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Past Events

This page includes an archive of past Wooden Cities concerts. Recent performances have included performances of works by Michael Pisaro, Julius Eastman, Charles Ives, Isang Yun, and even David Bowie, as well as premieres of new works by Buffalo composers. To see a list of upcoming events, click here.

Wooden Cities
April 14, 2017
Buffalo State College: Ciminelli Recital Hall
Women in the Electronic Arts
Wooden Cities caps off a two-day residency at Buffalo State College's Digital Music Production program with a concert of works emphasizing the contribution of female composers in electroacoustic music.
Anna Meredith - Lylat (2008)
Gayle Young - Usque ad Mare (1981)
Yoko Ono - Pieces for Orchestra (1962)
Amanda Stuart - Not Missing You (2013)
Gayle Young - Along the Periphery (1993)
Kaija Saariaho - Jardin Secret II (1986)
Pauline Oliveros - Buffalo Jam (1982)
7:30pm
$10 general (Buff State students free)
purchase tickets here
February 10, 2017
Houghton College Center for the Arts
Cobra @ Houghton
Wooden Cities performs a concert of new and improvisatory works during a residency at Houghton College's Greatbatch School of Music. Program to include John Zorn's Cobra, as well as compositions by Buffalo-based composers.
Ethan Hayden - in the beginning was the word (2014)
Zane Merritt - In Memoriam Brooks Frederickson (2009)
Anthony Braxton - Composition No. 358 (2006)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
Michael Pisaro - "Time May" from Tombstones (2012)
Pauline Oliveros - Antiphonal Meditation (1979)
Julius Eastman - Stay On It (1973) additional works TBA
7:30pm
October 27, 2016
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Examples of Excess
Wooden Cities collaborates with James Currie, a well-known musicologist currently teaching at the University at Buffalo, to create a performance piece around a lecture on music, philosophy, and critical theory.

Both tragic and comic at the same time, Examples of Excess explores the excesses (emotional, political, and sexual) that haunt the fringes of our seemingly normal, day-to-day professional activities. Although the piece was not composed with any particular political agenda in mind, it is nevertheless pervaded by a sense of the extraordinary instability of the world we now inhabit and the resultant fragility of the professional roles to which we must therefore strive to conform. Its drama is a seemingly quite mundane affair in which, before an on-stage audience, an academic music historian is introduced, gives a lecture, and then answers some questions. But at every moment excessive emotions, ranging from fury and euphoria to profound despair, explode into its framework. The result is an accumulating sequence of disturbing and hilarious crises in which even the distinction between the lecturer and the music he is supposedly discussing starts to collapse. Like a kid in a candy store, the piece voraciously consumes all and any available performance gestures or clichés so that at its conclusion all that is left is the pleasures that have been gained from the excesses of the performance itself. And perhaps in the world we presently live in, that is the only conclusion to be drawn.

James Currie - Examples of Excess (2006)
  1. Scena ed aria
  2. Scherzo serioso
  3. Finale in the Style of Comic Opera
8:00pm
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
September 10, 2016
Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Residency
Social Improvisation and Action
Wooden Cities presents a series of improvisation workshops with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (Philadelphia). Utilizing John Zorn's Cobra, the ensemble will demonstrate free improv practices as students explore various modes of improvisation. Students will also reflect on their role as an artist and music-maker in society and what it means to work together.
10:00am - Wind Symphony workshop
1:00pm - Ripieno workshop
3:00pm - Concertino workshop
July 15, 2016
Starlight Studio & Art Gallery
Composing Graphic Music
Wooden Cities collaborates with Starlight Studio & Art Gallery, a vibrant art studio located in downtown Buffalo that supports adults with disabilities in their artistic development. Starlight artists will create unique contemporary music which the ensemble will then perform. (The exhibition, Conjuring a Rumpus will be on display in the gallery). Event funded by a DEC grant from Arts Services Initiative of WNY and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Program TBA
7:00pm
340 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo NY 14202
free admission
April 28, 2016
Pausa Art House
Wooden Cities & Girilal Baars
2016 Concert Series - Program II: MultipliCities
Wooden Cities is excited to host Swedish vocalist/composer Girilal Baars for a collaborative program at Pausa Art House. Concert to feature two of Baars' pieces, including the premiere of a new work for voice and oboe.

