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Birds on a Wire
Saturday, July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
As French ConéXion, Bernard Kunz and Jeremy Spindler have been playing together since 2016 with the intention of creating high-quality music in a jazz format. As a duo in “Birds on a Wire”, they weave improvised intuitive interactions based on long internalized melodies which are given new life at every performance by two of western New York’s most adventurous improvisers. Bernard and Jeremy create music that catches the imagination, whether it’s traditional standards or original compositions. The small format of the duo allows for intuitive interaction, interpretation and improvisation at every turn of their performance. They are both inspired by folk music from Indian, Klezmer, Manouche, Musette, Flamenco, Fado, Tango, Forro, to Choro and Blues. The repertoire includes their own compositions and improvisations & interpretations of tunes by Erik Satie, Edith Piaf, Hermeto Pascoal, Astor Piazzolla, Django Reinhardt and jazz standards. Inspiring musicians are accordionist Vincent Peirani, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, saxophonist Emile Parisien, guitarists Jim Hall, Paco de Lucia and Julian Lage, pianist Bill Evans, composers Bela Bartok and Hermeto Pascoal and of course many more.
JEREMY SPINDLER – Accordion
Jeremy Spindler is a self taught accordionist who having lived in France and Brazil has a colorful palette to play with: Brazilian Forró & Choro, French Musette & Balfolk and Balkan & Klezmer like melodies. He playfully enjoys being present in the moment with full ears and senses and has a unique approach to improvisation in which interaction and exchange breathe the compositions he and Bernard weave together. In his performances he creates a balance between in-trance magical bubbles and frenzied artistry bringing listeners to unexpected and beautiful voyages. He also currently plays in the accordion duo JJ Pol Tone and the marimba accordion bass trio Comienzos.
BERNARD KUNZ – Guitar
Born and raised in Switzerland / studied French & History at Université de Grenoble, France, Université de Genève, Switzerland, UB Buffalo / Jazz Guitar Studies at Conservatoire Populaire de Genève, Switzerland / Playing experience: Afro-Haitian Jazz Combo, Grenoble, Straight Forward Jazz Group, Buffalo: opening act for BB King, Grover Washington Jr, Yellow Jackets, Spyro Gyra, CC Wynans, James Carter, Johnny Griffin et al. / Currently with GRÜVOLOGY Jazz Group (3 cds, 2015 Europe tour), local jazz trioPAYAZZO, world music quartet Nada Brahma / Educator: French & guitar teacher, advisor to Hutch Tech SIX STRING CIRCUS gypsy jazz group (winner 2010 Music is Art Battle of the Bands).