For more than 40 years, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of new music composers including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. He has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Ostrava Days Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Buckner is featured on over 40 recordings, including 6 of his own solo albums. His most recent solo recording “New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble” includes works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. He also appears in the newly released CD/DVD “Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet)”. This recording documents the latest in his ongoing series of collaborations between the sculptor Alain Kirili and improvising musicians and dancers. For the past twenty years, Buckner has co-produced the Interpretations series in New York City. He also created the Mutable Music record label to produce new recordings and reissue some important historic recordings, previously unavailable in CD format.
L’ART POUR L’ART is at the forefront of one of the most innovative ensembles for contemporary music. L’ART POUR L’ART was formed in 1983 by the exceptional musicians Matthias Kaul (percussion), Astrid Schmeling (flute) and Michael Schröder (guitar). The core of the ensemble can be enlarged, depending on the occasion. As a “think tank” L’ART POUR L’ART widens the range of contemporary arts through projects with significant consequences, thus often preempting artistic demands: the ensemble represents the original meaning of the art concept “l’art pour l’art”. This cultural dialog leeds to exciting conceptions.
Ensemble L’art Pour L’art with Thomas Buckner (8pm)
L’art Pour L’art is internationally known as one of the most innovative ensembles for contemporary music. Based in Germany, L’art Pour L’art was formed in 1983 by Matthias Kaul (percussion), Astrid Schmeling (flute) and Michael SchrÃ¶der (guitar) as a musical “think tank,” seeking to widen the range of contemporary arts through projects with significant consequences. The ensemble represents the original meaning of the concept of “l’art pour l’art” (“art for art’s sake.”) Following this cultural dialogue, the ensemble focuses on performing works that focus on conceptual innovation and experimentation. The ensemble performs concerts worldwide, many of which featured premiers. They focus on collaborating with composers and nurturing new ideas.
The baritone Thomas Buckner has been recognized as one of the most active vocal performers of new music. Along with his demanding schedule of performances worldwide, Buckner produces the acclaimed annual Interpretations series. He has commissioned new compositions for baritone by such composers as Robert Ashley, Christian Wolff, Roscoe Mitchell, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, David Behrman, Annea Lockwood, David Wessel, Leroy Jenkins, Elodie Lauten and many others. More than 70 composers have written works exclusively for him over the last 20 years. Buckner has been featured on over 40 recordings, including 5 of his own solo albums.
“One of Europe’s most innovative ensembles for contemporary music: Astrid Schmeling, flute; Ulf Mummert guitar and Matthias Kaul on percussion are joine by American sorcerer violinist Goldstein in a program of compositions and improvisation.”