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Spyro Gyra

Presented by M&T Bank

Part of Great Performers Series 2013-2014

Friday, December 13, 2013
8:00 pm

$40 Lower Tier
$35 Upper Tier
$32 Seniors
$32 Buffalo State faculty/staff
$15 Student Rush

Be there as this legendary jazz fusion band that started it all returns to their hometown to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Spyro Gyra is a jazz juggernaut who released The Rhinebeck Sessions their 30th album in 2013, not counting "Best Of" compilations and other collections. Theirs is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY who has continued to reach an international audience over nearly forty years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over five thousand shows on five continents.

They have accomplished this due to a forward looking approach combined with the work ethic of an underdog, always challenging themselves to do something new while never resting on past success. It has proven to be a recipe for longevity for this jazz group while music has gone in and out of styles in ever shorter cycles. 2014 will mark forty years from their start in a Buffalo club where they were first known as "Tuesday Night - Jazz Jam."

"My hope is that our music has the same effect on the audience that it does on me," says group leader Jay Beckenstein. "I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words. Whether it’s touching their emotions or connecting them to something that reminds them of something much bigger than themselves, there’s this beauty in music that’s not connected to sentences. It’s very transportive. I would hope that when people hear our music or come to see us, they’re able to share that with us."

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