March 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm Comments (0)
The Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
The Warhol welcomes back Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture, who leads an ensemble work conceived for twin pianos, live electronics, and voice, that brings fresh insight to the artistic legacy of Julius Eastman – the mercurial gay African American composer who mixed canny minimalist innovation with head-on political provocation. The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner comprises new arrangements and interpretations of a selection of Eastman’s piano compositions. As Clayton uses his own custom-designed ‘Sufi Plug Ins’ software to live-process the pianos of David Friend and Emily Manzo, he also intersperses musical vignettes – performed by neo-Sufi vocalist Arooj Aftab – to lend context and nuance to the composer’s saga, which was cut short in 1990 at age 49.
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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.
, David Stock
, Mario Davidovsky
, Nathalie Shaw
, Roger Zahab
, Sébastien Béranger
July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)
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31st Street Pub Tickets: $8 (21+)
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…
April 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm Comments (0)
New Hazlett Theater
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.
July 11, 2013 at 11:08 am Comments (0)
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.
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.
June 26, 2013 at 10:16 am Comments (0)
Doors at 7:30
Music starts at 8:00 (3 or 4 sets)
$7 suggested donation
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)
April 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm Comments (0)
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.
March 21, 2013 at 8:57 am Comments (0)
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 8, 2013 at 8:28 am Comments (0)
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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.