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ETHEL Presents “Grace”

June 19, 2014
7:30 pm

Kelly Strayhorn Theater Tickets

ETHEL String Quartet


ETHEL will present “Grace” as part of the Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Just Summer series. The centerpiece of the program is ETHEL’s own adaptation of Ennio Morricone’s moving score to the 1986 film, The Mission. Morricone’s score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. The film deals with cross-cultural complexities fueled by the quest for redemption against the backdrop of the jungles of South America. Also featured on the concert are special quartet treatments honoring the 20th anniversary of the release of Jeff Buckley’s Grace – his glorious, and tragically, only, completed studio album. Favorite ETHEL composers and collaborators Mary Ellen Childs (USA), Marcelo Zarvos (Brazil), and Carlo Mombelli (South Africa) along with original music by members of ETHEL, fill out the program with works both searching and deeply joyful. Following the concert, ETHEL will do a question and answer session with the audience. Acclaimed as “indefatigable and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting [string] quartets around” (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry. At the heart of ETHEL is a collaborative ethos – a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community.  As cultural and musical “pollinators,” the quartet brings its collaborative discoveries to audiences through multi-dimensional musical repertoire and community engagement. Vist Chamber Music Pittsburgh for more information.

May 24, 2014 at 9:13 am Comments (0)

Martin Bisi at 31st Street Pub

May 23, 2014
9:30 pm

31st Street Pub Tickets: $8 (21+)

Martin Bisi

Martin Bisi (Photo: Nicole Capobianco)

Martin Bisi returns to Pittsburgh for a show with Invisible Things(w/ Mark Shippy of US Maple), Outlander, and Radon Chong. Bisi’s recently released album, Ex Nihilo, represents nearly five years of work with a level of abstraction and density that is reminiscent of  classic musique concrète. An engineer and producer as well as a writer and performer, it’s clear listening to Bisi’s work that he views the recording studio in its entirely as a creative tool rather  than a place to merely replicate something that’s already been created.

Bisi’s prolific career has included producing Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, Boredoms, Helmet, White Zombie, Cop Shoot Cop, Material/Bill Laswell, Foetus, Serena Maneesh and many others. He’s also contributed to albums by Iggy Pop and The Ramones. 

Bisi’s studio in Brooklyn, BC Studios is the subject of an upcoming documentary which we expect ob e out sometime this summer. It includes comments by Bill Laswell, Michael Gira of Swans, Bob Bert of Sonic Youth, Jim Thirlwell aka Foetus, Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls. Check it out…

May 21, 2014 at 8:47 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music

PFNM logo

So. Much. Music.


Federico Garcia and Alia Musica Pittsburgh are about to unleash the massively engaging and sure to be spectacular Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, or as the kids are calling it, #laliapalooza. To help you keep the vasty offerings of this festival straight in your mind, Pittsburgh New Music Net is returning to its original format of having scintillating posts on the front page and a dedicated events calendar. But PFNM isn’t the only reason we’re going back to this format. Honestly, there is so much good new music coming your way this summer, we are going to keep it that way for the time being. That way you will know when great offerings form Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble are happening too. Anyway, Events are that way ——–>

Are you feeling scintillated yet? I know you are.

May 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley

May 22, 2014 11:00 amtoMay 23, 2014 11:59 pm

Market Square and Everywhere

Perfect Lives

Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives will happen all around the city beginning on May 22.

Varispeed performs Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives in the first installment of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants imagine a folksy, Midwestern town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Its seven episodes weave together stories of a mysterious crime, an elopement, and the mischief of two itinerant musicians. Both lofty and quotidian, Perfect Lives brings together musicians, performers, fans, and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

11:00 am — the Park

1:00 pm — the Bank

3:00 pm — the Supermarket

5:00 pm — the Church

7:00 pm — the Backyard

9:00 pm — the Livingroom

11:00 pm — the Bar

Founded by Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle, and Gelsey Bell, Varispeed is a collective of composer-performers that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events.

Find out more…

May 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

May 22, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets, $15

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo performs at the New Hazlett on

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music presents the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo as they  continue their exploration of Kurtág’s piano duo repertory, and of the two-piano renditions of Stravinsky’s works. Their performance features Agon, the serial ballet with which the Russian master surprised the world in 1957, plus works by Ligeti, Williams herself, Garcia-De Castro, and more.

