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Interpretations: Thomas Buckner

Thursday, March 10, 20228:00 pm
  • Proof of vaccination will be required to attend this performance in person. Learn more.
  • A live stream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing.
  • Please support Roulette this season. Donate.
Baritone ​Thomas Buckner presents his 31st annual concert premiering newly commissioned works. Program to include three new works by composer/performers, all of whom will also perform: Particle Bey by Earl Howard ​(synthesizer); Gold/Crack by ​Pauline Kim Harris ​(violin); ​and All Most the Blues by JD Parran ​(woodwinds). They will be joined by​ Conrad Harris​ (violin), Kyle Motl​ (bass), and​Andrew Drury (percussion).

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries 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.

Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including 6 solo albums, the most recent being Conversations With My Soul (Navona Records, 2021), a collection of new chamber works by acclaimed composer-pianist Bun-Ching Lam. Also released in 2021 was Voicescapes, a collaboration with Danish vocalist Randi Pontoppidan on Chant Records.

For the past 31 years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City, and continues to produce recordings on the Mutable Music label, introducing current artists and repertoire, as well as presenting important historic material, previously unavailable in CD format.


The Interpretations series, now in its 31st season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Joseph Kubera, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick.

This performance is a coproduction between Roulette and Interpretations. 

Interpretations: Thomas Buckner

Thursday, March 10, 20228:00 pm
  • Proof of vaccination will be required to attend this performance in person. Learn more.
  • A live stream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing.
  • Please support Roulette this season. Donate.
Baritone ​Thomas Buckner presents his 31st annual concert premiering newly commissioned works. Program to include three new works by composer/performers, all of whom will also perform: Particle Bey by Earl Howard ​(synthesizer); Gold/Crack by ​Pauline Kim Harris ​(violin); ​and All Most the Blues by JD Parran ​(woodwinds). They will be joined by​ Conrad Harris​ (violin), Kyle Motl​ (bass), and​Andrew Drury (percussion).

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries 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.

Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including 6 solo albums, the most recent being Conversations With My Soul (Navona Records, 2021), a collection of new chamber works by acclaimed composer-pianist Bun-Ching Lam. Also released in 2021 was Voicescapes, a collaboration with Danish vocalist Randi Pontoppidan on Chant Records.

For the past 31 years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City, and continues to produce recordings on the Mutable Music label, introducing current artists and repertoire, as well as presenting important historic material, previously unavailable in CD format.


The Interpretations series, now in its 31st season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Joseph Kubera, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick.

This performance is a coproduction between Roulette and Interpretations. 

Thomas Buckner Roulette 2022 (audio)