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Wed 4/1: MATTHEW SHIPP/MICHAEL BISIO @ First Unitarian Church

Since so many people missed this amazing avant-jazz duo last time, we are really hoping that you’ll check them out this time in the Unitarian Church’s spacious Sanctuary.

Wed April 1 7:30 pm all ages welcome
$16 advance/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, Morewood & Ellsworth, Shadyside
(conveniently located 2-3 blocks from Pitt & CMU, etc)

advance tickets: Sound Cat Records, Dave’s Music Mine,
Caliban Books, and Acoustic Music Works. no tickets are available online.

avant-garde jazz piano giant
recording artist for Thirsty Ear, FMP, Aum Fidelity, Cadence, Hopscotch, 2.13.61, Hatology, Leo, No More and (most recently) Relative Pitch. Played with David S Ware, William Parker etc.

and contrabassist extraordinaire
recording artist for Silkheart, Cadence, Omnitone,
and many more. appears on over 60 CDs!

in a duo setting. once again, no opener needed! :)
Here are reviews of both the duo’s latest release on Relative Pitch, and the trio (with Whit Dickey) joined by saxophonist Ivo Perelman:

support advanced jazz!!

March 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Presents Bridges and Byways

March 15, 2015
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Tickets:  $15/$10 students and seniors, sold at the door

IonSound Project presents Bridges and Byways, the second concert in our From Note to Finish series.  This program will examine later works by the composers presented on our fall concert including Max Bruch, Erwin Schulhoff, Steve Reich, and Lee Hyla.  Also on the program, three world premieres by Pittsburgh composers Jonghee Kang, Lenny Young, and Roger Zahab, all commissioned by IonSound Project especially for this series.  Two exceptional high school students will also have their works performed by the ensemble, a product of their work over the course of this year’s mentorship program.

This season notably marks a groundbreaking multi-organization partnership between performing ensembles, composers, and high school students.  From Note to Finish is designed to mentor a select group of students as they produce a concert in which they compose and perform all the music.  The students are high schoolers from Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 and North Allegheny High School.  The aforementioned Pittsburgh composers will present workshops and reading sessions to mentor the students throughout the process, and IonSound, Alia Musica, and Living Room Chamber Music Project will select and program certain works in their 2015 season, bringing it to the classical and new music audience.  In addition to having the opportunity to premiere their pieces for their peers at their respective schools, the students will present a concert free to the public at 7:00 pm on May 3rd, 2015 at Lawrenceville’s Grey Box Theatre.  This project is a grateful recipient of a HIVE grant. HIVE Pittsburgh is a program of The Sprout Fund that supports connected learning projects that help youth, including tweens, teens, and young adults, prepare for college, the workforce, and civic participation.  Don’t miss this unique concert!

On the program:

JONGHEE KANG,  Immersed in an Ethereal Blue Light – Open Water  (2015)

STEVE REICH,  New York Counterpoint  (1985)

LEE HYLA,  One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric)

ERWIN SCHULHOFF, Duo for Violin and Cello  (1925)

II. Zingaresca

IV. Moderato

LENNY YOUNG,  Lividity  (2015)

EVAN NEELY, Moteur Rotatif (2015)

BRENDAN KINZLER, (title TBD) (2015)

MAX BRUCH, Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83   (1910)

V. Rumanische Melodie

VI. Nachtgesang (Nocturne)

VII. Allegro vivace, ma non troppo

ROGER ZAHAB,   I doubt this is over (2015)

March 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm Comments (0)

ELCO Presents Critical Band

March 15, 2015
2:00 pm

Charity Randall Theatre
Tickets: $15/10 for students


The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) presents “Critical Band” featuring the music of James Tenney, Pauline Oliveros, Gerard Grisey, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Joy Division.


March 9, 2015 at 5:11 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents Yarn/Wire

March 14, 2015
8:00 pm

James Laughlin Music Hall at Chatham University



Founded in 2005, Yarn/Wire is admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today’s most adventurous music. In addition to championing existing repertoire for the piano+percussion combination, their devotion to collaborating with living artists and composers is helping create a new and lasting repertoire, “spare and strange and very, very new” (Time Out NY).

Their March 2015 tour, in addition to marking their Pittsburgh debut performance, includes concerts at SUNY Birmingham, SUNY Buffalo, and Oberlin University.

The concert takes place at the James Laughlin Music Hall includes the following works:

Aaron Helgeson: If where is of to why (2008)
John Arrigo-Nelson: Lacrimosa risoluta (world premiere)
Alex Mincek: Pendulum VI: “Trigger” (2010)
Luciano Berio: Linea (1973)

March 9, 2015 at 4:52 pm Comments (0)

Jace Clayton: the Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner

March 14, 2015
8:00 pm

The Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

The Warhol welcomes back Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, who leads an ensemble work conceived for twin pianos, live electronics, and voice, that brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of Julius Eastman – the mercurial gay African American composer who mixed canny minimalist innovation with head-on political provocation. The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner comprises new arrangements and interpretations of a selection of Eastman’s piano compositions. As Clayton uses his own custom-designed ‘Sufi Plug Ins’ software to live-process the pianos of David Friend and Emily Manzo, he also intersperses musical vignettes – performed by neo-Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab – to lend context and nuance to the composer’s saga, which was cut short in 1990 at age 49.

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March 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm Comments (0)