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. Sunday 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