Tuesday 21 November 2017, 7.30pm

Photo by Stefan Falke

Thomas Buckner – Songs Without Words

“An extraordinary baritone, a leading vocalist in any 20th century idiom.” – The Village Voice

Acclaimed baritone and long-time champion of new music, Thomas Buckner, returns to OTO with a program for electronics and voice composed of works written for, and dedicated to Tom, a collaborator, friend and colleague of these original pioneers of electronic music in America.

PROGRAMME

Sam Ashley (son of Robert Ashley)
Ear of the Beholder, Eye of the Storm, Benefit of the Doubt (12’)

Annea Lockwood
Duende (25')

Alvin Lucier
Music for Baritone and Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators (13')

Phill Niblock
'As Yet Untitled’ (21’)

Thomas Buckner

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.