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Separate Self Pre-release Party

June 27, 2016
7:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer Auditorium
$10 for individuals. $15 for households. Admission includes an advance copy of the CD and refreshments.


IonSound Project and composer Philip Thompson are pleased to invite you to the unveiling  Separate Self, a new recording of Thompson’s Chamber Music, set to be released July 8 by Ravello Records. Separate Self officially drops on July 8, but we have advanced copies to offer. IonSound will present music from the new album and be joined by guests Emily Pinkerton, Eva and Michael Rainforth, and more. Please join us in celebrating the release of Separate Self, hear some wonderful performances, and enjoy some delicious refreshments!

Here’s a preview of the album featuring three excerpts from the title track. I hope you like it!

Funding for Separate Self was provided by the Investing in Professional Artists Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. Additional funding was provided by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and by generous individuals who contributed to the Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Project “Recording Project: Philip Thompson’s Visual Arts-Inspired Chamber Music.”

June 18, 2016 at 8:42 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Presents Bridges and Byways

March 15, 2015
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Tickets:  $15/$10 students and seniors, sold at the door

IonSound Project presents Bridges and Byways, the second concert in our From Note to Finish series.  This program will examine later works by the composers presented on our fall concert including Max Bruch, Erwin Schulhoff, Steve Reich, and Lee Hyla.  Also on the program, three world premieres by Pittsburgh composers Jonghee Kang, Lenny Young, and Roger Zahab, all commissioned by IonSound Project especially for this series.  Two exceptional high school students will also have their works performed by the ensemble, a product of their work over the course of this year’s mentorship program.

This season notably marks a groundbreaking multi-organization partnership between performing ensembles, composers, and high school students.  From Note to Finish is designed to mentor a select group of students as they produce a concert in which they compose and perform all the music.  The students are high schoolers from Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 and North Allegheny High School.  The aforementioned Pittsburgh composers will present workshops and reading sessions to mentor the students throughout the process, and IonSound, Alia Musica, and Living Room Chamber Music Project will select and program certain works in their 2015 season, bringing it to the classical and new music audience.  In addition to having the opportunity to premiere their pieces for their peers at their respective schools, the students will present a concert free to the public at 7:00 pm on May 3rd, 2015 at Lawrenceville’s Grey Box Theatre.  This project is a grateful recipient of a HIVE grant. HIVE Pittsburgh is a program of The Sprout Fund that supports connected learning projects that help youth, including tweens, teens, and young adults, prepare for college, the workforce, and civic participation.  Don’t miss this unique concert!

On the program:

JONGHEE KANG,  Immersed in an Ethereal Blue Light – Open Water  (2015)

STEVE REICH,  New York Counterpoint  (1985)

LEE HYLA,  One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric)

ERWIN SCHULHOFF, Duo for Violin and Cello  (1925)

II. Zingaresca

IV. Moderato

LENNY YOUNG,  Lividity  (2015)

EVAN NEELY, Moteur Rotatif (2015)

BRENDAN KINZLER, (title TBD) (2015)

MAX BRUCH, Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 83   (1910)

V. Rumanische Melodie

VI. Nachtgesang (Nocturne)

VII. Allegro vivace, ma non troppo

ROGER ZAHAB,   I doubt this is over (2015)

March 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm Comments (0)

Good Stuff Happening This November

Update: I managed to overlook the fact that Pacifica will be in town on Monday, November 10 playing Ligeti 1 when I originally made this post. I’ve listed that concert in the calendar along with the other great stuff mentioned below.

I’ve been quietly updating the calendar, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but wanted to give a heads-up about some of the great concerts you should be checking out. You have tonight and tomorrow night to get to Microscopic Opera’s production of Frida. Then in the next two weeks you have Jacob Ertl’s piano recital for Alia Musica, a really interesting avant-garde jazz power trio (Dylan Ryan/Sand) at Thunderbird, and IonSound Project’s Fall show. A great variety of music in a very short span. Events are over yonder ——>

November 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Project: Roots and Routes

November 16, 2014
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Tickets: General admission is $15; students and senior admission is $10. Advance tickets are $12 and $8. Call 412-422-8042.


