Baritone Thomas Buckner joins Montreal-based ensemble Bradyworks, premiering new works by Tim Brady & Australian composers Erik Griswold & John Encarnacao. Also included are works by Christian Wolff, John Cage, & Annea Lockwood. Bradyworks, led by guitarist/composer Tim Brady, includes bass clarinetist Lori Freedman & violistPemi Paull. They join Buckner to form a quartet that will premiere new commissions on a tour that includes New York, Montreal, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Australia.
Road Songs (2013) – Tim Brady
Text by gordon Downey, US premiere
Mendax Redacts – Erik Griswold
Text by Craig Foltz based on Julian Assange and Wikileaks, US premiere
No Direction Home – John Encarnacao
Text by John Encarnacao from the recollections of Stephanie Meder
For Richard – Annea Lockwood
Text by Eve Ensler (Vagina Monologues)
Frame 4: Still (guitar and viola) – Tim Brady
Frame3: Canonic Strategies) – Tim Brady
Four6 – John Cage
Edges – Christian Wolff
Bradyworks was originally created in 1989 in order to perform the music of Tim Brady, whose work as a composer combines elements of contemporary chamber music, jazz, rock and electroacoustic music. The group’s instrumentation – combining electric guitar and saxophone with traditional chamber music forces and live electronics – creates a unique sound world with a vast array of timbres and performance traditions. The group also has a strong interest in contemporary vocal chamber repertoire. Since 1997 the group has expanded its repertoire to include works by other composers which partake of a similar artistic vision, often with a focus on electroacoustic elements such as tape and live electronics.
For over four decades 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 solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Edinburgh Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and theBiennale Festival in Venice, presenting a repertoire that includes more than 100 compositions written for or dedicated to him. Thomas Buckner has participated in over 40 recordings, including recent releases New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble(music by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik), Flutes and Voices (with Robert Dick), and The Particle Ensemble (with JD Parran, Mari Kimura, Earl Howard).