new music in the park
An outdoor music series featuring world-renowned artists
June 13 through August 22, 2021
Artpark’s New Music in the Park is an eclectic outdoor music series, featuring world, jazz, chamber and percussion music presented on the grounds of the park. Most concerts will take place in Emerald Grove, but the Aug 7 event will take place on Artpark's Amphitheater stage.
Not only will these events be the perfect antidote for cabin fever, they also reflect Artpark’s commitment to presenting world-class artists that challenge audiences to open their minds (and hearts) to new sounds and experiences.
Please visit our COVID info page for guidelines about attending performances at Artpark this summer
Planned programs are listed below. Click on the event titles for more info:
Sunday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
World-renowned percussion ensemble Sō Percussion delivers what The New Yorker called an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” Sō’s repertoire ranges from 20th century works by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis to contemporary composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Steven Mackey, and Caroline Shaw, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall — including Shara Nova, choreographer Susan Marshall, The National, Bryce Dessner, and many others. In short, Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and role of the modern percussion ensemble, placing it at the leading edge of 21st-century music.
Sunday, June 27, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Violin, viola, bandoneon and accordion player Dr. Moshe Shulman will lead a dynamic ensemble through a Baroque program that will also feature soprano Anne Harley and Kenneth Kam on Baroque guitar, lute and the 16th Century lute-like theorbo. They will also be joined by Ivan Docenko on keyboard.
Saturday, July 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Null Point presents a newly-developed, location-specific performance, interweaving neglected works by canonical experimental musicians Yoko Ono and Ben Patterson with new works of their own. The performance excavates and comments on the cultural origins of the public park through re-interpretations of musical figurations of Nature (particularly the “pastoral”), drawn principally from concert music and “nature sound” recordings.
Sunday, July 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop is a group of like minded composer/performers who have cultivated a unique sound through collaborative compositional, programming and performance opportunities. The group has worked with literary and theatrical artists to create new work with a contemporary jazz style. For this concert the group will perform collaborations with poets and literary artists.
Sunday, July 25, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Multi-Dimensions Quartet explores the History of Jazz music including original compositions by the group members. The group features some of the most prominent musicians in the Western New York region. Performances at schools, concert venues and clubs have established the group as a premiere ensemble for the performance of modern Jazz music.
Sunday, August 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.
The GRAMMY® award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus presents their first concerts since the pandemic lockdown. The BPC will present Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria to celebrate the joy of singing together once again, after nearly seventeen months. Rounding out the program will be the world premiere of new works by Buffalo composer Caroline Malloneé. Abigail Rockwood accompanies, with Adam Luebke conducting.
Saturday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
JP Jofre is known as one of the world’s foremost soloists on the bandoneon, the little accordion that Astor Piazzolla catapulted to fame. But Jofre is also a brilliant and pioneering composer whose work transcends nuevo tango to encompass the neo-romantic, indie classical and jazz.
The twenty-piece Alarm Will Sound once again bring their engaging, otherworldly sounds to Artpark, playing music with an irreverent charm and daring seldom heard in stodgy halls. This time, their performance will include a previous collaborative work with Queens, NY-based artist Eartheater, who distills foley-filled digital production and classical composition into works suspended between reckless romanticism and detailed sonic tapestries. When Fire is Allowed to Finish, her work with Alarm Will Sound, contains six emotionally charged movements. The music is fearlessly expressive, lush, and emotional — bound to jolt even the most jaded listener.
Sunday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Puppets of Palm - A Deforestation Wayang
Nusantara Arts performance troupe weaves an epic and moving tale of rainforest deforestation using the enchanting gamelan music of Indonesia and the inspiring shadow puppets of wayang kulit theatre. Characters from ancient wayang stories mix with new puppet creations in an adventure for the whole family to enjoy and learn from.