IonSound delves into the compositional process this season presenting three concerts packed with premieres. The first offering, Roots and Routes, is right around the corner on Sunday November 16, at 7 p.m. This program features early and/or pivotal works by composers such as Lee Hyla, Steve Reich, Erwin Schulhoff, and Max Bruch. Also featured will be works by three Pittsburgh based composers, Roger Zahab, Jonghee Kang, and Lenny Young.

October 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Project: Eyes on Sound

November 10, 2013
7:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Tickets: general admission $15; students and seniors $10.
Advance tickets are $12 and $8.
Call 412-422-8042. Children under 12 free.


IonSound Project’s 2013–14 Season is titled “FEEDBACK:  LIVE ART, LIVE MUSIC,  AND YOUR THOUGHTS.”  The innovative ensemble investigates where art and instant communication intersect this season, presenting a two concert series featuring exciting new collaborations. The first of these two concerts, “Eyes on Sound” will take place on Sunday November 10th, 7:00 pm at University of Pittsburgh’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium.  Painter Joseph Dermody will join IonSound on stage to engage in live painting inspired by a new arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives, Karol Szymanowski’s Mythes for violin and piano, and Gilda Lyons’ Chrysalis.  Also on the program is Michael Nyman’s entrancing Yellow Beach.  Additional examples of Mr. Dermody’s work will be on display in the lobby and in the hall, and plans to auction the paintings created that evening are in the works.

November 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm 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)

Mason Bates and IonSound Project at the Warhol

March 21, 2013
8:00 pm

The Andy Warhol Museum


The Warhol partners with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present a program of new electro-acoustic music, (including two pieces from their current resident composer, Mason Bates), all performed by the dynamic Pittsburgh-based ensemble, IonSound.  Bates’ “Red River” conjures a journey down the length of the Colorado River, with cascading water figuration flowing into quicksilver electronica rhythms, and his From Amber Frozen offers an indigenous approach to a string quartet.  Anna Clyne’s Paint Box zooms inside the cello, sonically and imaginatively, while Marcos Balter’s “Vision Mantra” stretches out a slow-motion epiphany in an ambient space.  The program culminates in Martin Matalon’s stunning new score for the classic Luis Buñuel film Un Chien Andalou.  Mason Bates is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.
March 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Performs New Music by Pitt Graduate Composers

March 18, 2013
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium


IonSound Project, Pitt Department of Music Ensemble-in-Residence performs new music by Pitt’s Graduate Student Composers. The program will include works for solo piano by Matt Aelmore (Folding) and Ramteen Sazegari (Glitch), Aaron Brooks’sTunes, Half Dreamt/Lullaby/Mantra (violin and piano), and Jonghee Kang’s Re: (solo cello).

February 22, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments (0)

CreatIONSound: Music and Art for Humans and Robots II

March 9, 2013
7:00 pm
7:00 pm

Bellefeidl Hall Auditorium
Tickets in advance: General admision is $12; students and seniors, are $8. Call 412-422-8042 for advance tickets.
At the door: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. Children 12 and under admitted free.


The second installment of CreatION Sound will take place on Saturday March 9th, 7:00 pm at Bellefield Hall Auditorium.  Android Ballet will showcase Garth Zeglin’s kinetic fabric sculpture. IonSound will accompany original robot choreography with a world premiere performance of a commissioned piece by Pittsburgh composer Phil Thompson.  This concert is also the culmination of a series of educational workshops with the Falk and Waldorf schools, and will involve student performers and their created instruments and compositions.


January 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm Comments (0)

Week of New Music, October 14–20

Watching the Stillers, streaming the Veep debate, and blogging new music in the Burgh. Hey! James Harrison just sacked Paul Ryan!

Great concerts coming up this week starting with the first installment on IonSound Project’s “Music for Humans and Robots,” a recital by Donna Amato and Warren Davidson featuring music of Carson Cooman, Johanna Ballou playing Rzewski, and the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble.

There’s a lot more coming soon from Alia Musica, ELCO, Music on the Edge and much more, so stay tuned.

October 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm Comments (0)

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