June in Buffalo is busting out all over. The annual festival of new music, which harks back nostalgically to the days of the 1960s when Lukas Foss was the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director and the Creative Associates were making new music out of everything imaginable, is rolling forward this week on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.
The adventurous are warmly invited.
Every year the festival features a half dozen composers who will preside over performances and work with students. This year, the composers are UB’s David Felder in addition to Joshua Fineberg, Stephen Hartke, Philippe Hurel, Hilda Paredes and Bernard Rands. Performers include the BPO, Court-Circuit, Ensemble SIGNAL, Norrbotten Neo and the Slee Sinfonietta.
The action starts Monday through next Sunday and takes place both at UB and in the Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Ave., an attractive, bohemian venue owned by UB trumpet professor Jon Nelson and his wife.
Afternoon performances are traditionally free. More details may be found at www.music.buffalo.edu. For evening performances there is an admission charge.
Here are some highlights.
• 6:30 p.m. Friday : In Baird 250, a solo violin recital by Irvine Arditti, of the Arditti String Quartet, will showcase the music of composers exploring the instrument’s possibilities.
• 8:30 p.m. Friday: At Pausa Art House, an improvisatory trio fuses contemporary classical music and jazz. The trio is pianist Michael McNeill; John Bacon on vibraphone and percussion and vocalist Esin Gunduz.
• 7:30 p.m. Saturday: At Lippes Hall in Slee Hall, Brad Lubman conducts Ensemble Signal in music by June in Buffalo composers. Featured soloists include violinist Irvine Arditti, pianist Oliver Hagen, oboist Jacquilin LeClair and guitarist Sungmin Shin.
• 2:30 p.m. Sunday: At Lippes Hall in Slee Hall, BPO Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts the orchestra in music of Hartke and Rands.