Published May 14, 2015
June in Buffalo, UB’s pioneering — and much imitated — festival and performance institute for new music, will celebrate its 40th anniversary May 29 to June 7 in a spectacular fashion, honoring its history, founder Morton Feldman, 30-year artistic director David Felder and the world-class members of its composition and performance faculty, many of whom have helped to define the spirit and excitement of the festival for decades.
The weeklong program will include master classes, seminars, lectures and 15 concerts, including those that will feature:
The festival also will present performances of additional work by Felder and by members of the festival composition faculty:
In addition to those cited above, the festival will include performances by such outstanding artists as the New York New Music Ensemble, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, soprano Heather Buck, bass vocalist Ethan Herschenfeld and Brad Lubman, director of Ensemble Signal.
The second iteration of the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, with Huebner as director, brings superb, emerging performers from around the world to study and perform alongside distinguished performing artists, among them Jonathan Golove, Tom Kolor, Jean Kopperud, Jon Nelson, Yuki Numata-Resnick and Huebner — all UB faculty members.
Institute participants will perform throughout the week in festival concerts and composer workshops.
I was an undergraduate trombone major at UB from fall 1973 until May 1978. I thought that the June in Buffalo festival of new music was already happening when I arrived in Buffalo. However, it must have been that the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts was bringing in composers and avant garde performers prior to 1975.
The Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and June in Buffalo and the presence of so many great composers and performers made my education as a musician particularly rich! I went on to be a professional trombonist and was principal trombonist in the Santa Monica Symphony, the Japanese Orchestra of Los Angeles, the Korean Orchestra of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Friedens Orchester (in Stuttgart, Germany) and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel before deciding to become an attorney. I also performed with and wrote music for an avant garde quartet in Los Angeles and ensembles in Stuttgart.
I am still playing. I perform with the Nu Haven Kapelye (a large Klezmer Orchestra), The Spies of the Balkans (a quartet of saxophone, trombone, double bass and drums that crosses jazz, funk and Klezmer music), Sliders (5 trombones, piano, bass and drums performing original jazz and pop arrangements) and the Beth El Synagogue Orchestra (West Hartford).
Isaiah D. Cooper