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Jessica Meyer and Seth Josel

January 31, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

MeyerAt the end of January, MOTE and the Andy Warhol Museum are bringing you a duo recital featuring both virtuosic musicians and exciting repertoire. Violist Jessica Meyer will perform her own composition Sounds of Being for viola and loop pedal and premiere Eric Moe’s Uncanny Affable Machines for viola and electroacoustics. Guitarist Seth Josel will perform music by Berlin-based composer Peter Ablinger as well as a rarely heard Feldman work, once thought to be lost, The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar.

Feldman originally wrote The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar for his good friend Christian Wolff. After only a few performances, however, Wolff’s guitar was stolen along with the piece stored in the case. For years, the piece was lost until guitarist Seth Josel came upon a recording of one of Wolff’s performances and decided to transcribe it with some assistance from Feldman’s original sketches. Click here for a more in-depth exploration of the piece’s history.

Seth Josel is one of the leading instrumental pioneers of his generation. As a soloist he has concertized in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the US and Canada. He has performed as a guest with leading orchestras and ensembles of Europe, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and the Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam, and has appeared at several major European festivals including the Salzburg Festspiele, Ars Musica, The Holland Festival, London’s South Bank Festival and many others. In recent seasons he has been guesting regularly with KNM Berlin, Ensemble SurPlus of Freiburg as well as with the Basel Sinfonietta.

The other half of the program will be performed by violist and composer Jessica Meyer. Known for her “polish, focus, and excitement” and “expressive, luscious sound” (The New York Times), Jessica is a versatile performer who has been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the world. As a soloist, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by commissioning new works while also composing her own. Her solo compositions explore the wide palette of sonic colors available to the viola while using traditional and extended techniques enhanced by the electronic process of looping material. In 2014-15, she will tour her latest solo show titled “Sounds of Being” – a surround-sound sensory experience where the music allows the listener to access a certain series of emotions, framed by personal stories and anecdotes.

For tickets, call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)


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Alia Musica Presents Gleb Kanasevich

February 7, 2015
7:30 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Gleb Kanasevich

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.

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Battle Trance at the Warhol

February 7, 2015
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum

The Warhol welcomes the genre-defying saxophone quartet Battle Trance (comprising Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, andPatrick Breiner) on a tour supporting their debut release, Palace of Wind, on New Amsterdam Records. Performing primarily the music of member Travis Laplante, the quartet crosses boundaries and exists loosely within realms of contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz, black metal, ambient, and world music, the new record challenges conventions of the saxophone as an ensemble instrument. The sonic vocabulary of the quartet has developed through techniques such as circular breathing, allowing them to build continues, hypnotic waves of sound and intricate textures.

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