Girilal Baars - Fair Margaret (2015)*
Girilal Baars - Two-Timing (2012)*
Girilal Baars - All aboard the Maple Leaf (by way of Mayakovsky and bpNichol) (2016)**
John Cage - selections from Songbooks (1970)

John Cage - Imaginary Landscape No. 1 (1939)
Colin Tucker - Morass (2010, rev. 2015)
Louis Andriessen - selections from The Memory of Roses (1961-1993) Cornelius Cardew - Treatise (1967)

*North American premiere
**world premiere

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
March 10, 2016
Pausa Art House
(mis)alignments: Wooden Cities & Ensemble Suplex
2016 Concert Series - Program I
Wooden Cities shares a bill at Pausa Art House with Buffalo's newest new music quartet: Ensemble Suplex. Program to feature works by Andriessen, Birtwistle, Pisaro, as well as works by Buffalo composers John Bacon, Ethan Hayden, and Zane Merritt.

Morton Feldman - The King of Denmark (1964)
Harrison Birtwistle - An Interrupted Endless Melody (1991)
Michael Pisaro - "Time May" from Tombstones (2012)
John Bacon/Chris Jentsch - selections from This with That (2015)
Ethan Hayden - Let's celebrate our corpse-strewn future! (2015)*
Louis Andriessen - Workers Union (1975)

*premiere performance

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
January 15, 2016
Greece Olympia High School
John Zorn's Cobra Workshop/Performance
Wooden Cities teams up with frequent-collaborator Aaron Staebell and the Greece Olympia Jazz Band for a workshop and performance of John Zorn's Cobra.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
7:00pm
December 9, 2015
Houghton College
Megan Kyle Faculty Recital
Wooden Cities joins oboist Megan Kyle for her Houghton faculty recital, and a performance of John Zorn's classic game piece, Cobra.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
October 11, 2015
Kleinhans Music Hall
A Kalevala Duo, Playing Bones
Wooden Cities collaborates with Finnish artist Pia Lindman, an expert in the ancient Finnish Kalevala healing tradition. The duo will bring to avant-garde performance an ancient Finnish therapeutic modality and vernacular tradition. Part of FinnFest 2015 in Buffalo.

6:00pm
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, New York 14201
tickets from $15
August 15, 2015
Pausa art house
Michael McNeill Farewell Concert
Wooden Cities performs with composer, pianist, and Wooden Citizen Michael McNeill, wishing him a fond farewell as he leaves Buffalo. Concert also to feature performances by John Bacon, Kelly Bucheger, Mari McNeil, and Ravi Padmanabha.

Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
July 19, 2015
ArtPark
Music in the Woods
Wooden Cities plays a free summer concert in Artpark's Lower Park Emerald Grove area, overlooking the Niagara River.
Arthur Honneger - Petite Suite, H. 89
Simon Stockhausen - "Neues Jahr" from Musik für Junge (1976)
Webern - Drei Kleine Stücke, Op. 11 (1914)
Pauline Oliveros - The Witness (1980)
Elliott Carter - Canon For Three (in memoriam Igor Stravinsky) (1971)
Mauricio Kagel - General Bass (1971)
Julius Eastman - Stay On It (1973)
4:00pm
free & open to public
July 10, 2015
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Silent/Sound Series
Wooden Cities teams up with Buffalo-based experimental band Cages to perform a live score to Hollis Frampton's avant garde poetry film Zorns Lemma as part of Squeaky Wheel's Silent/Sound Series.
8:30pm
free & open to public
July 8, 2015
Wooden Cities & Cages on Upstate Soundscape
Wooden Cities and Cages guest host WBNY's The Upstate Soundscape, presenting a wide variety of music and talking about the upcoming Squeaky Wheel Silent/Sound Series performance. Audio available here.
10:00pm - 12:00am, WBNY
May 1, 2015
Albright–Knox Art Gallery
Classical to Contemporary
Presented by Young Audiences of Western New York. Wooden Cities presents a program which places contemporary music in a historical context, putting on display the tradition that extends from Bach, through Schoenberg and Cage, to contemporary, Buffalo-based composers.
JS Bach - Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major (1720)
JS Bach - Sinfonia from Cantata No. 12 (1714)
Arnold Schoenberg - Klavierstück, Op. 33b (1931)
Charles Ives - "Serenity" from 114 Songs (1919)
John Cage - ¢Composed Improvisation for snare drum alone (1987)
Julius Eastman - Stay On It (1973) [excerpt]
Michael Pisaro - "Blues Fall" & "New Orleans," from Tombstones (2012)
Will Redman - Book (2006)
5:30pm
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
April 17, 2015
Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Wooden Cities & Ryan Ross Smith
Wooden Cities performs live-video scores by composer Ryan Ross Smith.
Ryan Ross Smith - Study no. 40.3.1
Ryan Ross Smith - Study no. 45.1
44 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
April 3, 2015
Pausa Art House
O Swan: Good Friday Music by Buffalo Composers
Spring Concert Series - Program I
Wooden Cities plays a Good Friday program centered on two important minimalist works from the 1970s: Gavin Bryars's Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet and Julius Eastman's rarely-performed Stay on It. The program also features two classic Morton Feldman pieces and recent works by local composers, including new pieces by Michael McNeill and Zane Merritt and a new arrangement of Samuel Barber's "The Crucifixion" by Nathan Heidelberger.
Samuel Barber - "The Crucifixion" from Hermit Songs (1953)*
Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1975)
Julius Eastman - Stay On It (1973)
Morton Feldman - The Viola in My Life III (1970)
Morton Feldman - Voice, Violin, and Piano (1976)
Michael McNeill - Sine Nomine (2014)
Zane Merritt - Magenta Ice Cream Attack (2015)
Michael Pisaro - selections from Tombstones (2012)

