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Mercury Soul with DJ Masonic (Mason Bates) and the PSO

April 5, 2013
9:00 pm

DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), composer & DJ
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Benjamin Shwartz, music director
Anne Patterson, director and designer

Electronica and classical music collide at Mercury Soul, a hybrid musical event that re-imagines the classical music experience in extraordinary spaces. Interspersed with thrilling performances by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and the thumping beat of PSO’s Composer of the Year, DJ Mason Bates, Mercury Soul gives audiences the freedom to dance, roam and experience music and art installation in a club setting. Visual director Anne Patterson collaborates with CMU’s School of Drama to create media and lighting design inspired by the music.  No program book and plenty to drink:  a 21st Century ‘salon’ at its finest!

Program to include:

Adams: Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Xenakis: Okho
Stravinsky: Concertino for Twelve Instruments
Corigliano: Stomp feat. Noah Bendix-Balgley
Bates: The Rise of Exotic Computing (PSO commission & World Premiere)

  • 21+ event. ID required.*
  • Doors at 9pm, music begins around 9:30pm at STATIC in the Strip District at 1650 Smallman Street.
  • Ample lit and secure street parking directly across from the venue for $5 (cash only).
  • Free coat check.
  • VIP packages available – includes private, reserved seating for parties of 6 in the balcony.  Very exclusive and limited availability, call 412.392.4819 for details and to secure a table.

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March 29, 2013 at 8:31 am Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents the Legendary Robert Dick

April 4, 2013
7:30 pm
April 6, 2013
7:30 pm

Tickets:  $15 at the door, $10 students, $5 children.
Two-event pass, $20
Buy in advance and save!

Robert Dick plays bass flute. Photo: Scott Friedlander

Robert Dick plays bass flute. Photo: Scott Friedlander

April 4, Robert presents a solo recital featuring his own compositions. Incorporating live electronics, his signature Glissando Headjoint, and the monster contrabass flute, this event is can’t-miss.

April 6, Robert joins Alia Musica for our Spring 2013 concert. We perform Robert Dick’s concerto for flute and small ensemble, Meristem, and premiere a new work by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Don’t miss performances of music by Federico Garcia, Nissim Schaul, and Luciano Berio.

With equally deep roots in classical music old and new and in free improvisation and new jazz, Robert Dick has established himself as an artist who has not only mastered, but but redefined the flute.  Known worldwide for creating revolutionary visions of the flute’s musical role, listening to Robert Dick play solo has been likened to the experience of hearing a full orchestra.  His performances typically include flute (with his invention, the Glissando Headjoint®) piccolo, alto flute, and bass flutes in C and F.  On special occasions, he’ll bring out the giant, stand-up contrabass flute.

“Dick held the audience in rapt attention with his spellbinding virtuosity”
– Washington Post

“There are few musicians that are truly revolutionary. Robert Dick is one of them.”
– Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes


March 27, 2013 at 8:34 am Comments (0)

NOW, NOW, IonSound, Mason, Mason, Mason, MOTE…

Sot there is a lot going on this weekend, and by this weekend I mean starting with two concerts Thursday night: The PSO, IonSound Project, and the Warhol have teamed up to present a concert of music curated by Mason Bates, including two of his own pieces. Meanwhile, back at Duquesne (and how often do you get to write that phrase?), NOW Ensemble is going to perform music by student composers from Duquesne and Pitt at PNC Recital Hall (8 pm and free). Friday through Sunday the PSO will perform Bates’ B-Sides. Saturday Night, MOTE present NOW at the Warhol and the program will include a the premiere of Rounder Songs by our own Patrick Burke and Emily Pinkerton. Soooooo… It’s going to be good! Oh yeah, and if you mention that you’re an IonSound supporter at the Warhol, the tickets are only $10 bucks for the Thursday night show. Check out the Events Calendar thusly ———>

March 21, 2013 at 8:57 am Comments (0)

Wed 4/10 @ First Unitarian: INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL ORCHESTRA (Netherlands)

The Consortium presents

Wed April 10 8 pm all ages welcome $15 adv/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside/Oakland

an evening with Dutch avant-garde jazz legends celebrating their 45th year!


tickets on sale now at Caliban Books, Sound Cat Records, Dave’s Music Mine, The Exchange Squirrel Hill, and The Exchange Downtown.

