October 03, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Gallery Series of performing art and experimental music continues with a performance Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Thomas Buckner, baritone, will perform with Joseph Kubera, piano; Jon Gibson, wooden flute; and Matthias Kaul, percussion.

The program will include "Rainforest/Brazil (He Was Not Disappointed)," by Jon Gibson with libretto by Charles Darwin; "Their Song" by William Duckworth, a work for solo voice and piano with texts by Gertrude Stein, Henry Miller, and D.H. Lawrence; "Silence is my Voice" by Matthias Kaul, for solo voice and miniature loudspeaker; and a group improvisation.

Champion of the avant-garde

Called "a pillar of the experimental music nonestablishment" by The New York Times, Buckner has been considered a champion of the avant-garde for more than 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 marks the 19th 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, visit 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.

Composer, multi-wind instrumentalist and visual artist Jon Gibson has performed in the early works of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young and Philip Glass; his music has been performed worldwide. Recent projects include collaborations with Nina Winthrop & Dancers and music for a documentary about the Rubin Museum of Art. His opera, "Violet Fire," about the inventor Nikola Tesla, premiered last year at the National Theater in Serbia, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 3, 2007

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