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Nathan Heidelberger

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
April 3, 2015
St. Joseph's University Parish
Music for the Passion
Wooden Cities performs works by Bryars and Barber as part of St. Joseph's annual Good Friday concert.
Samuel Barber - "The Crucifixion" from Hermit Songs (1953)*
Gavin Bryars - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1975)

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Nathan Heidelberger

1:15pm
free admission
January 26, 2015
UB Center for the Arts
PLASMA 2015
Wooden Cities performs works by sound and concrete poets as part of the UB Department of Media Study's PLASMA series.

Gertrude Stein - From "In" *
Jackson Mac Low - 1st Milarepa Gatha (1976)
Evan Courtin - Good Form (2011)
Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014)
Steve McCaffery - Carnival (1967-75)
Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946)*
Michael Pisaro - "Why" from Tombstones (2012)

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

5:00pm (WC performs at 8:00pm)
UB Center for the Arts (112)
January 19, 2015
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo
MLK Day Happening
Wooden Cities teams up with Daniel Bassin, Steve Baczkowski, and the UUCB choir for a meditation concert celebrating/reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Arvo Pärt - Solfeggio (1964)
Karlheinz Stockhausen - "Capricorn" & "Aquarius" from Tierkreis (1975)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
Terry Riley - In C (1964)
Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah" (1984)
1:00pm
695 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
January 10, 2015
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Cages CD Release
Wooden Cities teams up with Buffalo band Cages to celebrate the release of their latest record, Vivipary.
Program TBA
8:00pm
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
December 20, 2014
Pausa Art House
A Very-er Wooden Christmas
Fall Concert Series - Program II
Wooden Cities returns to Pausa to perform more live film scores to some classic (and not-so-classic) silent Christmas films
D.W. Griffith - A Trap for Santa (1909)
Edwin S. Porter - The Night Before Christmas (1905)
Edwin S. Porter - A Winter Straw Ride (1906)
Frank Kleinshchmidt - Santa Claus (1925)
Edison Manufacturing Company - A Christmas Carol (1910)
Cricks and Martin - Making Christmas Crackers (1910)
[producer unknown] - A Holiday Pageant at Home (1901)
8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
December 9, 2014
UB North Campus
Young Composers Workshop
Wooden Cities reads works by UB composition students.
Program TBA
5:00pm
free admission
October 25, 2014
Pausa art house
Aaron Staebell and Wooden Cities+
Fall Concert Series - Program I
Wooden Cities plays a program of new works by Buffalo composers, splitting the bill with Aaron Staebell's Solo Drum Solo project. The program will feature guest performers Meredith Gilna (bass) and Glenn Einschlag (bassoon).
Zane Merritt - [premiere of new work]
Jeffrey Stadelman - Sea Change (1989)
Meredith Gilna - Jack Green (2014)
Robert Phillips - Larghetto Rubato (2010)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
September 11, 2014
Burchfield Penney Art Center
EPC@20: Second Decade Celebration & Symposium
Wooden Cities performs works by sound and concrete poets as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of UB's Electronic Poetry Center.
Georges Aperghis - Récitation No. 7 (1978)
Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014)
Jackson Mac Low - 1st Milarepa Gatha (1976)
Jackson Mac Low - Free Gatha 1 (1978)
Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946)*
*arr. by Ethan Hayden

