Baritone Thomas Buckner has been recognized for his varied accomplishments as a performer, producer and promoter of some of the most creative and challenging music of our time. Since the 1960s, Buckner has been experimenting with creative vocal techniques and improvisational settings that have become his trademark. A classically trained singer, he started his performing career in Berkeley, California, where he resided from 1967-1983. While there, Buckner founded 1750 Arch Concerts and 1750 Arch Records. He was also vocal soloist and co-director of the 23-piece Arch Ensemble, which performed and recorded the work of contemporary composers.
Upon arriving in New York City in 1983, Buckner began to work with the internationally renowned composer Robert Ashley. He has performed a leading role in every Ashley opera since that time, in performances throughout the world, and on numerous recordings.
Buckner works regularly with composers Roscoe Mitchell, Alvin Lucier, Bun Ching Lam, Leroy Jenkins, Phill Niblock, and others. He can be heard on the New World, Lovely Music and his own newly formed mutablemusic label performing the music of an impressive array of composers as well as his own improvisations.
Somei Satoh: From the Depth of Silence: Orchestral Works (mode 135)