Music Program

Thursday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m.

$12 general, $10 students/seniors, Hallwalls members

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Slavic Soul Party!


The 9th Ward
341 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY

Tickets available online now.

Heat up 2020 with an ecstatic dance party unlike any other featuring NYC's infamous hybrid Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party! and Buffalo's own pan-stylistic groove machine the 12/8 Path Band!

Fiery Balkan brass, irresistible beats, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC's official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. These nine musicians pump the sounds of New York life through a Balkan brass filter, making new music out of immigration, integration, and ingenuity. The band's Tuesday night residency in Brooklyn has become a destination for music fans from around the world, and is famous for "delivering a great time." (New York Times) In over a decade of touring North America, Europe, and beyond, SSP! has performed everywhere from Serbian schoolyards to prison courtyards, Turkish palaces to Russian baths, dive bars to Carnegie Hall, from Amsterdam to Zacatecas and Austria to Zimbabwe. The group's most recent record "SSP! Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite" (Ropeadope) is their sixth album; it "honors the tunes and spirit of the Ellington opus while adding their own flavor" (Chicago Reader), is "a pretty heavenly match" (TimeOut NY), and "a manifesto on cultural boundaries, historical lineage and how they play into individual creativity." (Wall St. Journal)

"Anytime musicians study traditions deeply, and then free themselves to follow their own whims, it's a beautiful thing. But when it comes to the brass band fusion of Slavic Soul Party! that's just the beginning ... continue reading >>


Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members

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Joseph Daley's Tuba Trio

Joseph Daley - tuba, euphonium
Scott Robinson - woodwinds
Warren Smith - drums, percussion

Joseph Daley's Tuba Trio is an exploration into the improvisational concepts of the visionary composer & multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers. Daley dedicates his new album The Tuba Trio Chronicles to the memory of his good friend and mentor Sam Rivers, with whom he played in the Rivbea Tuba Trio along with Barry Altschul. Joseph Daley is heard on tuba and euphonium and joined by Warren Smith, heard on drum set, marimba and a variety of percussion instruments, and Scott Robinson on a variety of reeds including tenor sax, bass sax, contra alto clarinet and more.

After nearly 40 years of recognition as one of the consummate sidemen on the adventurous music scene—with remarkable artists like Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Taj Mahal and so many more—Joseph Daley stunned musicians and fans alike with his brilliant CD, The Seven Deadly Sins released in 2011. The album also received rave reviews and made several Best of 2011 lists. Featuring his Earth Tones Ensemble (a full Jazz orchestra augmented by six additional low-toned horns, and including a seven-member rhythm section and four special guests), this powerfully innovative music mines the same rich vein of musical expression as that of immortals like Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington and George Russell.

Whether performing with his large ensemble; with his evocative Ebony Brass Quintet; or in the sparer solo, duo or trio contexts; sheer musicality, deeply-hewn emotion and jubilant innovation are always at the core of Joseph's most singular musical expression ... continue reading >>


Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m.

$20 general admission, $18 students/seniors, $15 members

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble


Asbury Hall at Babeville

Xenogenesis: A Tribute to Octavia Butler

Nicole Mitchell - flute/composition
Mankwe Ndosi - vocals
Darius Jones - alto sax
Chris Williams - trumpet
Angelica Sanchez - piano
Tomeka Reid - cello
Joshua Abrams - bass
Avreeayl Ra - drumset/percussion

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded "Top Flutist of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago's innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. The former first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by "creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown."


Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (BEE) is a musical celebration of the African American cultural legacy ... continue reading >>


Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.

$20 general admission, $18 students/seniors, $15 members

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Asbury Hall at Babeville

Mazz Swift - violin/voice
Tomeka Reid - cello
Silvia Bolognesi - contrabass

HEAR in NOW is a collaborative trio performing primarily original jazz-tinged avant-classical compositions. First brought together in the winter of 2009 by an Italian concert promoter for the WomaJazz festival in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, the trio, feeling a great sense of musical chemistry, have since kept the momentum going. Residing in three separate locales, the women of Hear in Now bring together elements from their indivIdual regions for a unique sound experience by exploring free improvisation along with through-composed pieces.

HEAR in NOW is comprised of Mazz Swift (NYC) on violin/vocals, Silvia Bolognesi (SI, ITALY) on doublebass and Tomeka Reid (CHI) on cello. As individuals all three are active performers in the international music scene, having performed and/or recorded with William Parker, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Butch Morris, Vernon Reid, Burnt Sugar and Members of the Black Rock Coalition, Enrico Rava, Keiko Bondjeson and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from Jan. 10, 2020
through Feb. 28, 2020

Sarah Sutton
Knots and Pulses

This exhibition by Ithaca-area artist Sarah Sutton will feature a series of monochromatic oil paintings that combine representational imagery with distortions and abstractions that create scenarios in flux. They are essentially landscape paintings, but Sutton's treatment of the landscape toys with its sense of space and the notion of the built vs. the natural environment.

Katie Bell
Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time.