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NYC extended technique trumpeter Peter Evans @ Garfield Artworks 8/23

This Sunday, August 23, Garfield Artworks (4931 Penn Avenue. 412-361-2262) will host extended technique trumpeter Peter Evans from New York City. Evans has actually been in town fairly recently in group situations – in the past year, he performed with Moppa Elliott’s acclaimed avant-jazz group Mostly Other People Do the Killing at the Rex Theater, as well as with Brooklyn jazz-rockers Afuche at the Lava Lounge. He has a new album called “Nature/Culture” on
Evan Parker’s UK-based label PSI Records, which respected
magazine The Wire praised as follows: “..few free improvisors – we’re talking those with the pedigree of Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor and John Stevens – have indisputably re-formatted their instruments. Evans is touching upon that ballpark of significance..” High praise,

The show on Sunday opens doors at 8 pm and admission
is $7. The opening acts are Plainswalkers (featuring drone
& noise artists Tusk Lord & Hunted Creatures) and
Cherry Cherry Cherry Lemon (the quartet of Hyla Willis,
Josh Beyer, Michael Johnsen and Margaret Cox). The show is open to all ages, so bring the teenagers and/or the kids
if you think they can handle it.

Peter Evans also has a rather extensive New Music background which is expounded upon at length on his
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/peterevanstrumpet

But here is an excerpt: Peter Evans graduated Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet. He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). He performs on piccolo trumpet in Baroque settings, e.g. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 at the Bargemusic series, and in Bach’s Mass in B Minor at St Peter’s Church. Peter is also an experienced teacher, having given workshops on music, trumpet, and improvisation at institutions including the University of California in San Diego, Buffalo University, University of Oregon, Northwestern University and the Walden School. In June 2008 Peter traveled to the Philippines with the Cultures in Harmony project, teaching, collaborating and performing with tribal musicians in Mindanao. Recent travels have brought Peter to venues and festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the UK, and Southeast Asia. These include appearances at the Moers Festival, the Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon Festival, Bordeaux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Mulhouse, and the Free Music Festival in Antwerp.

August 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm Comments (0)

Nathan Hall + David Bernabo duo CD now available, second pressing

If you will allow me a bit of self-promo, the piano/guitar duo album that composer Nathan Hall and I recorded and released this past spring has made it into its second pressing and is now available. The disc consists of six pieces; five compositions by Nathan Hall which were extended and folded and overlapped, and one short piece of free improvisation using piano insides and electric guitar. The album holds ECM’s brand of classical-jazz as a reference point and uses layers of acoustic and electric piano and electric guitar with hints of orchestral percussion as the sound. Surely, some peaceful, nocturnal music. If this sounds appealing to you, the cd is available through Pittsburgh’s Sort Of Records and the Abstract On Black imprint (which brought you such gems as Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s debut release: Sort Of Records Store

Nathan and I will be performing again this fall – more to come.

August 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm Comment (1)

Les Paul, 1915–2009

Whether you’ve ever played an electric guitar or not, Les Paul’s influence is ubiquitous in modern music of all genres. His innovations in multi-track recording would be enough to solidify his place in the history of music, but he probably wouldn’t be as famous. The next time you fire up your DAW and record-enable all those tracks, think back to Les Paul and his Ampex with the extra recording head.

Here’s a timeline of Paul’s career.

August 13, 2009 at 7:11 pm Comments (0)

HiTEC at the Visionary Arts Festival

August 7, 2009
8:00 pm
August 8, 2009
8:00 pm
August 9, 2009
8:00 pm

Pitsburgh Visionary Arts Festival

Schenley Plaza

HiTEC, the management systems-based improvisation group led by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, will be perform nightly at the Pittsburgh Visonary Arts Festival. The festival itself takes place from 12–9 p.m. on August 7–9. HiTEC will be performing at 8 p.m. each night, so check it out.

August 1, 2009 at 9:42 am Comments (0)

Visionary Arts Festival, August 7, 8, 9

The first Pittsburgh Visionary Arts Festival will take place next weekend on August 7, 8, and 9 at Schenley Plaza from 12–9 p.m. each day. Of particular interest to new music lovers will be nightly performances by HiTEC, the managements systems-based improvisation group instigated by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE. Here’s a taste of what to expect from the VAF Web site.

“If you are looking to decorate the inside of your house, do not come to this event. If, by contrast, you are hoping to decorate the inside of your Self, do not miss The Pittsburgh Visionary Arts Festival. The work here presented is not eye candy. It does not have a hook to grab you. As a viewer you are encouraged instead to open your mind and actively engage in pursuing the deeper creative intent of the work.”

But will there be funnel cake?

August 1, 2009 at 9:32 am Comments (0)