February 05, 2007

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NOTICE OF CANCELLATION:  — The Gallery Series of performing art and experimental music at Bucknell University, scheduled for  Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building, has been cancelled due to weather.

Thomas Buckner, baritone, will perform with Joseph Kubera, piano, and Matthias Kaul, percussion.

The program will include "Rainforest/Brazil" by Jon Gibson; "Their Song" by William Duckworth; "Silence is my Voice" by Matthias Kaul; and a group improvisation.

Called "a pillar of the experimental music nonestablishment" by The New York Times, Buckner has been considered a champion of the avant-garde for 30 years in concert halls worldwide. His extraordinarily flexible voice spans madrigals, lieder, opera, free improvisation, extended techniques, and electronically processed wordless minimalist song. He has appeared as a soloist in opera, with orchestra, chamber and in recital.

Buckner has had a long association with composer Robert Ashley, performing a lead role in his opera Atalanta. He also works as a concert producer; this year mark the 18th season of his celebrated "Interpretations" series in New York City, one of the most prominent forums for the musical avant garde in the United States. For more information abut Buckner, link to http://www.thomasbuckner.com/

Pianist Joseph Kubera has been called "one of new music's most valued performers" by Village Voice critic Kyle  Gann. A leading interpreter of contemporary music for the past 25  years, he is a leading proponent of the music of John Cage. Kubera has been soloist at such festivals as the Berlin US Arts and Intentionen festivals, UC Berkeley's Edgefest and Carnegie Hall's When Morty Met John.

Percussionist Matthias Kaul, who began as a rock and jazz drummer, received an advanced degree in solo performance from the Hamburg Musikhochschule. He has performed with musicians and composers including John Zorn, Carla Bley, Malcolm Goldstein and Mauricio Kagel, and has made numerous concert tours of Europe, North and South America, Canada, Africa, Taiwan and India.

The performance, which is free to the public, is funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.

Posted Feb. 5, 2007