Genkin Philharmonic

Genkin Philharmonic

 Buffalo, New York, USA

10-piece electro-acoustic chamber ensemble, who's repetoire includes unique arrangements of unusual cover tunes, creation of original works and interpre ting works of living composers, and arrangements from works from the Classical repertory that pre-date the invention of electronic instruments.


The Genkin Philharmonic, a Buffalo (NY) based ten-piece electro - acoustic chamber
ensemble, was founded in 2000 by Jon Nelson at The University at Buffalo Music
Department. Originally conceived as a class at UB, its mission was to provide a uniquely challenging opportunity for students to study and perform contemporary music that draws on musical genres spanning rock, jazz, improvised and classical music.

The current Genkin is made up of professional players, drawing from a diverse pool of musicians in the Buffalo area, its core membership comprised of UB Faculty and alumni. Other members come from the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fisher-Price, and the Hallwalls Arts Collective. This hybrid of top-level classical, new music, and improvising performers, creates a band that offers a dizzying array of styles in concert.

The band gave an historic performance at the 2002 International Trumpet Guild
Conference, and played for sold out crowds Mexico City at the 2003 Condesa Jazz
Festival and the Festival Centro Historico. The Genkin has also been featured at Buffalo area venues including Nietzsche’s, Calumet Arts Café, UB, Fredonia College, and

The band approaches its repertoire from three vantage points.

•Unique arrangements of unusual cover tunes, with special effort paid to recreating the technical virtuosity and musical spirit of the original versions (Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Radiohead).

• Creation of original works, and interpreting works of living composers (Nelson,
Didkovsky, Harnas). These pieces have been written for Genkin, or have been
adapted for the group by the composers.

• Arrangements of works from the Classical repertory that pre-date the invention of electronic instruments (Ives and Prokofiev). These arrangements remain faithful
to the original versions, with respect to the actual written notes.

The Genkin Philharmonic released its self-titled debut CD in 2007, on the 8bells label. The disc features music by King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Charles Ives, Serge Prokofiev, Radiohead, Emil Harnas 2, Nick Didkovsky, and Jon Nelson.


Genkin Philharmonic
8bells Label

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