Wooden Cities | contemporary music ensemble


We're making big plans for the Spring, including collaborations with Buffalo band Cages, and Troy-based composer Ryan Ross Smith, as well as reconstructions of pieces by Julius Eastman, among others. Check back often as more shows will be added soon. For an archive of past performances click here.

Wooden Cities
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

free admission
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

19 Wadsworth Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
$7, $5 students
April 17, 2015
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Wooden Cities & Ryan Ross Smith
Wooden Cities performs live-video scores by composer Ryan Ross Smith.
Program TBA
44 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180
May 1, 2015
Albright–Knox Art Gallery
Sight as Sound: Making Meaning from Symbols
Presented by Young Audiences of Western New York. Wooden Cities presents a program of graphic music, demonstrating various literacies in music and beyond, and engaging students to compose graphic pieces.
1285 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14222