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Buffalo: Live at Larkin – East Side Night w/4 acts!

June 22, 2016 at Larkin Square in Buffalo.

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Live music, food trucks, community groups – free parking & admission thanks to sponsors First Niagara Bank & Independent Health!

Week 4 marks our 2nd annual East Side Night, featuring the return of the Unity Band along with Larkinville debuts of jazz saxophonist Will Holton, a cappella quartet 4 B-LO, and Polonia-flavored polkas from the Buffalo Concertina All Stars!

With more theme nights and more acts than ever including 24 of 38 making their Live at Larkin debut, Larkin Square will celebrate its fifth summer of free Wednesday concerts with another diverse collection of Buffalo-bred musical acts.

Beginning earlier than ever with a wild June 1st kickoff, Live at Larkin will again offer 14 Wednesdays of at least two bands, complete with its signature collaborative encore in which the acts perform together for a uniquely fun finale. Each event also features food trucks, beverages for purchase and displays from community groups, with free admission and parking thanks to sponsors First Niagara and Independent Health.

“We’re excited to welcome the public to a new chapter of Live at Larkin with this most ambitious lineup to date for our original flagship event,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We continue to be amazed at the depth and quality of the Buffalo music scene – I can’t wait to hula hoop to these sounds of summer!”

For more information on Live at Larkin and other events in Larkinville, please visit www.larkinsquare.com.

Address: 745 Seneca St, Buffalo
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Buffalo: Live at Larkin – Sinatra’s Second Century

August 24, 2016 at Larkin Square in Buffalo.

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Live music, food trucks, community groups – free parking & admission thanks to sponsors First Niagara Bank & Independent Health!

Week 13 brings another new theme night in Sinatra’s Second Century, as two acts will look both forward and back on the songbook of Frank Sinatra, who would’ve turned 100 in 2015 – Nelson Starr & the Franciscans have been assembled just for the occasion, as Starr and a group of adventurous local musicians will put a new spin on old Sinatra songs, while the Joey Giambra Jazz Orchestra will honor the original Sinatra sound while sharing stories of The Chairman of the Board’s many visits to Buffalo.

With more theme nights and more acts than ever including 24 of 38 making their Live at Larkin debut, Larkin Square will celebrate its fifth summer of free Wednesday concerts with another diverse collection of Buffalo-bred musical acts.

Beginning earlier than ever with a wild June 1st kickoff, Live at Larkin will again offer 14 Wednesdays of at least two bands, complete with its signature collaborative encore in which the acts perform together for a uniquely fun finale. Each event also features food trucks, beverages for purchase and displays from community groups, with free admission and parking thanks to sponsors First Niagara and Independent Health.

“We’re excited to welcome the public to a new chapter of Live at Larkin with this most ambitious lineup to date for our original flagship event,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky. “We continue to be amazed at the depth and quality of the Buffalo music scene – I can’t wait to hula hoop to these sounds of summer!”

For more information on Live at Larkin and other events in Larkinville, please visit www.larkinsquare.com.

Address: 745 Seneca St, Buffalo
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Beacon: Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey

May 10, 2016 at Quinn’s in Beacon.

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“Ms. Laubrock is a saxophonist and composer with a taste for sonic provocation.”

— Nate Chinen, NY Times

“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility and when he plays the smell of invention is in the air”

— Joseph Woodard, LA Times

The wife-and-husband duo of tenor and soprano saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey will perform at a speciual Tuesday night jazz session, featuring two sets of their distinctive brand of dramatic improvisation, wide-ranging in texture and virtuosic in expression. There will be no cover charge for admission but donations for the musicians are requested.

Biographical details about the artists follow below:

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Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock resides in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London/UK.

She performed and/or recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Luc Ex, Django Bates’ Human Chain, The Continuum Ensemble and many others.

Ingrid’s current projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Orchestra, Ingrid Laubrock Sextet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include LARK,Haste,Paradoxical Frog and Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo.She is a member of Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Andrew Drury’s Content Provider, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces and Luc Ex’ Assemblée. Ingrid was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J.

