Arditti Quartet: (from left) Irvine Arditti (violin), Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), Lucan Fels (cello), Ralf Ehlers (viola). Photo by Alexandre Delmar.

In Feb. 2018, as part of their CAI Artist Residency, the Wooster Group performed their new work THE B-SIDE for Buffalo audiences for free. Now we are excited to let you know about another opportunity to experience this powerful work for, again for FREE. Through Monday Aug. 14, you can stream
The B-Side: "Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons," A Record Album Interpretation is now available to stream for free on the company's website (

Chosen by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as one of the best shows of 2017, “The B-Side” is based on performer Eric Berryman’s interest in the LP Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, which was recorded in 1964 by CAI co-director Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the James Agee Professor of American Culture at UB. The LP features work songs, blues and spirituals performed by a group of inmates in Texas’ racially segregated prison farms. Mr. Berryman plays the album and transmits the material live, by channeling, via an in-ear receiver, the voices of the men on the record. Accompanying him are Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore. Mr. Berryman also provides context from Jackson’s book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues.

"Music played and heard at the moment creates a unique connection that is both deep and fragile… [and] this relationship between the audience and us is not negotiable. What we need now are other spaces, built and in our heads, in order to be able to present music in a live, living way. Smaller, “private” moments, whose preciousness gives us the courage to continue on the path of rapprochement together.”

The artist residency of the world-renowned Arditti Quartet, originally planned for spring 2020, will take place Aug. 20-22 and will mark the first time the quartet has played together since COVID-19 lockdown orders and travel restrictions began. The musicians are excited to come together to work with UB student composers and to perform--not just for Buffalo, but for a global audience.

High-quality recording of the concert will be available for a limited time following the performance.

Conditions permitting, the Arditti Quartet will conclude their CAI artist residency with workshops and performances in Buffalo in June 20201.

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