Pittsburgh New Music Net

cutting-edge music in the ’burgh and beyond

March Turns to April. New Music Blooms. (Poetry!)

Are you loving all the new original content showing up on PNMNet? I know I am and there’s plenty of great music to be hear this weekend from the PSO, to Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, to Music on the Edge (on Monday—it’s an extra long weekend. Your welcome!). Did I mention that Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams are going to give the WORLD  FREAKIN’ PREMIERE  of recently discovered piece by Conlon Nancarrow on Monday night? Right here in the Burgh. And in the midst of that I want to remind everyone that on Saturday morning, the Pittsburgh Symphony is going to read works by student composers. This is a great feature of the PSO’s Composer of the Year Program, and every one of the composers I’ve ever talked about it with gush about the experience. Here’s more information about the Student Reading Sessions. Feast your Ears!

March 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm Comments (0)

PNME at the Distinctively Dutch Festival

March 30, 2012
6:00 pmto7:30 pm
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Friday, March 30 | 6-7:30PM

Trust Arts Education Center | 805/807 Liberty Ave | Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (map it)

TICKETS: $25 (includes light food, drinks, and Dutch treats), click here or 412-456-6666

Bloom into spring at the Distinctively Dutch Festival with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. This special musical “salon” features performances, food & drink, and a unique chance to experience the innovative sounds coming from the Netherlands in an open and non-traditional concert setting. Music from Louis Andriessen and Jacob Ter Veldhuis is featured. Andriessen is one of the world’s great composers and godfather of new music in the Netherlands. Jacob TV has become one of Holland’s most frequently performed composers by going his own way, bucking the establishment. The evening culminates with a revival of PNME flutist Lindsey Goodman’s legendary 2009 performance of Jacob TV’s Lipstick – an intoxicating mashup of audio from daytime talk shows and Billie Holiday.


  • Jacob TV: BODY OF YOUR DREAMS (piano and boombox) – Rob Frankenberry, piano
  • Louis Andriessen: THE GARDEN OF EROS (violin and piano) – Roger Zahab, violin and Rob Frankenberry, piano
  • Jacob TV: LIPSTICK (flute and boombox) – Lindsey Goodman, flute
March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm Comments (0)

JacobTV Interview

In advance of Friday, March 30th’s Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performance of music by Dutch composers Louis Andriessen and JacobTV, here’s an interview between myself and Mr. TV.

March 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm Comments (0)

An Interview with composer/pianist Amy Williams

If you didn’t notice the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo concert in the Pittsburgh New Music Net events list, then here’s a little reminder. The Duo will perform the final Music on the Edge concert this season at Bellefield Hall Auditorium next Monday, April 2nd at 8 p.m.  The program features the works of György Kurtág, Conlon Nancarrow, György Ligeti, and Pittsburgh composer Amy Williams. Here’s an interview on the upcoming program and the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo’s history with Amy herself!


Get your tickets in advance through ProArtsTickets at www.proartstickets.org or by calling 412-394-3353

General admission is $15; students and seniors are $10.

At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.

Pitt students are admitted free with valid ID.

March 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm Comments (0)

Hear/Now Festival of New Sound

April 13, 2012toApril 14, 2012

Presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater & Alia Musica

Friday & Saturday, April 13–14 | See show times and venues below.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, in collaboration with Alia Musica, presents Pittsburgh’s only festival celebrating new music and sound arts. From the traditional to the obscure, Hear/Now showcases the diversity and breadth of music today.

This two-day festival brings together the most noteworthy acts in the constantly evolving genre of new music—which is by nature unpredictable and experimental—in an intimate and up-close setting. Some of the best and most talented musicians from Pittsburgh and beyond perform the full spectrum of new music: from ensembles to soloists, electronic to instrumental. Experience the evolution of music and discover what’s out there in the world at the same time you are.

Hear/Now features Grammy Award-winning flutist Tim Munro, NYC-based contemporary composer DJ Spooky, acclaimed concert pianist Conor Hanick, experimental instrumentalist and vocalist Pamela Z alongside Alia MusicaDave EggarELCO,Host Skull, and many others.

Co-curated by Alia Musica
Sponsored by WYEP 91.3 FM

Hear/Now Festival of New Sound
Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14
Single Program: $10 advance / $15 door
Festival Pass: $50 gen. public / $35 students & artists

Friday, April 13
Program A
7:00–7:30 pm: Dave Eggar (KST Main Stage)

Program B
8:00–9:00 pm: Alia Musica (KST Main Stage)
9:00–10:00 pm: Tim Munro of Eighth Blackbird (KST Main Stage)

Program C
10:00–10:30 pm: Ben Opie Trio (Shadow Lounge)
10:30–11:30 pm: Pamela Z (Shadow Lounge)
11:30 pm–2 am: Herman Pearl (Shadow Lounge)

Saturday, April 14
Program D
3:30–4:15 pm: Christopher McGlumphy (KST Main Stage)
4:15–5:00 pm: Host Skull, OvreArts w/ Pillow Project, ELCO (KST Lobby)

Program E
5:15–6:00 pm: Freya String Quartet (KST Main Stage, free)
6:00–6:15 pm: Eric Moe (KST Main Stage)
6:15–6:30 pm: Michael Johnsen (KST Lobby)
6:30–7:30 pm: Conor Hanick (KST Main Stage)

Program F
8:00–8:15 pm: Lisa Harris/Alisha Wormsley (Main Stage)
8:15–9:15 pm: DJ Spooky (KST Main Stage)
10:00 pm–midnight: Closing Party

March 27, 2012 at 8:36 am Comments (0)

Host Skull Pt. 3, IonSound Project and Emily Pinkerton

Emily Pinkerton

Emily Pinkerton joins IonSound Project on Sunday, March 25.

