The Pausa Art House, 19 Wadsworth Street at the corner of Allen, has become the most intimate “go-to” venue in Buffalo. It features an eclectically wide range of musical events ranging from jazz, a definite staple, through classical. Jon Nelson, professor of trumpet at UB, owns Pausa, along with his wife Lázara, and he has from the opening day frequently picked up his instrument to sit in with a wide variety of visiting groups. Lázara Nelson, a graduate of Cuba’s Havana Music Conservatory Amadeo Roldan, is also an accomplished violinist, and last December she formed a new group called Boléo. The other original members of group, violinist Miranda Scoma and the multi-talented, laid-back Israeli Moshe Shulman who plays violin, viola, and accordion as well as the bandoneón, a South American concertina that is essential to performing tango music, will be joined by the internationally-touring Fredonia State professor of cello Natasha Farny this Thursday, August 20. The program includes milongas, tangos, habaneras and gypsy dances by the Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes, and the Argentine composers Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla, the master of nuevo tango. “The evening will begin with some much older dance forms”, says Farny, “as I will present some solo Bach pieces on the cello. I am looking forward to blending our string sounds with Moshe’s bandoneón, which is already such a rich and colorful instrument on its own. The walls of Pausa will be reverberating!”
The doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 8pm. Admission: $7.
– Jan Jezioro