"By nature I'm a theoretical composer," Bufano continues, "and I have a system. But I don't like composers who do that, and I don't like music written that way. So for me, the defining thing of my music as a writer and player is I'm trying to get away from that." He credits the more intuitive Hostetter and Lett in helping him get away from himself. And, of course, having a story to tell.
He's looking forward to playing Cirkestra's music in a concert setting at the Gardner. "We can do things that are more intimate, or with solos, things you can't always do in a circus because there's not enough noise, or in a bar because there's too much other noise."
As for circus music versus concert music: "I haven't toured with a circus in a year and half, and I may never again, but I think people will always call me a circus musician."
ANTONIO SANCHEZ | Scullers, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston | February 19 at 8 + 10 pm | $25 | 617.562.4111 or www.scullersjazz.com | CIRKESTRA | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston | February 19 at 7 pm | $23 [includes museum admission] | 617.278.5156 or www.gardnermuseum.org
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