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Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series: Tim Berne/Snakeoil at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on January 26, 2014

January 13, 2014

Buffalo, NY – The 2013–2014 Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series will present the acclaimed quartet Tim Berne/Snakeoil at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 3 pm. A pre-concert conversation, “Meet the Composer,” with Tim Berne, will take place at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members and can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk, by calling the museum at 716.270.8292, or online at www.albrightknox.org/education/artofjazz.

With an intrepid three-decade career that has firmly established him as one of the Top 10 Essential New York Jazz Icons (TimeOut New York), alto saxophonist/ composer (and Syracuse, New York native) Tim Berne is “one of the most cogent, clear-eyed figures to come out of the American jazz vanguard” (The Buffalo News). Berne has recently garnered universal acclaim with his new ensemble Snakeoil. Their eponymous first album for ECM Records, produced by the legendary Manfred Eicher, made numerous critics’ lists for the top 10 best releases of 2012. This fascinating contemporary chamber-like group highlights Berne’s highly original composing style to stunning effect—Snakeoil creates essential twenty-first century jazz that is “rich, absorbing, multi-hued, and continually surprising” (London Jazz News). With more than four years together, Berne and his band of New York standouts—pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega and drummer/percussionist Ches Smith—upped the ante with their recent 2013 ECM release Shadow Man, a recording that “in trying to capture Snakeoil’s live performance in detail and dynamic, is not only successful, it reveals this band at a peak of instinctive, intuitive creativity and imagination” (Thom Jurek, All About Jazz).  

For more information on Time Berne/Snakeoil, visit: http://player.ecmrecords.com/tim-berne-snakeoil.

Now in its fifteenth season as the most successful music series of its kind in Western New York history, Art of Jazz has established the Albright-Knox Auditorium as one of the premier venues for live jazz in North America. The 2013–2014 series will continue with Ambrose Akinmusire (March 23, 2014, 3 pm), and Cécile McLorin Salvant (April 26, 2014, 8 pm).

Individual concert tickets are $25 for Members and $29 for non-members. Season tickets, for all four concerts, are available at a discounted rate of $90 for Members. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Admissions Desk or online at www.albrightknox.org/education/artofjazz.

AK Café serves brunch on Sundays from noon to 3 pm and will serve dinner before the concerts on Saturday, November 2, 2013, and Saturday, April 26, 2014, starting at 5 pm. For reservations, which are highly recommended, please call 716.270.8223.

The Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Hunt Real Estate. It is produced by Bruce Eaton and organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Tim Berne/Snakeoil concert has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Christi and Bruce Reinoso.

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