Sunday, June 9, 2024

June in Buffalo 2024: [Switch ~ Ensemble] Back in Buffalo

We are pleased to welcome back the [Switch ~ Ensemble] for June in Buffalo 2024.
A dynamic group committed to collaboration and artistic expansion, the ensemble will perform works by participant and senior composers in several concerts and sessions throughout the festival, including two public concerts on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30pm and Thursday, June 13 at 4pm in Slee Hall.

These concerts are free and open to the public. 

Read more about [Switch ~ Ensemble], their previous June in Buffalo performances, and their recent residency with the University at Buffalo here.

June in Buffalo 2024: The Arditti Quartet Celebrates 50 Years

Irvine Arditti Photo by Octavio Nava

The illustrious Arditti Quartet returns for June in Buffalo 2024. A momentous occasion, this festival, for which the quartet has been in residence several times (see here and here), falls within the ensemble’s fiftieth anniversary season. Founded by Irvine Arditti (violin) in 1974, the quartet has established itself as innovative and masterful interpreters of new music. Its membership currently includes Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), Lucas Fels (cello), and Ralf Ehlers (viola). They will spend several hours in collaborative rehearsals and recording sessions with participant composers, and can be heard in a concert featuring works by senior composers this Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm in the Lippes Concert Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Friday, June 14, 7:30pm:


Jonathan Golove EQ 

Karola Obermüller xs

Amy Williams Richter textures   // 

Hilda Paredes Hacia un Bitácora Capilar

Helmut Lachenmann Grido

Thursday, June 6, 2024

June in Buffalo 2024: Opening Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

June in Buffalo 2024 begins this Sunday, June 9, with a scintillating program by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Assistant Conductor and BPO Diversity Fellow Fernanda Lastra. Ushering in what promises to be a week of outstanding performances, this concert features works by this year’s senior composersAmy Williams, Hilda Paredes, and Karola Obermüller, as well as participant composer Anna Heflin.

Musician Profile: Fernanda Lastra

We are thrilled to welcome Lastra to the stage for her first June in Buffalo appearance. She was appointed Diversity Fellow of the BPO in 2022 and promoted to Assistant Conductor in 2023. In addition to leading the orchestra throughout their regular season Classics, Pops, and Family concerts, Lastra serves on the organization's Diversity Council. She vociferously advocates for broad and creative approaches to musical performances, and particularly champions emerging and underrepresented artists. Lastra, accompanied by June in Buffalo Director Jonathan Golove and senior composer Amy Williams, discussed the state of music and the upcoming concert on Visit Buffalo Niagara's Hear Here: Live Music in Buffalo, NY podcast, linked here.

This inaugural concert will take place in Slee Hall at 2:30pm. Tickets are $10 (Free with a valid UB student ID) and open to the general public. They may be purchased from Ticketmaster or at the Slee Hall box office.



Amy Williams Flood Lines

Karola Obermüller Im Vorraum

Anna Heflin Symphony N. 993 

Hilda Paredes Zaztun  

For more information about the festival, keep an eye out for future Edge of the Center posts, and read the recent Buffalo Spree article, featuring comments from Golove and Williams.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

June in Buffalo 2024: Jonathan Golove

 Jonathan Golove
University at Buffalo website

In addition to directing this year’s festival, Jonathan Golove will act as a senior composer in the upcoming 2024 June in Buffalo. Golove is an associate professor of music, composition and cello, at the University at Buffalo and directs the Center for 21st Century Music. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, graduate studies in cello performance at the University of Southern California, and PhD in composition at the University at Buffalo.  

An accomplished cellist, Golove has performed with ensembles across Europe and North America. He has performed on traditional, electric, and theremin versions of the instrument and recorded with several world-renowned ensembles, including Michael Vlatkovich Quartet, Ubudis Trio, and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble. He has been featured as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, New York Virtuoso Singers, and, as a baroque cellist, with the USC Early Music Ensemble.  

Read more about Golove in this Edge of the Center post from last year:

Jonathan is by no means a newcomer to JiB! His first year as a performer and participant composer was 1994, and he has been active at the festival in various capacities nearly every June since then. In 2001, he served as senior composer, and in 2013 and 2015, as artist faculty for the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, which ran concurrently with the main festival. He has appeared as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic (Morton Feldman’s Cello and Orchestra), as a member of the Slee Sinfonietta and Baird Trio, among other ensembles, and as a solo performer. Among his original works heard at June in Buffalo are E.Q. for electric string quartet, Closely Related Fungi for saxophone quartet, and (Max’s 24 Hours) Pray-O-Mat for two cellos and IRCAM Signal Processing Workstation.

