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PNME Solo Showcase: Violinist Nathalie Shaw

Nathalie Shaw will give a solo showcase performance as part of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 summer season. Her program will include both acoustic works by Alain Celo, David Stock, and Roger Zahab and electroacoustic works by French composer Sébastien Béranger and Mario Davidovsky. The concert takes place Wednesday, July 23 at City Theatre. Nathalie talked with me on PNME “media day” and here’s what she had to say about the program.

 

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July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)

Martin Bisi at 31st Street Pub

May 23, 2014
9:30 pm

31st Street Pub Tickets: $8 (21+)

Martin Bisi

Martin Bisi (Photo: Nicole Capobianco)

Martin Bisi returns to Pittsburgh for a show with Invisible Things(w/ Mark Shippy of US Maple), Outlander, and Radon Chong. Bisi’s recently released album, Ex Nihilo, represents nearly five years of work with a level of abstraction and density that is reminiscent of  classic musique concrète. An engineer and producer as well as a writer and performer, it’s clear listening to Bisi’s work that he views the recording studio in its entirely as a creative tool rather  than a place to merely replicate something that’s already been created.

Bisi’s prolific career has included producing Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, Boredoms, Helmet, White Zombie, Cop Shoot Cop, Material/Bill Laswell, Foetus, Serena Maneesh and many others. He’s also contributed to albums by Iggy Pop and The Ramones. 

Bisi’s studio in Brooklyn, BC Studios is the subject of an upcoming documentary which we expect ob e out sometime this summer. It includes comments by Bill Laswell, Michael Gira of Swans, Bob Bert of Sonic Youth, Jim Thirlwell aka Foetus, Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls. Check it out…

May 21, 2014 at 8:47 am Comments (0)

The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra

April 19, 2014
8:00 pm

New Hazlett Theater
Tickets

Ondist Geneviève Grenier.

Ondist Geneviève Grenier.

E.L.C.O. is thrilled to be included in the New Hazlett Theatre’s CSA program to present “The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra.” In this program, ELCO will collaborate with the renowned Québec-based ondes Martenot player Geneviève Grenier, one of about a dozen musicians in the world skilled with this exotic instrument. The program includes new works by E.L.C.O. composers Alan Tormey and David Gerard Matthews, as well as selections from Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony and works by the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier and the Czech-French composer Bohuslav Martinu.

You can learn more about the Ondes Martenot when the New Hazlett presents a special screening of Wavemakers on Tuesday, April 15.  Free to CSA shareholders. Only $5 for everyone else.

April 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm Comments (0)

Your Ultimate New Music Staycation!

Maybe it’s the price of gas, maybe it’s Pittsburgh’s growing cachet as a Global Destination City (GDC), or maybe it’s the tantalizing prospect of a winning baseball season. But whatever the reason, y’nz are stayin’ around the Burgh or coming to visit, and the good news is that there is no lack of innovative music to take in while you’re (still) here.

Your new music staycation starts tonight with the lastest installment of the new Crucible Sound series and the first of two performances of Daron Hagen’s Shining Brow by Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh. FYI, both performances of Shining Brow are nearly sold out, so now’s the time to move on that.

On Friday Saturday night Ravish Momin’s Tarana performs at the Wood Street Gallery, and did I mention that Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is back in town and ready to launch their new season? Everything’s on the events calendar in more detail, so do give it a look.

Speaking of the events calendar, you’ll notice that I’ve been posting all events directly to the main page recently. the downside is that events no longer automatically post in chronological order in the body of the blog, but they still do appear chronologically in the events widget in the right column, so if there’s any confusion, that’s also a good way to get to the info. Hope you like the new look.

July 11, 2013 at 11:08 am Comments (0)

Introducing Crucible Sound: Crucible Sound #3

July 11, 2013
7:30 pm

 

Modernformations
Doors at 7:30
Music starts at 8:00 (3 or 4 sets)
$7 suggested donation

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I’m happy to let you know that there is a new series of improvised music happening here in the Burgh. Founded by Anthony Levin-Decanini, Crucible Sound will take place on the second Thursday of each month. These sessions will  feature groups of 4-5 musicians of different backgrounds improvising in various ad-hoc groups throughout the night. You’ll also want to check out Anthony’s blog for interviews and information on the performers.

The third edition of the Crucible Sound series will curated by RJ Myato: and feature the following artists:

Joe Mruk, guitar (Coyotes By The Way)
Micah Pacileo, electronics (Hunted Creatures)
Jim Price, saxophone (Jungleland)
Jim Storch, percussion etc. (Burnout War Cry)

June 26, 2013 at 10:16 am Comments (0)

Robert Dick Lecture, Aidan Baker and Insect Ark at Garfield Artworks

I’ve been so busy putting together the video interviews with Robert Dick that I’ve neglected a couple things that are happening real soon.

