tributes & absentees -

Thomas Buckner – In Absentia

For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others.

Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including 6 solo albums, the most recent being New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble, which includes works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. Buckner also appears in the CD/DVD Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet) filmed at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, which houses the Monet’s celebrated Water Lilies murals.

For the past thirty years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations series in New York City, and continues to produce recordings on the Mutable Music label, introducing current artists and repertoire, as well as presenting important historic material, previously unavailable in CD format.

Subtropics Vol. 1: Breath | Thomas Buckner performs
Music for Baritone and Slow Sweep by Alvin Lucier

Like with a couple of other artists, Tom’s physical presence and participation in this year’s festival is pending confirmation. However, we plan to feature, whether live or acousmatically, his performance of Alvin Lucier’s Music for Baritone and Slow Sweep.

— Gustavo Matamoros, artistic director, Subtropics