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.