August 2018

Evolution of the Arm

Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 7-9pm 

Part of the Infringement Festival, come join us in the Boiler Room at 500 Seneca (entrance found on Myrtle near Hamburg, through the courtyard, follow the signs) for an enchanting evening with The Evolution of the Arm (Evan Courtin, violin; Megan Kyle, oboe; Michael McNeill, piano; Katie Weissman, cello; plus special guest, T.J. Borden). Doors @ 7pm, show starts @ 730pm. Sliding scale suggested admission, $10-20, but no one will be turned away.

The Evolution of the Arm performs (mostly) acoustic composed, improvised, and semi-composed/semi-improvised chamber music. The group first convened in November 2017 for a concert at Villa Maria College; their individual and collective musical explorations continue to evolve. The Evolution of the Arm consists of Evan Courtin, violin; Megan Kyle, oboe; Michael McNeill, piano; Katie Weissman, cello.  theevolutionofthearm.com

T.J. BORDEN is a musician working in and around the constraints of the cello. Though born and bred in western NY, lately he has been based in San Diego, where he spends much of his time finding ways to exploit the strengths and failures of himself and his instrument. tylerjborden.com

BSW Teaching Artists

Buffalo String Works Artist Spotlight

Friday, August 24, 2018, 7-9pm 

Join us for one of our last concerts in the Boiler Room (enter off of Myrtle at Hamburg) featuring the teaching artists of Buffalo String Works: Virginia Barron, Evan Courtin, Emily Finlan, Megan McDevitt, Yuki Numata Resnick, Jessica Tufte, and Katie Weissman. The program will consist of classical string orchestra favorites, to Arabic songs and dance tunes, to original singer-songwriter material. Stitch Buffalo will also be present at the event selling some of their wares. Sliding scale suggested admission, $10-20, but no one will be turned away. Doors @ 7pm, Program @ 730pm. Program runs about 1 hour. CASH ONLY.

Buffalo Strings Works is a creative, grassroots program serving refugee children in Buffalo, NY. Inspired by the international El Sistema model which cultivates students to be agents of social change, BSW recognizes the significance of music as a universal language, offering a creative outlet for children and their families who are searching for a sense of belonging in their new home. For more information: www.buffalostringworks.org

The mission of Stitch Buffalo is to utilize textile arts as the catalyst to create opportunities for cross-cultural community experiences and economic empowerment for resettled refugee women in Buffalo, NY. For more information: www.stitchbuffalo.org

July 2018

Photo Image: East Buffalo Media Association (EBMA), the original formation of the group that became BuffFluxus. L-R is John Toth, John Neumann, Andy Topolski, Don Metz, Michael Basinski, and Tom Topolski c. 1979

Buffffluxus: Still Flewed and Flowing Tour

Tuesday, July 11, 2018

Where: Boiler Room (500 Seneca), entrance found on Myrtle near Hamburg, through the courtyard, follow the signs.
When: Tuesday, July 11, 2018, 7-9pm
Cost: $10-20, sliding scale, CASH ONLY
Who/Flux: 
Mike Basinski
Don Metz
John Smigielski
Kristen Smigielski
Ric Royer
Kevin Thurston
Chris Fritton
Anthony Henry?
La Monte Young
Emmett and Allison may show up

Performative works in the spirit of Fluxus, Free Jazz, and New Music. (Add stuff.)

Mule Car is fun, seasons, shit, (tht's enough old for me.
Wool hat is so hard - but see what Don wants.

How is this ... save you some time.

If you wish me to do stuff I can write or give me an assignment.

Now I have to wait for the lawn fixer guy.

