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All Star Ritual Trio: David Murray, Harrison Bankhead, Kahil El Zabar

Sun Dec 11 7:30 pm $25 advance/$30 door
James Street Gastropub (Ballroom), 422 Foreland, North Side

ALL-STAR RITUAL TRIO featuring
DAVID MURRAY http://davidmurraymusic.com/
HARRISON BANKHEAD https://harrisonbankhead.bandcamp.com/
KAHIL EL ZABAR http://www.kahilelzabar.net/

Tickets at Juke Records (Bloomfield), Stedeford’s (North Side), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland)
and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side). Available online at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2713405

Jazz legends join together for the first time in two decades!

A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray is an American jazz musician who mainly plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He was initially influenced by free jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and evolved a more diverse style in his playing and compositions. Murray set himself apart from most tenor players of his generation by not taking John Coltrane as his model. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s. He was named Village Voice Musician of the Decade, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grammy, and the Danish Jazzpar Prize. He was recently in Pittsburgh performing with the World Saxophone Quartet courtesy of City of Asylum.

Harrison Bankhead is an American jazz musician who plays double bass and cello. He is one of the long-standing members of the AACM and worked in Chicago jazz scene with Muhal Richard Abrams , Fred Anderson , Hamid Drake , Von Freeman , Oliver Lake , Nicole Mitchell , Roscoe Mitchell and Dewey Redman. He was in Pittsburgh last year performing with Transatlantic avantjazz supergroup The Turbine.

Kahil El’Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records. He joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, and Paul Simon. He performs annually in Pittsburgh with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, usually around February.ritualtrio

November 11, 2016 at 1:26 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble Opens 2016 Season

You probably already know all about this if you follow the new music scene in Pittsburgh, but yes! Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble opens its 2016 season tonight (July 8)! Here’s the full schedule.

I’ve been traveling so haven’t had as much time for blogging, so I’ll just let the professionals do the work on this. Here’s Liz Bloom’s preview in the P-G. And there’s this from Mark Kanny at the Trib.

July 8, 2016 at 9:55 am Comments (0)

Long Song Rescheduled for Sunday, June 26

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The Long Song was originally schedule to take place during the main part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music but had to be canceled due to rain. Now it’s rescheduled for Sunday, June 26 (that’s tomorrow at the time of this posting).

Details

THE LONG SONG
A Song That Stretches Over One Mile
For 21 (or more) Performers
Penn Avenue between Highland Avenue and Main Street

Sunday June 26
4pm – 6pm
4:15pm tour leaves from Highland and Penn, led by Magicorgans

//Raindate: Sunday June 31//

The Long Song is a new, fresh, collaborative composition. The Long Song is many things: song, shout, choreography, street theater, a long walk and a scene in a film – all rolled into one.

WITH PERFORMANCES BY:::::::

Sean Beauford
Anqwenique Wingfield
Susan Spangler
Jil Stifel
Jean-Paul Weaver
Zoe Sorrel
Joy KMT
Michael David Battle
Hyla Willis
Celeste Neuhaus
Two artists from the BOOM roster
Anthony Williams
Roberta Guido
Scott Andrew
Ben Barson
Gizelxanath
Bitter Whiskers – Tessa Barber, Emily Fear, James Todd
Magic Organs – DS Kinsel and Julie Mallis
Oreen Cohen
David Bennett
KJ Norris
Eric Weidonhof

This work will premiere for the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, a monthlong celebration in May 2016 of new music throughout the city. Original date was set for May but got rained out, so this is the raindate event. Support for this work comes from an Awesome Pittsburgh grant and The Heinz Endowment and The Pittsburgh Foundation. This work is being made in partnership with Boom Concepts, a creative hub and a community organization created for the expansion of activity for artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs in this city.

More than 21 performers will perfom along the Penn Avenue corridor from Highland Avenue to Main Street. Performers are free to interpret the score (lyrics) as they desire. The result will be an unrehearsed, collaborative, brand new work that can take many variations and forms. It will go the full two hours.

The Long Song can be experienced by beginning at Highland and Penn and walking the length of the mile, or in sections, from the end to the beginning, or walking backwards and jumping rope. It will be experienced by everyone differently.

June 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm Comments (0)

Ueno Closeup in The Glassblock

Do most definitely check out David Bernabo’s video feature of Ken Ueno in The Glassblock.

May 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm Comments (0)

Firebird Flashmob at Market Square Today!

Musicians gather one by one from 2 harps and 1 bass to a full symphony orchestra, in the scintillating buildup and finale at the end of Stravinsky’s 1910 masterpiece. Market Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 11 at 1pm EST.

If you can’t make it to Market Square today, PFNM will be streaming the flashmob of Stravinsky’s Firebird on the PFNM Facebook page, at 1pm.

The flashmob is part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, which launched last week with the premiere of Amy Williams’ Cineshape (featuring the composer herself, the JACK Quartet, Lindsey Goodman, Scott Christian, and short films by Aaron Henderson).

May 11, 2016 at 10:23 am Comments (0)

Cineshape Tonight! Two Shows at the Warhol

Cineshape, composer Amy Williams’ and video artist Aaron Henderson’s multimedia collaboration, will take place at the Warhol with two performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. The evening features outstanding performers JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Scott Christian. Composer Williams will also perform at the piano and Aaron Henderson will mix the video live.

Cineshape is both the final Music on the Edge program until fall and the launch of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, led by Federico Garcia and Alia Musica Pittsburgh.