7:00pm
free admission
August 28, 2014
Talking Leaves Bookstore
33⅓ Book Launch
Wooden Cities plays sound poetry pieces and Sigur Rós arrangements as part of the release of Ethan Hayden's book for the 33⅓ series. Event to take place at Buffalo's Talking Leaves bookstore.
Sigur Rós - Samskeyti (2002)
Sigur Rós - Njósnavélin (2002)
F.T. Marinetti - Zang Tumb Tumb (1914)
7:00pm
3158 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
August 16, 2014
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
University Heights Arts Association Festival
Wooden Cities performs a special program of graphic music as part of the University Heights Arts Association's UHAA Festival.
Will Redman - Book (2006)
1:00pm
3107 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
August 13, 2014
Mill Middle School
Sight as Sound: Making Meaning from Symbols
Presented by Young Audiences of Western New York. Wooden Cities presents a program of graphic music as part of professional development for music and special education teachers in the Williamsville School District. The program demonstrates various literacies in music and beyond, engages educators to compose, and reflects on effective assessment in the arts.
9:00am
505 Mill Street
Buffalo, NY 14221
July 19, 2014
Pausa art house
TJ Borden Farewell Concert
Wooden Cities performs with TJ Borden, and wishes him a fond farewell as he leaves Buffalo. Concert also to feature performances by Jonathan Golove, Dan Bassin, Bill Sack, Steve Baczkowski, Ravi Padmanabha, and numerous others.

JS Bach - Suite No. 3 in C Major (1723)
Tom Pierson - Invention (1974)
Morton Feldman - Projection 1 (1950)
Viktor Suslin - Madrigal (1998)
Brice Johnson - Afterthought (2014)
Zane Merritt - In Memoriam Brooks Frederickson (2009)
Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
July 17, 2014
UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
Sight as Sound: Making Meaning from Symbols
Educational outreach workshop and performance on graphic notation for "Language and the Creative Arts" summer intensive program. Students ages 7-17 perform and compose pieces utilizing text and traditional and non-traditional music notation.
1:30pm
Biomedical Education Building
University at Buffalo South Campus
June 26, 2014
PAUSA Art House
Wooden Cities and Ensemble Pamplemousse
Wooden Cities shares the bill with NYC-based composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse.
Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe solo (1969)
Zane Merritt - The Reputation (2013)
Matt Sargent - Tide (2011, rev. 2013)
Michael Pisaro - "Why" from Tombstones (2012)
8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7 cover
June 21, 2014
Toledo, OH: Robinwood Concert House
Rust Belt Citizens
Summer Tour - Program V
Wooden Cities' final stop on their Rust Belt tour, Toledo Ohio's Robinwood Concert House.

Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe solo (1969)
Michael Pisaro - "Blues Fall" from Tombstones (2012)
Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014)
Zane Merritt - Hot Cola (2013)
Pauline Oliveros - Wind Horse (1989)
Steve McCaffery - Dilemma of the Meno (1991)
Michael Pisaro - "Why" from Tombstones (2012)

Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946)*
Steve McCaffery - Love Song (1984)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

10:00pm (doors 9:00pm)
2564 Robinwood Avenue
Toledo, OH 43610
June 20, 2014
Louisville, KY: Dreamland
Rust Belt Citizens
Summer Tour - Program IV
Wooden Cities' fourth stop on their Rust Belt tour, Louisville, Kentucky's Dreamland. The evening will also feature a performance by onewayness and dRachEmUsiK.

Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*
Michael Pisaro - "Blues Fall" from Tombstones (2012)
Michael McNeill - Heptagram (2014)
Michael Pisaro - "Tombstone" from Tombstones (2012)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Zane Merritt - In Memoriam Brooks Frederickson (2009)

John Zorn - Cobra (1984)

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

9:00pm (doors 8:00pm)
810 E. Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
June 19, 2014
Indianapolis, IN: Butler University
Rust Belt Citizens
Summer Tour - Program III
Wooden Cities' third stop on their Rust Belt tour, Butler University in Indianapolis Indiana. The ensemble will also read works by student composers at a workshop earlier in the day.

Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe solo (1969)
Zane Merritt - Hot Cola (2013)
Michael McNeill - Heptagram (2014)
Zane Merritt - The Reputation (2013)
Steve McCaffery - Dilemma of the Meno (1991)
Michael Pisaro - "Why" from Tombstones (2012)

Matt Sargent - Tide (2011, rev. 2013)
Jeffrey Stadelman - Koral 8 (2009)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

8:00pm
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
free admission
June 18, 2014
Lafayette, IN: Spot Tavern
Rust Belt Citizens
Summer Tour - Program II
Wooden Cities' second stop on their Rust Belt tour, Lafayette, Indiana's Spot Tavern.