Or as I wrote in a new poem I have been working on

¯O He Sang to himself in tiny drops
¯O He Sang to himself:
¯the greatest poet in American! klaatu barada nikto
¯left to cut the grass on a lawn tractor
¯An actor, an actor, just an asshole on a tractor

Welks Mice, Disraeli & Matthew Daher (Detroit)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Where: Boiler Room (500 Seneca), entrance found on Myrtle near Hamburg, through the courtyard, follow the signs.
When: Tuesday, July 11, 2018, 7-9pm
Cost: $10-20, sliding scale, CASH ONLY
Who: Welks Mice, Disraeli & Matthew Daher (Detroit)

Inspired by the Serenity Prayer, Matthew Daher‘s “The Wisdom To Know the Difference” is an exploration of control on both a sonic and a spiritual level. Vocals and acoustic drums processed, blended with lush textures, triggering other sonic events at varying degrees of randomness. A song-structured web of intended and unintended sonic consequences emerges, inspired by artists such as Mount Eerie, Björk, J Dilla, and Fiona Apple. An inquiry into the limits of control, the ease/suffering of clarity/confusion around those limits. The ever-shifting nature of those limits. An analogy in sound for these human predicaments.

https://matthewdahermusic.bandcamp.com
http://www.matthewdahermusic.com/

(Photo credit for above image: Costa Sirdenis)

Disraeli is an artistic freedom project with an intent on conveying emotion through electronics. Disraeli makes a series of almost-half-hour pieces every month. You may find the 43800 Minutes series on Disraeli’s bandcamp.
https://disraeli.bandcamp.com/

Check out Welks Mice:
https://steakandcakerecords.bandcamp.com/track/welks-mice-3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtzAfwJT6aA

June 2018

Little Cake, Megan Kyle & Audrey Q. Synder (Chicago) 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Where: Boiler Room (500 Seneca), entrance found on Myrtle near Hamburg, through the courtyard, follow the signs.
When: Friday, June 29, 2018, 7-9pm
Cost: $10-20, sliding scale
Who: Little Cake Band (Ana Vafai & others), Megan Kyle (oboe) w/ Emlyn Johnson (flute) & Audrey Q. Snyder (Chicago-cello)

Audrey Q. Snyder is a cellist based in Chicago, Illinois. She is an advocate of contemporary instrumental music, having collaborated with members of Ensemble Signal, Ensemble Dal Niente, and others. Snyder is a core member of the Chicago-based Zafa Collective, a new music group founded with the idea of inclusivity (both in programming and performance) at its core. For more information visit her website: audreyqsnyder.com

For this event the Little Cake Band is composed of: Ana Vafai; songwriter & piano/vocals, Katie Weissman; cello/voice, Evan Courtin; violin, Tom Kolor; percussion, David Bailey; bass & Brianna Battista; vocals.

Megan Kyle is an oboist who performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician throughout the Western New York region. She has recently performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony in Miami, among others. As a soloist and chamber musician, she performs with the Buffalo-based new music ensemble Wooden Cities, serves as a performer and operations director for Null Point, and is a founding member of several chamber music projects in Buffalo, including the voice/oboe duo Senso di Voce. She teaches oboe and English horn at Houghton College, SUNY Geneseo, and SUNY at Buffalo and performs as a member of the Geneseo Wind Quintet.

Flutist Emlyn Johnson is a performer, educator, and presenter based in Rochester, NY. Emlyn is the director of Music in the American Wild, an initiative dedicated to celebrating the American experience through new music. MAW has premiered new works at nine national park sites across the country since 2016 and will release their first album later this year. She is also a founding director of Sunset Concerts, a community-focused chamber music series in Rochester that just completed its fifth season. Emlyn has served as the flute instructor at University at Buffalo and SUNY Geneseo and enjoys playing regularly with local ensembles including the Slee Sinfonietta and the Geneseo Wind Quintet.