With that pivot point in the concert season in mind, it seems like a particularly good time for David Bernabo’s interview with Music on the Edge Codirectors Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. Check it out for a nice perspective on how the new music scene in the Burgh has evolved over the last 25 years. Here’s what Mathew had to say about about visiting performer’s sense of our scene:

“…Folks that play in New York, even at the new venues, National Sawdust or wherever, they come here and say, “Holy crap. This is fun; this is vibrant.”

May 4, 2016 at 10:20 am Comments (0)

New Releases by Stock, Goodman, and Trillium

Without really thinking it through too much, I managed to take a pretty long hiatus from this blog, but for only the best of reasons! I’ve never been busier as a composer/producer/engineer, so that, combined with a full time day job and being in the parent=chauffeur stage of raising teenagers has meant precious little time for anything else. The upside is that I’ve been having a blast! Now that things have settled down a bit I’ll be posting more about my own projects in the near future. But enough about me! Let’s do this Pittsburgh New Music Net thang. I can’t think of a better way to get back into blogging the new music scene here than highlighting some recent album releases.

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The first and most bittersweet is the posthumous release of David Stock: Concertos by BMOP Sounds. The unexpected loss of David this past November hit the Pittsburgh contemporary music community hard. And yet, it’s difficult to think of a better memorial than this release.

The album features Andrés Cárdenes on Concierto Cubano, oboist Alex Klein playing all five of the oboe family’s instruments (Klein’s idea!) in the five-movement Oborama, and percussionist Lisa Pegher in Percussion Concerto, a work she and David created with a consortium of five orchestras as commissioners. The release is full of the kind of detailed and vibrant interpretations we’ve learned to expect from BMOP, Gil Rose, and these virtuosic soloists, making Concertos a remarkable celebration of David’s musical legacy. 

Goodman-ReachThroughThe Sky

 

As long as we’re talking about the musical legacy of David Stock we should talk about the generation of musicians he inspired, and flutist Lindsey Goodman is about as good an example of that as anyone. Lindsey will always be happy to talk to you about the impact David had on her career and artistic vision, and what a vision it is! That’s why it’s such a pleasure to help spread the word about her first solo album, released today on New Dynamic Records. reach through the sky features Lindsey performing on flute, alto flute, and voice in performance of commissioned works by Grant Cooper (Other Voices…), Rob Deemer (The Road From Hana), Gilda Lyons (Chrysalis), Jeffrey Nytch and Jessica Melilli-Hand (Covenant), Erich Stem (New Year’s), and Judith Shatin (Penelope’s Song).  Performing along with Lindsey on the album are percussionist Scott Christian, and pianists Anne Waltner and Robert Frankenberry (who also contributes as a singer). reach through the sky will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as through NDR.

TrilliumSilentSpring

 

If you want a great example of how energetic new music is in the Burgh you don’t need to look much further than Trillium Ensemble and composer Mark Fromm. Trillium ( flutist Elise DePasquale, clarinetist Rachael Stutzman, piano and pianist Katherine Palumbo) presented the Silent Spring Project in collaboration with Mark this past Thursday at the New Hazlett and the response has been hugely positive. Happily, part of the project was to release Mark’s compositions on an album and Silent Spring is available now. The album features five of Mark’s compositions with the Trillium-commissioned Silent Spring as the climax of the program. Congratulations to Trillium and Mark for the completion of this ambitious project!

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April 17, 2016 at 9:56 am Comments (0)

Anthony Pirog Trio 7/29 @ Thunderbird Cafe

ANTHONY PIROG TRIO
http://www.anthonypirog.com
http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/anthonypirog.html

with Flock of Walri
https://flockofwalri.bandcamp.com/

8:00 PM $10 21+ show
Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St, Lawrenceville
http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net

Washington, D.C.’s jazz and experimental music scenes wouldn’t be quite where they are today without Anthony Pirog. Compared to the likes of Bill Frisell, he has a new debut album on the respected avant-garde label Cuneiform Records. With fearsome chops and a keen ear for odd beauty, the guitarist and composer has helped expand the possibilities of jazz, post-rock and experimentalism in a town long known for its straight-ahead tradition. And his ensemble, the Anthony Pirog Trio, will be coming to Thunderbird Cafe Wednesday, July 29th! With special guests Flock of Walri (Pittsburgh prog-rock).

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July 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm Comments (0)

Bell’Art Ensemble Performs Pittsburgh Composers

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There are so many events in the side bar that I wanted to draw your attention to this new edition. The Bell’Art Ensemble will give two performances featuring music by Pittsburgh composers Simon Vullo Underiner, Jack Kurutz, and Jonghee Kang along with a bunch of other stuff. Te concerts take place on July 17 at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside and July 19 in Brighton Heights. Please note that the Brighton Heights performance has limited seating so you absolutely have to RSVP. I’ve provided links to the Facebook pages for both events so you can respond directly to Bell’Arts.

 

July 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm Comments (0)

Summer 2015 Calendar Update

I just finished updating the new music events I know about for the summer. Sorry that June was a bust here at PNMNet. I managed to go for entire month without updating this blog for the first time since I launched it in November of 2008, which is kind of amazing but also a bummer. If I missed your awesome event, my apologies. I’m sure it was great.

Anyway, July promises to be chocked full of excitement. Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is celebrating its 40th Anniversary season and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh premieres a new opera by Gilda Lyons called a New Kind of Fallout.

If you have an event coming up, please let me know and I’ll add that to the excitement.

July 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm Comments (0)

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