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Alia Musica Presents Gleb Kanasevich

February 7, 2015
7:30 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Gleb Kanasevich

Belorus-born clarinet virtuoso Gleb Kanasevich visits Pittsburgh to perform Boulez’s epic “Dialogue de l’ombre double”, for clarinet and 6-channel electronics, as well as music by himself, Pittsburgh composers Kerrith Livengood, Federico Garcia-De Castro, and other living composers.

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January 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm Comments (0)

Battle Trance at the Warhol

February 7, 2015
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum

The Warhol welcomes the genre-defying saxophone quartet Battle Trance (comprising Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, andPatrick Breiner) on a tour supporting their debut release, Palace of Wind, on New Amsterdam Records. Performing primarily the music of member Travis Laplante, the quartet crosses boundaries and exists loosely within realms of contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, the new record challenges conventions of the saxophone as an ensemble instrument. The sonic vocabulary of the quartet has developed through techniques such as circular breathing, allowing them to build continues, hypnotic waves of sound and intricate textures.

January 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm Comments (0)

Recent Music, Old Friends

January 26, 2015
8:00 pm

James Laughlin Music Center, Founder’s Room Chatham University


Violinist Roger Zahab and pianist Robert Frankenberry perform music by Daron Hagen, David Mahler, Eric Moe, Wayne Peterson, Reed Robins, Linda Catlin Smith, Judith Weir, and Roger Zahab

January 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm Comments (0)

Interview with Violist-Composer Jessica Meyer

On January 31, violist and composer Jessica Meyer will split a recital for Music on the Edge with guitarist Seth Josel. Well-known in the New York contemporary music scene for her work with groups such as counter)induction and American Modern Ensemble, composing reemerged as an important part of Jessica’s musical identity when she encountered Reggie Watts’ masterful use of the loop pedal. Soon she began composing pieces of her own for viola and loop pedal. Sounds of Being, her recently released CD, contains many of these compositions and Jessica will perform them at her concert at the Warhol. She’ll also premiere a new work by Eric Moe for viola and fixed media titled Uncanny Affable Machines.

This past December, Jessica and I talked together over Skype about her compositions and how her creative voice has developed. The video feed got choppy at times, so I had to do a little more patching together than usual, but I know you’ll be happy to hear what Jessica has to say about all of this, so here it is.

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January 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm Comments (0)

PSO Plays Bates’ White Lies for Lomax

January 23, 2015
7:30 pm
January 25, 2015
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall

Mason Bates is once again the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Composer of the Year and the orchestra will perform his White Lies for Lomax on Friday and Sunday. Also on the program are Ravel’s Concerto in G Major for piano and orchestra with Gabriel Montero as soloist, Wagner’s “Good Friday Spell” from Parsifal, and Medelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Reformation.

January 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm Comments (0)

Wed. Jan 21: Ken Vandermark-Nate Worley Duo at the Warhol

Check out my full post yonder or just get it straight from the horse wallpaper’s mouth. Gonna be a real interesting show. Andy definitely take a look the videos. These guys can play.

January 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm Comments (0)

Ken Vandermark-Nate Worley Duo at the Warhol

January 21, 2015
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum


Speaking of the Warhol, here’s one we shouldn’t let pass us by. The Warhol welcomes back saxophonist, Ken Vandermark, to the Museum’s intimate theater, this time with fellow experimental jazz composer, Nate Wooley, who Time Out New York has dubbed “an iconoclastic trumpeter”. The two are touring together in support of a new duo release on Pleasure of the Text, Wooley’s own label. This unique evening will feature two solo sets, followed by a duo set. Vandermark’s current projects include Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy. Wooley performs regularly with such icons as John Zorn and Anthony Braxton.

January 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm Comments (0)

Amernet String Quartet is SOLD OUT

A quick note to let anyone who was on the fence about coming to the Amernet String Quartet concert at the Warhol tomorrow night to, well, find another fence. Amernet is sold out. I’ll be posting more new music events over the long weekend though, so despair not!

January 16, 2015 at 4:56 pm Comments (0)

Jessica Meyer and Seth Josel

January 31, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

MeyerAt 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.)


January 11, 2015 at 12:58 pm Comments (0)

Amernet String Quartet

January 17, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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Winter vacation is over and Music on the Edge is happy to be back at work bringing you new music! MOTE will be teaming up with The Andy Warhol Museum this January to present Amernet String Quartet on Saturday January 17th.

Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by The New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition. The Cincinnati Enquire has called Amernet “One of America’s finest ensembles.”  The group formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School and quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition, before being named first-prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers. They have worked closely with Anthony Brandt, Guillermo Carbo, John Corigliano, Orlando Garcia, John Harbison, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Bernard Rands, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, Dmitri Tymoczko, Chinary Ung, and many others. In addition to frequent touring, Amernet is currently the Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University.

Amernet’s Pittsburgh performance takes place Saturday, January 17th at 8 p.m. at the Andy Warhol Museum. The program will include Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 5, a classic of the 20th-century repertoire. The quartet will delve into Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung’s synthesis of Asian and Western compositional influences with Spiral III. Amy Williams will join the Amernet at the piano for her own Cineshape 2, and Eric Moe’s The Salt of Broken Tears will round out the program.

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.

January 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm Comments (0)