Tickets: General admission is $15; students and senior admission is $10. Advance tickets are $12 and $8. Call 412-422-8042.
IonSound delves into the compositional process this season presenting three concerts packed with premieres. The first offering, Roots and Routes, is right around the corner on Sunday November 16, at 7 p.m. This program features early and/or pivotal works by composers such as Lee Hyla, Steve Reich, Erwin Schulhoff, and Max Bruch. Also featured will be works by three Pittsburgh based composers, Roger Zahab, Jonghee Kang, and Lenny Young.
MOTE is excited to present the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Roger Zahab this October 19th at 8 p.m. in Bellefield Hall Auditorium. The series’ namesake orchestra is a an all-star gathering of accomplished local musicians. The program includes I give you the end of a golden string by Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music), Roger Zahab’s Evening on 57th Street, Toru Takemitsu’s The Dorian Horizon, and Claude Vivier’s Zipangu.
Judith Weir, recently appointed the first female Master of the Queen’s Music, is the composer and librettist of several widely performed operas whose diverse sources include Icelandic sagas, Chinese Yuan Dynasty drama and German Romanticism interests in narrative, folklore and theatre have found expression in a broad range of musical invention. Folk music from the British Isles and beyond has influenced her music for solo instruments, and she has had strong links with performers from non-classical traditions. MOTE Chamber Orchestra director, Roger Zahab, has been a long time supporter of her music and has presented many of her pieces in Pittsburgh. In addition to his work as a musical director, Roger is a violinist who has premiered over 100 new works, and also a prolific composer whose works have been performed internationally.
Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages 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; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. For Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Pitt students are admitted free with valid ID.
If you haven’t heard Ravish Momin’s take on drumming and live electronics then you’re in for a treat. He returns to Pittsburgh with trombonist Rick Parker (who also performs on synths) for a performance at the AVA Lounge on Wednesday night. Technically, I should call them a duo, but I’m really using the term loosely since the integration of loops, synth lines, and effects makes for some wonderfully dense textures. I should also probably tag them as avant-garde jazz, but like many of today’s innovators, Tarana blends a wide range of personal influences into a style all their own. Come hear them on Wednesday and it’ll all make sense.