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Phillips Family Performs Phillips, AU Sax Quartet Plays Brooks


The American University Sax Quartet

Two fine new music concerts coming up starting tomorrow:

First, the Phillips family plays music of Eugene Phillips

The Phillips Family will perform a concert featuring two new works by Pittsburgh composer Eugene Phillips: Quintetto Concertante for soprano, flute, two violins and viola, plus his Suite for Viola and Bass Flute. Both works were written at the request of the Phillips family and are being premiered here in Pittsburgh. The Suite for Viola and Bass Flute features the newly invented bass flute, a giant flute sounding two octaves below the standard instrument.

The concert takes place on Sunday, May 26 at 3 in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and it’s free! Soprano Amy Phillips, violist  Daniel Phillips, violinist Todd Phillips, violinist Catherine Cho, and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor are Artist Members of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NYC.


Second, The American University Sax Quartet plays Brooks

The American University Saxophone Quartet is visiting Pittsburgh from Washington DC. They will be joined by University of Pittsburgh faculty and student performers Roger Zahab (violin/viola), Jonghee Kang (piano), and Eric Wiegandt (percussion) for a program that will feature works by George Tsontakis, Michael Torke, Paul Hindemith, Elliott Carter, Aaron Brooks, and Roger Zahab.

Tuesday, May 28, 8 p.m. at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free

The American University Saxophone Quartet is a premier ensemble at American University in Washington DC. Regularly featured at university events, the quartet is committed to the study and performance of contemporary music for classical saxophone. This past semester the group commissioned and premiered a piece by Pittsburgh composer, Aaron Brooks. The work will be performed again at the University of Pittsburgh in May as part of a university exchange. In 2010 the group also premiered THAWST II by Katerina Stamatelos at the International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University. Coached by Dr. Noah Getz, the quartet consists of Helen West, a recent graduate in music performance and economics; Vincent Guerrero, a junior studying music performance and education; Peter Jones, a senior studying accounting; and Charley Fogel, a recent graduate in psychology.

May 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm Comments (0)


The Shop, 8 p.m.

Dynamo Sound Collective Presents:

[Chicago | Captcha Records]

Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) on guitar, Libby Ramer on organ, and Ben Baker Billington (Quicksails, Tiger Hatchery, Wasteland Jazz Ensemble) on drums.

“They take you way beyond yr average wanna-be psych band….. sublime space-outs change to propulsive noise-assaults on a dime…..eastern drone, guitar affects cascading all around, slowly building into one propulsive ecstatic end of the world jam…precision drum freakouts plus hypnotic guitars and interstellar organ… you have to see ’em to believe the glorious noise they make…..” – Tiny Grooves

Incredible. One of the best psych-rock bands out there right now. If you dig Wooden Shjips, Egg, EL&P, Neu, Agitation Free, Blue Cheer, etc… you must attend this gig.

[Pittsburgh | Machine Age Studios]
Two parts Carousel + 1 part Panfilo = hard rock blues.
Bring your motorcycle.

[Pittsburgh | Facing the Facts | Pay The Rent]

Bunch of mutants making loud rock music for mutants.
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May 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm Comments (0)

Saturday: Hear/Now presents Maree ReMalia and Dave Bernabo


Saturday, May 11, 8 pm
The Alloy Studios

Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Hear/Now performance series continues with an evening of premieres at The Alloy Studios. Hear/Now is a celebration of traditional and obscure music, movement, and sound arts. Discover noteworthy and emerging acts in the constantly unpredictable and experimental genres in an intimate and up-close setting. From ensembles to soloists, electronic to instrumental, Hear/Now features talented artists from Pittsburgh and beyond.

Maree ReMalia | merrygogo in collaboration with David Bernabo
Premiere – slants revisited/take away the mountain

This premiere performance is the third project in the slants series through which Maree | merrygogo is continuing to make collaborative work in 2013. This duet draws from the solo slants revisited for 1. These works both experiment with material and explorations used in the creative process for the original duet, slants, which Maree created through the PearlArts Studios Artists-in-Residence Series (2012-2013) in collaboration with Korean movement artist, Hyunjung Lee. The original duet offers source material to explore the endless iterations through which movement and themes can evolve in the development of existing work. The original slants duet is a playful amalgamation where the creators demonstrated their multi-layered experience in each passing moment. Their abstracted expressions drew from everyday encounters and their influences in traditional Korean dance, classical ballet, Africanist forms, contemporary dance, and the Gaga movement language. Through slips of the absurd and flashes of introspection, the ever-shifting montage revealed the range of the duo’s relationship from their comedic banter to living with Korean han (an inherent “soulful sadness” or “perseverence”).

Find out more about Hear/Now.

May 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm Comments (0)

TONIGHT: CMU Contemporary Ensemble Plays Bates and Balada

Kresge Theatre
Free, 8 p.m.


What do you get when you make a couch out of the kite-eating tree?


Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble performs

Mason Bates’ Omnivorous Furniture for chamber orchestra and electronica

Featuring the North American premiere of Leonardo Balada’s Caprichios No. 7 for solo clarinet and ensemble.

May 3, 2013 at 8:26 am Comments (0)