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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)

Cineshape

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)

Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble

January 30, 2016
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

EkmelnewsletterMusic on the Edge has planned a spring full of new music for this year, it’s 25th Anniversary season. January’s installment, in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Museum features Ekemeles. This vibrant NYC vocal ensemble will perform a capella in the reverberant acoustics of the Warhol’s Entrance Space on Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m.

Hailed by The New Yorker as a “brilliant young ensemble,” Ekmeles specializes in the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant garde. Director Jeffrey Gavett, an accomplished ensemble singer and performer of new works, has assembled a virtuoso group of colleagues, each one enjoying successful solo careers in a wide variety of genres, who bring their own diverse backgrounds to bear on the unique challenges of this essential and neglected repertoire.

For their Pittsburgh performance, Gavett and Ekmeles have constructed a program around a range of modern interpretations and possibilities for the idea of the madrigal. In his In Dir, Stefano Gervasoni sets the tightly-constructed koan-like texts of medieval German mystic Angelus Silesius. Gervasoni uses the enigmatic texts as inspirations for a distinctive kind of text-painting that informs the structure of each movement. Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’alibi della parola leverages the composer’s unique language of skitters and sighs to create a space of wonder — of special interest is the pulsing of the second movement’s quasar. Jeffrey Gavett’s Peccavi Fateor is based on a few lines of music from an eponymous work by Michael Praetorius, and explores every possible combination of the six voices of our ensemble. Peter Ablinger’s Studien nach der Natur is a collection of ten canons, each of which is a clever imitation of the sounds of everyday life. Finally, Elliott Carter’s Mad Regales brings the composer’s vital rhythmic impetus to bear on a set of witty and strange texts by John Ashbery.

It has been years since MOTE has hosted entirely vocal performance on the series, so don’t miss this unique and exciting event! 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.

January 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm Comments (0)

Musical Fusions Festival: Music From China

October 17, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

MFC photoThis year, Music on the Edge begin the season with the Musical Fusions Festival celebrating Chinese, Japanese, and American intersections in contemporary music. The festival will take place from October 16th-18th with performances by Ensemble N_JP and Music from China Ensemble at Bellefield Hall as well as two symposium to take place at Pitt’s Music Building (Room 132) featuring talks by composers Gene Coleman and Huang Ruo as well as performers Naomi Sato and Naoko Kikuchi and theorist Nancy Yunhwa Rao.

The Music from China Ensemble’s performance at Bellefield Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday October 17th features recently commissioned works by Chen Yi, Eric Moe, Huang Ruo and Wang Guowei. A long-time collaborator with Music From China, composer Chen Yi turns to the group’s traditional roots by writing for dizi, erhu, pipa and zheng in Three Dances from China South. The three movements “Lions Playing Ball,” “Bamboo Dance” and “Lusheng Dance” display the energy and vivid musical colors of southern China. Eric Moe’s A Panoramic Guide to Glacier Travel for pipa, erhu, cello, zheng and percussion was inspired by Chinese landscape scrolls which give the viewer the sensation of taking a journey through a mountainous landscape. This work is similarly episodic yet connected, and suggestive of various listener-constructed narratives. Eric Moe says, “Unlike actual glacier travel, which is risky and requires special equipment, no specialized knowledge is required for listening to the piece.” Written in three parts, Huang Ruo’s The Murmuring Path for dizi, erhu, pipa and cello is about a personal journey that is full of echoes and murmuring voices, either coming from outside or from an internal place. Mount a Long Wind, symbolizing a journey in Li Bai’s poem “The Hard Road” from the Tang dynasty, is imagined by Zhou Long with textured waves accompanied by strong rhythmic chords performed by pipa, dizi, erhu, zheng and percussion. Erhu soloist, composer and Artistic Director of Music From China, Wang Guowei draws from a rustic Shanxi folk song in Leaving Home, writing for a trio of erhu, bangdi and cello.

Well-versed in the classical and folk repertoire, the Music from China ensemble is equally accomplished at interpreting the music of today using traditional instruments. Throughout its history MFC has featured both ancient and contemporary music in its concert seasons. At the same time, MFC has produced 23 seasons of the Premiere Works concert series devoted to new music. A commissioning program and the annual MFC International Composition Competition have contributed to a new music repertoire of over 160 commissioned and existing works by 105 composers. In recognition for creative programs that combine the music of East and West, Music From China was the recipient of a Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award. Music From China performs to audiences in its home in New York City, throughout the U.S., and internationally. The ensemble has made numerous appearances at colleges and universities and has also been presented at major institutions including the Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, American Folk Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Library of Congress and many others.

Get your tickets online here!

September 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm Comments (0)

Musical Fusions Festival: Ensemble N_JP

October 16, 2015
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

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Music on the Edge is back with another season of new music for Pittsburgh! This season begins with the Musical Fusions Festival celebrating Chinese, Japanese, and American intersections in contemporary music. The festival will take place from October 16th-18th with performances by Ensemble N_JP and Music from China Ensemble at Bellefield Hall as well as two symposium to take place at Pitt’s Music Building (Room 132) featuring talks by composers Gene Coleman and Huang Ruo as well as performers Naomi Sato and Naoko Kikuchi and theorist Nancy Yunhwa Rao.

Ensemble N_JP’s performance at Bellefield Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 16th will feature works by Amy Williams and Toshi Hosokawa, traditional pieces for sho and koto, and the premiere of Systole, a music and video collaboration by Gene Coleman and Adam Vidiksis.

Composer Gene Coleman formed Ensemble N_JP in 2001 as a vehicle for his ongoing work with musicians from Japan. Through concert programs, multimedia works and educational projects, the group explores connections between contemporary and traditional forms of art. N_JP is made up of musicians who work with Coleman on a project-by-project basis. It unites outstanding Japanese and US musicians from the traditional, experimental and contemporary classical music communities, along with artists from Europe. Ensemble N_JP has performed in a number of important festivals and venues since its inception, including the I-House of Tokyo, Kidailack Art House (Tokyo), The House of World Cultures Berlin, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago World Music Festival, I-House Philadelphia, The Blurred Edges Festival in Hamburg, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, MaerzMusik Festival, Zurich New Music Days, The Warsaw Autumn Festival and The Museum of Modern Art, New York and many more.

Check out this video for a sho demonstration by noted sho player Naomi Sato who will be performing with Ensemble N_JP as well as speaking at the festival symposium.

Get your tickets online here!

September 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm Comments (0)

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