Wooden Cities | contemporary music ensemble


Our 2016-17 Season features a collaboration with musicologist, James Currie, concert residencies at Buffalo State and Houghton Colleges, and an Improvisation workshop with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (Philadelphia). Check back often as more shows will be added soon. For an archive of past performances click here.

Wooden Cities
September 10, 2016
Youth Orchestra of Bucks County Residency
Social Improvisation and Action
Wooden Cities presents a series of improvisation workshops with the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (Philadelphia). Utilizing John Zorn's Cobra, the ensemble will demonstrate free improv practices as students explore various modes of improvisation. Students will also reflect on their role as an artist and music-maker in society and what it means to work together.
10:00am - Wind Symphony workshop
1:00pm - Ripieno workshop
3:00pm - Concertino workshop
October 27, 2016
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Examples of Excess
Wooden Cities collaborates with James Currie, a well-known musicologist currently teaching at the University at Buffalo, to create a performance piece around a lecture on music, philosophy, and critical theory. Examples of Excess explores the excesses (emotional, political and sexual) that haunt the fringes of seemingly normal, day-to-day professional activity. The intention is to communicate how the lecturer's very subject matter starts to infect the proceedings in general, with the result that the normally sacrosanct distinctions between the subject (the lecturer himself) and his object (the music he seeks to discuss) become blurred, resulting in a series of both amusing and also deeply disturbing crises, where the pro forma becomes consumed by its own excess.
James Currie - Examples of Excess (2006)
  1. Scena ed aria
  2. Scherzo serioso
  3. Finale in the Style of Comic Opera
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
February 10, 2017
Houghton College Center for the Arts
Cobra @ Houghton
Wooden Cities performs a concert of new and improvisatory works during a residency at Houghton College's Greatbatch School of Music. Program to include John Zorn's Cobra, as well as compositions by Buffalo-based composers.
John Zorn - Cobra (1984)
additional works TBA
April 14, 2017
Buffalo State College: Ciminelli Recital Hall
Women in the Electronic Arts
Wooden Cities caps off a two-day residency at Buffalo State College's Digital Music Production program with a concert of works emphasizing the contribution of female composers in electroacoustic music.
program TBA