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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)

Alia Musica Presents Gleb Kanasevich

February 7, 2015
7:30 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Gleb Kanasevich

Belorus-born clarinet virtuoso Gleb Kanasevich visits Pittsburgh to perform Boulez’s epic “Dialogue de l’ombre double”, for clarinet and 6-channel electronics, as well as music by himself, Pittsburgh composers Kerrith Livengood, Federico Garcia-De Castro, and other living composers.

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January 26, 2015 at 8:47 pm Comments (0)

Good Stuff Happening This November

Update: I managed to overlook the fact that Pacifica will be in town on Monday, November 10 playing Ligeti 1 when I originally made this post. I’ve listed that concert in the calendar along with the other great stuff mentioned below.

I’ve been quietly updating the calendar, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but wanted to give a heads-up about some of the great concerts you should be checking out. You have tonight and tomorrow night to get to Microscopic Opera’s production of Frida. Then in the next two weeks you have Jacob Ertl’s piano recital for Alia Musica, a really interesting avant-garde jazz power trio (Dylan Ryan/Sand) at Thunderbird, and IonSound Project’s Fall show. A great variety of music in a very short span. Events are over yonder ——>

November 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0)

Alia Musica Presents Pianist Jacob Ertl

November 9, 2014
4:30 pm

250 Emerson St.,Pittsburgh


The concert will feature a transcription Stravinksy’s Firebird suite, the fourth of Rzewski’s “Four Pieces, Federico Garcia’s new Rendering, John Arrigo’s “Fantasies for Piano Solo”,  and Matthew Heap’s On the Ceiling of the Sky performed by Eastman graduate and new music specialist Jacob Ertl. This is the first of Alia Musica’s guest recitals of 2014-15, hosted by Kip and Desiree Soteres.

November 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm Comments (0)

POSTPONED: Alia Musica Presents Eve Apart



UPDATE: The Pittsburgh performances of Eve Apart have been postponed. From the Alia Musica announcement:

“Revised venue with new dates and times will be announced in October. All purchased tickets will be honored at those shows. If you would prefer to refund your tickets, please contact Alia Musica atalia.musica.pittsburgh@gmail.com or (412) 361-0194.”

Eve Apart is a new multi-media musical production that plumbs the era of Lilith and Lucifer and reimagines the Genesis story. Each act explores layered and primal themes of feminine power, infusing them with a stark and modern relevance.

Working on the original libretto by Pittsburgh writer Kip Soteres, composer Tim Hinck interweaves influences from prehistoric rhythms to lush neo-impressionism to high-tech, futuristic tones and ambient electronica. For the premiere tour, conductor Federico Garcia-De Castro leads a cast of Chattanooga and Pittsburgh performers and singers, featuring soprano Desiree Soteres, in performances in both cities.

A portion of all Pittsburgh ticket sales will go to support the the Pittsburgh Midwife Center.


Desiree Soteres

Donovan Smith

David Tahere

Sara Snider Schone

Jenifer Weber

Amanda Joos

Ashley Episcopo

Billy Wayne Coakley

Nathan Hart

September 7, 2014 at 11:17 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music

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So. Much. Music.


Federico Garcia and Alia Musica Pittsburgh are about to unleash the massively engaging and sure to be spectacular Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, or as the kids are calling it, #laliapalooza. To help you keep the vasty offerings of this festival straight in your mind, Pittsburgh New Music Net is returning to its original format of having scintillating posts on the front page and a dedicated events calendar. But PFNM isn’t the only reason we’re going back to this format. Honestly, there is so much good new music coming your way this summer, we are going to keep it that way for the time being. That way you will know when great offerings form Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble are happening too. Anyway, Events are that way ——–>

Are you feeling scintillated yet? I know you are.

May 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley

May 22, 2014 11:00 amtoMay 23, 2014 11:59 pm

Market Square and Everywhere

Perfect Lives

Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives will happen all around the city beginning on May 22.

Varispeed performs Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives in the first installment of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants imagine a folksy, Midwestern town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Its seven episodes weave together stories of a mysterious crime, an elopement, and the mischief of two itinerant musicians. Both lofty and quotidian, Perfect Lives brings together musicians, performers, fans, and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

11:00 am — the Park

1:00 pm — the Bank

3:00 pm — the Supermarket

5:00 pm — the Church

7:00 pm — the Backyard

9:00 pm — the Livingroom

11:00 pm — the Bar

Founded by Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle, and Gelsey Bell, Varispeed is a collective of composer-performers that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events.

Find out more…

May 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

May 22, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets, $15

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo performs at the New Hazlett on

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo

The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music presents the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo as they  continue their exploration of Kurtág’s piano duo repertory, and of the two-piano renditions of Stravinsky’s works. Their performance features Agon, the serial ballet with which the Russian master surprised the world in 1957, plus works by Ligeti, Williams herself, Garcia-De Castro, and more.

May 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Alia Musica Pittsburgh

May 23, 2014
7:30 pm

New Hazlett Theater


Alia Musica Pittsburgh

Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the primary instigators of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, perform music by Hass, Heap, Moe, and Berio. Guest artists include Duo Scordatura and soprano Jamie Jordan.

Georg Friedrich Haas: Nach-Ruf… ent-gleitend

Matthew Heap: Divergent Impulses, premiere with Duo Scordatura

Eric Moe: Time Will Tell

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs, with Jamie Jordan

May 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Festival of New Music: Pittsburgh Soundpike

May 24, 2014
2:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets: Come in between 2 and 5 p.m. and pay as you exit. (Just like the turnpike, but in reverse! Details below.)


Black Orchid String Trio performs as part of Pittsburgh Soundpike.

Black Orchid String Trio performs as part of Pittsburgh Soundpike.

Discover the energy and innovation Pittsburgh new music organizations, from seven-year-old organizations (Alia Musica, ELCO) to the freshest initiatives (Tepki, Directions Duo). The program features Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking Freya in a quartet performance of Steve Reich’s seminal Different Trains, alongside music by Cage, Brett Dean, Federico Garcia-De Castro, and premieres by many more Pittsburgh composers.

2p Trillium Ensemble: music by Scott Steele

 2:15 Black Orchid String Trio: music by David Hidek

2:30 ELCO: Cage’s Five

2:30 Trillium Ensemble: music by Mark Fromm

2:45 Black Orchid String Trio: music by Adam Rook

3:05 ELCO: music by Alan Tormey

3:15 Tepki music collective: music by Erberk Eryílmaz

3:25 ELCO: music by Christine Burke

3:35 Tepki music collective: music by Reza Vali

3:50 Alia Musica Pittsburgh: music by Scott Steele

4:00 Freya String Quartet: Steve Reich’s Different Trains

4:30 Alia Musica Pittsburgh: music by Mark Fromm

4:50 Directions Duo: music by Brett Dean

Come between 2 and 5 p.m. and pay as you exit.

$5 for 2½ hs or more

$10 for 1½ hours

$15 for 1 hour

$20 for less than 1 hour

Cash, checks, and all major credit cards accepted.

May 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm Comments (0)

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