May 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Alia Musica Pittsburgh

May 23, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater


Alia Musica Pittsburgh

Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the primary instigators of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, perform music by Hass, Heap, Moe, and Berio. Guest artists include Duo Scordatura and soprano Jamie Jordan.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Nach-Ruf… ent-gleitend

Matthew Heap: Divergent Impulses, premiere with Duo Scordatura

Eric Moe: Time Will Tell

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs, with Jamie Jordan

May 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Pittsburgh Soundpike

May 24, 2014
2:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets: Come in between 2 and 5 p.m. and pay as you exit. (Just like the turnpike, but in reverse! Details below.)


Black Orchid String Trio performs as part of Pittsburgh Soundpike.

Black Orchid String Trio performs as part of Pittsburgh Soundpike.

Discover the energy and innovation Pittsburgh new music organizations, from seven-year-old organizations (Alia Musica, ELCO) to the freshest initiatives (Tepki, Directions Duo). The program features Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking Freya in a quartet performance of Steve Reich’s seminal Different Trains, alongside music by Cage, Brett Dean, Federico Garcia-De Castro, and premieres by many more Pittsburgh composers.

2p Trillium Ensemble: music by Scott Steele

 2:15 Black Orchid String Trio: music by David Hidek

2:30 ELCO: Cage’s Five

2:30 Trillium Ensemble: music by Mark Fromm

2:45 Black Orchid String Trio: music by Adam Rook

3:05 ELCO: music by Alan Tormey

3:15 Tepki music collective: music by Erberk Eryílmaz

3:25 ELCO: music by Christine Burke

3:35 Tepki music collective: music by Reza Vali

3:50 Alia Musica Pittsburgh: music by Scott Steele

4:00 Freya String Quartet: Steve Reich’s Different Trains

4:30 Alia Musica Pittsburgh: music by Mark Fromm

4:50 Directions Duo: music by Brett Dean

Come between 2 and 5 p.m. and pay as you exit.

$5 for 2½ hs or more

$10 for 1½ hours

$15 for 1 hour

$20 for less than 1 hour

Cash, checks, and all major credit cards accepted.

May 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Rzewski Plays Rzewski

May 24, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater

F Rzewski (Fabio Lugaro)

Frederic Rzewski (Photo: Fabio Lugaro)

Renowned composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski will perform his works Dreams (Part I) and Four Pieces as part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. About these works Rzewki says,

“Dreams was inspired by Kurosawa’s film of the same title.  No. 1, “Dream”, was written as a pièce de concours for the semifinals of the1913 Queen Elizabeth piano competition.  No. 2, “Cabrioles”, was written for the Swiss pianist Simone Keller.  No. 3, “A Mensch”, is dedicated to the memory of the actor and poet Steve ben Israel.  No. 4, “Illusions Perdues”, was written for the British pianist Ian Pace.  Part II (Nos. 5-8, now in progress) will be premiered by Igor Levit in the spring of 2015 at the Heidelberger Frühling festival.

“Four Pieces, written for the American pianist Ursula Oppens, was meant as a sequel to The People United, a series of 36 variations on Sergio Ortega’s song “¡El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido!”.  It could be described as a monothematic sonata in four movements.  The basic theme evokes Andean traditional music, although it is not actually a citation.”

May 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Guests in Concert

May 25, 2014
5:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater

Duo Scordatura

Duo Scordatura

Hear  Clocks in Motion and Duo Scordatura, who will be in Pittsburgh to participate in other events of the PFNM. To open the concert, Hope Academy’s ELCEO presents excerpts from The Rite of Spring arranged for student orchestra.


May 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh New Music Festival: Inuksuit

May 25, 2014
2:00 pm

Lake Elizabeth, Allegheny Commons, West

Inuksuit twelfth

You heard right. 99 percussionists.

2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit is meant to be played by nine to 99 players dispersed in a large outdoor area, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, air raid sirens, gongs, bells, shakers, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. It is the ultimate environmental piece, designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day and to energize our experience of our own environment.

Inuksuit is a temporary alternate reality; it is a ceremony that incites the simultaneous mindful experience of performers and audience; it is an occasion to focus the efforts of an entire community toward a seemingly insurmountable goal.  The job of making Inuksuit happen invites collaboration among actors from all corners of a community — performers, stewards of green spaces, institutional leaders, and students — in the creation of a shared moment that changes the history of a person’s relationship to his environment.

The work has been performed around the world — in Melbourne, , Toronto, Chicago, Berkeley, Lisbon, the Hague, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was recognized among the most memorable performances of 2011 in New York City by the New Yorker, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.

May 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)

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