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TONIGHT: Roger Zahab and Walter Morales with Pitt’s Orchestra

Tonight you can hear two of Pittsburgh’s most committed new music advocates, Roger Zahab and Walter Morales, collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. First Morales picks up the baton while Zahab solos on violin in the premiere of his new work, vioentelechron. Then Morales will, literally, pass the baton to Zahab and sit down at the piano for a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert is free and takes place at Bellefield Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m.

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September 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm Comments (0)

Roger Zahab premieres vioentelechron with Pitt’s Orchestra

September 30, 2009
8:00 pm







Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free

Roger Zahab performs as violin soloist with the University of Pittsburgh Orchestra in the premiere of his vioentelechron, then takes the podium when Walter Morales performs Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1.


September 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm Comments (0)

Chatham University Sounds of Africa Music Festival

October 2, 2009
4:00 pm
October 3, 2009
2:00 pm











James Laughlin Music Hall

Chatham University will celebrate the Global Focus Year of West Africa at the Sounds of Africa Music Festival, Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3. Pauline Rovkah, professor of music and the festival director, has assembled Pittsburgh’s finest music scholars and musicians for an incredible weekend of free events in the James Laughlin Music Hall. For more information contact Pauline Rovkah at 412-365-1676 or rovkah@chatham.edu.

Friday, October 2, 4:00 p.m.

“Jazz Imaginings of Africa: Aesthetics, Memory, and the African Cultural Continuum”

This talk will include discussion and performance of select jazz composers’ works, which demonstrate the creative connections between traditional African music and modern jazz.

Dr. Kenan Foley, professor of music

Dr. Anicet Mundundu, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), is an expert in traditional and contemporary music from the central African region

Immediately following: Trio performance featuring Dr. Mundundu

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Saturday, October 3, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

“Composition in Africa: Transmission and Reception” (Panel discussion, 2:00-3:00)

Moderator: Dr. Margit Hawelleck

Dr. Akin Euba, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Kenan Foley

Mr Charles Lwanga

Dr. Eric Moe, composer and pianist, professor of music, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Anicet Mundundu

Mr. Ayo Oluranti

Chamber Music Concert

Works by African composers: Kwabena Nketia, Akin Euba, Vindu Bangambula, Joshua Uzoigwe, Ayodamope Oluranti.

Performers: Kelly Lynch, Eric Moe, Roger Zahab, Robert Frankenberry, Oye

Dosunmu, Ayodamope Oluranti, Richard Page*, Pauline Rovkah, Alia Musica Sextet

*Principal Bass Clarinet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra


September 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm Comments (0)

Diamanda Galas at the New Hazlett Theater

October 6, 2009
8:00 pm







For tickets call 412-237-8300 or visit www.ticketweb.com

The Andy Warhol Museum and the New Hazlett Theater present Diamanda Galas in concert. Find out more.


September 24, 2009 at 1:14 pm Comments (0)

New York percussion duo Loop 2.4.3.

October 2, 2009
10:00 pm







*Garfield Artworks*

Doors open at 10 pm. Admission is $7. The concert is open to all ages.

Brooklyn world-fusion group Loop 2.4.3 returns to Pittsburgh, showcasing music from *Zodiac Dust *(their Independent Music Award-Nominated New CD) at , 4931 Penn Avenue, immediately after October’s First Friday art gallery crawl.

Find out more about this show.

September 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm Comments (0)

Lukas Ligeti, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Opening

A quick reminder about tonight’s concert by Lukas Ligeti with his spastic art-jazz-rock trio HYPERCOLOR on Wednesday, September 23 at Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave. Doors are at 8 pm and admission is $7. For all the details, see Manny’s post below.

And though it’s a secondary part of the festivities, a short documentary I scored will premiere during Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ opening for Tim Kaulen, their new Artist of the Year. The film is Virgil Cantini: the Artist in Public by Will Zavala of Pittsburgh Filmmakers. It examines the work of Virgil Cantini, founder of Pitt’s Department of Studio Arts and prolific creator of public art. You’ve seen Canitini’s sculptures if you’ve spent any time in Pittsburgh, even though you might not have known whose they were. The film will loop, along with three other documentaries, in the video room at PCA. The opening takes place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Friday, September 25 from 5:30–8 p.m. There’s a suggested donation of $5 and PCA members get in free. So come to the PCA opening and check out the documentaries as well.