Julius Eastman - Our Father (1989)
Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*
Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe solo (1969)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Jeffrey Stadelman - Koral 8 (2009)
Michael McNeill - Heptagram (2014)
Michael Pisaro - "Why" from Tombstones (2012)

Zane Merritt - The Reputation (2013)
JS Bach - O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden**
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
Tom Waits - Anywhere I Lay My Head (1985)*

*arr. by Ethan Hayden
**arr. by Nathan Heidelberger

9:00pm
409 South 4th Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
June 17, 2014
Cleveland, OH: Guide to Kulchur
Rust Belt Citizens
Summer Tour - Program I
Wooden Cities' first stop on their Rust Belt tour, Cleveland Ohio's Guide to Kulchur.

Steve McCaffery - Love Song (1984)
Michael Pisaro - "Fool" from Tombstones (2012)
Zane Merritt - The Reputation (2013)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946)*
Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*
Michael Pisaro - "Why" from Tombstones (2012)

Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe solo (1969)
Zane Merritt - In Memoriam Brooks Frederickson (2009)
Evan Courtin - Good Form (2011)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

7:00pm
1386 W 65th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
June 14, 2014
Silo City
Silo Sessions Launch Party
Wooden Cities performs Zorn's Cobra at the launch party for Silo Sessions. Event in conjunction with the Silo City Reading Series.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
5:00pm
Perot Grain Elevator
100 Childs Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
May 24, 2014
Abandoned Storefront
Wooden Cities plays contemporary works in Pittsburgh, PA
Georges Aperghis - Récitation No. 7 (1978)
Julius Eastman - Our Father (1989)
Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014)
Nathan Heidelberger - A Refrain One keeps Playing Year after Year, Concerning the Nature of Things as They Are (2011, rev. 2013)
Steve McCaffery - Dilemma of the Meno (1991)
Steve McCaffery - Love Song (1984)
Zane Merritt - Hot Cola (2013)
Michael Pisaro - selections from Tombstones (2012)
Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946)*
additional works TBA

*arr. by Ethan Hayden

9:00pm
$3-$10 suggested donation
May 23, 2014
Calvary Episcopal Church
Inharmonicity: Music for Carillon and Ensemble
Wooden Cities performs a concert of works for carillon and ensemble, including works specifically composed for the event by Buffalo-based composers. Program also to feature the Calvary church choir.
JS Bach - O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden*
TJ Borden - [new work] (2014)
Ethan Hayden - in voces benesonantibus (2014)
Michael McNeill - Sine Nomine (2014)
Zane Merritt - So Now, For Long (2014)
Michael Pisaro - "Fool" from Tombstones (2012)
Matt Sargent - Tide (2011, rev. 2013)
Ethan Hayden - in the beginning was the word (2014)

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Nathan Heidelberger

7:30pm
20 Milton Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
$10 suggested donation
April 27, 2014
UB North Campus
Young Composers Workshop
Wooden Cities reads works by UB composition students.

Chuhan Dong - Turn Around (2014)
Joe Knauth - Ensnared (2014)
Jonchristian Ladiges - Untitled (2014)
David Wasik - Interstellar Dust (2014)

Pauline Oliveros - Wind Horse (1989)

1:00pm
B1 Slee Hall
free admission
April 26, 2014
WNY Book Arts Center
(B)uffalo (A)rt (D)ispensary Interactive Art Event
A two-part event in which (February 8) audience members are invited to create works of art and graphic scores which are then (April 26) interpreted and performed by Wooden Cities. Events will also feature Joshua Nickerson and (B)(A)(D)Muses.
7:00 - 9:00pm (both dates)
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
free admission
April 19, 2014
Pausa Art House
An Excess of Voice: Steve McCaffery & Wooden Cities
Wooden Cities collaborates with author, scholar, and sound poet, Steve McCaffery to present a program of works which exploit the tenuous boundary between speech and music, vocal and instrumental sound.

The Four Horsemen - Allegro 108 (1973)
Steve McCaffery - Dilemma of the Meno (1991)
Steve McCaffery - Love Song (1984)
Steve McCaffery - Carnival (1967-75)

Georges Aperghis - selections from Récitations (1978)
Evan Courtin - Good Form (2011)
Brion Gysin - In the Beginning was the word (1962)*
Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014)*
Jackson Mac Low - selected gathas
Seiichi Niikuni - Rain (1966)
Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946)**
Kurt Schwitters - from Ursonate (1922-32)

*premiere performance
**arr. by Ethan Hayden

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
April 18, 2014
St. Joseph's University Parish
Music for the Passion
Wooden Cities performs sacred music as part of St. Joseph's annual Good Friday concert.
JS Bach - O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden*

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Nathan Heidelberger

1:00pm
free admission
April 12, 2014
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Words @ BPAC
Wooden Cities performs a set of pieces with Steve McCaffery as part of the UB Poetics program's Poetics Plus series. Program also to feature Michael Basinski & BuffFluxus.

