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Improvisation concerts coming up in December

There are some great opportunities to hear improvisation coming up in December. I’ve just posted two improvisation concerts courtesy Dave Bernabo to the Events Calendar. Baltimore improvisor John Berndt is playing this Sunday (Nov. 30) at Monks Place, and Dave Bernabo will perform with Ben Harris, Kerrith Livengood (both of Alia Musica fame), Johan Nystrom and more on December 9 at Drawn in Cafe. Check out the Events Calendar for more details.

November 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm Comments (0)

David Bernabo/Assembly at Drawn in Cafe

December 9, 2008
8:00 pm
Bernabo, Harris, Livengood, Nystrom, and more at Drawn in Cafe, Regent Square
Dave Bernabo performs in an improvising ensemble with past and current Alia Musica members Ben Harris and Kerrith Livengood, local percussionist Johan Nystrom, and others.  Everyone in the ensemble is a member of HiTEC, an instruction-based 20+ piece ensemble created by filmmaker and musician tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE.
November 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm Comments (0)

John Berndt CD Release Show at Monk’s Place

November 30, 2008
8:00 pm

John Berndt CD Release Show for The Private Language Problem, New Electro-acoustic compositions, 2001-2007 on Sort Of Records/ Abstract On Black. www.sortofrecords.com


JOHN BERNDT (co-founder of Baltimore’s High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music) performing solo (on electronics, reeds, inventions, etc.)and in duo with

MICHAEL JOHNSEN (on homebuilt electronics and musical saw.)

the concert will begin with an improvised set by

DAVE BERNABO (guitar, etc.)

STEVE BOYLE (electronics, percussion)

EDGAR UM BUCHOLTZ (cornet, etc.)


MATT WELLINS (homebuilt electronics, reeds, etc.)

John Berndt is the co-founder of the High Zero festival in Baltimore, whichs hosts musicians from all over the world on an annual basis. John also runs the Recorded Music label, which has released many Henry Flynt records and is possibly responsible for bringing him back in style. John is also co-founder of the Red Room performance venue in Baltimore, which regularly hosts adventurous experimental, composed, and jazz music.

H/T Dave Bernabo

November 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm Comments (0)

CMU Student Composers

December 4, 2008
8:00 pm

Alumni Concert Hall, FREE


New works presented by CMU’s student composers

November 24, 2008 at 12:28 pm Comments (0)

NOW concert posted on Instant Encore

UPDATE: Just enter your download code in the upper right hand corner (the site asks for an Instant Encore Registration).

If you’re still savoring NOW Ensemble’s beautiful performance last night, here’s a little help. You can listen to streaming audio at Instant Encore. Remember, if you were at the concert you received a code for a free download. Doesn’t look like the site is quite ready to offer the download yet, but if you listen to the streaming audio you’ll definitely want to come back and redeem your code. I’ll update this post when it’s ready. Also have to say that Chris Boyd’s live recording sounds really gorgeous.

November 23, 2008 at 8:34 am Comments (0)

Previews of MOTE’s NOW Ensemble Concert

NYC’s NOW Ensemble will perform for Music on the Edge tonight. You can find out more information here. There have also been very nice previews of the event at the Post-Gazette and City Paper.

November 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm Comments (4)

The Events Calendar is Up and Running!

I’ve installed the Events Calendar and begun compiling the Big List. Under “Categories” in the right sidebar, just click “Events” for a chronological listing of what’s happening. On deck are concerts by the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, IonSound Project, and Music on the Edge. Keep checking back for updates and additions.

November 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm Comments (0)

MOTE and the Warhol present Elliott Sharp and the Sirius String Quartet

January 10, 2009
8:00 pm

Downtown improvisation guru Elliott Sharp Joins the Sirius String Quartet for a concert of Sharp’s quartet music and solo and group improvisations.


At The Andy Warhol Museum

Update: Read the full press release here.

Tickets in Advance Through ProArts: $10 general, $5 sen./stu.
(At the door: $15/$8, Pitt students free)
412-394-3353. www.proartstickets.org

November 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm Comments (0)

Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble Performs Music by Patrick Burke

December 4, 2008
8:00 pm

PNC Recital Hall
David Stock, conductor 
$10 Suggested Donation

November 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm Comments (0)

IonSounds of the Season: Sacred Invocations

December 15, 2008
7:00 pm

James Laughlin Music Center, Chatham University

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. For more information please visit: www.ionsound.org

PITTSBURGH – With the holiday season comes a unique evening of spiritually inspired chamber music presented by the IonSound Project. IonSound Project members Peggy Yoo, Kathleen Costello, Laura Motchalov, Elisa Kohanski, Rob Frankenberry, and Eliseo Rael will be joined by Pittsburgh’s favorite vocalist Daphne Alderson on Monday December 15 from 7:00 -8:00 pm at the James Laughlin Music Center on the campus of Chatham University. The program will feature John Adams’ Christian Zeal and Activity, Zhou Long’s Secluded Orchid, Katherine Hoover’s Winter Spirits, and Pittsburgh area composer Daniel Perttu’s Elusive Unity. Also featured will be a world premiere of Nizan Leibovich’s Avaksha for clarinet, cello and violin. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door. For more information please visit: www.ionsound.org.


November 21, 2008 at 1:05 pm Comments (0)

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