In 1958, the liner notes of a Jimmy Giuffre album coined the term “instant composition” to describe improvisation. A few years later, pianist Misha Mengelberg made the term stick. He played with drummer Han Bennink on Eric Dolphy’s “Last Date” (1964) and then
Bennink, Willem Breuker and Misha Mengelberg founded the ICP co-op in 1967. In 1974 the saxophonist left to form the Willem Breuker Kollektief, longtime flagship of Dutch improvised music. Mengelberg and Bennink founded the raggedy ICP Tentet (including German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann, and sometimes cellist Tristan Honsinger). That band matured into something very like the present-day ICP Orchestra in the 1980s, with the addition of younger players, some of whom have been there ever since. The mature ICP is a hybrid of jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra, containing new originals and old tunes (Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols), jazz business and funny business, full-force raveups and improv breakdowns. It’s full of surprises, unexpected turns, limber grace and strange eruptions. Nothing and no one else sounds like Amsterdam’s finest – the world’s longest-running avant-garde jazz group – and no two gigs are ever alike.

The current group includes:

Drummer Han Bennink (who has played with Sonny Rollins and Derek Bailey).

Clarinet/tenor saxophonist Ab Baars (The Ex, Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, Cecil Taylor).

Tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius (played with Georg Graewe).

Double bassist Ernst Glerum (John Zorn, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Don Byron, Amsterdam String Trio).

Trumpeter Thomas Heberer (Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, Elliott Sharp, Bob Moses).

Cellist Tristan Honsinger (various Cecil Taylor groups).

Michael Moore on clarinet/alto sax (Jaki Byard, Joe Maneri, Gunther Schuller, Dave Douglas).

Mary Oliver on viola (premiered works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis; played with Joelle Leandre, George Lewis).

Wolter Wierbos on trombone (Henry Threadgill, The Ex, Sonic Youth, Mingus Big ICP-F.PATELLAklBand, Gerry Hemingway).

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March 12, 2013 at 12:42 am Comments (0)

PSO Plays Bates’ B-Sides

March 22, 2013
8:00 pm
March 23, 2013
8:00 pm
March 24, 2013
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall


Mason Bates: The B-Sides
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5.

Journey out of this world when electronica partners with orchestra in Mason Bates’ colorful and vibrant The B-Sides. Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax performs Mozart’s popular Piano Concerto No. 25.

March 8, 2013 at 8:28 am Comments (0)

Mason Bates and IonSound Project at the Warhol

March 21, 2013
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum


The Warhol partners with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present a program of new electro-acoustic music, (including two pieces from their current resident composer, Mason Bates), all performed by the dynamic Pittsburgh-based ensemble, IonSound.  Bates’ “Red River” conjures a journey down the length of the Colorado River, with cascading water figuration flowing into quicksilver electronica rhythms, and his From Amber Frozen offers an indigenous approach to a string quartet.  Anna Clyne’s Paint Box zooms inside the cello, sonically and imaginatively, while Marcos Balter’s “Vision Mantra” stretches out a slow-motion epiphany in an ambient space.  The program culminates in Martin Matalon’s stunning new score for the classic Luis Buñuel film Un Chien Andalou.  Mason Bates is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.
March 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm Comments (0)

Full Dance Card for March 1–3 (Plus Anachronistic Metaphors)

Something new music to do every night this weekend, starting with round II of the CMU student composer extravaganza on Friday, Arnold Dreyblatt at Garfield Artworks on Saturday, and Hunted Creatures et al at Shadow Lounge on Sunday. Be sure to drop in at Shadow Lounge before it closes its doors for good. All the details can be found by clicking somewhere over there —————–>

Here’s some Dreyblatt to tide you over.

March 1, 2013 at 8:32 am Comments (0)