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Cyro Baptista and Banquet of Spirits at the Warhol

March 5, 2014
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum


The Warhol welcomes acclaimed Brazilian percussionist and composer, Cyro Baptista, and his genre-defying quartet, Banquet of Spirits. Their records are reviewed within the broad categories of contemporary jazz and world music, and are released on the Tzadik label, run by avant jazz icon John Zorn, a frequent collaborator of Baptista, along with a myriad of luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, and Caetano Veloso. Baptista was also recently named the DownBeat percussionist of the year. It promises to be a unique performance that fans of hybrid jazz/Afro-Cuban music won’t want to miss!

The evening will begin with a DJ set by Pete Spynda (Pandemic) when doors open at 7:30.


February 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm Comments (0)

NOW, NOW, IonSound, Mason, Mason, Mason, MOTE…

Sot there is a lot going on this weekend, and by this weekend I mean starting with two concerts Thursday night: The PSO, IonSound Project, and the Warhol have teamed up to present a concert of music curated by Mason Bates, including two of his own pieces. Meanwhile, back at Duquesne (and how often do you get to write that phrase?), NOW Ensemble is going to perform music by student composers from Duquesne and Pitt at PNC Recital Hall (8 pm and free). Friday through Sunday the PSO will perform Bates’ B-Sides. Saturday Night, MOTE present NOW at the Warhol and the program will include a the premiere of Rounder Songs by our own Patrick Burke and Emily Pinkerton. Soooooo… It’s going to be good! Oh yeah, and if you mention that you’re an IonSound supporter at the Warhol, the tickets are only $10 bucks for the Thursday night show. Check out the Events Calendar thusly ———>

March 21, 2013 at 8:57 am Comments (0)

Mason Bates and IonSound Project at the Warhol

March 21, 2013
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum


The Warhol partners with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present a program of new electro-acoustic music, (including two pieces from their current resident composer, Mason Bates), all performed by the dynamic Pittsburgh-based ensemble, IonSound.  Bates’ “Red River” conjures a journey down the length of the Colorado River, with cascading water figuration flowing into quicksilver electronica rhythms, and his From Amber Frozen offers an indigenous approach to a string quartet.  Anna Clyne’s Paint Box zooms inside the cello, sonically and imaginatively, while Marcos Balter’s “Vision Mantra” stretches out a slow-motion epiphany in an ambient space.  The program culminates in Martin Matalon’s stunning new score for the classic Luis Buñuel film Un Chien Andalou.  Mason Bates is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.
March 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm Comments (0)

JacobTV: The News

Note: I meant for this post to publish on Wednesday but the scheduling function didn’t work for some reason. Hope some of you see this before tonight’s show.

This is coming up on Friday so I’m just putting on the front page right…now! If  you’ve heard some of the recent performances of JacobTV by Lindsey Goodman or IonSound Project, you know that he  incorporates pop culture influences into his work in very sophisticated ways, and you probably want to hear more. Well, here’s your chance! The Warhol’s Off the Wall series will present JacobTV’s reality opera, The News, at the Byham this Friday as part of the Distinctively Dutch Festival. According to the Warhol,

This non fiction video opera is a topical form of Gesammtkunstwerk, based on original footage from the international media, including “revealing” one-liners from the likes of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Silvio Berlusconi, Fox News, TV evangelists and more.

Really, what more could you want? How about Chris McGlumphy’s excellent recent interview with JacobTV?

The News by JacobTV
Friday, April 27, 9 p.m.
The Byham Theater

April 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm Comments (0)

Waiting for the Singularity

So apparently, according to Patrick Burke anyway, once the Singularity emerges, we will be able to copy and paste our consciousness to multiple locations simultaneously. Which would be nice, because we wouldn’t have to choose between so many great new music events happening this weekend. I mean, don’t ask me! Do I look all sciency? In any case, there are once again, several excellent events happening all on Saturday night. You can check out a concert at Future Tenant by Matt Aelmore and Mike Purdue, head over to Garfield to here 8Cylinder et al unleash noise/electroacoustic/improv, or possibly catch the uber-amazing JACK Quartet at the Warhol. (FYI, the JACK concert was nearly sold out at 10 a.m., so emphasis on the possibly.) Is this a great problem to have or what?

February 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm Comments (0)

New Music Press Roundup, Bernabo interviews LotUS

So in case this slipped past you in the holiday rush, new music events made an impressive showing in Andy Druckenbrod’s top 10 classical concerts of the year list: Music on the Edge (Newband), Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice), Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appetit), and the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival (music of Solomon Rosowsky). Check out the full article for Andy’s explanations.

