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Beyond Microtonal Music Festival

January 11, 2018 8:00 pmtoJanuary 13, 2018 10:00 pm

Music on the Edge is so excited to begin this season with the second installment of the Beyond Microtonal Music Festival (co-sponsored by the Andy Warhol Museum). The festival will focus on the theme of “Cultural Roots/Cultural Intersections” and will explore compelling microtonal music that travels across cultural boundaries. The purpose of this festival is to address the nature and current status of “microtonal music” and especially its relationship to World Music as well as the diversity within our own community.

January’s festival will feature three days of concerts and symposia by leading performers, composers, and theorists of microtonal music. Performers include virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer, loadband, renowned oud player Rahim AlHaj with percussionist Issa Malluf, as well as the Beyond Festival Orchestra made up of local performers and conducted by Gil Rose. The Festival will offer Pittsburgh musicians another spotlight by featuring many local ensembles in the Saturday afternoon marathon concert. Symposia presenters include composers Charles Corey, Julia Werntz, Taylor Brook, Mathew Rosenblum, Elizabeth Brown and more. We’re also pleased to announce that the festival will include six premieres: Jean-Patrick Besingrand‘s Plus bleu que l’indigoRyan McMaster’s movements from sea gardenEric Moe’s And No Birds SingDevon Tipp’s KezuroukaiZhong Juncheng’Looking Back Luo Yue, and Mathew Rosenblum’s Lament/Witches’ Sabbath. 

Beyond Microtonal Music Festival Schedule of Events: 

Thursday, January 11, 8 p.m.

Concert, Beyond Festival Orchestra, Gil Rose conductor
Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland

David Krakauer, Loadbang, Rahim Alhaj and Issa Malluf, soloists. Works by Georg Friedrich Haas („… e finisci già?“), Mathew Rosenblum (Lament/Witches’ Sabbath), Taylor Brook (Tarantism), Rahim Alhaj (Letters from Iraq, movement 7), and Zhong Juncheng (Looking Back Luo Yue)

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Friday, January 12

Symposium Session 1, 4–6 p.m.
Performer/Composer Panel Discussion: Creation, Performance, Politics
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Performer/Composer Panel Discussion: Creation, Performance, Politics

Rahim Alhaj: Oud performer, composer of Letters From Iraq
David Krakauer: Clarinetist, leader of Ancestral Groove
Jeffrey Gavett: Baritone, composer, member of Loadbang
Mathew Rosenblum: Festival Organizer, composer
Taylor Brook: Composer, Columbia University
Elizabeth Brown, composer
Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder: Department of English, University of Pittsburgh
David Fossum, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow, PhD, Brown University

Concert 7:30 p.m.
The Andy Warhol Museum Theater­Charles Corey and Luke Fitzpatrick perform excerpts from Harry Partch’s Barstow and Li Po Settings. Loadbang performs works by Michael Edward Edgerton, Taylor Brook, Eve Beglarian, and others.


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Saturday, January 13

Symposium Session 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Theoretical Issues: Harry Partch and Beyond
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Charles Corey (University of Washington)
Julia Werntz (New England Conservatory of Music)
Taylor Brook (Columbia University)

Festival Reception, University of Pittsburgh
Microtonal Music 
Archive Announcement, 1-2 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Cloister
Concert: Microtonal Pittsburgh, 2–5 p.m. (Free)
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium and Art Gallery
Featuring Alia Musica, Nat 28, Kamraton, Wolf Trap, ELCO, Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi soloist), Ted Mook (cello), and the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan, performing Alvin Lucier, Julia Werntz, Devon Tipp and others

8 p.m. Concert:
The Andy Warhol Museum Entrance SpaceRahim Alhaj, Oud with percussionist Issa Malluf
Alhaj and Malluf perform contemporary and traditional Iraqi music.
David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove
The legendary klezmer band takes over the Warhol for a closing dance party!

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December 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm Comments (0)

Ensemble Surplus

April 15, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


Ensemble SurPlus travels to Pittsburgh from its home in Freiburg Germany to the Andy Warhol Museum to perform an international program including some of our Pittsburgh composers. Works include: Wolfgang Motz (Tratti), Thomas Bruttger (Recherche), Mathew Rosenblum (Northern Flicker), Amy Williams (Sextet), Steve Reich (New York Counterpoint), Eric Moe (Strenuous pleasures), Bruno Mantovani (Concerto de chambre no. 2).