May 2018

Indeterminacy Festival
Indeterminacy Festival

Free Workshops - Indeterminacy Festival 

Thursday, May 17th & Friday, May 18th 

A Tale as a Tool: Sophie Krier Lecture, Harvest what you sow
May 17, 2018
7:30 – 9:00pm
Free

Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca off of Myrtle near Hamburg St. Parking available in any of the neighboring lots
Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/y75yuf27

All around us are loose threads, waiting to be knotted up and woven into replenished stories of courage. Stories that are able to do justice to the diverse, interpersonal (and interspecies) trajectories that are constantly unfolding. We live in a world of abundance, a world thriving with possibilities; yet the dominant view in Global North societies is one grounded in scarcity and fear. Can we reconnect with the losses we encountered, and through mourning and celebration processes, seed collective imaginaries for living together?

For more information about the artist please visit:  https://www.indeterminacyfestival.com/visiting-artists

A Tale as a Tool: The Vortex Re-Scripted
Mary 18, 2018
5:30–7:30pm

Free
Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca off of Myrtle near Hamburg St. Parking available in any of the neighboring lots
Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/y78f72q2

This workshop will be held in collaboration with Nick Wasmoen, professor of digital studies and English at University at Buffalo. In this collective experience, we will re-script Poe’s novel together with the public, drawing from literary figures of maelstroms and vorteces and references proposed by Nick such as Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Hugh Kenner, Toni Morrison.

Nick will propose new elements to rescript the plot in relation with social media and multimedia flows, based on the idea that the maelstrom figure can also serve to model communication channels, and reveal connections between global issues that concern physical flows (climate change) and those that concern human flows (information and affect).

The workshop will thus result in a new novel that we will share with the participants once typed clean.

These events are hosted by University at Buffalo, Techne Institute and Media Study Department. For more information about the Indeterminacy Festival please visit their site:  https://www.indeterminacyfestival.com.

April 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2pm

Artist Talk w/ Kyla Kegler

Please join us in the Main Lobby Gallery at 500 Seneca (at the Spring & Seneca main entrance) for an afternoon with current exhibiting artist, Kyla Kegler. She'll discuss her current work on view, Chroma (color) Soma (body), a series of paintings that explores the sensual organization of color and form that is part of her University at Buffalo thesis exhibition. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in any of the neighboring lots or on the street. For those that can’t make this event, this exhibit will be on view through April 27, 2018, with the gallery open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  For more information about this event, please visit the Facebook event page

Saturday, April 7, 7-9 pm

Wooden Cities presents The Price of...

Wooden Cities is pleased to present The Price of…, a program centered around revolutionary works tied to Buffalo, NY, with an all-star line-up. The program features works which critique the structures and dependencies of modern industry and capital, as well as their costs in resources, labor, and lives. This performance will be taking place in the Boiler Room, which can be accessed by entering 500 Seneca through the gate off of Myrtle near Hamburg St. Parking is available in any of the lots surrounding the building, and on the street. For more information about this event, please visit the Facebook event page

Location: The Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca 
Doors: 7:00pm
Program begins: 7:30pm 
Tickets Available: $10-20 sliding scale
CASH ONLY

Works by: 
Frederic Rzewski – The Price of Oil (1980) 
Julius Eastman – Stay on It (1973)

Wooden Cities: 
Brendan Fitzgerald – Director/percussion
Ethan Hayden – Associate Director/voice/trombone
Evan Courtin – violin
Katie Weissman – cello
Nick Emmanuel – keyboards

Featuring guest members:
Rebecca Marin – voice
Nelson Rivera – saxophones
Tim Clarke – trumpet
Dylan Gechoff – trombone
Ian Kerr-Mace – euphonium
Kelsey Simons – French horn
Bob Fullex – percussion
Steve Lattimore – percussion
John Smigielski – percussion

Sunday, April 8, 1-6 pm

Eco-Performance Lab

 

Eco-Performance Lab is a creative workshop for a mixed group of artists and non-artists to confront ecological crises through theater. Beginning with a presentation of research and culminating in short
performances made by participants, The Lab is an introduction to Superhero Clubhouse’s approach to theater-making, offering tools to explore questions about who we are and how we move forward in our new, turbulent reality. This exciting workshop is lead by Jeremy Pickard (superheroclubhouse.org) and Zelda Soussan. 