So it was a great year for New Music in Pittsburgh, and as those of you who follow this blog regularly know, that was only the tip of the iceberg. And 2012? Staritn’ off with a bang. check out the repopulated events calendar and you’ll see what I mean.

And speaking of starting off with a bang, don’t miss Dave Bernabo’s very thorough interview with League of the Unsound Sound co-founders David Smooke and Ken Ueno. LotUS comes to the Warhol next Saturday night.

Update: and I almost forgot this profile of new music performer extraordinaire Rob Frankenberry. Let’s have a virtual show of hands for how many of us have had our music played beautifully by Rob! Yeah!

January 6, 2012 at 8:42 am Comments (0)

VIA New Media Festival

VIA is a huge multi-date, multi-venue festival of new media for sound and visual artists with workshops/installations. There’s so much stuff going on and so many different artists and presenters, I’m just going to send you here.

Of particular interest to composers might be this event featuring David Borden,

“the creative force behind the world’s first synthesizer ensemble, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Co. (1969), and founder of Cornell’s Digital Music Department, will perform with emerging artists Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin), Laurel Halo, James Ferraro (Skaters), and Samuel Godin. This event marks the international live premier for the ensemble since recording FRKWYS Vol. 7 as part of the Brooklyn label RVNG Intl.’s FRKWYS series, which pairs contemporary artists with those who have preceded them in sound or approach.

“CMU Professor of Music & Computer Science, Roger Dannenberg, will provide an introduction followed by a short lecture from Borden, “The Moog Synthesizer Lecture: The Man I Knew and the Machine I Learned”, revealing inside stories on the development of the Moog Synthesizer and its creator, Bob Moog.”

It’s happening Thursday night, October 6 at CMU’s Kresge Theater.

H/T Marielle Saums

October 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm Comments (0)

MOTE Madness Finale with Newband

Music on the Edge wraps up its season this Saturday night with the totally unique Newband performing on instruments invented by the legendary Just Intonation composer Harry Partch. The concert is at the New Hazlett and includes music by Partch himself, Dean Drummond, and a new work by Mathew Rosenblum titled Yonah’s Dream. Details are here,  and you can read the PG’s extensive preview of the concert here. See you at the New Hazlett!

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March 18, 2011 at 10:01 am Comments (0)

Antithesis, Garfield Artworks, and MOTE

Plenty of great sounds to take in this weekend. On Friday night, you can start downtown at 6 p.m. where CAPA’s Antithesis will play Satie, Reich, and Cage along with members’ compositions. After that, swing up to Garfield Artworks to hear Norwegian group Vertex perform on a bill that also includes Radic Sun’til (tribal electronic postrock ensemble) and Dreamweapon (local electronic artist).

Saturday night, MOTE and the Andy Warhol Museum present Jean Kopperud (clarinet) and Tom Kolor (percussion) playing five new pieces commissioned by Kopperud, including Mathew Rosenblum’s Throat.

Many more good concerts coming up, so look for an updated events calendar soon.

February 17, 2011 at 8:35 am Comments (0)

On Fillmore brings a new world of sound to The Warhol Museum

On Friday, July 16, 2010, On Fillmore will bring their unique style of music to the Warhol Museum.  I’m not exactly sure what to call it: extremely slow jazz, soundtrack music, haunting music.  Since I’m hardly a writer, I won’t need to worry about inventing a term for what they do.  But it would be wise for you to check it out.

The duo of percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco, Loose Fur) and bassist Darin Gray (Grand Ulena, Jim O’Rourke) have concocted an incredible sound world on their latest record, Extended Vacation, which is full of creeping vibraphone and bass lines, homemade percussion, and man-made bird calls.  While on the record marching bands and dirty percussion blast against the somber vibe/bass lines, the duo will strip it down to pitched and unpitched percussion and upright bass.  Pieces from all three of their records will be performed.

On Fillmore @ The Warhol Museum
July 16, 2010 8pm-10pm
Tickets $12, call 412.237.8300 for more information

I had the pleasure to interview Darin Gray and the audio artifact is below.

On the compositional process, juxtaposed rhythms, and the live set up

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On guest Dede Sampaio and his bird calls

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On homemade instruments and implements

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On soundtracks and recent musical interests

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Watch the video for “Master Moon” from the lp Extended Vacation“Master Moon” by On Fillmore on Vimeo.

For more information: www.onfillmore.com

For more information on the show at The Warhol: http://www.warhol.org/calendar/events_detail.php?eventID=1934&dateYear=2010&dateMonth=7&dateDate=16

July 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm Comments (0)

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