Music Program

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

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

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Frank Lacy (trombone)
Kevin Ray (contrabass)
Andrew Drury (drums)

1032K The Planck temperature. The temperature at which matter ceases to exist, and conventional physics breaks down. According to Nova, at this point, "strange things, unknown things, begin to happen to phenomena we hold near and dear, like space and time". Also an apt description for what happens when you mix the cerebral flamboyance of Frank Lacy's trombone with Andrew Drury's kaleidoscopic percussion, and the big broad bass sound of Kevin Ray. The three came together to explore the puzzles and possibilities inherent in utilizing this instrumentation to advance the legacy of which they're so proud to be a part.

After studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Rutgers University in New Jersey, Frank Lacy toured with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Henry Threadgill, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, The Eurythmics, Carla Bley and Don Pullen. He was a member of the first Bobby Watson Horizon Band and spent a year and a half as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Frank was an integral part of Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy as a singer, arranger and trombonist, and a member of the big bands of McCoy Tyner and David Murray. He is currently one of the longest serving members of the Mingus Big Band. He has two CDs on the Enja label: Tonal Weights and Measures, and Settegast Strut.

Andrew Drury is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and educator whose work is animated by a tendency toward exploration and expansion, balanced with a love of tradition, lyricism, humor, theater, and narrative. His formative years were devoted to jazz, centering on studies with Dave Coleman in Seattle and Ed Blackwell at Wesleyan University, and playing experiences with artists ranging from Wadada Leo Smith and Wayne Horvitz to the Basie-era trombonist Dickie Wells and a teenage Brad Mehldau. In addition to "conventional" techniques he employs friction and air pressure in combination with a variety of gears, clamps, construction site detritus, and metal objects to conjure an extreme range of frequency and texture from the drums. He has become one of very few drummers known for circular breathing and bowing a metal dust pan. Drury plays with a wide range of musicians including Jason Kao Hwang, TOTEM>, Iron Dog, Steve Swell, Jack Wright, and others. His four CDs as a bandleader feature Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Briggan Krauss, and Chris Speed among others. He has performed internationally and on more than 40 recordings with Christine Abdelnour, Michel Doneda, Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Darius Jones, Mazen Kerbaj, Denman Maroney, Andrea Neumann, Angelica Sanchez, Jenny Scheinmann, and Nate Wooley to name a few.

Kevin Ray has performed or recorded with such artists as John Stubblefield, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, Andrew Hill, Pheeroan Aklaff, Marty Ehrlich, Curtis Fowlkes, Elliott Sharp, Ray Anderson, Frank Lacy, John Hicks, The Kitchen Houseblend Band, and The Flux Quartet. He has premiered major works by a wide range of composers, including Lee Hyla, Joe McPhee and Leroy Jenkins.

Jazz programming in 2011–2012 is made possible with grant support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and public funds from the Music Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Erie County, and the City of Buffalo. Additional generous underwiting support for this concert provided by Robert D. Bielecki (