Mr. Golove’s original compositions have been performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., Venice Biennale, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II, Encuentro Internacional de Jazz y Música Viva (Monterrey, Mexico), Centre Court Festival (Cologne, Germany) and the Kitchen. He has received awards and grants for his work from organizations including ASCAP, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and Meet the Composer.

One of only a handful of players of the theremin cello, Golove has appeared as soloist with the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, and International Contemporary Ensemble, and he is a member of the 1. Deutsche Stromorchester. As an electric cellist, he is particularly active in the fields of creative improvised music and avant-garde jazz. He has performed and recorded with jazz groups including the Michael Vlatkovich Tryyo and Quartet, Ubudis Quartet, and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and made appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (Oakland), and the International Meeting of Jazz and New Music (Monterrey, Mexico). He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, FMR, pfMENTUM, and Nine Winds labels, and his performances and interviews have been heard in broadcasts by numerous National Public Radio stations, as well as on Radio Nuevo León, West German Radio, CBC, and Radio France. Jonathan is an Associate Professor in UB’s Department of Music and served as department chair for the past six years. He looks forward to welcoming an inspiring group of participant composers to June in Buffalo 2023! He is also excited to work with performer colleagues from JiB’s resident ensembles to present a trio of his original works spanning several decades. Golove is honored to be joined by Arditti Quartet cellist (and founding member of Ensemble Recherche) Lucas Fels in Some Road Signs in Southern France (1988/89) for cello duo, a set of miniatures he composed during a year studying in Cologne. Talujon will partner with soprano Tiffany DuMouchelle to perform Here and There (1993) for soprano and percussion ensemble, with text by the award-winning poet Susan Lewis. Tiffany will also sing Imaginary Songs II (2004), a second collaboration between Golove and Lewis, in the company of flutist Nicole Murray and cellist Katie Weissman of the Slee Sinfonietta

Mental Radio
Jonathan Golove

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

June in Buffalo 2024: Nicholas Isherwood

This June in Buffalo, we look forward to welcoming bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood back to to the University at Buffalo.

Nicholas Isherwood
June in Buffalo

Nicholas Isherwood is a highly sought after vocalist, director, composer, and pedagogue. He completed his undergraduate and gradate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory before earning his DEA at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes. 

A leading interpreter of early modern and contemporary singing roles, such Don Bartolo in W.A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Hotel Manager in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face, and Truffaldino in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Isherwood has performed in acclaimed venues across Europe and North America. He has collaborated with regarded composers such as Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, and Olivier Messiaen. Isherwood’s recent projects include collaborations with visual artists, such as Massimo Bartolini. He is scheduled to take part in the U.S. premier of Elliott Sharpe's Die Grösste Fuge on June 13 of this year at Roulette's Intermedium in Brooklyn, NY. (Read more by David Salazar at Opera Wire)

Nothing to Declare
Warsaw Autumn Festival, 2013

Isherwood’s compositions reflect the composers with whom he has worked and interpreted. His music has been performed at venues such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Goethe Institut in Paris, the CNRS, Yehudi Menuhin’s Flâneries Musicales in Reims, the Perpignan Festival, the SMIO in Orléans, the Théatre Dunois, Dôme IMAX and Bibliothèque Historique  in Paris, Freiburg, the MDR in Halle, the SWR, Vanderbilt University, the University of Oregon, Kaoshung, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Togamura, Japan. He has received commissions from the DRAC du centre, Art Zoyd and the CNAT in Reims. Isherwood’s music has been performed by VOXNOVA, Stefano Cardi, Michel Amoric, Magnus Andersson, Isabel Soccoja, Christophe De Villeneuve and the soloists of the MDR children’s choir. His music has been broadcast by France Musique, the MDR and the SWR. He is a member of the SACD.  His piece "Ave Praeclara" will be sung by Voxnova Italia at the CODES festival in Lublin, Poland on May 15, 2021. (From 

Massimo Bartolini's work