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Paul Giallorenzo’s Gitgo Quintet 11/20@ Thunderbird Cafe

November 20, 2014
8:00 pm

avant-garde jazz supergroup from Chicago,
only steps away from the Getgo. (ha ha)

Thu Nov 20 8 pm 21+ show $15 adv/$20 door
Thunderbird Café, 4023 Butler St, Lawrenceville

featuring Mars Williams on sax (Vandermark 5, Liquid Soul, Psychedelic Furs, Hal Russell/NRG Ensemble/Luttenbachers, Brotzmann Tentet etc)

Jeb Bishop on trombone (Vandermark 5, Brotzmann Tentet, Luttenbachers etc)

Anton Hatwich on bass & Quin Kirchner on drums

tickets on sale now at:
Acoustic Music Works, Caliban Books, Sound Cat
Records, Dave’s Music Mine and 720 Records
and online at

Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise. He has been funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Swiss Benevolence Society, and has performed in Europe, Brazil and throughout the US, including a 2010 appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival. He is also the producer, organizer, co-founder, and director of the art gallery/music venue Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts in Chicago since 2001.

Tonight, Giallorenzo will be performing with GITGO, a quintet featuring Mars Williams on saxophone (Vandermark 5, Hal Russell NRG Ensemble, Liquid Soul, Brotzmann Tentet, etc.), Jeb Bishop on trombone (Vandermark 5, Flying Luttenbachers, Brotzmann Tentet, etc.), Anton Hatwich on bass and Quin Kirchner on drums. The group has three releases: one on Giallorenzo’s own 482 label, “Emergent” on Leo Records in 2012, and the latest album, “Force Majeure” which came out on Delmark in May.

Paul was here in Pittsburgh previously playing with Dave Bernabo at Wood Street Gallery in 2011, with the group
Breakaway at Monk’s (now defunct) in 2009, and at Garfield
Artworks with the duo Masul in 2007.



November 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm Comments (0)

Duquesne Percussion Ensemble presents ZZZZing

November 18, 2014
7:30 pm

Pappert Center for Performance
3rd floor Mary Pappert School of Music


ZZZZing is a free concert featuring a compelling mix of extremes. David Skidmore’s Unknown Kind combines mallet, battery, and found percussion to get unique sounds in a melodic and highly entertaining way. Six (Ivan Trevino) intricately weaves two vibraphones, two marimbas, and a pair of glockenspiels, while Apple Blossom ( Peter Garland) changes the mood to a contemplative thick texture of slow moving sonorities. The concert will close with the high energy piece, Till MavIvor Meyn’s  ZZZZing which is based on the thrill of a big game fishing expedition in the Gulf of Mexico.

November 12, 2014 at 8:29 am Comments (0)

Gioco Project Plays McMasters, Perttu, Thompson, and Zipporyn

November 21, 2014
8:00 pm

The Union Project
FreeGioco Project

The Gioco Project is a new effort by cellist Rachel Smith and violinist Jennifer Sternick (formerly of Black Orchid String Trio). They’ve enlisted the help of a number of Pittsburgh’s excellent chamber musicians to present music by Ryan McMasters, Daniel Perttu, Evan Ziporyn, and myself (Nocturnes, 2014) at the Union Project on Friday, Nov. 21. Come on out and bring your friends, family, and people you meet in the street on the way over.

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November 11, 2014 at 8:31 am Comments (0)

Pacifica Plays Ligeti for Chamber Music Pittsburgh

November 10, 2014
7:30 pm

Carnegie Music Hall


Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009 – 2012) – a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet – and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Their program includes

Ligeti’s Quartet No. 1 “Metamorphoses nocturnes”
Mozart’s  Viola Quintet in G minor, K. 516 (with violist David Harding)


Ravel’s Quartet in F major

November 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm Comments (0)

Good Stuff Happening This November

Update: I managed to overlook the fact that Pacifica will be in town on Monday, November 10 playing Ligeti 1 when I originally made this post. I’ve listed that concert in the calendar along with the other great stuff mentioned below.

I’ve been quietly updating the calendar, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but wanted to give a heads-up about some of the great concerts you should be checking out. You have tonight and tomorrow night to get to Microscopic Opera’s production of Frida. Then in the next two weeks you have Jacob Ertl’s piano recital for Alia Musica, a really interesting avant-garde jazz power trio (Dylan Ryan/Sand) at Thunderbird, and IonSound Project’s Fall show. A great variety of music in a very short span. Events are over yonder ——>

November 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0)

Dylan Ryan and Sand at the Thunderbird

November 11, 2014
9:00 pm

Thunderbird Cafe

No Cover

Drummer Dylan Ryan

Drummer Dylan Ryan

Two years after the release of their impressive debut Sky Bleached, Dylan Ryan/Sand release Circa, a purposeful continuation of the aesthetic that the group had fostered on its first record. Circa, which features guitarist Timothy Young (David Sylvian, Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz), bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto) and leader/composer/drummer Dylan Ryan(Cursive, Herculaneum) has a wholly unique style which ranges from incendiary proto-metal-esque solos to sludge-trodden group play.

Dylan Rayan/Sand are part of the Space Exchange Series.

November 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents Pianist Jacob Ertl

November 9, 2014
4:30 pm

250 Emerson St.,Pittsburgh


The concert will feature a transcription Stravinksy’s Firebird suite, the fourth of Rzewski’s “Four Pieces, Federico Garcia’s new Rendering, John Arrigo’s “Fantasies for Piano Solo”,  and Matthew Heap’s On the Ceiling of the Sky performed by Eastman graduate and new music specialist Jacob Ertl. This is the first of Alia Musica’s guest recitals of 2014-15, hosted by Kip and Desiree Soteres.

November 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm Comments (0)