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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)

Cineshape Tonight! Two Shows at the Warhol

Cineshape, composer Amy Williams’ and video artist Aaron Henderson’s multimedia collaboration, will take place at the Warhol with two performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. The evening features outstanding performers JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Scott Christian. Composer Williams will also perform at the piano and Aaron Henderson will mix the video live.

Cineshape is both the final Music on the Edge program until fall and the launch of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, led by Federico Garcia and Alia Musica Pittsburgh.

With that pivot point in the concert season in mind, it seems like a particularly good time for David Bernabo’s interview with Music on the Edge Codirectors Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. Check it out for a nice perspective on how the new music scene in the Burgh has evolved over the last 25 years. Here’s what Mathew had to say about about visiting performer’s sense of our scene:

“…Folks that play in New York, even at the new venues, National Sawdust or wherever, they come here and say, “Holy crap. This is fun; this is vibrant.”

May 4, 2016 at 10:20 am Comments (0)


May 4, 2016
7:00 pmto8:00 pm
8:30 pmto9:30 pm

unnamedMusic on the Edge concludes it’s 25th anniversary season with Cineshape on Wednesday, May 4th at the Andy Warhol Museum. Part of the 2016 Pittsburgh Festival of New Music, Cineshape is co-presented by The Andy Warhol Museum and the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of the Provost and Humanities Center.

Cineshape began in 2003 when Pittsburgh composer Amy Williams was inspired by the Korean film Chunhyang to write a piece of chamber music that came to be the first installment of Cineshape, a word she invented to describe musical compositions that draw structural inspiration from films. There are now five Cineshape pieces, each inspired by a different film, written for varying instrumentations from solo piano up to 7 players. This past year, Williams began working with video artist Aaron Henderson, who took an immediate interest in the Cineshape project. Henderson’s new films draw from sources as diverse as chemical reactions and NASA. Together they have turned these five compositions into a multimedia performance with live film processing by Henderson and an all-star lineup of performers, including the JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Scott Christian, and the composer at the piano.

Amy Williams is a composer of music that is “simultaneously demanding, rewarding and fascinating” (Buffalo News), “daring” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “fresh, daring and incisive” (Fanfare). Her works have been presented throughout the United States, Australia, Asia and Europe, by many of the world’s leading contemporary music soloists and ensembles. As a member of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, she has concertized globally and recorded a critically-acclaimed series of CDs for the Wergo label, including first recordings of works by Nancarrow, Stravinsky, Varèse, Kurtàg and others. Amy’s pieces appear on the Albany, Parma, VDM, Blue Griffin, Centaur and New Ariel labels. She is the recipient of awards from the Howard Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is currently Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Pittsburgh and Artistic Director of the New Music on the Point Festival.

Aaron Henderson’s videos and installations examine the ways that humans move. “Each of Henderson’s exhilarating pieces offer delicious, small revelations….” (The Hook) Recent projects look at the personal, cultural and political ramifications of all action, from intimate gestures to displays of super-human acrobatics. Well acquainted with movement, he threw himself into walls and off of platforms for STREB Extreme Action, an acrobatic performance company from 2002-6. His videos, installations and projection designs have been presented at Lincoln Center, the Wexner Center and many other theaters, colleges and festivals across the country. Aaron co-founded LOSTWAX, an East Coast company creating fusions of performance and video, and edited and founded the International Thought Exchange, a now defunct mail art organization. Currently, Aaron is Assistant Professor in the Studio Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Deemed “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), the JACK Quartet is “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.” (Washington Post) “They are a musical vehicle of choice to the next great composers who walk among us.” (Toronto Star) Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK is focused on presenting cutting edge pieces, leading them to collaborate with many composers on compelling new works such as Cineshape.

Lindsey Goodman is known for her “generous warmth of tone and a fluid virtuosity” (Charleston Gazette), and for her “impressive artistry” (Tribune-Review), “agility and emotion” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, she is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, teacher, and clinician.

Scott Christian is the Principal Timpanist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and full-time percussion instructor at West Virginia State University. He is also founder, Artistic Director, and performer of Fresh Ink; a Charlotte-based new music chamber series.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office by calling 412-624-7539 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.

This performance promises to be an unforgettable visual and sonic event with stellar performances. Don’t miss this epic conclusion to MOTE’s 25th anniversary season!

