Speaking musically, the trombone has many functions. It works great in an orchestral setting by creating a sense of emotion. In small ensembles it can define the tone of a work. As a solo instrument in chamber music and jazz, its formidability has been proven over the years. This year’s UNM Music Department Faculty Concert Series features trombone professor Chris Buckholz tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Keller Hall (203 Cornell SE) in the Fine Arts Center. A small, comfortable and acoustically perfect concert hall across the way from Popejoy, Keller offers performances by notable practitioners of the musical arts.
On Friday Buckholz will perform both art music and jazz there. He’ll be joined by cohorts University of Northern Iowa Associate Professor of Piano Sean Botkin, John Marchiando and Paul Gonzales on trumpet, Glenn Kostur handling saxophone, pianist Stuart MacAskie, Michael Olivola on bass, Arnaldo Acosta on drums and percussionist Scott Ney. The program includes recitals of works by Arthur Frackenpohl, Marco Bordogni, Joseph Jongen, Paul Hindemith, Clay Smith and the featured trombonist himself. Tickets range from $5 to $12. Keller Hall, UNM • Fri Sep 12 • 7:30pm • $5-$12 • View on Alibi calendar
Before Coronado’s colonization, one of the names for this place was Tiguex. Nowadays the name has both mystic and civic connotations; it recalls the world as it was before European intervention, and it’s the name of a park near the historic center of Albuquerque. And it’s the perfect place to ponder the mystery and magic of human and animal life on earth, past and present. On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4:30pm, Tiguex Park (1800 Mountain NW) will be the site of Animales Animados: Gods, Goddesses and Mythical Creatures, a collaborative effort combining the talents of Burque’s musical avant-garde and a lofty incarnation of our burg’s awesome aerialists, represented by the Albuquerque Aerialist Collective and AirDance ArtSpace.
Musical discourses by Monica Demarco, Mauro Woody, Gena Lawson and others will be accompanied and interpreted by air dancers including Christina Cavaleri, Joanna Furgal, Guadalupe Chavez, Tasha Books and Kristen Galbreath. The suggested donation is $10. Proceeds generated through this musical flight through the before time go toward supporting homegrown women's experimental music festival Gatas y Vatas. Tiguex Park • Sun Sep 7 • 4:30pm • $10 suggested donation • View on Alibi calendar
Romantically sweeping and deeply funky, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite defined the neo-soul movement in the late '90s. Maxwell himself will give one helluva concert on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 7:30pm at Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater (14500 Central SW), performing work from his back catalog as well as recent stuff. After engaging a two-decade-long career arc that careened from classic to confounding, Maxwell released BLACKsummers’night to commercial and critical acclaim in 2009, once again establishing himself as the prime mover in an otherwise unpredictably bifurcating subgenre.
His rich, sometimes ornate take on rhythm and blues has earned Gerald Maxwell Rivera, noted for his physically intense performance style as well as grooved-out melodicism, two Grammy Awards, a dozen Grammy nominations and all kinds of metal-coated records too. Though his latest compositions reflect the maturity that comes from surviving the record industry and the '90s, the work is still highly diggable with sensuous overtones and a crisp, starry finish. All of that groove, past and present, can be yours for the evening. Tickets range in price from 55 to 125 clams. If you go, it will be totally fortunate, dig? Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Sun Aug 17 • 7:30pm • $55-$125 • View on Alibi calendar
New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Under the Stars concert series presents a soulfully intensive excursion to the land of complex chordal constructions and precise percussive profundity tomorrow night at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater (2000 Mountain NW). Pat Malone Quartet, out of Santa Fe, and local jazzsters Arnaldo Acosta Quintet play combinations of traditional and contemporary jazz guaranteed to complement the August evening weather in these parts.
Malone's career has demonstrated his proficiency and popularity among varied audiences and other musicians with work as a session player, producer and touring master of mellow. Malone will be joined on stage by Kanoa Kaluhiwa (sax), Colin Deuble (bass) and Diego Arencon (drums). Fat City drummer/local percussion legend Arnaldo Acosta opens the evening with his soul jazz project, an outfit consisting of Stu MacAskie (keys), Colin Deuble (bass) and Phil Arnold (trombone and harmonica).
Together, these two dynamic ensembles provide listeners with the opportunity to hear jazz by starlight, influenced by late summer in Burque. Tickets for this all-ages concert are $14-$16. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the music begins at 7pm. Albuquerque Museum of Art and History • Sat Aug 9 • 7pm • $14-$16 • View on Alibi calendar
Using a combination of wind instruments and percussion to describe the essentially airborne, song-like life of birds, composers John Luther Adams and Shirish Korde have succeeded in creating musical interludes that signify the delicate balance and struggle involved in the natural existence of the avians with whom we share this planet. On Sunday, Aug. 3, at 10:30am at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW), Chatter presents a concert of airy music of these composers’ works, as well as delving into a selection of sonatas by Bach. This musical experience is preceded by a poetry reading by John Macker.
The concert, featuring flautists Jesse Tatum and Shelley Brown, as well as Alexis Corbin, Hovey Corbin and Jeff Cornelius on percussion, focuses on naturalistic interpretation as well as the ornate restraint typical of Bach’s sonatas. The musicians will perform Adams’ songbirdsongs, Korde’s Tenderness of Cranes and “Trio Sonatas” from The Musical Offering. While Pulitzer Prize-winner Adams' work is directly inspired by nature, Korde took his inspiration for Tenderness of Cranes from Japanese shakuhachi flute techniques, created by a wooden instrument used in the Edo period and by Zen monks. The elegant subtlety of the Sonatas provide a rich counterpoint to the proceedings. As always, the prices range from $5-$15, and the happening includes gratis espresso. The Kosmos • Sun Aug 3 • 10:30am • $5-$15 • View on Alibi calendar