Freiburg, situated near Germany’s borders with France and Switzerland, has always been an international crossroads. Ensemble Surplus, founded by an American, performs chamber music by a wide range of composers, ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its mission is to give new or unknown works an optimal performance, regardless of compositional style or technical and intellectual demands. After its formation in 1992 the ensemble was invited in the same year to perform at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. In 1993 it was engaged to give the first performance of a contemporary chamber opera at the Archipel Festival in Geneva, which received enthusiastic critical acclaim. Since that time it has gained increasing recognition on the international scene for contemporary music and has been a frequent guest at festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America (June in Buffalo, Stanford University, University of Victoria). In addition to performing in traditional concert settings, SurPlus also welcomes experimental projects, improvisation and Music Theater. A close cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart has existed since 1994. Most recently the Ensemble has collaborated in the project “New Music Network” funded by the German Ministry of Culture, working with young people in the German school system in order to educate a young public about new music. The ensemble has also collaborated closely with the Experimental Studio of the German Radio (SWR). Numerous CD productions and recordings (Ferneyhough, Clark, Spahlinger, Mahnkopf, Wolpe with Heinz Holliger) document the great versatility of the ensemble. 

This show is co-sponsored by Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum

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.)
Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.


March 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm Comments (0)

Quartetto di Venezia

April 1, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

14364885_10155224342603332_7905395293656116436_nMusic on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum present Quartetto di Venezia on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Andy Warhol Museum. The program will feature works by American composers Robert Maggio, Kendall Kennison, Curt Cacioppo and Pittsburgh’s own Roger Zahab.

The Quartetto di Venezia inherited the qualities of two schools of quartet interpretation, that of the Quartetto Italiano, under the guidance of Piero Farulli, and the Central-European School of the Végh Quartet, through several meetings with Sándor Végh and Paul Szabo. In addition to annual appearances throughout Italy, the Quartetto di Venezia has frequently performed elsewhere in Europe, and in the rest of the world. They had the honour of playing for His Holiness Pope John Paul II and the president of Republic of Italy. Their recordings include many CDs for Naxos, Dynamic, Fonit Cetra, Unicef, Aura, and Koch. Their most recent release is a 3-CD set of Luigi Cherubini’s Six String Quartets for Decca. With frequent broadcasts and television appearances, the ensemble has collaborated with artists of worldwide fame, including Bruno Giuranna, the Borodin Quartet, the Pražák Quartet, Piero Farulli, Paul Szabo, Oscar Ghiglia, Danilo Rossi, Dieter Flury and Pietro De Maria. For their thirtieth anniversary season the Quartetto di Venezia received official recognition from the president of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano.

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.)
Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.

March 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm Comments (0)

Arditti Quartet with Eliot Fisk

March 26, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum present Arditti Quartet with guitarist Eliot Fisk on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm at the Andy Warhol Museum. The program will include works by Berio, Kurtag, Xenakis, Felder and Parades

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its founding by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on the repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by hundreds or composers show the wide range of music in the Quartet’s repertoire. The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays. The players’ commitment to educational work is indicated by their masterclasses and workshops for young performers and composers all over the world. Over the past 30 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) and 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle). In 2004 they were awarded the ‘Coup de Coeur’ prize by the Academie Charles Cros in France for their exceptional contribution to the dissemination of contemporary music. The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for ‘lifetime achievement’ in music. They remain to this day, the only ensemble ever to receive it.

Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take art music into unusual venues (including schools, senior centers, logging camps and prisons). After 45 years before the public he remains as his mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.” Fisk has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, and numerous other prominent orchestras around the world. Fisk has also performed with a dizzying array of chamber music colleagues including flutist, Paula Robison; clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman; cellist Yehuda Hanani; the late violinist Ruggiero Ricci; the Shanghai, Juilliard, Miro, Borromeo and Miro String Quartets. He has invented numerous cross over projects with among others Paco Pena (flamenco guitar); Joe Pass and Bill Frisell (jazz guitar) chanteuse Ute Lemper and Turkish music specialist Burhan Oecal. Numerous new works have been dedicated to Fisk by composers as varied as Luciano Berio, Leonardo Balada, Robert Beaser, Nicholas Maw, George Rochberg, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Kurt Schwertsik.

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.)
Call 412-624-7529 or visit music.pitt.edu/tickets.