April 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm Comments (0)

Ensemble Linea

April 2, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
April 4, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

LineaMusic on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum are excited to present Ensemble Linea in residency in Pittsburgh this April. One of the top new music ensembles in France, Linea will perform an adventurous program at the Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday April 2nd at 8 p.m. featuring works by Raphael Cendo, Aurelien Dumont, Valerio Sannicandro, Marco Momi, Pascal Dusapin, and Frederic Duriuex. Continuing their residency later that week, Linea will perform a free program of Pitt graduate student compositions at Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Monday April 4th, 8 p.m.

Founded in Strasbourg by pianist and conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz in 1998, Ensemble Linea has, since its beginnings, been committed to promoting a democratization of contemporary music, giving priority to the encounter with the audience and openness towards other artistic disciplines. 
Beyond any schools and trends, the artistic project of Linea covers quite diverse aesthetic perspective, from musical theater to electronic music, from Western music to the rich Asian and American repertoires. Based in Alsace (eastern France, bordering on Germany and Switzerland), at the crossroads of many different cultures, Linea naturally approaches the repertoires in their multicultural dimension. Linea advocates an engaged music anchored in modernity: it favors works that question the mutations and complexities of our era.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, 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; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)

March 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm Comments (0)

Bedroom Community Cancelled

March 31, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

We regret to report that Bedroom Community Whalewatching Tour 2016 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

March 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm Comments (0)

Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich

March 19, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Chow:PerichThe Warhol and Music on the Edge welcome composer Tristan Perich and pianist Vicky Chow (Bang on a Can All-Stars), for a unique performance of Surface Image, a composition for solo piano and 40-­channel 1-­bit electronics. Blurring lines of organic and electric, Chow’s piano is accompanied by an orchestra comprised of 40 loudspeakers hand-wired by Perich. Released by New Amsterdam Records, the album has garnered several accolades, including being named #4 in Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2014. The show takes place Saturday March 19th at the Warhol at 8 p.m. Tickets available on the Warhol’s page here.

March 17, 2016 at 2:03 pm Comments (0)

New Morse Code and Jamie Jordan

March 5, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

New Morse Code 1Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum have come together yet again to present imaginative cello/percussion duo New Morse Code with dynamic vocalist Jamie Jordan. The concert takes place on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. at the Andy Warhol Museum. The program, split evenly between New Morse Code and Jordan, will include Philippe Leroux’s Je brûle, dit-elle un jour à un camarade along with works for voice and electronics including Paul Coleman’s mock me, Jacob Cooper’s Unspun, and Kaija Saariaho’s Lonh. New Morse Code will perform Andy Akiho’s Karakurenei, Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner (an NMC commission!), Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, Nick Didkovsky’s Caught by the Sky with Wire, and Andy Akiho’s 21.

The New Haven Independent enthusiastically describes New Morse Code as “not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it.” New Morse Code members Hannah Collins, cello, and Michael Compitello, percussion, activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. Through close work with colleagues such as pianist-composer Paul Kerekes, steel pan virtuoso and composer Andy Akiho, Hawaiian composer and visual artist Tonia Ko, and Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist/vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives.

Praised for her “alluring clarity” by The New York Times, vocalist Jamie Jordan is a versatile musician specializing in contemporary classical music. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Music Series;  Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; The Harvard Club NY; Big Ears Festival, June in Buffalo, Lincoln Center Festival and Miller Theatre with Ensemble Signal; The Liederkranz Foundation; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for the Bang on a Can Festival Marathon; and many more.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, 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; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.)

February 23, 2016 at 10:29 pm Comments (0)

Music of George Lewis

February 27, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

LewisMusic on the Edge loves living composers. So MOTE is especially proud to present a concert entirely devoted to the chamber compositions of MacArthur Fellow George E. Lewis this February 27th at the Andy Warhol Museum. This presentation is co-sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program and names Lewis Pitt’s Artist in Residence for a week of events as part of the university’s Year of the Humanities. For a full listing of the week’s events, see Pitt’s Music Department calendar here. The February 27th chamber concert, co-sponsored by the Andy Warhol Museum, will feature an all start lineup of musicians including percussionist David Shively, flutist Lindsey Goodman, violinist Dawn Posey, cellist Yves Dharamraj, pianist Eric Moe, and conducted by Roger Zahab.

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Lewis has received a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, and his widely acclaimed book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s first Music in American Culture Award. His creative work as composer, improvisor, and computer/installation artist is documented on more than 140 recordings, presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, International Contemporary Ensemble, Musee des Sciences et des Industries La Villette, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut are co-editors of the forthcoming two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016). In 2015, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office by calling 412-624-7539 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.

February 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm Comments (0)

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