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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)

IonSound Project: Technologically Sound

October 14, 2012
7:30 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Tickets at the door: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10 (12 and under, free admisison). Advance tickets $12 and $8. Call 412-422-8042.

IonSound Project’s 2012–13, “CreatION Sound: Music and Art for Humans and Robots,” presents dramatic and highly original collaborations between IonSound and two of Pittsburgh’s leading robotic artists. The first concert, Technologically Sound, will feature original work by artist Jeremy Boyle.  Composer Patrick Burke has been commissioned to write a new piece for this performance conceived specifically to coordinate with IonSound and Jeremy Boyle’s interactive robotic instruments. Find out more about CreatION Sound.

October 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Performs Pitt Graduate Composers

April 16, 2012
8:00 pm
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium, Free

IonSound Project, Pitt’s Ensemble in Residence, performs new compositions by Pitt graduate composers Aaron Brooks, Chris Capizzi, Bomi Jang, Charles Lwanga, Sookyung Sul, and Jeremy Woodruff.

April 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm Comments (0)

Host Skull Pt. 3, IonSound Project and Emily Pinkerton

Emily Pinkerton

Emily Pinkerton joins IonSound Project on Sunday, March 25.

A reminder about Inhabit Host Skull continues in its third week at 707 Gallery downtown starting at 7 p.m. sharp according to Dave Bernabo. This week’s lineup includes:

Berman/Bernabo/Cacalano (movement and sound)
Pairdown (harmonically exciting finger-picked guitar duo)

And here’s a more in-depth description.

On Sunday night (also at 7 p.m. sharp) at Bellefield Hall Auditorium, IonSound Project will perform a program of music they’re billing as POPular. The program includes Paul Moravec’s Andy Warhol Sez, Jacob TV’s Body of Your Dreams, and will feature composer/performer/ethnomusicologist Emily Pinkerton on vocals and banjo. Pinkerton will perform Red Rocking Chair, a setting of the haunting Appalachian folk song she created with Patrick Burke, and a new composition of her own with violinist Laura Motchalov.

More details about both shows here.


March 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm Comments (0)

IonSound Project: POPular!

March 25, 2012
7:00 pm
Tickets at the door only: general admission $15, students and seniors, $10.

IonSound Project plays super-charged avant-pop featuring

Jacob TV: Body of Your Dreams
Edgar Varese: Density 21.5
Jakub Ciupinski: Inkubator 
Áskell Másson: Kím
Randall Woolf: Bodegas: 4. Light Up the Sky
Paul Moravec: Andy Warhol Sez
Patrick Burke/Emily Pinkerton’s: Red Rocking Chair
with a new work by Emily Pinkerton


March 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm Comments (0)

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