March 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm Comments (0)

Fidelio Trio

March 4, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

14379819_10155222586548332_8464910355048964700_oMOTE and the Warhol are very excited to present the virtuosic Fidelio Trio on March 4th at the Warhol Museum Theater. The Fidelio Trio are Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano. Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, the Fidelio Trio are enthusiastic champions of the piano trio genre, performing the widest possible range of repertoire on concert stages across the world. They have an impressive list of commissions and first performances from the leading and newest composers and have a large discography of highly acclaimed recordings. Since their debut at London’s Southbank Centre, they have appeared at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place and at festivals from Brighton and Cheltenham to St. Magnus and from Gregynog to Huddersfield; regularly performing across the Irish Sea at National Concert Hall, Dublin, Kilkenny Festival and Belfast Festival at Queens and overseas in Shanghai, Porto, Paris, Venice, Florence, Johannesburg, New York City, Princeton, San Francisco and Boston.

Keen to ensure the future of the piano trio, The Fidelio Trio work closely with composition and performance students at institutions across the UK and all over the world. for example the Peabody Conservatory and Curtis Institute to name a few. They are constantly commissioning new works, giving first performances and, importantly, further performances to introduce them into the repertory. Their program at the Warhol will include both British and American composers featuring Judith Weir’s Piano Trio Two, Donnacha Dennehy’s Bulb, Orlando Jacinto Garcia’s Entanglements, Annie Gosfield’s Cranks and Cactus Needles, Michael Finnissy’s June, Michael Hersch’s Variations on a Poem, and Gavin Higgins’ The Ruins of Detroit.

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.)


February 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm Comments (0)

MOTE Mad Mex Mardi Gras!

February 28, 2017
7:00 pmto10:00 pm
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

stylized3Do you love new music? Have you been to MOTE shows and want to help us continue to bring top-notch contemporary ensembles to Pittsburgh? Then you’re invited to MOTE’s fundraiser dinner this Mardi Gras (February 28th) at 7 p.m. at Mad Mex Shadyside. Dinner includes fajita buffet, chips and salsa, Casa salad, wings, and a selection of entrees. Your ticket also includes a margherita or 16 oz Dos Equis draft, and raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes!

Tickets are only $35, though you are welcome to contribute more if you wish! 30% of your ticket price is tax deductible. We only have 50 seats available so please RSVP via email so we can reserve your spot. Email jchohman@pitt.edu with the number of seats you need to reserve until February 27th, and then pay at the door of the event with cash or check. Unfortunately we are unable to accept cards. 

We hope to see you there!


January 30, 2017 at 12:11 pm Comments (0)


February 18, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm


MOTE is teaming up with the Andy Warhol Museum again to introduce you to an exciting new ensemble on the new music scene: Hypercube. A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano, and percussion, Hypercube is a slick combination of chamber music and straight up rock-n-roll. Presenting performances of challenging, cutting-edge, repertoire, with a “sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled” (Sequenza 21), Hypercube is at home in both electric and acoustic worlds. This gritty group of NYC musicians formed in 2012 with the goal of championing high quality, cutting-edge, challenging repertoire that is often underperformed, launching compelling debut concerts at New York City’s Galapagos Art Space and Brooklyn College, and swiftly spreading to audiences across the country. Their Pittsburgh performance will feature: American Tokyo Daydream IV (data structures/monoliths) by Sam Pluta, Quartetto da Do by Juan Trigos (2007), Hout by Louis Andriessen (1991), Color Fields by Mikel Kuehn 2007/2008, Liminal Bridges by Philip Schuessler (2016), and Localized Corrosion by Phillipe Hurel (2009).

Hypercube has been featured on the Versipel New Music Festival (New Orleans), The Frequency Series (Constellation, Chicago), and the Queens New Music Festival. Though an enticing body of work exists for this ensemble, Hypercube has commissioned and premiered new works by Daniel Tacke, Philip Schuessler, Kari Besharse, and Nomi Epstein, and regularly performs programs of trios/duos – classical guitar/piano, guitar/percussion, saxophone/piano, and saxophone/percussion featuring ultramodern compositional voices Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta and Alex Mincek. Hypercube is Erin Rogers (saxophones), Jay Sorce (classical & electric guitar), Andrea Lodge (piano), and Chris Graham (percussion).

Tickets are available online or by calling 412-624-7529
Tickets in advance:    $15 general admission;    $10 students/seniors
 At the door:           $20 general admission;      $15 students/seniors

January 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm Comments (0)

Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo with Sarah Plum, violinist

January 28, 2017
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

14370324_10155214881628332_1174347626840357614_nMusic on the Edge is very excited to kick off 2017 with what is sure to be a virtuosic performance by violinist Sarah Plum and the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo. Plum and the Duo will share a program at the Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday, January 28th
including piano works by György Kurtág and newly commissioned, Kurtág-inspired works by Peter Eötvös, Klas Torstensson, Caspar Johannes Walter, Roland Moser, Philippe Manoury, and Jason Eckardt, and also violin and electroacoustic works by Ben Broening, Eric Moe, Sidney Corbett, and Eric Lyons.