The Four Horsemen - Allegro 108 (1973)
Steve McCaffery - Dilemma of the Meno (1991)
Steve McCaffery - Love Song (1984)
Kurt Schwitters - from Ursonate (1922-32)
Steve McCaffery - Carnival (1967-75)

2:00-5:00pm (WC performance @ 4:00pm)
March 29, 2014
UB Center for the Arts Galleries
Yoko Ono Fan Club
Wooden Cities performs at the closing reception of the Center for the Arts' Yoko Ono Fanclub exhibit. Program also to feature Michael Basinski & BuffFluxus.
Cornelius Cardew - Treatise (1967)
Pauline Oliveros - Earth Ears (1989)
Pauline Oliveros - Wind Horse (1989)
Pauline Oliveros - The Inner/Outer Sound Matrix (2007)
Yoko Ono - Voice Piece for Soprano (1961)
Yoko Ono - Pieces for Orchestra (1962)
6:30pm (doors 6:00pm)
March 27, 2014
Villa Maria College
M&T Lunchtime Concert Series: Villa Citizens
Wooden Cities plays a morning concert at Villa Maria College as part of the ongoing M&T Lunchtime Concert Series. Program to feature works by Buffalo composers and solo works by Bach and Scelsi.
Alexander Scriabin - Prélude for the Left Hand Alone, Op. 9 (1894)*
Esin Gündüz - i filosofi della colina (2009)
Esin Gündüz - Looking at / Towards / On Top of: Mount Agrı [Ararat]
Nathan Heidelberger - A Refrain One keeps Playing Year after Year, Concerning the Nature of Things as They Are (2011, rev. 2013)
Pauline Oliveros - [piece TBA]
Giacinto Scelsi - Ixor (1956)
Wooden Cities - Chain Gang (2014)

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Michael McNeill

11:00am
Villa Maria Recital Hall
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225
February 21, 2014
Unity Gallery
[un] sound spaces
Wooden Cities performs with special guest, dancer and choreographer Melanie Aceto, at the closing reception of photographer Megan Metté's [un] sound spaces exhibit at Unity of Buffalo (January 7 - February 26).
Luciano Berio - Sequenza VII per oboe solo (1969)
Esin Gündüz & Melanie Aceto - In to Selves (2013)
Nathan Heidelberger - Descriptions of the Moon (2011)
Michael Pisaro - "Blues Fall" from Tombstones (2012)
Salvatore Sciarrino - Perduto in una città d'acque
7:00 - 10:00pm, 8:00pm performance
1243 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
February 13, 2014
Pausa art house
Chain Gang Citizens
Wooden Cities plays favorites by Buffalo composers, and engages in an extended full-ensemble improvisational work.
Brendan Fitzgerald - with/against (2014)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*
Zane Merritt - Burning City (2014)
Michael McNeill - Heptagram (2014)
Jeffrey Stadelman - Koral 8 (2009)
Wooden Cities - Chain Gang (2014)

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Ethan Hayden

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
February 7, 2014
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall
Inaugural Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger
Endowment Concert: (Re)Constructions
2013/14 Concert Series - Program III
Wooden Cities presents a full program of works by Buffalo composers, including recently composed pieces and reconstructions of pieces from Buffalo's rich history of new music.
Lukas Foss - Paradigm (1968)
Lejaren Hiller - An Avalanche (1968)
Allen Sapp - And the Bombers Went Home (1943)
Jeffrey Stadelman - Koral 8 & 12 (2009)*
Anton Wolf - Sonatine

Esin Gündüz - Looking at / Towards / On Top of: Mount Agrı [Ararat] (2013)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)*
Brendan Fitzgerald - with/against (2014)*
Zane Merritt - Burning City (2014)*
Michael McNeill - Heptagram (2014)*