September 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm Comments (0)

Knuckleheads

The good news is that the nearly completed, long delayed state budget restores 10 million to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for grant making and 1 million for administration, so write your reps and senators to encourage them to keep this allocation in the final budget. And while you’re at it, ask them if they think this is really a good idea.

“With Mr. Rendell insisting that the $27.9 billion budget proposal have more “recurring revenues,” leaders of three of the four General Assembly caucuses decided to eliminate the sales tax exemption for symphonies, ballets, operas and other performing arts, as well as for museums, historical sites, parks and zoos. The sales tax exemption will remain for tickets to sporting events and movies.

Emphasis mine. Ugh.

September 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm Comments (0)

Composer Lukas Ligeti and his band Hypercolor @ Garfield Artworks

September 23, 2009
8:00 pm





Garfield Artworks

Doors at 8 p.m., $7

Brooklyn-based composer Lukas Ligeti (yes, the son of Gyorgy Ligeti) will appear in concert with his spastic art-jazz-rock trio HYPERCOLOR on Wednesday, September 23 at Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave. Doors are at 8 pm and admission is $7. The opening acts are Dean Cercone (solo guitar, percussion & electronics) and Plastic Ashtray (spoken word with guitar accompaniment). The event will also be a release for the comic book “Gold Bullion” by artists Thom Delair and Ben Hickling.

Find out more about the event.

September 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm Comments (0)

NYC percussion duo LOOP 2.4.3. 10/2 @ Garfield Artworks 10 pm

Brooklyn world-fusion group *Loop 2.4.3* returns to Pittsburgh, showcasing music from *Zodiac Dust *(their Independent Music Award-Nominated New CD) at *Garfield Artworks*, 4931 Penn Avenue, immediately after October’s First Friday art gallery crawl – on Fri., Oct. 2. Doors open at 10 pm. Admission is $7. The concert is open to all ages.

In the tradition of sonic innovators like Steve Reich, Konono N°1, Moondog, and Radiohead, Loop 2.4.3’s new album flows through a vast array of sounds and rhythms across the nine tracks on *Zodiac Dust*. Their first CD, Batterie, was said to “reinvent percussion” (Fresh Air, NPR). Their new CD, nominated for album of the year at the Independent Music Awards, adds piano, voice, strings and two instruments of their invention, the Rose Echo and eLog, both to be featured at the upcoming performance.

Well known for their live shows, recent Loop 2.4.3 performances have been described as “Transportive” (Boston Phoenix), “Intricate and energetic” (The New York Times), “Mesmerizing…stunning” (Time Out Chicago), “a hard driving set” (Alex Ross, the New Yorker), and “a mind-blowing show” (Sean Boyd, Art Farm Recordings). The intimate space at Garfield Artworks is ideal for the group’s percussion-centric, visually exciting performances.

Hailing from Michigan and arriving in Brooklyn via New Haven and Seattle, Loop 2.4.3 has spent the last five years alternately traveling and working in a Bed-Stuy loft space, focused on writing, improvising and creating their own style. They have performed with Clogs, Newband (Harry Partch Ensemble), Daphnis Prieto, Belle Orchestre, the Books, Evan Ziporyn, Sufjan Stevens, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, the Decemberists), Joe Morello, their late mentor Robert Hohner, dancer/choreographer Alan Good, director John Jeserun, as soloists with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the BAM Opera House, and at Times Square as a collaboration with Robert Indiana, Michael McKenzie and Teresa Smith. The group has toured internationally and performed for radio, theater, and television, including footage for The Learning Channel and MTV, and appearances at the Sydney Festival, the London Jazz Festival, Merkin Hall, and the Japan Society (NYC) among others. Please visit http://www.loop243.com.