First off, there’s a noise/post-rock/ambient… show happening at Garfield Artworks featuring Aidan Baker and Insect Ark (AKA Dana Schecter) happening at Garfield Artworks TONIGHT at 8 p.m., so check it out if you can.

Second, in between his performances with Alia Musica, Robert Dick is giving a free lecture at Pitt on Friday at 4 p.m. It’s titled Successful Composition with Extended Techniques, sumpin’ he knows a little about. Come on over to Pitt to hear him.

April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)

Mercury Soul with DJ Masonic (Mason Bates) and the PSO

April 5, 2013
9:00 pm
DJMasonic

DJ Masonic (Mason Bates), composer & DJ
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Benjamin Shwartz, music director
Anne Patterson, director and designer

Electronica and classical music collide at Mercury Soul, a hybrid musical event that re-imagines the classical music experience in extraordinary spaces. Interspersed with thrilling performances by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and the thumping beat of PSO’s Composer of the Year, DJ Mason Bates, Mercury Soul gives audiences the freedom to dance, roam and experience music and art installation in a club setting. Visual director Anne Patterson collaborates with CMU’s School of Drama to create media and lighting design inspired by the music.  No program book and plenty to drink:  a 21st Century ‘salon’ at its finest!

Program to include:

Adams: Selections from John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Xenakis: Okho
Stravinsky: Concertino for Twelve Instruments
Corigliano: Stomp feat. Noah Bendix-Balgley
Bates: The Rise of Exotic Computing (PSO commission & World Premiere)

  • 21+ event. ID required.*
  • Doors at 9pm, music begins around 9:30pm at STATIC in the Strip District at 1650 Smallman Street.
  • Ample lit and secure street parking directly across from the venue for $5 (cash only).
  • Free coat check.
  • VIP packages available – includes private, reserved seating for parties of 6 in the balcony.  Very exclusive and limited availability, call 412.392.4819 for details and to secure a table.

Find out more…

March 29, 2013 at 8:31 am 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)

PSO Plays Bates’ B-Sides

March 22, 2013
8:00 pm
March 23, 2013
8:00 pm
March 24, 2013
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall
Tickets

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Mason Bates: The B-Sides
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5.

Journey out of this world when electronica partners with orchestra in Mason Bates’ colorful and vibrant The B-Sides. Grammy Award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax performs Mozart’s popular Piano Concerto No. 25.


March 8, 2013 at 8:28 am Comments (0)

HUNTED CREATURES-8CYLINDER-ONEWAYNESS-DOLORES BOYS

March 3, 2013
8:00 pm

Cover Photo

A night of various freak music at The Shadow Lounge with:

DOLORES BOYS [Brooklyn, NY | Psychic Mule]

“a DIY junction between industrial, goth rock and contemporary noise… the duo sustains the angst as the soundtrack to their horror scenario drifts from chaos to eerie calm.” – Deli Magazine

“The way the Dolores Boys straddle the nu-Goth and neo-Surf vibes is well done…the atmosphere of the music isn’t some foggy graveyard on a cold autumn night, its hot, claustrophic and urban. Unending daylight, blinding hot sun.” – Cassette Gods

HUNTED CREATURES [Dynamo Sound | 905 Tapes]

Cosmic psychedelia inspired by the Grateful Dead, Jan Hammer and Judas Priest.

8CYLINDER [Rhinoplex | Unmapped North]

Gameboy audio software and music.

“Early 8cylinder material was fast, aggressive breakcore ‘people would move to it; it’s not really dancing, it’s more of a freak-out kind of thing’ — but the most recent 8cylinder releases, on [Unmapped North], is more downtempo and cerebral. There are beats, but there’s also noise and sound sculpture.” – Pittsburgh City Paper

ONEWAYNESS [Erie, PA | Onomastic]

“Onewayness is the synth-drone guise of Erie, PA’s Adam Holquist, whose output has been steady growing via radioplay and mostly self-released work. His debut full-length is released on his own Onomastic label in an attractively yet simply printed CD-R. Holquist is resourceful, citing synths, field recordings, and live instrumentation among other things as sources; all of these show up on Blue Star. While wearing its influences pretty heavily on its sleeve, this is som.e interesting stuff that should bode well for what I imagine will be a bevy of future releases.” – Travis Bird/Foxy Digitalis

February 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm Comments (0)

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