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The Rates of NIME

NIME 2009 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) is coming to CMU June 4-6 and the last day to get the early registration deadline is tomorrow. From CMU’s Kristi Ries:

   NIME 2009 will feature a variety of workshops, papers, posters, demonstrations, and performances both on and off-campus. Researchers and musicians from all over the world will gather in Pittsburgh to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design, in a series of presentations, installations and concerts.
              Other events include a keynote speech by acclaimed electronic media artist Paul DeMarinisand an international teleconference with computer music pioneers William Buxton, John Chowning, Roger Linn, and Max Mathews.
            The conference also coincides with the introduction of Carnegie Mellon’s innovative new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music and Technology, which welcome their first incoming classes this fall.
            Students can register for the conference at the early registration rate of $150 for students by May 1. After May 1, regular student registration will be $200. Early general registration is $300 and after May 1 increases to $400. 
            In addition to the conference, the university also is hosting daylong workshops, all of which take place on campus June 3. Topics for workshop presentations include Sound Synthesis and Algorithmic Composition Using Nyquist and Audacity, Mapping Sensors to Pd via Firmata, Interactivity by Code: SuperCollider, Handmade Electronic Music — The Art of Hardware Hacking, Max MSP, and Sensor interfacing with I-CubeX

So if you’re planning on attending now’s the time to register. Looks like a tremendously informative conference.

April 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm Comments (0)

Eric Moe in the P-G

Don’t miss this profile of Eric Moe from yesterday’s Post-Gazette.

April 28, 2009 at 8:27 am Comments (0)

Performance Art and Improvisations

HiTE Club
Sunday, April 26
New Hazlett Theater
8PM – 11PM

joy toujours
Tony Blowad

Donations only.

joy toujours
Ukelele, guitar, violin
Maybe other musicians
Music you can play while your four year old is sleeping
ie. You are beautiful-core

Tony Blowad
Tony Blowad is the new duo between Pittsburgh musician David Bernabo (Assembly, Vale and Year, HiTEC) and Pittsburgh-by-way-of-Bloomington and Chicago musician Matt Griffin (Unstable Ensemble, OIO, Early Day Miners). The duo is awaiting their first show where they will perform together for the first time, Bernabo on prepared and unprepared guitar and Griffin on drum kit + implements. Improvisations will be guided by phrases pulled from a hat, phrases that were written before the set but not shared. This first set will be the beginning of a new recording project and possibly other performances.

tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: “Guitarists Anonymous Withdrawal Aids”
This triple-projection (video, slides, filmstrip) w/ live soundtrack addresses the serious problem of guitar addiction. Have you ever noticed that for everyone you know who plays, for example, nondo, there’re probably at least a million who play guitar? The reason for this is simple: nondo is a benign instrument, the guitar is highly addictive. Given that the other acts on this program are all guitar acts, tENT feels that it’s his civic duty to present this workshop in an effort to help these poor suffering souls break their insufferable habit.

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April 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm Comments (0)

Composers’ Symposium with John Harbison

May 2, 2009
4:30 pm



Heinz Hall

John Harbison will discuss the premiere of Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming premiere of Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams, a work commissioned by the PYSO. Harbison will also address the commissioning process, composing for a youth orchestra, getting a second performance, and much more. If you are able to attend please e-mail PYSO Executive Director Craig Johnson or call 412-392-4872.

April 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm Comments (0)


John Harbison is coming to Pittsburgh for the May 3 premiere of one of his latest compositions “Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams” that was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra.

While Mr. Harbison is here, the PYSO will host a composers’ symposium that will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at Heinz Hall.  Mr. Harbison will discuss the premiere, the commissioning process, composing for a youth orchestra, getting a second performance, and much more. If you are able to attend please e-mail PYSO Executive Director Craig Johnson or call 412-392-4872.

April 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm Comments (0)

Breakway, Melissa St. Pierre, and Bernabo/Masterman perform at Monk’s tonight!

8PM $5

Trio from Chicago consisting of Paul Giallorenzo of Elastic Arts fame on synth and electric piano, Brian Labycz on electronics, and Marc Riordan on percussion. Breakaway will be on tour to support a new record, so please check them out.

Solo prepared piano, records for Table of the Elements. Awesome person.

The return of our duo, electric guitar and baritone saxophone. Heavy music things.

