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David Wasik celebrates music in St. Thomas Aquinas Church

David "The Waz" Wasik performs Sundays in St. Thomas Aquinas Church.           News file photo

David "The Waz" Wasik, master of percussion and the ambient soundscape, and bright light on the pop music scene, has a unique Sunday job description to add to his other musical pursuits: He plays the drums at Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church in South Buffalo. Now, Wasik has committed his worship artistry to disc. He has collaborated with fellow church musicians -- distinguished pianist Ivan Docenko, and pianist and singer Laura Lynn Morgan -- for "Interpretations," a CD of modern Mass songs.

Most of these songs have worked their way into every Mass-goer’s consciousness. Wasik, Morgan and Docenko explore the limits of such latter-day standards as "I Have Loved You," the upbeat "City of God," "Eye Has Not Seen," "Canticle of the Sun" and "Loving and Forgiving." There is a "To You, O God, I Lift Up My Soul" and a "Gloria" that rocks. Schubert’s "Ave Maria," set off by percussion and pop sensibilities, and "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" give us a jump on the month of May.

Celebrate the release of this sunny CD at 3 p.m. today (Feb. 26) in St. Thomas Aquinas Church (450 Abbott Road). "Interpretations" will be available for sale for $15, $3 of which will go directly to the City Mission.

For info, call the church, 822-1250.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman


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