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PNME Week II Preview: Ted Hearne’s Cage Variations

Here is a preview of week II of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season. Once again, I talked with Kevin Noe and Ian Rosenbaum about what we can look forward to for the next program which features a premiere by Ted Hearne, the winner of the most recent Harvey Gaul competition. The concerts take place on July 18 and 19 at City Theatre.


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July 15, 2014 at 10:25 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2014, Week I Preview

Your Summer New Music staycation is about to get started in earnest with the launch of Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2014 season. I met with members of PNME recently to hear their thoughts on the upcoming season and I’ll be sharing those conversations with you as the season progresses. The first installment features director Kevin Noe and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum on the first week’s program, titled “The Lost Traveler.” The program takes its name from Martin Bresnick’s composition, which is in turn derived from Williams Blake’s poem “To the Accuser Who is the God of this World.”

“Truly, my Satan, thou art but a Dunce,
And dost not know the Garment of the Man.
Every Harlot was a Virgin once,
Nor canst thou ever change Kate into Nan.

“Tho’ thou art Worship’d by the Names Divine
Of Jesus and Jehovah, thou are still
The Son of Morn in weary Night’s decline,
The lost Traveller’s Dream under the Hill.”

Here’s what Kevin and Ian had to say…


July 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm Comments (0)

Interview with ETHEL’s Ralph Farris

Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s “Just Summer” series gets started off with a performance by ETHEL in a program they have titled “Grace.” I recently had the opportunity to Skype with ETHEL violist and founding member Ralph Farris about ETHEL and what makes them unique, the program, and encouraging performers to be more engaged in the creative aspect of their art. Check out the conversation below and come hear ETHEL at the Kelly Strayhorn this Thursday night.

June 16, 2014 at 10:06 am Comments (0)

Interview with Robert Dick, Part II

In the second part of my conversation with Robert he talks about his solo recital (Thursday, April 4) and his concert with Alia Musica on Saturday, April 6  when he will perform his newly revised version of his 1986 Meristem. It’s fascinating to hear him talk about the flute as a “human powered synthesizer.”

April 2, 2013 at 9:56 pm Comments (0)

Interview with Robert Dick, Part I

The legendary Robert Dick is coming to Pittsburgh this week for two concerts with Alia Musica Pittsburgh. Robert was kind enough to Skype with me last week and I’ve posted the first of two parts of that interview below. Robert says many wonderful things in the course of our conversation, but what you really want to know is: how does one accurately shoot projectiles from the flute? Yes, you will find out.

April 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm Comments (0)

Molly Joyce and her finalist piece “Dollhouse”

Molly Joyce is a young up-and-coming Pittsburgh-borned-and-raised composer. She’s studying composition at Julliard since 2011, and her music is getting a lot of attention around the country… ensembles, blogs, audiences, etc. Her piece Dollhouse was selected as one of the 5 finalists in the PNME/Alia Musica 2012-13 Competition, so it’s part of the program in Alia Musica’s concert Friday (Kresge Hall, 7:30, $15/12).

I had a nice talk with her last Friday. We had ‘skyped her in’ for one of the rehearsals, so we thought, why not have a conversation about things? Here’s some of it, check it out:

November 13, 2012 at 10:37 am Comments (0)

Interview with Thereminist and Composer Eric Ross

My interview with composer and thereminist Eric Ross.  He will be performing tomorrow (Thursday, September 27) at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Regent Square Theater at 8 p.m.

Eric Ross Interview

September 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm Comments (0)

Interview with PNME’s Lindsey Goodman and Nathalie Shaw

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 2012 Season starts tonight! As promised, here is an interview with PNME flutist Lindsey Goodman and violinist Nathalie Shaw. They talk about their big solo pieces on this weekend’s opening concert—Nathalie will play a work by Maderna called Pièce pour Ivry and Lindsey will give the professional premiere of Joseph Schwantner’s Taking Charge—and they demonstrate their page turning techniques for Randall Woolf’s Quicksilver. You won’t want to miss that. And what else… Oh Yeah! Fashion!


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July 6, 2012 at 11:36 am Comments (0)

A Conversation with John Arrigo

As we prepare for Alia Musica’s performance at the Hear/Now festival, John Arrigo has been observing and assisting rehearsals. Here we sit down and talk about rehearsals, about some of the pieces (including his), etc.

We end up talking a lot about old Igor (Petroushka, Rite of Spring), but somehow manage to never mention his name! Oh, and the winds and the chimes also had a lot to say.


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April 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm Comments (0)

JacobTV Interview

In advance of Friday, March 30th’s Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performance of music by Dutch composers Louis Andriessen and JacobTV, here’s an interview between myself and Mr. TV.

March 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm Comments (0)

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