*premiere performance

7:30pm
Free admission
February 5, 2014
Wooden Cities on Upstate Soundscape
Wooden Cities guest hosts WBNY's The Upstate Soundscape, presenting a wide variety of music from past performances and talking about the Inaugural Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment Concert. Audio available here.
10:00pm - 12:00am, WBNY
February 4, 2014
Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall
Brown Bag preview
Wooden Cities previews some works which will appear on the Inaugural Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment Concert
Anton Wolf - Sonatine
Michael Pisaro - "Blues Fall" from Tombstones (2012)
Allen Sapp - And the Bombers Went Home (1943)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Jeffrey Stadelman - Koral 8 (2009)
Esin Gündüz - Looking at / Towards / On Top of: Mount Agrı [Ararat]
12:05pm
Free admission
January 23, 2014
PAUSA Art House
PAUSA Collective Showcase I
A 16-piece assemblage of musicians from Pausa favorites: resAUnance, Why Not?, Grüvology, Ironside, and Wooden Cities. The concert will culminate with a performance of John Zorn's Cobra, led by Brendan Fitzgerald.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
other pieces TBA
8:00pm (doors 6:00pm)
$5 cover
December 14, 2013
Nietzsche's
Sound and Revision: David Bowie Tribute
Joining other local bands at Nietzche's annual tribute show, Wooden Cities arranges four David Bowie songs for their unique classical instrumentation.
Space Oddity (1969)
Moonage Daydream (1972)
Life on Mars (1971)
Rock and Roll with Me (1974)
9:00pm, (Wooden Cities' set at 10:20pm)
248 Allen Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$5 cover
December 7, 2013
Pausa Art House
A Very Wooden Christmas
2013/14 Concert Series - Program II
Wooden Cities performs live, quasi-improvisatory music to score some classic (and not-so-classic) silent Christmas films
D.W. Griffith - A Trap for Santa (1909)
Edwin S. Porter - The Night Before Christmas (1905)
Edwin S. Porter - A Winter Straw Ride (1906)
Frank Kleinshchmidt - Santa Claus (1925)
Edison Manufacturing Company - A Christmas Carol (1910)
Cricks and Martin - Making Christmas Crackers (1910)
8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7 cover
October 26, 2013
Pausa art house
Rise and Fall: Songs for All Souls
2013/14 Concert Series - Program I
An autumnal reflection on physical, spiritual and musical ascent and descent. Featuring works by Ives, Yun and Schoenberg as well music by Buffalo composers Foss, Eastman, Heidelberger, and more.

Lukas Foss - Paradigm (1968)
Julius Eastman - Our Father (1989)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Charles Ives - "Maple Leaves" & "The White Gulls," from 114 Songs
Charles Ives - General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1914)*
Michael Pisaro - "Blues Fall" & "New Orleans," from Tombstones (2012)
Allen Sapp - And the Bombers Went Home (1943)
Arnold Schoenberg - "Erwartung," from 4 Lieder, Op. 2 (1899)
Isang Yun - Piri (1971)