Awards include the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award. Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for jazz quintet and dancers (2006), Nonet music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011 and “Vogelfrei”, a piece for chamber orchestra (ACO/Tricentric Foundation).

She won Rising Star/soprano saxophone in the 2015 in the ‘Downbeat Annual Critics Poll and won the ‘El Intruso Critics Poll for tenor saxophone in 2013.

Ingrid was Improviser in Residence 2012 in the German city Moers. The post is created to introduce creative music into the city throughout the year. As part of this she led a regular improvisation ensemble and taught sound workshops in elementary schools.

Other teaching experiences include improvisation workshops at Towson University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Baruch College, University of Michigan, University of Newcastle and many others.

She won the Rising Star on soprano saxophone and took fourth place as Rising Star on tenor saxophone for the 2015 DownBeat Critics Poll.

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Percussionist Tom Rainey was born in Los Angeles, California in 1957.

Since moving to New York City in 1979 he has performed at festivals and clubs throughout North America and Europe with a wide range of artists, including John Abercrombie, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Curson, Marc Ducret, George Gruntz, David Torn, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Joe Lovano, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Matthias Schubert, Tom Varner, WDR Big Band, Ken Werner and Denny Zeitlin.

Tom Rainey received an National Endowment for the Arts grant to compose and perform a concert of music for percussion and drums featuring Dave Samuels and Arto Tuncboyaci.

Rainey’s voluminous recording credits and the artistic caliber of the musicians he’s supported would easily place him on the A-list of drummers closely identified with the New York City modern creative jazz scene roughly from the late ’80s onward.

Tom Rainey recorded his debut album as a leader, “Pool School” for Cleanfeed Records in May 2010. The CD also features Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone. The trio’s follow-up CD “Camino Cielo Echo” was just released on Intakt Records.

Address: 330 Main St, Beacon
Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey

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Beacon: Monday Jazz Sessions – KIK (Karl Berger/Ingrid Sertso/Ken FIliano)

April 25, 2016 at Quinn’s in Beacon.

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KIK — a trio comprised of Karl Berger on vibes, Ingrid Sertso on vocals and Ken FIliano on bass — returns to the Quinn’s jazz sessions on 4/25. No cover, donations requested.

Biographical details about the artists follow below.
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Founder and director of the nonprofit Creative Music Foundation, Inc., and creative leader of the legendary Creative Music Studio, Karl Berger is dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world’s music forms. In addition to his composing and playing, Karl is known around the world for educational presentations through workshops, concerts, recordings, and with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide.

Karl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards (commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994). Professor of Composition, Artist-in- Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide, PhD in Music Esthetics.

Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley (“Grace”), Natalie Merchant (“Ophelia”), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo and others; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas (“Operazone”), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett and many others in Woodstock, New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris and Rome.

He recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Phillippines, Japan, Mexico and Brazil.

His recordings and arrangements appear on the Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia Double Moon, Douglas Music, Elektra, EMI, Enja, Island, JVC, Knitting Factory, In&Out, MCA, Milestone, Polygram, Pye, RCA, SONY, Stockholm, Vogue and others.

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Through her work with such avant-jazz musicians as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso established herself as a captivating, adventurous vocalist, capable of blending jazz, African, South American and other worldbeat influences into a distinctive, hypnotic sound.

Although Sertso didn’t become well-known until the release of Dance with It in 1994, she spent over 20 years honing her art. During the late ’60s, she lived in Europe, leading her own trios and performing with the likes of Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Karl Berger and Leo Wright; she also worked as a music teacher at several institutions in Europe. In 1972, she became a permanent resident of the United States and she released her first album, We Are You, on Calig Records. Over the next few years she taught, while she performed in North America and Europe with the likes of Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Lee Konitz, Sam Rivers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Moses, Dave Holland, Perry Robinson and Jumma Santos. In 1974, she released Kalaparush on Trio Records in Japan. It was followed in 1975 by Peace Church Concerts on India Navigation/CMC Records.

