Pittsburgh New Music Net

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Our 42nd Season starts July 7th!




*Get your tickets here: https://www.showclix.com/events/16984

*All PNME events are located on the mainstage at City Theatre – 1300 Bingham Street

Never been to PNME? “First Limer” your ticket is free! Show up an hour before the concert starts and check in at the “First Limer” line. Don’t forget to BYO bottle of wine and tell us after the show what you thought of your first PNME experience!

July 7 & 8 @ 8pm – Songs of New and Old 

Back by popular demand, we bring two of our greatest American song cycles together in one evening. PNME’s co-commission In at the Eye by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts is paired with Mr. Tambourine Man, by Pulitzer and Oscar winning composer John Corigliano. So… there’s poetry by William Butler Yeats and Bob Dylan, and Timothy Jones and Lindsay Kesselman are both singing on the same night…? Yes please! Sign me up!

July 12 @ 7:30pm – On the Spot

Performing is one thing, composing is another, but doing both simultaneously at a high level requires inspiration and a skill level to which few can aspire – it’s the art of free improvisation, and we have found just such a creative force in Swedish pianist Oscar Micaelsson. Oscar’s musical voice reaches into you, it stirs you. In tune with the transient vibrations of a room and the audience in it, Oscar will weave a one night only tapestry of imagination around you that will leave you astounded. The audience will even help create some of the works on the spot by generating the material from which… his magic begins.

July 14 & 15 @ 8pm – The Moments that Make Us…

Christopher Cerrone’s powerful work Memory Palace returns in the sensitive hands of our very own Ian Rosenbaum. The work paints an evocative portrait of a formative period in a man’s life. It is paired with Pittsburgh composition legend Mathew Rosenblum’s haunting Falling – a sound portrait inspired by the imagined inner monologue of a 29 year old stewardess who fell to hear death when she was swept through an emergency door that suddenly sprang open. Inspired by James Dickey’s poem Falling, the evening is centered on the moments in time that shape who we are, have been, and might become.

July 19 @ 7:30pm – Got Reeds?

Our Wednesday showcase series turns the Limelight onto very own Eric Jacobs — a master of all things clarinet. The multi-talented Jacobs not only plays with a sensitivity and connection rarely experienced, but he sings! The concert includes two world premieres written for him by Andrew Tholl and Gabriella Smith and established works by Anna Clyne and David Lang. Come and experience the artistry of PNME’s newest addition to the lime green dream team!

July 21 & 22 @ 8pm – Eyes and Ears

PNME has partnered with the American Composer’s Forum in a competition to commission and premiere three new works to be written for us for premiere during our 2018 summer season. Master of all styles David Biedenbender, up and coming composer Jung Yoon Wie, and legendary jazz great Rufus Reid were chosen as winners from a pool of 370 composers. As a teaser for next season, we are featuring a short work by each of these three composers as well as Andrew Garner’s haunting Glasz and a newly commissioned world premiere by Thomas Osborne written for our very own Timothy Jones. We have also joined with local Pittsburgh visual artists who will present works onstage with us to create an evening stimulating the heart through both the eyes and the ears. Yes, all the winning composers will be present. Yes – we are talking visual arts onstage with us. Yes – Rufus Reid is here – and PERFORMING WITH PNME tonight! What else can you say? “Only at PNME…!”

July 26 @ 7:30pm- On an Overgrown Path

For our final Wednesday solo showcase this season, master pianist Daniel Pesca brings us a personal, unforgettable journey. Poetic, exploratory, searching, and luminous, the evening shines a light not only into the souls of these composers, but into Pesca himself. Using Leoš Janáček’s tour de force work On an Overgrown Path as the point of departure, the evening alternates between Janacek’s descriptive miniatures and more recent works to connect themes of nature, growth, and renewal.

July 28 & 29 @ 8pm – Sounds, Signposts, and Memories

After the teaser of Cerrone’s masterful Memory Palace on Week 2, we knew you would want more. Tonight we bring Chris to Pittsburgh for a showcase focusing entirely on his work. Cerrone’s unique voice is personal, haunting, lyrical, unafraid, and deeply connected to our modern world. He seems to conjure vibrations that bring hundreds of people in a room together for a single, intimate, and transformative moment. Don’t worry, you’ll be released back into the real world at the end, and you’ll be the better for it.


May 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm Comments (0)

David Murray & Kahil El-Zabar June 4 @ James Street

davidmurraykahilelzabarWe had so much fun at the December Ritual Trio concert that Murray & El-Zabar are coming back for a special duo outing.

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The Consortium presents an evening with progressive jazz legends
DAVID MURRAY and KAHIL EL ZABAR (saxophone & percussion)

Sun June 4 8:00 pm $25 advance/$30 door all ages welcome
James Street Gastropub, 422 Foreland St., North Side 412-904-3335

Advance tickets on sale starting May 4 at:
Juke Records (Bloomfield), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side) and Caliban Books (Oakland). Tickets available online at: http://davidmurraykahilelzabar.brownpapertickets.com/

A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray is an American jazz musician who mainly plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. He was initially influenced by free jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and evolved a more diverse style in his playing and compositions. Murray set himself apart from most tenor players of his generation by not taking John Coltrane as his model. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s. He was named Village Voice Musician of the Decade, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grammy, and the Danish Jazzpar Prize. He has visited Pittsburgh performing with the World Saxophone Quartet courtesy of City of Asylum, as well as with the Ritual Trio featuring El-Zabar and Harrison Bankhead.

Kahil El’Zabar is one of Chicago’s jazz treasures. A member of the AACM, music holds no boundaries for El’Zabar, who has not only played alongside a myriad of jazz greats, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes for), as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog Pondering. He was also chosen to do the arranging for the stage performances of The Lion King, in addition to leading his own longstanding Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Ritual Trio. The son of a drummer, El’Zabar took to music at an early age, and was playing with members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago by his teens. He started the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble upon his return from Africa in 1973, and while the lineup has changed over time, they are still an active group. He has also released a great many albums under his own name, including a long-running relationship with Chicago’s great Delmark label. Kahil El’Zabar is not just a master percussionist- his efforts as a musician, educator, and community leader led to being named “Chicagoan of the year” in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune.

May 5, 2017 at 9:31 am Comments (0)