8* Mar 5

Thursday, March 5 || 7:30 PM
CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios

Robert Ashley Portrait Concert
Tom Buckner and the FIU New Music Ensemble present a portrait of Robert Ashley in collaboration with the Subtropics Festival.

An All Robert Ashley Program:
Odalisque, for voice and 3 keyboards
The Mystery of the River, for voice and prerecorded electronic orchestra
The Producer Speaks, for voice and piano
Tract, for voice and prerecorded electronic orchestra
World War III, Just the Highlights, for voice and chorus of three doing mouth percussion

Featured Performer:

Thomas Butler 2013 NYC © Stefan Falke www.stefanfalke.comThomas Buckner, who was awarded the American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction, has for four decades championed music of the avant-garde in America and throughout the world as a performer, producer, and promoter. A former student of the legendary Metropolitan Opera baritone, Martial Singher, he was trained in the classical tradition and has continued throughout his distinguished career to broaden the scope of his vocal styles, specializing in a wide range of experimental 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 solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Harvard University, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Edinburgh Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Bienalli Festival of Venice, presenting a repertoire that includes more than 100 compositions, written for, or dedicated to him.

Thomas Buckner has participated in over 40 recordings, including six solo albums: Full Spectrum Voice [1991], Sign of the Times [1994], Inner Journey [1998], and His Tone of Voice [2001], Contexts [2006], and New Music for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble [2007] as well as collaborations with distinguished artists Borah Bergman (piano), and David Darling (cello), Earl Howard (saxophone), Gustavo Aguilar (percussion), and Wu Man (pipa). The entire discography features newly commissioned works by an impressive array of composers including Annea Lockwood, Somei Satoh, Alvin Lucier, Muhal Richard Abrams, Blue Gene Tyranny, Brian Smith, David Behrman, Robert Ashley, Petr Kotik, Tania León and many others, who utilize Buckner’s wide range of musical styles.

He also has created the Mutable Music record label to produce new recordings and reissue some important historic recordings, previously unavailable in CD format. The impressive catalog includes recordings by Randy Weston, Roscoe Mitchell, Borah Bergman, Jerome Cooper, Joseph Bacon,Earl Howard, Noah Creshevsky, and Tom Hamilton.

More information about Robert Ashley and his distinguished career in new music and pioneering operatic works.

More information about the Subtropics Biennial.

Comp Forum Tuesday 3/3 @ 8:00 PM at the Audiotheque (924 Lincoln Road)

Concert program.


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