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New Morse Code and Jamie Jordan

March 5, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

New Morse Code 1Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum have come together yet again to present imaginative cello/percussion duo New Morse Code with dynamic vocalist Jamie Jordan. The concert takes place on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. at the Andy Warhol Museum. The program, split evenly between New Morse Code and Jordan, will include Philippe Leroux’s Je brûle, dit-elle un jour à un camarade along with works for voice and electronics including Paul Coleman’s mock me, Jacob Cooper’s Unspun, and Kaija Saariaho’s Lonh. New Morse Code will perform Andy Akiho’s Karakurenei, Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner (an NMC commission!), Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, Nick Didkovsky’s Caught by the Sky with Wire, and Andy Akiho’s 21.

The New Haven Independent enthusiastically describes New Morse Code as “not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it.” New Morse Code members Hannah Collins, cello, and Michael Compitello, percussion, activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. Through close work with colleagues such as pianist-composer Paul Kerekes, steel pan virtuoso and composer Andy Akiho, Hawaiian composer and visual artist Tonia Ko, and Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist/vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives.

Praised for her “alluring clarity” by The New York Times, vocalist Jamie Jordan is a versatile musician specializing in contemporary classical music. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Music Series;  Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; The Harvard Club NY; Big Ears Festival, June in Buffalo, Lincoln Center Festival and Miller Theatre with Ensemble Signal; The Liederkranz Foundation; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for the Bang on a Can Festival Marathon; and many more.

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. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)

February 23, 2016 at 10:29 pm Comments (0)

Music of George Lewis

February 27, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

LewisMusic on the Edge loves living composers. So MOTE is especially proud to present a concert entirely devoted to the chamber compositions of MacArthur Fellow George E. Lewis this February 27th at the Andy Warhol Museum. This presentation is co-sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program and names Lewis Pitt’s Artist in Residence for a week of events as part of the university’s Year of the Humanities. For a full listing of the week’s events, see Pitt’s Music Department calendar here. The February 27th chamber concert, co-sponsored by the Andy Warhol Museum, will feature an all start lineup of musicians including percussionist David Shively, flutist Lindsey Goodman, violinist Dawn Posey, cellist Yves Dharamraj, pianist Eric Moe, and conducted by Roger Zahab.

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lewis has received a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, and his widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s first Music in American Culture Award. His creative work as composer, improvisor, and computer/installation artist is documented on more than 140 recordings, presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musee des Sciences et des Industries La Villette, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut are co-editors of the forthcoming two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016). In 2015, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office by calling 412-624-7539 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; students and seniors are $15.

February 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm Comments (0)