This event is happening in the Boiler Room at 500 Seneca that can be found by entering the building off of Myrtle near Hamburg, through the black gate, following the path to the garage doors. Free parking is available in any of the neighboring lots. 

This event is free and open to the public and made available by the Techne Institute at UB and in partnership with UB Sustainability. For for more information about this event, please visit the Facebook event page

Saturday, April 21, 7-9 pm

Shade & Light present Breaking Sanity

The debut performance of double bass duo Shade & Light (Betsy Soukup & Megan McDevitt), Breaking Sanity digs into the manifestations of restrictive societal constraints on women's mental health, and their approaches to breaking free. Works by Scodanibbio, Bach, Scelsi, Soukup & McDevitt will be performed, with an opening performance by the incredible Katie Weissman (cello and electronics).

Location: Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca
Doors: 7:00pm
Program begins: 7:30pm
Tickets Available: $10-20 sliding scale
CASH ONLY

To access the Boiler Room @ 500 Seneca, enter through the gate off of Myrtle near Hamburg St. Parking is available in any of the lots surrounding the building, and on the street. For more information, please visit, the Facebook event page

Shade & Light is a duo project of childhood friends and double bassists, Megan McDevitt and Betsy Soukup. Megan attended the Norfolk New Music Workshop in 2015 and the Atlantic Music Festival’s Future Music Lab in 2017, and currently performs regularly with various new music groups in Buffalo, New York. Her artistic interests include composition, electronic music, and curating thematic programming that engages the audience in unconventional and meaningful ways. Betsy attended the John Adams/David Robertson 21st-Century American Contemporary Ensemble Workshop and Lucerne Festival in 2013, and currently performs free improvised music and her original songs throughout the metro Detroit area, where she resides. Her artistic focus has been on improvisation, songwriting, and vulnerable performance aesthetics. Both women have doctorates in bass performance from the University of Michigan. Working together they hope to create performances that are transformative for the audience as well as themselves, while collaboratively creating new works with artists from various disciplines, and engaging with a community of contemporary and rising artists through performance workshops. www.shadeandlight.org

Umberto  Crenca

Wednesday, April 25, 6-9 pm

Speaker Series: Umberto Crenca

The Cass Project is excited to announce the first speaker in a new public lecture series, Umberto Crenca. Bert is an internationally known arts and cultural leader, whom founded AS220 in Providence, RI, which played a pivotal role in the revitalization of downtown. In 2016, Bert's efforts were recognized by President Obama, as one out of the ten receipts for "White House Champions of Change for Making."

This programming has been made available in part by the financial support from University at Buffalo Arts Management Department and Humanities Institute.

Location: Atrium (3rd Floor) @ 500 Seneca
Social Hour: 6:00pm
Program begins: 7:00pm
This event is free and open to the public.

Umberto ‘Bert’ Crenca is an artist and the founder of AS220, Rhode Island’s unjuried, uncensored, all-ages home for the arts located in Providence, Rhode Island. Now in its 32nd year, AS220 serves as an international model for access, equity, and sustainability in the non-profit arts world. Bert has been internationally recognized for his work with AS220, sharing best practices with organizations as far away as New Zealand, Taiwan, Ukraine, Estonia and Kuwait. Notably, Bert recently received honorary doctorate degrees from Brown University and Roger Williams University for his commitment to community development, creating opportunity for artists, and the revitalization of downtown Providence. Bert has also served on transition boards for the last three Mayors of Providence, the Providence School Board, the Providence Downtown Improvement District (DID) Board, and the Advisory Board for the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. As a visual artist, performance artist, and musician, Bert’s works and performances have been exhibited globally in galleries and on stages including the Galleria Del Corso in Latina, Italy; La Galeria Matadero in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the RISD Museum in Providence; the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island; and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.