Baritone Thomas Buckner is joined by pianist Joseph Kubera, percussionist William Winant, harpist Melanie Genin, and bassist James Ilgenfritz. This thirtieth anniversary concert continues to uphold that tradition of presenting a concert of commissioned pieces, nearly all world premieres, every season. Buckner will present Tenderness in Late Afternoon Light, by Michael Byron for voice and piano (with text by Anne Tardos); as well as Stimmen, by French composer Christian Dachez, for baritone, vibraphone, and harp (with text by Rainier Maria Rilke); [where the late sweet] BIRDS SANG by Steed Cowart, for baritone and percussion (with text by Stephen Ratcliffe); Roscoe Mitchell’s voice and piano take of the e e cummings poems “because it’s”, “this”, and “dim”; and James Ilgenfritz’s A Bell in Every Finger, settings of poems by New York poet Steve Dalachinsky for baritone, piano, percussion, and contrabass, dedicated to Muhal Richard Abrams and Cecil Taylor.
Interpretations: Thomas Buckner performs Michael Byron, Steed Cowart, Christian Dachez, James Ilgenfritz, and Roscoe Mitchell
Thursday, April 4, 2019. 8:00 pm