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Beyond Microtonal Music Festival

January 11, 2018 8:00 pmtoJanuary 13, 2018 10:00 pm

Music on the Edge is so excited to begin this season with the second installment of the Beyond Microtonal Music Festival (co-sponsored by the Andy Warhol Museum). The festival will focus on the theme of “Cultural Roots/Cultural Intersections” and will explore compelling microtonal music that travels across cultural boundaries. The purpose of this festival is to address the nature and current status of “microtonal music” and especially its relationship to World Music as well as the diversity within our own community.

January’s festival will feature three days of concerts and symposia by leading performers, composers, and theorists of microtonal music. Performers include virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer, loadband, renowned oud player Rahim AlHaj with percussionist Issa Malluf, as well as the Beyond Festival Orchestra made up of local performers and conducted by Gil Rose. The Festival will offer Pittsburgh musicians another spotlight by featuring many local ensembles in the Saturday afternoon marathon concert. Symposia presenters include composers Charles Corey, Julia Werntz, Taylor Brook, Mathew Rosenblum, Elizabeth Brown and more. We’re also pleased to announce that the festival will include six premieres: Jean-Patrick Besingrand‘s Plus bleu que l’indigoRyan McMaster’s movements from sea gardenEric Moe’s And No Birds SingDevon Tipp’s KezuroukaiZhong Juncheng’Looking Back Luo Yue, and Mathew Rosenblum’s Lament/Witches’ Sabbath. 

Beyond Microtonal Music Festival Schedule of Events: 

Thursday, January 11, 8 p.m.

Concert, Beyond Festival Orchestra, Gil Rose conductor
Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

David Krakauer, Loadbang, Rahim Alhaj and Issa Malluf, soloists. Works by Georg Friedrich Haas („… e finisci già?“), Mathew Rosenblum (Lament/Witches’ Sabbath), Taylor Brook (Tarantism), Rahim Alhaj (Letters from Iraq, movement 7), and Zhong Juncheng (Looking Back Luo Yue)

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Friday, January 12

Symposium Session 1, 4–6 p.m.
Performer/Composer Panel Discussion: Creation, Performance, Politics
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Performer/Composer Panel Discussion: Creation, Performance, Politics

Rahim Alhaj: Oud performer, composer of Letters From Iraq
David Krakauer: Clarinetist, leader of Ancestral Groove
Jeffrey Gavett: Baritone, composer, member of Loadbang
Mathew Rosenblum: Festival Organizer, composer
Taylor Brook: Composer, Columbia University
Elizabeth Brown, composer
Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder: Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
David Fossum, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow, PhD, Brown University

Concert 7:30 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum Theater­Charles Corey and Luke Fitzpatrick perform excerpts from Harry Partch’s Barstow and Li Po Settings. Loadbang performs works by Michael Edward Edgerton, Taylor Brook, Eve Beglarian, and others.


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Saturday, January 13

Symposium Session 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Theoretical Issues: Harry Partch and Beyond
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Charles Corey (University of Washington)
Julia Werntz (New England Conservatory of Music)
Taylor Brook (Columbia University)

Festival Reception, University of Pittsburgh
Microtonal Music 
Archive Announcement, 1-2 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Cloister
Concert: Microtonal Pittsburgh, 2–5 p.m. (Free)
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and Art Gallery
Featuring Alia Musica, Nat 28, Kamraton, Wolf Trap, ELCO, Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi soloist), Ted Mook (cello), and the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan, performing Alvin Lucier, Julia Werntz, Devon Tipp and others

8 p.m. Concert:
The Andy Warhol Museum Entrance SpaceRahim Alhaj, Oud with percussionist Issa Malluf
Alhaj and Malluf perform contemporary and traditional Iraqi music.
David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove
The legendary klezmer band takes over the Warhol for a closing dance party!

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December 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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