Music Program

Thursday, May 2, 2002

$15 general, $12 Hallwalls members, students and seniors

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Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The National Endowment for The Arts and The New York State Council on The Arts


Presented at:
the Trafalmadore Café

Hallwalls is proud to sponsor a three-week production residency and public performance by internationally renowned drummer and composer and Niagara Falls native Bobby Previte. One of the major figures of the "downtown" scene in New York in the 1980's, Bobby Previte is widely hailed both for his artful and electrifying drumming, and his highly individual and visceral compositions. During his time in Buffalo Mr, Previte will work with a broad spectrum of some of Buffalo's finest musicians to form a Buffalo version of his Voodoo Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to exploring the music of Miles Davis's landmark 1969 recording Bitches Brew.

Previte has received many grants and awards, winning Downbeat Magazine's "Composer Deserving of Wider Recognition," becoming Rolling Stone's "Hot Jazz Artist," and being one of Jazziz Magazine's "150 Who Moved Jazz." He has released many records as a leader (i.e. "Pushing the Envelope," "Empty Suits," and the seminal "Claude's Late Morning,") and has appeared on numerous others as a drummer, recording for many of the world's best labels. He has also appeared in the Robert Altman film, "Short Cuts."

In January of 1998 Mr. Previte took his quartet, Latin for Travelers, on tour to Europe and Australia, recording two live records in Sydney, which were released on the Enja label in September 1997 and 98. He also inaugurated a new record label, Depth of Field Records, which released its first CD, "Euclid's Nightmare ", a duet between Previte and John Zorn, in September of 1997. There have been three more releases. He has been commissioned to write music by groups from The Moscow Circus to Birmingham Jazz, and has been taking his music and various ensembles on tour for 20 years, from Estonia to Spain, Finland to Sicily, Germany to Slovenia, Australia to Japan and back.

Recent activities included a spring 1999 European tour by Previte's new Bump the Renaissance Band, with Ray Anderson, Marty Ehrlich, Wayne Horvitz, and Steve Swallow; a film score to the movie Maze, directed by and starring Rob Morrow; "Sunburst Wounds the Tardy Star," a series of 23 pieces based on the 23 "Constellation" paintings by Joan Miro, which premiered April 8 & 9, 2000 in Birmingham and Manchester, England; "Ponga" a cooperative electronic groove band with west coast musicians Wayne Horvitz, Skerik and Dave Palmer; "The Horse", an 11 piece ensemble that plays the music of the "Bitches Brew" period of Miles Davis; and a new studio recording in progress of Latin for Travelers, "The Wildest Bar Band on the Planet" (Sydney Morning Herald). Bump the Renaissance will tour Europe both in Summer and Fall 2000.

Previte has done numerous workshops, lectures, and master classes around the world, including Jazzschule Lucern, Switzerland, the Haus der Cultur Der Welt in Berlin, The Jazz Institute of Australia, The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and The New School in New York City. 

Bobby Previte's Voodoo Orchestra features: Bobby Previte (Drums, arrangements, director); John Bacon (Drums, percussion); Greg Piontek (Electric Bass); Mike Wagner (Rhodes piano); Joe Rozler (Keyboards, Synthesizer, Theremin); Ron Locurto (Electric Guitar); Clifton Jackson (acoustic bass); Ringo Brill (percussion); Mike Allard (alto sax); Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry (electric violin); Steve Baczkowski (Baritone Saxophone). Previte will also conduct workshops and master classes. A Hallwalls Artist-in-Residence Project (HARP).

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