Described as “beyond brilliant” by San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo has been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout North America and Europe since 1995. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams perform cutting-edge new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century for piano four-hands and two pianos, including works by Cage, Debussy, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, Stravinsky and Wolpe. They have premiered dozens of works, many of which were written especially for the Duo, and they have worked directly with such renowned composers as Lukas Foss, Steve Reich, Jukka Tiensuu, Betsy Jolas, Kevin Volans, and Bernard Rands. They also collaborate with composers who explore new approaches to the piano through multimedia applications, electronics, and extended techniques. The Duo has been featured at the Warsaw Autumn Festival, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), Miller Theatre and Symphony Space (New York City), CAL Performances (Berkeley), Sound Field Festival (Chicago), Spring Festival of New Music (York, UK), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Witten), Subtropics Festival (Miami) and Ojai Festival, to name a few

Michigan native Sarah Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Since then she has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire. Described as “an adventurous Indie violinist” by New York Classical Music, she has performed at festivals and venues such as Ars Musica Brussels, Cite de Musique, The Barbican, The Luzern Festival and Ankunft Neue Musik Berlin. Both of Plum’s CDs (Bela Bartok Works For Violin Volume 1 and 2) have received critical praise and Wholenote magazine said “it is difficult to imagine better performances or a better flag bearer for these pieces than Sarah …” As a new music specialist, Plum has had the good fortune to take part in historic performances and premieres with noted composers and ensembles, such as Christopher Adler, Mari Kimura, Charles Nichols, Mari Takano, Sidney Boquiren, Jeff Herriot and Sidney Corbett. In the past three years alone, she has premiered eleven pieces and commissioned seven

Don’t miss our first concert of 2017 on Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. at the Andy Warhol Museum! Tickets are available by calling 412-624-7529 or visiting music.pitt.edu/tickets. Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; students and seniors are $15.

January 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm Comments (0)

David Del Tredici Tribute

December 3, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

deltrediciMusic on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum are teaming up again to present a tribute to highly influential  contemporary composer David Del Tredici to celebrate his approaching 80th birthday. Generally recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for In Memory of a Summer Day for soprano and orchestra. Much of his early work consisted of elaborate vocal settings of James Joyce and Lewis Carroll. More recently, Del Tredici has set to music a cavalcade of contemporary American poets, often celebrating a gay sensibility.

Del Tredici himself will come to the Warhol to discuss his creative evolution and introduce a sampling of his  chamber music. Violinist Roger Zahab and tenor Robert Frankenberry will join Music on the Edge co-director Eric Moe to perform works spanning a period from 1978-2014. Zahab and Moe will present The Last Violin together while Moe will take a solo turn on Virtuoso Alice.  Frankenberry will lend his voice to Ballad in Yellow, songs from Gay Life, and My Favorite Penis Poems.

The celebration of David Del Tredici’s creative contributions takes place at The Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday, December 3, at 8 p.m. 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.) Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet one of the greats of new music! 

November 14, 2016 at 12:22 am Comments (0)

String Noise

October 8, 2016
3:00 pmto5:00 pm
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

stringnoiseMusic on the Edge is excited to announce our first ever collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to host “New York’s most daring violin duo” (Time Out New York), String Noise.

String Noise is a classical, avant-punk violin duo comprising violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim. Since its inception in 2011 at Ostrava New Music Days, they have expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with electronics, projections and dance. Their first feature album, The Book of Strange Positions, was released on Northern Spy Records in November 2015. String Noise was highlighted in Performa 2011 with artist Will Cotton and was the featured ensemble for the launch of composers collective Index 0. Premieres include works by Christian Wolff, John King, Phill Niblock, Caleb Burhans, David Lang, Annie Gosfield, Bernhard Lang, John Zorn and Greg Saunier. String Noise has performed at Issue Project Room, Roulette, EXAPNO, Rockwood Music Hall and the Stone and has been heard on WNYC, WKCR and WFMU.

Their Pittsburgh concert will take place at Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University at 3 p.m. on October 8th. Oh, and did we mention that this one is FREE. You’re welcome. We can’t wait to see you there!


September 26, 2016 at 11:45 am Comments (0)

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