In 1975, Sertso became a faculty member at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She stayed there through 1975 and 1976, before moving to the Banff Centre of Fine Arts in Calgary, Canada. She had two residencies at Banff before moving to the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, where she became the co-director. While working at the Creative Music Studio, she began singing in the Art of Improvisation with Berger and David Inzenon. In 1979, she toured major European cities as a solo artists, supported by the Woodstock Workshop Orchestra. She also released an album on MPS Records that year.

During the early ’80s, Sertso remained a co-director at the Creative Music Studio, while continuing to record and perform with a variety of musicians, including such mainstays as Don Cherry and Karl Berger, as well as Paulo Moura, Nana Vasconcelos, Steve Gorn, Dan Brubeck and Mike Richmond. In 1984, she performed with the Music Universe Orchestra at the Kool Festival in New York and released a duet album, Changing the Time, with Berger on Horo Records in Italy. She also toured Europe twice during this time and she also toured West Africa with Olatunji and Aiyb Dieng.

Sertso’s career picked up momentum during the latter half of the ’90s. She held a series of concerts and workshops in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she regularly tour the US on club and festival circuit. Sertso also toured Europe twice and sang solo vocals on Berger’s orchestral ballet, The Bird. She was one of the co-leaders of Rhythm Changes, who released the Jazzdance album on ITM Records. During these five years, she also performed and recorded with a variety of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Lee Konitz, Frank Luther, Anthony Cox, Leroy Jenkins, Jimmy Cobber, Linda Montano and Karl Berger.

In 1990, Sertso catapulted back into the mainstream jazz spotlight through her version “Until the Rain Comes” on Don Cherry’s Multi Kulti album. Shortly afterward, she began working on a new album, but she became sidetracked by collaborating with Karl Berger and guitarist Paul Koji Shigihara. The trio blended original compositions with Sertso’s poetry, improvisations and interpretations of traditional tune. Sertso also regularly performed poetry readings at the Tinker Street Cafe in Woodstock and the Knitting Factory in New York, and she also regularly played clubs along the Northeast coast. In 1994, she released her comeback album Dance with It, which earned postitive reviews. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

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Bass player, composer, improviser, Ken FIliano has been performing throughout the world for thirty years, collaborating with leading artists in multiple genres, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken leads two quartets, Quantum Entanglements, and Baudalino’s Dilemma (Vinny Golia, Warren Smith, Michael TA Thompson), and is a co-leader of The Steve Adams/Ken Filiano Duo and TranceFormation (Connie Crothers, Andrea Wolper.) His extensive discography includes a solo bass CD, “subvenire” (NineWinds), and “Dreams From a Clown Car” (Clean Feed), which presents his compositions for his quartet, Quantum Entanglements (Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, Michael TA Thompson). Ken has performed and/or recorded with Karl Berger, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, Connie Crothers Quartet, Bill Dixon, Ted Dunbar, Giora Feidman Quartet, Vinny Golia ensembles, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Kao Hwang, Joseph Jarman, Raul Juanena, Joelle Leandre, Frank London, Tina Marsh, Warne Marsh, Dom Minasi, Barre Phillips, Roswell Rudd, ROVA Saxophone Qt., Paul Smoker, Fay Victor Ensemble, Pablo Zielger, and many more. Ken is on the teaching roster at the New School in New York, and is a guest artist lecturer at School of Visual Arts and Hunter College (New York). He teaches master classes in bass and improvisation, and has a private bass studio in Brooklyn.

Address: 330 Main St, Beacon
Monday Jazz Sessions - KIK (Karl Berger/Ingrid Sertso/Ken FIliano)

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New York: Symphonics Live

August 21, 2016 at Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

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Symphonics Live is the multidisciplinary evening produced and hosted by Shawn “Mr. Symphonics Live” Randall. Symphonics Live is an evening that showcases the finest poets and singer/songwriters in NY. Along with elements of dance and improvisation, Symphonics Live promotes Generosity, Love, and Creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through performing and visual arts. Symphonics Live has performed for crowds of people at the the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Zipper Factory Theater, and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 at the door Get Your Tickets Here –> http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543003

Address: 308 Bowery, New York
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Trumansburg: Hey Mavis

April 22, 2016 at Rongovian Embassy in Trumansburg.

