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Speaker: Thomas Buckner

Series: Department of Music Research Seminars


Beginning with a youthful encounter with the music of Charles Ives, Thomas Buckner will go on to discuss his long term collaborations with pioneers in electronic, computer and improvised music over the past 50 years, including David Wessel, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Ashley, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Earl Howard, Tom Hamilton, Pauline Oliveros and Phill Niblock, as time permits. Recordings of each will be played, and Alvin Lucier’s piece will be performed live.

About the speaker

For more than 40 years, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music. Buckner has collaborated with a host of new music composers including Robert AshleyNoah CreshevskyTom HamiltonEarl HowardMatthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching LamAnnea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill NiblockWadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. He has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Ostrava Days Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Buckner is featured on over 40 recordings, including 6 of his own solo albums. His most recent solo recording “New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble” includes  works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. He also appears in the CD/DVD release “Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet)” on the Mutable Music record label. This recording documents the latest in his ongoing series of collaborations between the sculptor Alain Kirili and improvising musicians and dancers. His long term collaborations include 35 years as a member of Robert Ashley’s opera company,  and performing with Roscoe Mitchell regularly since 1979.

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When and where

5.30pm - 7.30pmWednesday 24th October 2018

AG09 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom