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PSO Launches Year of the Pittsburgh Composer with Stock’s Sixth Symphony

October 4, 2013
8:00 pm
October 5, 2013
8:00 pm
October 6, 2013
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

StockThe Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has declared 2013 The Year of the Pittsburgh Composer with four concerts covering featuring new works by David Stock, Leonarda Balada, Nancy Galbraith, and multi-movement work with contributions from Patrick Burke Bomi Jang, Mathew Rosenblum, Reza Vali, and Amy Williams. The celebration of some of the City’s best known composers begins on Friday, October 4 when the orchestra premieres David Stock’s Sixth Symphony, and coincidentally, celebrates the composer’s 75th birthday.

David Stock needs little introduction to Pittsburgh’s new music community as the founder of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, long time Professor of Musicianship at Duquesne, and composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by ensembles all over the world. Stock also played a leading role in helping the PSO develop this season’s emphasis on Pittsburgh artists.

Oh yeah, there’s also some piece by Orff. Carmin… Carmina… something or other. Supposed to be pretty fun.


September 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm Comments (0)

Entelechron Materializes at Pitt

September 23, 2013
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

violinist/composer/conductorRoger Zahab

violinist/composer/conductor Roger Zahab

entelechron, one of Roger Zahab’s ongoing projects, will present a concert of music by  Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Daron Hagen, Gilda Lyons and Toru Takemitsu. While the entelechron instrumentation is flexible, this particular instantiation include Zahab on violin, David Russell on cello, and Rob Frankenberry on piano.

September 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm Comments (0)

Ensemble Son and Either/Or Ensemble

October 5, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


The students are back in Oakland, and that means Music on the Edge is back at work bringing great ensembles to Pittsburgh. This year’s season will open with a double quartet concert featuring Stockholm’s Ensemble Son and New York’s Either/Or. The two contemporary music groups will combine forces to present a concert made entirely of premiere performances. The program includes Dark Flow by Either/Or cofounder and pianist Richard Carrick, Herabouts by Ensemble Son trombonist Ivo Nelson, and works by Keeril Makan (Letting Time Circle Through Us),  Lisa Streich (PAPIROSN), and Zeena Parkins (Circles and Squares). Several of the works will explore spatial relationships, sometimes by placing the performers in different parts of the performance space; sometimes by having different elements of the music unfold on independent, yet interconnected, timelines.

Either/Or is a flexible chamber ensemble based in New York City. Founded in 2004 by pianist/composer Richard Carrick and percussionist David Shively, Either/Or presents compelling new and recent works for unconventional ensemble formations rarely heard elsewhere. The group draws upon its roster, featuring some of New York’s leading interpreters, in programming intense chamber music alongside larger ensemble works. E/O has performed to critical acclaim at Miller Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kitchen, Philadelphia Museum of Art, MATA Festival, and ICA:Boston, in addition to frequent appearances at experimental music venues such as The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room. Either/Or’s programs have included numerous world, U.S., and New York premieres. These range from major works of American experimental music to rarely heard classics from the dynamic margins of the European avant-garde. In addition to ongoing collaborations with emerging artists, Either/Or has brought distinguished composers such as Helmut Lachenmann (2008), Paolo Aralla (2009), Chaya Czernowin (2010, 2011), Karin Rehnqvist (2012), and Rebecca Saunders (2013) to New York for portrait concerts and lectures through E/O’s Composer’s Atelier series.

Ensemble SON comprises Saxophonist Joergen Pettersson, Guitarist Magnus Andersson, Percussionist Jonny Axelsson, and composer/ trombonist Ivo Nilsson. Some of Sweden’s most adventurous performers, they explore and expand the boundaries of contemporary musical expression both individually and as a group. (What’s more, each of their surnames ends in “son.” Pettersson has his roots in the Stockholm saxophone Quartet and is also active as a soloist and chamber musician. Andersson, one of the world’s leading guitarists in contemporary music, is known for his intimate personal relationship to his material and his audience. Percussionist  Axelsson is a well known interpreter of modern art music and has been involved in several exciting collaborations with artists working beyond the confines of music. Nilsson has premiered many solo and chamber works for the trombone and has made use of electronic sounds and theatrical effects in his performances.

Ensemble Son and Either/Or perform on Saturday, October 5, 8 p.m. at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium. Tickets are available through the Pitt Repertory Theatre Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15. Pitt students free with ID


September 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Conductors’ Festival Kicks Off Fall Season

Despite the recent heat and humidity, we’re going to go ahead and call it fall. Just forget about the weather. We know it’s fall because all our favorite concert series are ramping up, the Bucs are in a pennant race, and… Wait? What???? Are you kidding me? Well, no. And listen, you are probably not gonna get tickets to this last Pirates home stand if you don’t have them already, so why not go to some amazing concerts instead? (You can always check the score at intermission.)

Friday, 9/13: Alia Musica will conclude their second annual Conductors’ Festival with a concert at PNC Recital Hall.

Monday, 9/16: The Consortium presents the first installment of its Sahara Series at Thunderbird Cafe.

Tuesday, 9/17: You may want to stay at Thunderbird to hear the Lina Allemano Four.

Great way to get things rolling this September, and there’s lots more music headed our way in the coming weeks. Yep. Definitely fall.

September 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm Comments (0)

The Sahara Series: Music from Mali and Niger at Thunderbird Cafe this fall

September 21, 2013
7:00 pm
October 3, 2013
8:00 pm
October 23, 2013
8:00 pm
November 27, 2013
8:00 pm
Mamadou Kelly and Leila Gobi.

Mamadou Kelly and Leila Gobi.

Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure.

Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure.

Tal National.

Tal National.





The Consortium presents The Sahara Series: five concerts featuring major musicians from the African countries of Mali and Niger, all at Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St. in Lawrenceville. All shows are $12 advance/$15 door, 21+, and advance tickets can be purchased at Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield), Caliban Books (Oakland), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill) and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), or online at the Thunderbird’s website at http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net.

These are performers who would normally be featured at the respect Festival of the Desert, held for a decade in northern Mali. However, that festival is now “in exile” due to the circumstances following the 2012 Tuareg rebellion which briefly proclaimed the independent nation of Azawad. In the aftermath, hardcore Islamist Ansar Al-Dine took over the region (supported by Al Qaida in the Maghreb) and attempted to impose sharia law, destroying Sufi shrines and priceless libraries in Timbuktu while banning music, alcohol and dancing, and oppressing women in the region. The French army came in and drove out the Islamists, and the region is now being patrolled by a U.N. force of African nations, but the danger remains.

Monday September 16 8 pm ‘Caravan of Peace’
MAMADOU KELLY – rising African blues guitarist from Niafunke, Mali and former member of Ali Farka Toure’s All-Stars.
LEILA GOBI – Tuareg singer from Menaka, Mali who also plays guitar, djembe, balafon and tinde, singing in several languages including her native Tamashek.
with special guests Batamba

Saturday September 21 7 pm ‘International Blues Express’
SIDI TOURE – Songhai guitarist of noble linage from Gao, Mali who blends Western folk and blues with trancelike African complexity. Three albums out on respected American indie label Thrill Jockey (Tortoise, Califone, Mouse on Mars, Rob Mazurek).
CEDRIC WATSON – Cajun and Creole fiddler and accordionist from Louisiana whose three albums as bandleader have all been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Thursday October 3 8 pm co-presented with Grey Area Productions and VIA Fest
TAL NATIONAL – drawing on regional styles from highlife and soukous to Afrobeat and desert blues, they create original African rock, and have become the most popular band in their landlocked country of Niger, where they live in the capital Niamey. Their new album is out on UK indie label Fat Cat (Sigur Ros, Mum, No Age, Animal Collective, Frightened Rabbit, etc).
(note: ticket outlets for this event are Culture Shop and Dave’s [both South Side], Sound Cat, and 720 Records [Lawrenceville])

Wednesday October 23 8 pm Next Generation of Tuareg Bluesmen
TERAKAFT – From northern Mali, their name means “caravan” in Tamashek. Leader
Diara was a founding member of desert-blues legends Tinariwen. Currently living in exile in Algeria, they represent the next generation of Tuareg bluesmen, including Diara’s nephews Sanou and Abdallah, and perform in their characteristic dress: blue robes and the tagelmust turban. Their albums have been released on World Village (which is part of Harmonia Mundi, and also released Tinariwen).
with special guests Landmark Tongues (members of Centipede E’est and Gangwish)

Wednesday November 27 8 pm Desert Guitar Hero
BOMBINO – Originally from Agadez, Niger, Omara “Bombino” Moctar spent his youth in Algeria and Libya due to the Tuareg-led rebellions in the Sahara. Returning to his hometown, he has since recorded albums for Sublime Frequencies and Cumbancha, and now his third album, Nomad, is out on prominent New Music label Nonesuch Records (Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, George Crumb, but the list of classical, pop and world icons is very long), produced by Grammy-winning Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The album debuted at #1 on the World Music charts, cementing his reputation as trailblazing desert guitar hero.
with special guests Batamba

September 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm Comments (0)

Playlist at Bar Marco

September 8, 2013
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra’s signature eclectic mix will highlight the orchestra’s talented singers and instrumentalists in a collection of solo and small-group pieces.  Special guest and collaborator Shana Simmons Dance will guide the audience through smaller ensemble pieces…creating a set “playlist” to listen and watch. As part of this collaboration, E.L.C.O. and Shana Simmons dance will present the premier of “Dance Solo”, a piece composed for dancer and clarinet.

E.L.C.O. showcases local Pittsburgh orchestral musicians while presenting an eclectic and provocative musical repertoire that ranges from the Middle Ages to the Avant-Garde.  With the stated goal of breaking down the artificial musical walls of style, genre and historical period — E.L.C.O. focuses on the often unacknowledged connections between classical and rock music.

Shana Simmons Dance creates choreography taking inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living.  These choreographic expressions are created from the ways in which our society is changing, the need for intimate connections to people and objects, and giving the viewer a unique perspective.

Tickets: $20 includes admission, first drink ticket and Bar Marco’s signature appetizers ingredients of the highest quality and mostly sourced from local producers and purveyors

September 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm Comments (0)