September 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm Comment (1)

Composer Lukas Ligeti and his band Hypercolor 9/23 @ Garfield Artworks

Brooklyn-based composer Lukas Ligeti (yes, the son of Gyorgy Ligeti) will appear in concert with his spastic art-jazz-rock trio HYPERCOLOR on Wednesday, September 23 at Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Ave. Doors are at 8 pm and admission is $7. The opening acts are Dean Cercone (solo guitar, percussion & electronics) and Plastic Ashtray (spoken word with guitar accompaniment). The event will also be a release for the comic book “Gold Bullion” by artists Thom Delair and Ben Hickling.

http://www.myspace.com/lukasligeti
http://www.myspace.com/hypercolorband

Transcending the boundaries of genre, composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti has developed a musical style of his own that draws upon downtown New York experimentalism, contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, as well as world music, particularly from Africa. Known for his non-conformity and diverse interests, Lukas creates music ranging from the through-composed to the free-improvised, often exploring polyrhythmic/polytempo structures, non-tempered tunings, and non-western elements. Other major sources of inspiration include experimental mathematics, computer technology, architecture and visual art, sociology and politics, and travel. He has also been participating in cultural exchange projects in Africa for the past 15 years.

Born in Vienna, Austria into a Hungarian-Jewish family from which several important artists have come including his father, composer György Ligeti, Lukas started his musical adventures after finishing high school. He studied composition and percussion at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and then moved to the U.S. and spent two years at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University before settling in New York City in 1998.

His commissions include Bang on a Can, the Vienna Festwochen, Ensemble Modern, Kronos Quartet, Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger, the American Composers Forum, New York University, ORF Austrian Broadcasting Company, Radio France, and more; he also regularly collaborates with choreographer Karole Armitage.

As a drummer, he co-leads several bands and has performed and/or recorded with John Zorn, Henry Kaiser, Raoul Björkenheim, Gary Lucas, Michael Manring, Marilyn Crispell, Benoit Delbecq, Jim O’Rourke, Daniel Carter, John Tchicai, Eugene Chadbourne, and many others. He performs frequently on electronic percussion often using the marimba lumina, a rare instrument invented by California engineer Don Buchla.

His first trip to Africa, a commission in 1994 by the Goethe Institute to work with musicians in Côte d’Ivoire, embarked him on an exploration of cross-cultural collaboration that continues to this day. In Abidjan he co-founded the experimental, intercultural group Beta Foly which led to the release of his first CD Lukas Ligeti & Beta Foly in 1997. He has worked with Batonka musicians in Zimbabwe; collaborated with Nubian musicians in Egypt culminating in a concert at the Cairo Opera; and composed a piece for musicians for various Caribbean cultures which premiered in Miami Beach. In 2005, Lukas was featured at the Unyazi festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, the first festival for experimental electronic music in Africa, and in 2006, he was composer-in-residence at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Lukas traveled to Uganda in 2007 to collaborate with that country’s premier music/dance/theater group, the Ndere Troupe, and in 2008, he taught composition at the University of Ghana at Legon (Accra). Lukas’ band Burkina Electric, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, combines African traditions with electronic dance music and has been touring internationally.

Recent highlights include a month-long curatorial project in March 2009 at The Stone in NYC; a solo concert as part of the Whitney Museum’s Composer Portrait Series; touring in support of his electronic percussion solo CD Afrikan Machinery (Tzadik Records); and an American Composers Orchestra commission and world premiere of “Labyrinth of Clouds” with Lukas on solo marimba lumina.

PRAISE FOR AFRIKAN MACHINERY:

“One of the world’s top classical composers…”; “the rhythms grow wildly complex, as if African music had been chopped and split apart, and the pieces reassembled at odd angles to each other. But still there’s a typically African sense of community in each of the album’s … tracks…. It’s absorbing to hear, from start to finish.” – Greg Sandow, Wall Street Journal (U.S.)

“sophisticated music that has communicative directness yet retains a sense of mystery…he really knows sound and how it lives in the mind.” – Julian Cowley, The Wire (U.K.)

“This is remarkable music…Ligeti represents, under a Clark Kent exterior, a new generation of musical Superman — a globally minded, technologically adept, technically sophisticated composer who also happens to be a virtuoso performer and accomplished improviser…There wasn’t a dull second.” – Mark Swed, reviewing a recent LL solo concert in the Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm Comment (1)

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