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Hey Mavis was born in 2009 as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Michael Stanley Christmas compilation CD and immediately agreed to produce their debut album, Red Wine. The CD quickly climbed the national Folk DJ-L radio charts, peaking at #5 for overall artist while the songs “Red Light” and “Red Wine” peaked at #5 and #9. The CD finished the year at #13 in Folk Alley’s “Top CD’s of 2010” alongside new releases by Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Chieftains, and Bob Dylan.

In 2013, Dixon produced their second release, Honey Man, which incorporated a fatter sound with guitar, drums, harmonica, and string arrangements. This appealed to a more mainstream audience, and Honey Man outsold its predecessor Red Wine by a factor of two while continuing to amass favorable reviews from across the globe.

Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala produced their most recent 2015 release, What I Did. Chuck Auerbach, who wrote the lyrics to the Black Keys song Hard Row, co-wrote the title track, “What I Did” with Hey Mavis.

Over the past five years, Hey Mavis has methodically ramped-up touring efforts, moving from humble porch concerts in the Cuyahoga Valley to successes that include a recent appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage, two overflow shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and seven consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio.

“MARVELOUS—you heard words like that after Hey Mavis played two packed shows last June (2014) at the Little Theatre during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival…This is a charming—and serious—banjo-driven sound…adds up to rocking Appalachian music from Akron, Ohio.”
-The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Address: 1 W Main St, Trumansburg
Hey Mavis

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New York: Symphonics Live

December 11, 2016 at Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

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Symphonics Live is the multidisciplinary evening produced and hosted by Shawn “Mr. Symphonics Live” Randall. Symphonics Live is an evening that showcases the finest poets and singer/songwriters in NY. Along with elements of dance and improvisation, Symphonics Live promotes Generosity, Love, and Creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through performing and visual arts. Symphonics Live has performed for crowds of people at the the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Zipper Factory Theater, and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 at the door Get Your Tickets Here –> http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543013

Address: 308 Bowery, New York
Symphonics Live

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New York: Symphonics Live

October 16, 2016 at Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

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Symphonics Live is the multidisciplinary evening produced and hosted by Shawn “Mr. Symphonics Live” Randall. Symphonics Live is an evening that showcases the finest poets and singer/songwriters in NY. Along with elements of dance and improvisation, Symphonics Live promotes Generosity, Love, and Creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through performing and visual arts. Symphonics Live has performed for crowds of people at the the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Zipper Factory Theater, and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 at the door Get Your Tickets Here –> http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543010

Address: 308 Bowery, New York
Symphonics Live

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New York: Symphonics Live

November 20, 2016 at Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

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Symphonics Live is the multidisciplinary evening produced and hosted by Shawn “Mr. Symphonics Live” Randall. Symphonics Live is an evening that showcases the finest poets and singer/songwriters in NY. Along with elements of dance and improvisation, Symphonics Live promotes Generosity, Love, and Creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through performing and visual arts. Symphonics Live has performed for crowds of people at the the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Zipper Factory Theater, and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 at the door Get Your Tickets Here –> http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543011

Address: 308 Bowery, New York
Symphonics Live

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New York: Symphonics Live

September 18, 2016 at Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

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Symphonics Live is the multidisciplinary evening produced and hosted by Shawn “Mr. Symphonics Live” Randall. Symphonics Live is an evening that showcases the finest poets and singer/songwriters in NY. Along with elements of dance and improvisation, Symphonics Live promotes Generosity, Love, and Creativity through the continual exploration of humanity through performing and visual arts. Symphonics Live has performed for crowds of people at the the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, Joe’s Pub, Zipper Factory Theater, and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.

TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 at the door Get Your Tickets Here –> http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543008

Address: 308 Bowery, New York
Symphonics Live

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