Wednesday, February 20
4014 Walnut Street
- Steve Baczkowski – saxophone
- Brandon Lopez – bass
- Gerald Cleaver – drums
Please join us for a performance by the Brandon Lopez Trio, featuring saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
Brandon Lopez is a bassist and composer working in the field of far-left musics, with a primary focus on improvisation. Since relocating to New York City not long ago, the Passaic, New Jersey native has become one of the most in-demand players of his generation, sharing the stage with such avant-garde visionaries as William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Lopez performs regularly with Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones and the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, along with groups led by Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, and Joe Morris. He was the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room and the Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium.
Steve Baczkowski is an improviser, saxophonist, and multi-wind instrumentalist who has served as music director of Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, N.Y, since 1999, producing and presenting hundreds of concerts of contemporary music as well as numerous community-based artist residencies. In addition to organizing multiple ensembles, such as the Buffalo Improvisers Orchestra and the Buffalo Suicide Prevention Unit, Baczkowski also performs with the 12/8 Path Band, Genkin Philharmonic, Ubudis Quartet, Rey Scott’s Unusually Different, and in duos with percussionists Ravi Padmanabha and John Bacon and guitarists Bill Nace, Omar Tamez, and Bill Sack. Drummer Gerald Cleaver is a product of Detroit’s rich music tradition, gaining invaluable experience as a teenager playing with Detroit jazz masters Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hamilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood. Since moving to New York in 2002, he has performed or recorded with Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, Marilyn Crispell, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Charles Gayle, Mario Pavone, Ralph Alessi, Jimmy Scott, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, Ellery Eskelin, David Torn and Miroslav Vitous, among others. Cleaver has released two recordings as a leader and leads the bands Violet Hour, NiMbNl and Uncle June.