NEW MUSIC IN THE PARK

An outdoor music series featuring world-renowned artists 

June 26 through August 13, 2022

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 (specific venues are listed for each event).

Not only are these open-air events 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.


Planned programs are listed below. Click on the event titles for more info:

Sunday, June 26 at 4 p.m.

so percussion thumbnailSō Percussion with Shodekeh

Artpark Emerald Grove | $12

Sō Percussion returns to Artpark after their breathtaking performance in 2021, this time with special guest Shodekeh to perform the WNY premiere of “Vodalities: Paradigms of Consciousness for Human Voice” which they debuted at Carnegie Hall in December. The piece was written for the ensemble by Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero, the first professional breath artist and beatboxer to present a compositional work at the legendary venue.

 

 

Sunday, July 10 at 4 p.m.

Nusantara Arts

Artpark Emerald Grove | $12

Nusantara Arts was born from the growth and success of the Buffalo Gamelan Club originally formed in 2016. Gamelan music from the island of Java in Indonesia is one of the oldest continuously played musical art forms in the world, potentially dating back to 230 AD. The mission of Nusantara Arts is “To invite our community to an expansive experience in music and art, sparking dialogue about inclusion and cooperation.”

 

 

Thursday, July 14 at 8 p.m.

dakhabrakha thumbnailDakhaBrakha + the film "Earth"  

Artpark Mainstage Theater | $12

Returning to Artpark after an unforgettable concert in 2019, DakhaBraka hails from Kyiv, the now devastatingly war-torn capital city of Ukraine. With their multicultural traditional instrumentation, theatrical costuming and the quartet's astonishingly powerful vocal range, they create a transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian soil. They have built enormous critical acclaim and a large global fanbase. This time DakhaBrakha provides the live musical score to a screening of the legendary 1930 Ukrainian silent film masterpiece, “Earth.” Directed by Alexander Dovzhenko, “Earth” captures a moment in time when traditional rural life in Ukraine was about to undergo massive upheaval as a result of overwhelming political forces.

 

 

Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

squonk opera thumbnailSquonk Opera in “Hand to Hand”

Artpark Amphitheater | Free

Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, Pittsburgh’s Squonk Opera is an original progressive rock group that defies categorization. Their new production Hand to Hand features ‘The Squonkers’ as they manipulate enormous puppet hands to tell a spectacular and comic story. In this rock opera melee, giant thumbs detach to become truly opposable and challenge each other with guitars. Featuring original chamber rock music and an opportunity for audience members to come together, Hand to Hand encourages shared discovery and making a community of the imagination.

 

 

Sunday, July 24 at 4 p.m.

john bacon thumbnailThe Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop

Artpark Emerald Grove | $12

The Buffalo Jazz Composers Workshop is a group of like-minded composers/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.

 

 

Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Opera in Concert at Artpark: Up Close and Personal

Mainstage Theater | $25

Opera in Concert at Artpark: Up Close And Personal in the Mainstage Theater will be an intimate opera concert featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gil Rose along with vocalists Danielle Talamantes (Soprano), Janna Baty (Mezzo Soprano), Dominick Chenes (Tenor) and Micheal Chioldi (Baritone). The audience will be seated on the stage along with the performers and orchestra. 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, Aug 7 at 4 p.m.

windsync thumbnailWindSync

Artpark Emerald Grove | $12

WindSync has established itself as a vibrant chamber ensemble performing wind quintet masterworks, adapting beloved music to their instrumentation, and championing new works by today’s composers. The quintet eliminates the "fourth wall" between musicians and audience by often performing from memory, creating an intimate connection.

 

 

Thursday, Aug 11 at 4 p.m.

Null Point's "Water Music"

Artpark's Emerald Grove | Free

Null Point’s musicians present an extended-duration participatory performance with, in, and about the Niagara River. Taking place in the Emerald Grove and on the nearby riverfront platform, the performance samples and processes the river’s sounds through electronic and non-electronic means, utilizing experimental music and contemporary art strategies to facilitate close listening to the complex socio-ecological relations in which the river is entangled. In connection with the Lukas Foss centennial, this performance features canonical mid-twentieth century experimental music scores with water by Yoko Ono and Mieko Shiomi, and connects these scores to the Niagara region through against-the-grain interpretations focused on regional environmental justice issues. To further connect these scores to the present, the event also presents new works by emerging artists around the relationality of water(s).

 
 

 

Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m.

jp jofre thumbnailJP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band

Mainstage Theater | $12

Returning to Artpark after a moving and stunning performance last summer, the New York City-based JP Jofre Hard Tango Chamber Band, was started in 2008 by bandoneonist and composer Juan Pablo (J.P.) Jofre. The quintet focuses on Jofre’s original works as well as authentic interpretations of legendary composer Astor Piazzolla. Argentinian expatriate JP Jofre, highlighted several times by The New York Times, and praised by Lincoln Center, who called him “one of today’s leading tango artists,” has seen his reputation grow by leaps and bounds.