Manny Theiner wrote a review of two of Paul Giallorenzo’s recent recordings, including the new Breakway disc. Check them out here:

Post-Gazette Review

More info on Breakway:
Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise. Other groups as a (co)-leader include Get in to Go Out (free jazz quintet featuring Dave Rempis, Josh Berman, Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly) with a debut CD coming out in March 2009 on 482 music; Masul (duo with Swiss composer/bass saxophonist Thomas Mejer) Creative Sources, Feb 2007. Music for synthesizer, piano, contrabass saxophone, computer, tape; Hearts and Minds (Trio with Jason Stein, Frank Rosaly – compositions for synthesizer/piano, bass clarinet, and drum set); Paul Giallorenzo Trio (featuring Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten and Tim Daisy). Current member of Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Lightbox Orchestra and Guillermo Gregorio’s Madi Ensemble.
As a producer and arts organizer, Paul is a co-founder and director of the Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF), a non-profit arts organization that operates the progressive music and arts venue Elastic : elasticarts.org

Brian Labycz is an improviser hailing from chicago. primarily performing with electronics, he draws from a range of sources utilizing field recordings, acoustic instruments, digital manipulations, analog processing, and self-made devices to produce and explore various expressive forms and structures. with a primary focus on improvisation his aim is to produce dynamic gestures with electronics in a live setting. the goal is to transcend gadgetry to arrive at a fully realized performance instrument. working as a soloist and in various group settings he has performed and released work in the us and japan. he has also organized events in chicago and abroad and is actively hosting the myopic improvised music series and the triage sound series. he has been fortunate enough to have performed/collaborated with many great individuals including : vadim sprikut, jason roebke, ayako kato, aram shelton, dale lloyd, fred lonberg-holm, blake edwards, kazuya ishigami, kevin davis, adam sonderberg, steve hess, kiukuchi yukinori, koutaro fukui, tv pow, paul giallorenzo, asmina chremos, aaron zarzutski, daniel fandi_o, jason stein, jake elliot, paul hartsaw, boris hauf, guillermo gregorio, keefe jackson, katherine young, gonzo murakami, yannick dauby, bernhard gal, ernst karel, christophe charles, carl stone, rob drinkwater, hiroyuki ura, jason soliday, john mueller, gene coleman, sarah thompson, jeff kimmel, marc riordan

Marc Riordan grew up in Boston, where he attended the New England Conservatory of Music and studied with Steve Lacy, Joe Morris and Rakalam Bob Moses among others. Since moving to Chicago in 2006 he has kept a regular performance schedule, working with improvisers such as Keefe Jackson, Nate McBride, Jaimie Branch, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Toby Summerfield and dancer Julia Mayer. He currently performs both as a leader and collaborator in many Chicago-based improvising ensembles, including Never Enough Hope, Keefe Jackson Quartet, Breakway, Rupert, and rock outfits Frigates and Medium Sized Rabbit. Additionally, he works as a music instructor and concert organizer.

April 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm Comments (0)

Violinist/Composer Darian Andreas…


…has a sweet practice room. He’s also giving a recital featuring a lot of younger Pittsburgh composers on May 2. Here are the details.

April 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm Comments (0)

Violinist/Composer Darian Andreas and Friends

May 2, 2009
6:00 pm



Trombino Piano Gallerie
942 Penn Avenue


Seven new contemporary works composed and performed by local artists. Experience the incredible variety of compositional talent in Pittsburgh through a series of works for violin solo small ensemble. Influences from classical and contemporary to folk and eastern culture showcase the incredible variety and expressive contrast of the violin. The program includes works by Tom Childs, Bomi Jang, Nicholas Confer, Ryan Stewart, Darian Andreas, Jonathan Wooding, and Dave Hidek.

Tickets: Free! Donations accepted.

April 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm Comments (0)

New Events Posted: Avguste Antonov and a John Harbison Premiere

I’ve just posted two new events to the calendar—a piano recital by Avguste Antonov featuring music by Pittsburgh composers Federico Garcia and John Arrigo, and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming premiere of a new work by John Harbison. It’s all on the Events Calendar, so give it a look and check back soon; the summer new music schedule is starting to take shape.

April 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm Comment (1)

PYSO Premieres John Harbison Work

May 3, 2009
3:00 pm



Heinz Hall

Tickets are free, but you need to reserve them in advance.

The Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new work by John Harbison, Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams, on its May 3 concert. the program also includes Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro featuring Harp soloist Lana Greenawald, Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphases.

April 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm Comments (0)

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