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Freya String Quartet Premieres Neukom’s “At 7.0”

October 31, 2010
3:00 pm

Hebron Presbyterian Church
$10 suggested donation

Music in the Country at Hebron Presbyterian Church presents the Freya String Quartet in concert on October 31st, 2010 at 3 pm. Join the FSQ for an enchanting afternoon of chamber music, including Beethoven’s witty String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, the world premiere of Sean Neukom’s At 7.0, and the youthful exuberance of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major. Admission is free and open to the public. $10 suggested donation at the door. A concert not to be missed! For more information call 412-371-2307 or visit

October 24, 2010 at 8:17 pm Comments (0)

CMU, Tower, and MOTE, Oh My!

A busy weekend for lovers of contemporary music starting tonight with the PSO playing Joan Tower’s Uncommon Woman and Made in America (they’ll repeat the program on Saturday as well), Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble giving a 5 p.m. performance on Saturday at Kresge (see the previous post), and Music on the Edge presenting Norway’s Cikada Ensemble with guitarist Magnus Andersson on Saturday at 8. And don’t forget to check out Andy Druckenbrod’s article on Joan Tower in Thursday’s P-G.

October 22, 2010 at 8:29 am Comments (0)

This Saturday: free CMU contemporary ensemble concert!

Music made fresh! Come out to CMU’s Kresge Theatre this Saturday at 5pm for the Contemporary Ensemble’s fall 2010 debut, featuring a lively program (see below!) and a variety of guest student conductors, in addition to music director Ronald Zollman.

Roberto Sancasto Calvo – E-Octet
Gavin Bryars – Creamer Etudes
Keun Oh, conductor
Benoit Mernier – Les Niais de Solophe
Maestro Ronald Zollman, conductor
Sofia Gubaidulina – Concordanza for Chamber Ensemble
Jan Pellant, conductor
Hans Werner Henze – Quattro Fantasie
Daniel Nesta Curtis, conductor

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October 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm Comments (0)

Do the Steelers really have…

… an official free improvising experimental chamber-eclectic ensemble, and is it Outer Circle? Find out more here.

October 18, 2010 at 9:04 am Comments (0)

Outer Circle with Melissa St. Pierre/Zach Noel

October 18, 2010
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Greetings blog readers! My first post upon this here site is to tell you about the imminent Outer Circle show, this coming Monday October 18th at 7:00 PM. It’s at Frick Fine Arts auditorium and features special guests/former member Melissa St. Pierre, with her duo partner Zach Noel, playing toy piano and small keyboard with vocals and live processed electronics. Plus new and old songs by the Circlers, the official free improvising experimental chamber-eclectic ensemble of the Pittsburgh Steelers!* Admission is $5 – $10 donations at the door.  Don’t miss it!


*negotiations with the Steelers pending

October 12, 2010 at 9:15 am Comments (0)

This Sunday: IonSound Project, Eclectroacoustic Show at Gooski’s

That’s right, I just coined a phrase. Eclectroacoustic. You’re welcome! Why? Because there ain’t no good way to describe the show on Sunday night at Gooski’s unless you use many more words. Suffice to say it features Canadian acts Not the Wind, Not the Flag and Fossils along with local talent Edgar Um and Ryan Emmett/Dan Miller (H/T Ryan Emmett).

But that’s Sunday night. On Sunday afternoon, Music in a Great Space presents IonSound Project playing Takemitsu and on one of my favorite pieces for the end of all time, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End Time and Shadyside Pres will be a great place to hear it.

The details are are here.

October 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm Comments (0)

Not the Wind, Not the Flag Headlines at Gooski’s

October 10, 2010
9:00 pm

Gooski’s in Polish Hill, $5

via Ryan Emmett


A Toronto duo consisting of Colin Fisher (guitar, bouzouki, ney, tenor sax, guzheng, hulusi, misc percussion) and Brandon Valdivia (Trap set, Mbira, Slit Drum, Percussion).

On any occasion their music could echo the traditions of Balinese music, West African music, Persian or Turkish music or it could be devastatingly loud Post-Hardcore, Noise, Free jazz eruptions. Or all of the aforementioned at once! The music refrains from being derivative but comes from a place of deep respect for the music that has lifted and guided their spirits.


Ed Um’s electro/acoustic/performance vehicle for a couple decades now. For this show he will be performing some sort of synth based komische/motorik rocking type thing.


Dan does guitar and pedal/laptop manipulations. I will be performing a bowed cigar box guitar and other bits. Dan records under d/s/miller and had done a split release with me on Dynamo Sound.


David Payne (from Hamilton, Ontario) began building his Fossils empire back in 2004. Since that time Fossils has colonized the underground circuit with a steady flow of ultra-limited tapes/cdrs, many of them through David’s own Middle James Co imprint. The Fossils sound is always one of formless despair. Churning low-grade electronics, primitive tape manipulations, and an aura of stoned reverie are all genuine signatures. (Graham Lambkin, 2010)

Analog cassette and effects experiments. Releases on Turgid Animal, Knife in The Toaster, Fag Tapes, American Tapes, Digitalis Ltd, 905 Tapes, Neon Blossom, RRRecords and a bunch more.

October 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm Comments (0)

Roger Zahab and Rob Frankenberry between airports

October 4, 2010
8:00 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Robert Frankenberry and Roger Zahab will perform a diverse program of contemporary music for violin and piano.


Paula M. Kimper: Suite from: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Gilda Lyons: Between Dog and Wolf

Roger Zahab: radiant

Eric Moe: Blue Air

Judith Weir: Michael’s Strathspey

Eric Moe: Legend of the Sad Triad (Ballade for piano)

Judith Weir: Music for 247 Strings

Roger Zahab: Enfolding Studies

October 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm Comments (0)