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.