Come hear the Pittsburgh debut of Ken Ueno’s landmark piece, written for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2008, and already a classic of 21st century composition. Expect vocal overtones, subtones, throat-singing, and more, when Ken himself takes on the stage accompanied by Alia Musica’s 35-strong orchestra.
The performance is part of “A Year with Ken Ueno”, Alia Musica’s 2015-16 residence with the renowned California composer, vocalist, and improvisor. The residency is supported by a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
– Federico Garcia-De Castro: Contrepoint, for strings (10 min)
– Ken Ueno: a talk and introduction to vocal techniques and composition in On a Sufficient Condition… (20 min)
(brief set-up intermission)
– Ken Ueno: On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis. Concerto for overtone singer and orchestra (20 min)
Performed by Alia Musica’s orchestra, conducted by Federico Garcia-De Castro. Ken Ueno, overtone singing.
Friday, May 22, 8pm
Saturday, May 23, 8pm
Sunday, May 24, 2pm
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.
Alia Musica presents its Spring concert with music for mixed ensembles for between 5 and 12 players. Music by Pittsburgh composers Jorge Sastre (CMU/Universitat Politècnica de València), Jonghee Kang (recent Pitt PhD), Erberk Eryilmaz (CMU), and Alia Musica’s Curtis Rumrill and Mark Fromm, performed by the city’s most active new music players under Federico Garcia-De Castro’s baton.
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)
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.
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 ——>
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 byEastman 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.
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 ——–>
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.
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.