Have you ever wanted to have the experience of playing John Cage’s large ensemble pieces? Well, you’ll have your chance this weekend at Pitt’s Bellefield Hall. Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra will host an open reading session of large-ensemble pieces by John Cage, including the massive 101. This is at a slightly odd time (12:30–2 p.m.) because it’s part of the American Musicological Society’s meeting in Pittsburgh, and academic conferences have very packed schedules, but it’ll make for a great afternoon diversion. Anyone playing an orchestral instrument is encouraged to participate! Bring instruments and invite friends, students, and colleagues! You know you want to.
They did it! Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra successfully kickstarted a performance of Beck’s Song Reader and it’s going to take place at the Grey Box on Sunday August 18th.
When indie-rocker Beck put out the call for individual interpretations of his sheet-music only album Song Reader at the end of 2012, the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra responded enthusiastically. Within days of receiving the book, E.L.C.O. hit the studio and recorded a song from the collection. After performing two of the selections before enthusiastic crowds at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl, E.L.C.O. planned an evening of selections from Beck’s unique anthology.
Featuring twenty-three instrumentalists and two singers, E.L.C.O. will present songs from the collection in an ambitious program at the Grey Box Theatre. The program will also include two songs by seventeenth-century composer John Dowland, himself a sort of archetypal singersongwriter. With orchestrations by E.L.C.O. members Alan Tormey, David Gerard Matthews, Christine Burke, Ryan Stewart, and Rachel Smith, E.L.C.O.’s interpretations bring the richness of the chamber orchestra medium, including a full rhythm section, to Beck’s highly imaginative songs.
As an exploration of popular songwriting styles, from Dixieland to indie rock and from polka to dirge, Song Reader takes listeners and performers alike on a sort musical tour of the last hundred years. Surprisingly modern-sounding compositions complement the wide-ranging stylistic diversity, unified by E.L.C.O.’s signature interpretations.
Tickets will also be sold at the door first on a first come/first serve the evening of the event $15 general admission/$10 students. For more information email email@example.com or call 412-897-6584.
In case you haven’t heard, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a performance of Beck’s The Song Reader at Grey Box Theater in Lawrenceville. Check out their Kickstarter page to find out more about the project and please consider supporting this innovative music group.
The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) will be appearing at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl this Friday, January 25th. E.L.C.O is a grassroots ensemble of emerging musicians dedicated to presenting new music, new interpretations of the standard classical repertoire, and transcriptions of pop and rock songs. True to form, E.L.C.O. will be presenting a varied program, including two songs from singer-songwriter Beck’s recent sheet music-only release, “The Song Reader,” a song by German cabaret master Kurt Weill, and a work by minimalist pioneer Frederic Rzewski. The two Beck songs, Saint Dude (take a listen in the video above) and Old Shanghai will feature singer Anna Elder. The Kurt Weill selection, “Surabaya Johnny” features singer Rebecca Covert. The Rzewski piece, Les moutons de Panurge is a classic of the early minimalist movement that explores ideas of freedom and individuality within a context of collaboration.
You’ll find E.L.C.O on the fourth floor of the Trust Arts Education Center at 6:15, 7:15 or 8:15 p.m. For more info on the Gallery Crawl, check out the schedule here.
The Union Project
Tickets: General Admission: $10/$5 students (Suggested Donation)
Cash accepted at the door the evening of the performance.
ELCO presents a multi-media, musical celebration of the music of John Cage with a healthy dose of absurdist theatre.
The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra seeks to tear down distinctions of genre and demolish preconceived notions about music by presenting a repertoire spanning from the Middle Ages to present day, placing emphasis on classical, modern classical, and pop music
ELCO utilizes the medium of the chamber orchestra to explore connections between diverse musical genres and traditions, promoting a broad range of repertoire, including modern classical music, new interpretations of older classical works, and rock and pop compositions. The core ELCO ensemble consists of young professional orchestral musicians collaborating with up-and-coming opera and rock vocalists.
Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra’s Summer of Awesomeness continues with an interdisciplinary work created by ELCO, Shana Simmons Dance, and videographer Casey Hallas. Featuring original choreography by Simmons, video design by Hallas, and original music by ELCO Artistic Director David Matthews, along with work by other composers, the performance will use the intimate environment of Future Tenant, with dancers and musicians surrounding the audience, to explore space as an essential act of composition.
The work is the culmination of ELCO’s week-long residency at Future Tenant Art Space. Along with the final performance on Saturday night, an open rehearsal will be held Friday, August 17, at 7 pm, with donation-based admission.
July flees away, and along with it, the 2012 Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble season. PNME’s final concert, “To the Earth,” will feature Rzewski’s work by the same title with Cage’s 4’33″ and Crumb’s Idyll for the Misbegotten, all anchored by Messiaen’s classic Quartet for the End of Time. the last concert is tonight in just a few hours.
The end of the PNME season doesn’t mark the end of an exciting summer of new music in the Burgh though, as Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra presents “The Looking Glass,” a concert including music by Philip Glass alongside transcriptions of jazz, pop, and New Wave music. ELCO’s energetic summer of music making is yet another sign of how vital the Burgh’s new music scene is. The concert takes place on Sunday night at the Union Project at 7 pm.
Nice job by the trad media highlighting some of the innovative music happening this weekend. Andy Druckenbrod previews Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in the Post-Gazette as does Mark Kanny in the Trib. But in all the (justified) hoopla about the new PNME season, don’t miss out on Relative Positions which is featured in the City Paper this week. Relative Positions is an interdisciplinary event that includes a new piece by the Burgh’s own David Gerard Matthews with ELCO performing.
And what am I doing to celebrate July Fourth you ask? Why interviewing THEEEEEEE One and Only Lindsey Goodman about the upcoming pnme season, of course. Look for lots of good insights from Lindsey is this space soon.