|January 31, 2015|
|8:00 pm||to||10:00 pm|
At the end of January, MOTE and the Andy Warhol Museum are bringing you a duo recital featuring both virtuosic musicians and exciting repertoire. Violist Jessica Meyer will perform her own composition Sounds of Being for viola and loop pedal and premiere Eric Moe’s Uncanny Affable Machines for viola and electroacoustics. Guitarist Seth Josel will perform music by Berlin-based composer Peter Ablinger as well as a rarely heard Feldman work, once thought to be lost, The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar.
Feldman originally wrote The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar for his good friend Christian Wolff. After only a few performances, however, Wolff’s guitar was stolen along with the piece stored in the case. For years, the piece was lost until guitarist Seth Josel came upon a recording of one of Wolff’s performances and decided to transcribe it with some assistance from Feldman’s original sketches. Click here for a more in-depth exploration of the piece’s history.
Seth Josel is one of the leading instrumental pioneers of his generation. As a soloist he has concertized in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the US and Canada. He has performed as a guest with leading orchestras and ensembles of Europe, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and the Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam, and has appeared at several major European festivals including the Salzburg Festspiele, Ars Musica, The Holland Festival, London’s South Bank Festival and many others. In recent seasons he has been guesting regularly with KNM Berlin, Ensemble SurPlus of Freiburg as well as with the Basel Sinfonietta.
The other half of the program will be performed by violist and composer Jessica Meyer. Known for her “polish, focus, and excitement” and “expressive, luscious sound” (The New York Times), Jessica is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As a soloist, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Her solo compositions explore the wide palette of sonic colors available to the viola while using traditional and extended techniques enhanced by the electronic process of looping material. In 2014-15, she will tour her latest solo show titled “Sounds of Being” – a surround-sound sensory experience where the music allows the listener to access a certain series of emotions, framed by personal stories and anecdotes.
For tickets, call 412-624-7529 or visit 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. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)