Saturday, August 26th  4:00pm - 5:30pm
The Peace Garden

 trioPAYAZZO was started in 2002 in response to a question: Could great jazz be performed without a dedicated drum set, bass or vocalist?  The response was a resounding YES when Bernard Kunz, Andrew Peruzzini and Harry Fackelman navigated the numerous difficulties inherent in answering such a question by selecting a crowd-pleasing European-tinged repertoire, skillfully improvising musical textures using numerous brass and woodwind instruments, hand percussion and a guitar looper that records live performance then instantly plays back as a backing track.  trioPAYAZZO struck an immediate chord with the public with their skillful musicianship, creativity and willingness to push boundaries and to do the unexpected, even plunging their audience into total darkness as they created jazz over a drone produced on the tuba using circular breathing.  The term PAYAZZO translates to clowning or, crazy as some have labeled them, for having the audacity to delight audiences normally accustomed to hearing straight-ahead jazz and standard instrumentation.


Member Biographies

Bernard Kunz-Guitars and Loops

Born in Switzerland, studied with Georges Barcos at Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Geneva. Founding member of Straight Forward, which opened for Grover Washngton, Jr. B.B. King, Maynard Ferguson, the Yellowjackets, Spyro Jyra, Cece Wynans, Johnny Griffin, Joey DeFrancesco, Alex Bugnon, Glenora Winery Jazz Festival, Corning Jazz Festival, Chautauqua Institution. Performances with William Parker.

Andrew Peruzzini - Trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, tuba,  percussion

Born in Buffalo, New York. Bachelor of Music Education and full merit scholarship recipient from the Eastman School of Music. Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas.  A member of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble when it first took top honors at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival.. Mr. Peruzzini performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Glorious Brass, Ringling Brothers Circus, Disneyland Band, Butch Morris, Pete Ciraolo Big Band, Carol McLaughlin Big Band, Sugar Katty Cool, and My Cousin Tone’. He is a member of the Historic Colored Musicians’ Club and is a Certified NYS music teacher. 

Harry Fackelman – Saxophones, Clarinet

Native Buffalonian, Founding member of Amherst Saxophone Quartet (European and Asian tours, recordings). Concert appearances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center. Broadcast appearances for NBC Tonight Show, NPR All Things Considered, CBS Sunday Morning.