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MOTE Mad Mex Mardi Gras!

February 28, 2017
7:00 pmto10:00 pm
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

stylized3Do you love new music? Have you been to MOTE shows and want to help us continue to bring top-notch contemporary ensembles to Pittsburgh? Then you’re invited to MOTE’s fundraiser dinner this Mardi Gras (February 28th) at 7 p.m. at Mad Mex Shadyside. Dinner includes fajita buffet, chips and salsa, Casa salad, wings, and a selection of entrees. Your ticket also includes a margherita or 16 oz Dos Equis draft, and raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes!

Tickets are only $35, though you are welcome to contribute more if you wish! 30% of your ticket price is tax deductible. We only have 50 seats available so please RSVP via email so we can reserve your spot. Email jchohman@pitt.edu with the number of seats you need to reserve until February 27th, and then pay at the door of the event with cash or check. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cards. 

We hope to see you there!


January 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)


February 18, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


MOTE is teaming up with the Andy Warhol Museum again to introduce you to an exciting new ensemble on the new music scene: Hypercube. A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion, Hypercube is a slick combination of chamber music and straight up rock-n-roll. Presenting performances of challenging, cutting-edge, repertoire, with a “sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled” (Sequenza 21), Hypercube is at home in both electric and acoustic worlds. This gritty group of NYC musicians formed in 2012 with the goal of championing high quality, cutting-edge, challenging repertoire that is often underperformed, launching compelling debut concerts at New York City’s Galapagos Art Space and Brooklyn College, and swiftly spreading to audiences across the country. Their Pittsburgh performance will feature: American Tokyo Daydream IV (data structures/monoliths) by Sam Pluta, Quartetto da Do by Juan Trigos (2007), Hout by Louis Andriessen (1991), Color Fields by Mikel Kuehn 2007/2008, Liminal Bridges by Philip Schuessler (2016), and Localized Corrosion by Phillipe Hurel (2009).

Hypercube has been featured on the Versipel New Music Festival (New Orleans), The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), and the Queens New Music Festival. Though an enticing body of work exists for this ensemble, Hypercube has commissioned and premiered new works by Daniel Tacke, Philip Schuessler, Kari Besharse, and Nomi Epstein, and regularly performs programs of trios/duos – classical guitar/piano, guitar/percussion, saxophone/piano, and saxophone/percussion featuring ultramodern compositional voices Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta and Alex Mincek. Hypercube is Erin Rogers (saxophones), Jay Sorce (classical & electric guitar), Andrea Lodge (piano), and Chris Graham (percussion).

Tickets are available online or by calling 412-624-7529
Tickets in advance:    $15 general admission;    $10 students/seniors
 At the door:           $20 general admission;      $15 students/seniors

January 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm Comments (0)

The Necks @ First Unitarian Church Mar 3

Fri Mar 3 7:30 pm all ages welcome $16 advance/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside
(note: please do not call the church. Info line is 412-682-0591)

Legendary improvisational trio from Australia since 1987!
THE NECKS http://www.thenecks.com/
[Tony Buck + Chris Abrahams + Lloyd Swanton]

Tickets: Juke Records (Bloomfield), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland), and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side) Online at Brown Paper Tickets:
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225713567888168/

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia.

Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

Pianist Chris Abrahams
Chris became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties. In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers, working regularly with singer/songwriter Melanie Oxley and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003). He has released numerous solo piano albums, and collaborated, in both recording and performance, with contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.

Drummer Tony Buck

Regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. Early on, he became involved in the jazz scene in Australia, touring with visiting international artists Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts. Following time in Japan forming PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe and participated in the development of new “virtual” MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam. Tony has played, toured or recorded with Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdali, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero.

Bassist Lloyd Swanton

Described by Billboard as “an outstanding and imaginative Australian bassist and composer”, Lloyd Swanton released eight albums with his long-running group, The Catholics. Three albums received ARIA Award nominations, and Simple was nominated for the German Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award. His 12-part suite Ambon, based on his uncle Stuart’s secret diary kept whilst a prisoner in World War II, premiered in 2015 and is out on double CD. Overseas exposure with numerous groups includes countless performances in nearly 40 countries. For 14 years, Lloyd Swanton hosted Mixed Marriage, a very popular radio program which examined crossings of jazz with other musical styles, on Eastside Radio in Sydney.

January 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm Comments (0)

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo with Sarah Plum, violinist

January 28, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

14370324_10155214881628332_1174347626840357614_nMusic on the Edge is very excited to kick off 2017 with what is sure to be a virtuosic performance by violinist Sarah Plum and the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo. Plum and the Duo will share a program at the Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday, January 28th
including piano works by György Kurtág and newly commissioned, Kurtág-inspired works by Peter Eötvös, Klas Torstensson, Caspar Johannes Walter, Roland Moser, Philippe Manoury, and Jason Eckardt, and also violin and electroacoustic works by Ben Broening, Eric Moe, Sidney Corbett, and Eric Lyons.

Described as “beyond brilliant” by San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo has been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout North America and Europe since 1995. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams perform cutting-edge new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century for piano four-hands and two pianos, including works by Cage, Debussy, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, Stravinsky and Wolpe. They have premiered dozens of works, many of which were written especially for the Duo, and they have worked directly with such renowned composers as Lukas Foss, Steve Reich, Jukka Tiensuu, Betsy Jolas, Kevin Volans, and Bernard Rands. They also collaborate with composers who explore new approaches to the piano through multimedia applications, electronics, and extended techniques. The Duo has been featured at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Miller Theatre and Symphony Space (New York City), CAL Performances (Berkeley), Sound Field Festival (Chicago), Spring Festival of New Music (York, UK), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Witten), Subtropics Festival (Miami) and Ojai Festival, to name a few

Michigan native Sarah Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Since then she has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Described as “an adventurous Indie violinist” by New York Classical Music, she has performed at festivals and venues such as Ars Musica Brussels, Cite de Musique, The Barbican, The Luzern Festival and Ankunft Neue Musik Berlin. Both of Plum’s CDs (Bela Bartok Works For Violin Volume 1 and 2) have received critical praise and Wholenote magazine said “it is difficult to imagine better performances or a better flag bearer for these pieces than Sarah …” As a new music specialist, Plum has had the good fortune to take part in historic performances and premieres with noted composers and ensembles, such as Christopher Adler, Mari Kimura, Charles Nichols, Mari Takano, Sidney Boquiren, Jeff Herriot and Sidney Corbett. In the past three years alone, she has premiered eleven pieces and commissioned seven

Don’t miss our first concert of 2017 on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. at the Andy Warhol Museum! Tickets are available 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; students and seniors are $15.

January 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm Comments (0)