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IonSound Project’s First Installment of “Commissions for the Future”

IonSound Project presents the first works from their Commissions for the Future project this Sunday night.


IonSound Project’s concert this Sunday would strike me as particularly significant even if I didn’t have a new piece on the program (but yes, it helps!). There are in fact, three new works on the concert, all by Pittsburgh composers: Christian Kriegeskotte, Nizan Leibovich, and myself. That in and of itself is important, since it illustrates once again that the Burgh is a center for the creation—not just the consumption—of art. But more important still is the reason why there are three new works on this concert, namely IonSound Project’s new Commissions for the Future program. IonSounders have been actively engaging members of the community to support commissions for new works and this is the first program to showcase the fruits of their efforts. It’s a great start to what we hope will grow into an ongoing partnership between a genuinely excellent new music ensemble and the local community.

As usual, the concert will be a treat to for the eyes and the ears. All the musical compositions reference visual art that will be projected on screen, and Rob Frankenberry’s transcription of  Pictures at an Exhibition will feature art by children from the Falk School. My piece is actually a collaboration with artist Ryan Day and his stunning digital animation is being presented for the first time as well. I hope you can come out and join us at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Sunday night at 7. Tickets are $15 and $10 and you can learn more about the program here.

November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm Comments (0)

Kohanski Premieres Danielpour with Wheeling, CMU Student Composers

Elisa and Elisa in Wheeling.

Cellist extraordinaire Elisa Kohanski will be one of two soloists in Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Come Up from the Fields, Father. It’s a one night only Veteran’s Day celebration which you can find out more about here.

I’m also grateful to Michael Ceurvorst for sending me information about the CMU student composers concert this Saturday, Nov. 12 , 6 p.m. at Alumni Hall. It’s a free concert and open to the public and features all new works. Here’s more info about that event on FB. Check it out, if you can.

Let’s see, what else? Oh yeah. Tomorrow is Nigel Tufnel Day…



November 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm Comments (0)

11-11-11 is Nigel Tufnel Day

November 11, 2011


These go to 11.


November 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm Comments (0)

Elisa Kohanski Premieres New Danielpour Work

November 11, 2011
8:00 pm

Capitol Theatre


So confusing to see tiny Elisa standing next to the life-size picture of Elisa.

Elisa Kohanski, well-known to Pittsburgh new music fans as the cellist in IonSound Project, has a few other gigs keeping her busy. Like opera and ballet orchestra at the Benedum and being principal cello in Wheeling Symphony. For instance. This week part of her work at Wheeling includes premiering a work by Richard Danielpour for solo cello and baritone voice and orchestra called Come Up from the Fields, Father. Her performance is part of a Veteran’s Day celebration concert by the WSO that will include Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from Westside Story and Copland’s Third Symphony. Cruise on down to Wheeling this Friday and give Elisa and the rest of the orchestra a listen.

November 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm Comments (0)

Remember when you were a kid…

Martin Bisi plays Thunderbird on November 9th.

… and you’d be walking through the woods and the trees would begin to sing a song—well several songs at once really—but they were all related in a way that you couldn’t quite put your finger on? Sort of like Martin Bisi’s new song, “Suffer the Moon”?

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Those crazy trees! But that reminds me: Martin Bisi is playing a set at Thunderbird on Wednesday, November 9th at 9 p.m. It’s a 21 plus show with Velcro Shoes and Maurice Rickard and you can find out more about it here.

November 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm Comments (0)


The Music on the Edge Morton Feldman Symposium and Mini-Festival kicks off at Wood Street Galleries tonight at 8 p.m. with a concert featuring cellist Jonathan Golove and and pianist Amy Williams performing Patterns in a Chromatic Field. The two-part symposium takes place at Pitt’s Music Building tomorrow starting at 10 and , and the final event is a performance of Crippled Symmetry at 8 p.m. back at Wood Street Galleries with Amy Williams and Jan Williams, Amy’ father and the percussionist who premiered many of Feldman’s works, and the irrepressible Lindsey Goodman on flute.

It’s gonna be a great two days of music and insight into one of the true masters of the late 20th century. And don’t miss the fantastic preview by Mike Shanley in the City Paper that gives us a window into Jan and Amy Williams’ personal interactions with Feldman.

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November 3, 2011 at 8:46 am Comments (0)