A reminder about Inhabit Host Skull continues in its third week at 707 Gallery downtown starting at 7 p.m. sharp according to Dave Bernabo. This week’s lineup includes:

Berman/Bernabo/Cacalano (movement and sound)
Pairdown (harmonically exciting finger-picked guitar duo)

And here’s a more in-depth description.

On Sunday night (also at 7 p.m. sharp) at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, IonSound Project will perform a program of music they’re billing as POPular. The program includes Paul Moravec’s Andy Warhol Sez, Jacob TV’s Body of Your Dreams, and will feature composer/performer/ethnomusicologist Emily Pinkerton on vocals and banjo. Pinkerton will perform Red Rocking Chair, a setting of the haunting Appalachian folk song she created with Patrick Burke, and a new composition of her own with violinist Laura Motchalov.

More details about both shows here.


March 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm Comments (0)

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

April 2, 2012
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Have you been to any Music on the Edge concerts this year? If not, you have one chance left, and you don’t want to miss it! Music on the Edge will conclude its 2011–12 season on April 2nd ,  8 p.m.,  at Bellefield Hall with the internationally renowned and critically acclaimed Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo. The duo comprises pianist Helena Bugallo and local composer/pianist Amy Williams, who is also a Pitt faculty composer. Together, they have been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout North America and Europe since 1995 and earning glowing reviews. On one of their recent appearances, The Miami Herald remarked, “the virtuosity was nothing short of jaw-dropping.”

The Duo’s performance for Music on the Edge is a tribute concert to Hungarian composer György Kurtág. The choice of Kurtág’s works as the focal point of this concert is a natural fit for Bugallo and Williams because of Kurtág’s intimate and profound connection to the medium of the piano duo.  His own performances with his wife, pianist Marta Kurtág, have led to the creation of over 100 pieces for piano, four-hands and two pianos. Most of these are either original miniatures or highly imaginative transcriptions of the music of Machaut, Purcell, Frescobaldi, Lasso, Schütz and J.S. Bach. The piano four-hands Kurtág tribute on April 2nd will feature transcriptions and excerpts from Kurtág’s Jatékók (Games), and his Suite interspersed with works by György Ligeti, Amy Williams, and Conlon Nancarrow. Incidentally, Nancarrow’s Nine Little Pieces will be receiving its world premiere on the program after recently being discovered at the Paul Sacher Archives in Basel.

Get your tickets in advance through ProArtsTickets at www.proartstickets.org or by calling 412-394-3353.

General admission is $15; students and seniors are $10.

At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.

Pitt students are admitted free with valid ID.

March 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm Comments (0)

March 20: Music by Matt Aelmore, Aaron Brooks, and more…

Slipped my mind to put this on the calendar, so I’m just gonna put it front and center. Matt Aelmore and Aaron Brooks are joining forces with Mike Perdue and Jordan Dodson to present several of their own compositions as well as some 20th-century classics.

Monday Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium


Music of Matt Aelmore, Aaron Brooks, Leo Brouwer, John Cage, Jordan Dodson, Morton Feldman, Mike Perdue, Iannis Xenakis

Jordan Dodson, guitar
Mike Perdue, Percussion
Aaron Brooks, Piano
Matt Aelmore, himself

Aelmore: Gandhi’s Porn (XXX)*, Unaccompanied Concerto No. 7 in g minor

Brooks: Six Piano Miniatures*

Brouwer: Sonata

Perdue: New Work*

Dodson: New Work*

Xenakis: Rebonds

*World Premiere

March 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm Comments (0)

March 16-18: Host Skull, Firebird Ensemble, and Mutable Narrative

Excellent opportunities to hear new music every night this weekend. First off, Inhabit Host Skull continues at 707 Gallery on Friday night with a line-up that includes:

Le Rex (jazz from the other side of the ocean)
Chris McGlumphy (solo viola da gamba, exec. dir. of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble)
Host Skull (performing MODULES for movement and sound)

On Saturday night at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Firebird Ensemble performs music by Lee Hyla, Chris Hughes, and Pittsburgh’s own Eric Moe, and since they’re from Boston we are counting this as a St. Patrick’s-themed show against all other visible evidence.

On Sunday afternoon, Lenny Young (oboe), Tracy Mortimore (bass), and Mike Purdue (percussion) give a concert that includes improvisation, poetry, and composed works old and new. The show takes place at Future Tenant at 3 p.m.

Collect All Three!

March 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

The Mutable Narrative

March 18, 2012
3:30 pm

Future Tenant Gallery
$12 regular / $8 students

An instrumental trio of oboe, bass and percussion, including poetry to make “spontaneous accompaniments”.

The Mutable Narrative:
Lenny Young (oboe)
Tracey Mortimore (bass)
Mike Purdue (percussion)

March 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm Comments (0)

« Older Posts