BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at
Buffalo will present Stephen Katz on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in
the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts, UB North
Cellist and award-winning composer Stephen Katz has charted new
territory for the rhythmic potential of the cello. The
groundbreaking technique he calls "Flying Pizzicato" picks up where
guitar playing leaves off, taking listeners into the realm of
highly rhythmic, individual-note, strummed counterpoint. He also
uses live looping electronics to generate dynamic orchestral
textures. In other words, he composes and performs soulful cello
pieces that juggle two or three "voices" at a time, to make music
that simultaneously lays grooves, weaves tunes and lifts
Katz has premiered his cello compositions at Carnegie Recital
Hall in New York City and performed internationally with the Paul
Winter Consort, Essex String Quartet, and more. A veteran cello
teacher, Katz has been a regular workshop presenter at the New
Directions Cello Festival since its inception in 1995.
The New York Times has said, "With a bow and fingers as light as
feathers, Stephen Katz makes a cello bring out meanings you might
not have suspected were there."
This project is supported in part by an award from the National
Endowment for the Arts. The grant will fund the residency of
Stephen Katz, who in addition to the public performance on Oct. 12
will perform and conduct hands-on activities with patients, staff
and families at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and
Children's Hospital of Buffalo for two weeks in October. The two
hospitals are partners in the Center for the Arts' Arts in
Healthcare initiative, which began in 2008.
Tickets for Stephen Katz are $14.50. Tickets are available at
the Center for the Arts Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m.) and tickets.com. To charge tickets call 1-888-223-6000.
For more information call 716-645-2787 or visit http://www.ubcfa.org.