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Performance: viDEO sAVant w/ Ubudis Quartet

Friday, April 5, 2013, 8:30 pm

A performance by viDEO sAVant

FREE for Members / $5 for non-members

Audiences will be in for a treat as viDEO sAVant makes Spontaneous Cinema, performances in which images and sounds are improvised in real-time in front of the audience. As the musicians watch the screen, they react to the flow of pictures, the music evolving in response to the visual score. The images, in turn, are composed and manipulated in response to the music. The work is improvisational, with an emphasis on process and the dynamic evolution of the material, as sound and image lead each other back and forth in the mix.

For this show, a special set will be constructed with an emphasis on visual material drawn from the history of avant-garde cinema, blended with elements taken from science fiction films and nature documentaries. The image mix will re-contextualize this footage through selection, repetition, and juxtaposition, resulting in a new “film,” and a new soundtrack, composed live in front of the audience.

viDEO sAVant have been performing since the early 1990s. The group has appeared in a wide variety of contexts and with a broad range of Sonic collaborators. Recent appearances include performances at International House Philadelphia; New Genre Festival, Tulsa; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.; and the San Francisco Cinematheque. 

The Ubudis Quartet features Mexican guitarist Omar Tamez and Buffalo-based musicians Steve Baczkowski (saxophones, clarinets, and ethnic woodwinds), Jonathan Golove (electric cello), and John Bacon (percussion). The group takes its name from Ubudo, a composition by Omar’s father, Nicandro Tamez. Ubudo is a graphic score whose title is a neologism meaning roughly “the place where the players can play.” The Ubudis Quartet, which has performed together in the United States and Mexico over the past ten years, works with a wide range of score materials, from the traditionally notated to the purely graphic, in an improvisational approach that has roots in both jazz and contemporary classical music.

About the Performers

John Bacon, Percussion

Bacon has performed with Lester Bowie, Roswell Rudd, Bobby Previte, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bobby Militello, and as featured soloist with the SUNY Fredonia percussion ensemble. Equally skilled as a percussionist and trap drummer, he has been a member of (hatArt) recording artists The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble and has led his own ensembles. His music has been performed by a diverse collection of musicians, including The Amherst Saxophone Quartet , Leroy Jenkins, the New Jazz Orchestra of Buffalo, the New York New Music Ensemble, Amanda Deboer and the Colorfield Ensemble, Duo Cuentista, Ensemble Laboratorium, and the UB Percussion Ensemble. He has toured in England, Italy, Canada, and the United States.

Steven Lee Baczkowski, Winds
Bazkowski performs with ensembles The 12/8 Path Band, Genkin Philharmonic, Ubudis Quartet, and Rey Scott’s Unusually Different; in duos with percussionists Ravi Padmanabha and John Bacon and guitarists Bill Nace and Bill Sack; and in numerous other ensembles and solo performances. He has collaborated with many renowned musicians, including William Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Douglas Ewart, Paul Flaherty, Tony Conrad, Thurston Moore, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jin Hi Kim, and Chris Corsano. Steve has appeared at festivals in North America, Mexico, and Europe and has performed at CBGB, Tonic, and The Stone in New York; The Velvet Lounge in Chicago; and Casa Del Popolo in Montreal. Since 1999, Baczkowski has been the Music Director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, where he has produced and presented more than 300 concerts of contemporary music and multimedia performances.

Jonathan Golove, Electric Cello
Golove performs improvised music, as well as new and traditional classical works. He has made appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival, the International Meeting of Jazz and New Music (Monterrey, Mexico), the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Automne (Paris), Lincoln Center Festival, June in Buffalo, and the Festival del Centro Histórico (Mexico City). He has been featured as an acoustic cello soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and New York Virtuoso Singers; and as theremin cello soloist with the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, and International Contemporary Ensemble.

Omar Tamez, Guitar
Tamez has been leading the group “Non Jazz” for more than fifteen years. It has made appearances in Mexico, the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Turkey, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Japan. Tamez has played and/or recorded with musicians such as Ramón López, Gebhard Ullmann, Reggie Workman, Sonny Fortune, Andrew Cyrille, André Jaume, Bruce Arnold, Tom Hamilton, Harri Sjöstrom, Kalle Kalima, Jonathan Golove, Lisa Sokolov, Felix Petry, Gabriele Hasler, Beñat Achiary, Agust Fernández, Michael Vlatkovich, Marcos Miranda, Nico Morelli, Mikko-Ville Luolajan-Mikkola, John Bacon, Greg Piontek, Ratzo B. Harris, Steve Baczkowski, Neil Swainson, and Ronnie Burrage.

Charles Woodman, Images
Woodman has been working in the field of Electronic Art for more than thirty years. His recent projects have concentrated on the integration of video with live performance, often in collaboration with musicians or dancers, and on the creation of multi-image video installations for museums and galleries. Exhibitions of his work include screenings at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Block Museum of Art in Chicago; the Black Maria Film and Video Festival in Edison, New Jersey; the American Dance Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the San Francisco Cinematheque. Woodman was a founding member of the video performance group viDEO sAVant and has been a pioneer in the development of live cinema: real time video editing as live performance.


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