*arr. for Wooden Cities by Ethan Hayden

8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$5 cover
October 25, 2013
UB Center for the Arts Galleries
Ebbing Flow
A continuous, fully immersive concert experience, mixing fully-composed, openly-notated, and improvised works, as part of the CFA Open Studios event.
Benjamin Britten - Nocturnal after John Dowland (1963)
Nathan Heidelberger - Occasionally, music (2013)
Michael Pisaro - selections from Tombstones (2012)
Esin Gündüz - i filosofi della colina (2009)
Nathan Heidelberger - Cadence (2013)
6:00pm
free admission
June 21, 2013
Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence
Sight as Sound: Making Meaning from Symbols
Presented by Young Audiences of Western New York. Wooden Cities presents a program of graphic music for an audience of 200 students in grades 1-6. The program demonstrates various literacies in music and beyond, and engages students to compose graphic pieces.
10:00am
May 10th, 2013
The Vault
Buffalo Composers Get Up and Out!
2012/13 Concert Series - Program V
Wooden Cities plays a full program of works by Buffalo-based composers.
Zane Merritt - The Reputation (2013)
Esin Gündüz - Arkadaşlık Üzerine (2013)
Brendan Fitzgerald - Look Up (2010)
Nathan Heidelberger - in flux / in flex / inflects / influx (2012)
Ethan Hayden - Monte (2012)
8:00pm
$10 general, $7 students
702 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
May 9, 2013
Pausa art house
Works and Process
Wooden Cities performs six new short works by student composers, concluding with a performance of Terry Riley's In C
Student composer readings
Terry Riley - In C (1964)
8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
May 8, 2013
Wooden Cities on Upstate Soundscape
Wooden Cities guest hosts WBNY's The Upstate Soundscape, presenting a wide variety of music from past performances and talking about their upcoming performance at the Vault. Audio available here.
10:00pm - 12:00am, WBNY
May 4, 2013
Unity of Buffalo
Zane Merritt: Solo Recital
Zane Merritt performs solo works and recently composed pieces, joined by members of Wooden Cities on select pieces.
Zane Merritt - In Memoriam Brooks Frederickson (2009)
Zane Merritt - The Reputation (2013)
other works TBA
7:00pm
$5 suggested donation
1243 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
April 20, 2013
St. Joseph's University Parish
Sacred Spaces
2012/13 Concert Series - Program IV
Wooden Cities performs a full program of sacred and quasi-sacred music, meant to take advantage of the resonance of the sanctuary at St. Joseph's University Parish.
Charles Ives - "Thoreau" & "The White Gulls," from 114 Songs
Charles Ives - "Like a Sick Eagle" & "The Cage," from 114 Songs
Sofia Gubaidulina - In Croce (1979)
Michael Pisaro - "Fool" from Tombstones (2012)
Giancinto Scelsi - Ko-Lho (1966)
Rob Phillips - O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (2012)
7:00pm
$5 suggested donation
April 5, 2013
Pausa art house
Guerrilla Tactics
2012/13 Concert Series - Program III
Wooden Cities plays a program of game pieces and graphic music.
Zane Merritt - In Memoriam Brooks Frederickson (2009)
Nathan Heidelberger - Halve Time (Quartet after Zeno) (2012)
Will Redman - Book (2006)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
8:00pm
19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
December 21, 2012
St. Joseph's University Parish
Quartet for the End of Apocalypse
2012/13 Concert Series - Program II
Wooden Cities presents a performance by the Apocalypse Quartet, playing Messiaen's classic chamber piece on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse.
Olivier Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941)
7:00pm
$5 suggested donation
December 14, 2012
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Wooden Cities Fall Concert I
2012/13 Concert Series - Program I
Wooden Cities reads a brief set of student pieces, then presents a program of works by Buffalo-based composers.
Student composer readings
Zane Merritt - 7 Broken Points (2012)
Jacob Gotlib - Year Without Summer (Daumenkino) (2012)
Nathan Heidelberger - Halve Time (Quartet after Zeno) (2012)
Ethan Hayden - Monte (2012)
8:00pm
$10 general, $5 students
October 1, 2012
UB North Campus
John Zorn's Cobra and Musical Quotation
Wooden Cities presents a guest performance lecture at the University at Buffalo on game pieces and musical quotation.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
1:00pm
B1 Slee Hall
free admission
August 1, 2012
Wooden Cities on Upstate Soundscape
Wooden Cities performs Will Redman's Book live in the studio on WBNY's The Upstate Soundscape. Audio available here.
10:00pm - 12:00am, WBNY
March 25, 2012
Unity of Buffalo
Pressure/Release
Wooden Cities performs a concert of new works featuring music by the composers within the ensemble. The program will include pieces by Zane Merritt, Nathan Heidelberger, and Jacob Gotlib.
Robert Wolk - Petrichor Will Pass Fireflies Virga by Blue Summer (2011)
Nathan Heidelberger - The Distance of the Moon (2010)
John Cage - The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942)
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
7:30pm
1243 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
$10 general, $7 students
January 27, 2012
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Cobra
Wooden Cities gathers together some of the best musicians in Buffalo to play John Zorn's famous game piece, along with other works of contemporary music.

Daniel Bassin - Gerard (2011, rev. 2012)
John Cage - Solo for Voice 15 (1970)
Nathan Heidelberger - A Refrain One keeps Playing Year after Year, Concerning the Nature of Things as They Are (2011)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann - Vier kurze Studien (1970)

John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
8:00pm
$10 general, $5 students
September 3, 2011
The Bug Jar
Bending and Breaking CD Release
Wooden Cities opens for Aaron Staebell's Bending and Breaking in Rochester to celebrate the release of the Bending & Breaking CD. Bill also include Quintopus.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
8:00pm
219 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
August 27, 2011
North Fork Music Park
SlyFest 6
Wooden Cities performs John Zorn's Cobra at the Slyboots School's annual music and art festival.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
August 12, 2011
The Vault
Get Up & Out Improvisors Concert
Wooden Cities' Inaugural Concert
At the first concert by Brendan Fitzgerald's Wooden Cities, the 11-piece ensemble plays John Zorn's Cobra. The program will also feature performances by Aaron Staebell's Bending and Breaking and Babel Vocal Ensemble.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
8:00pm
702 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
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