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David Murray & Kahil El-Zabar June 4 @ James Street

davidmurraykahilelzabarWe had so much fun at the December Ritual Trio concert that Murray & El-Zabar are coming back for a special duo outing.

sign up to the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1889671364632666/

The Consortium presents an evening with progressive jazz legends
DAVID MURRAY and KAHIL EL ZABAR (saxophone & percussion)

Sun June 4 8:00 pm $25 advance/$30 door all ages welcome
James Street Gastropub, 422 Foreland St., North Side 412-904-3335

Advance tickets on sale starting May 4 at:
Juke Records (Bloomfield), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side) and Caliban Books (Oakland). Tickets available online at: http://davidmurraykahilelzabar.brownpapertickets.com/

A founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet, David Murray is an American jazz musician who mainly plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet. He was initially influenced by free jazz musicians such as Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp and evolved a more diverse style in his playing and compositions. Murray set himself apart from most tenor players of his generation by not taking John Coltrane as his model. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s. He was named Village Voice Musician of the Decade, and was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grammy, and the Danish Jazzpar Prize. He has visited Pittsburgh performing with the World Saxophone Quartet courtesy of City of Asylum, as well as with the Ritual Trio featuring El-Zabar and Harrison Bankhead.

Kahil El’Zabar is one of Chicago’s jazz treasures. A member of the AACM, music holds no boundaries for El’Zabar, who has not only played alongside a myriad of jazz greats, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes for), as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog Pondering. He was also chosen to do the arranging for the stage performances of The Lion King, in addition to leading his own longstanding Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Ritual Trio. The son of a drummer, El’Zabar took to music at an early age, and was playing with members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago by his teens. He started the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble upon his return from Africa in 1973, and while the lineup has changed over time, they are still an active group. He has also released a great many albums under his own name, including a long-running relationship with Chicago’s great Delmark label. Kahil El’Zabar is not just a master percussionist- his efforts as a musician, educator, and community leader led to being named “Chicagoan of the year” in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune.

May 5, 2017 at 9:31 am Comments (0)

The Necks @ First Unitarian Church Mar 3

Fri Mar 3 7:30 pm all ages welcome $16 advance/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave., Shadyside
(note: please do not call the church. Info line is 412-682-0591)

Legendary improvisational trio from Australia since 1987!
THE NECKS http://www.thenecks.com/
[Tony Buck + Chris Abrahams + Lloyd Swanton]

Tickets: Juke Records (Bloomfield), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill), Caliban Books (Oakland), and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side) Online at Brown Paper Tickets:
http://theneckspittsburgh.brownpapertickets.com/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225713567888168/

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia.

Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.

Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

Pianist Chris Abrahams
Chris became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties. In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers, working regularly with singer/songwriter Melanie Oxley and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003). He has released numerous solo piano albums, and collaborated, in both recording and performance, with contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.

Drummer Tony Buck

Regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. Early on, he became involved in the jazz scene in Australia, touring with visiting international artists Clifford Jordan, Mickey Tucker, Branford Marsalis and Ernie Watts. Following time in Japan forming PERIL with Otomo Yoshihide and Kato Hideki, Tony moved to Europe and participated in the development of new “virtual” MIDI controllers at STEIM in Amsterdam. Tony has played, toured or recorded with Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdali, The EX, Peter Brotzmann, Hans Reichel, Little Red Spiders, Subrito Roy Chowdury, Kletka Red, Han Bennink, Shelley Hirsch, Wayne Horvitz, Palinckx, and Ground Zero.

Bassist Lloyd Swanton

Described by Billboard as “an outstanding and imaginative Australian bassist and composer”, Lloyd Swanton released eight albums with his long-running group, The Catholics. Three albums received ARIA Award nominations, and Simple was nominated for the German Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award. His 12-part suite Ambon, based on his uncle Stuart’s secret diary kept whilst a prisoner in World War II, premiered in 2015 and is out on double CD. Overseas exposure with numerous groups includes countless performances in nearly 40 countries. For 14 years, Lloyd Swanton hosted Mixed Marriage, a very popular radio program which examined crossings of jazz with other musical styles, on Eastside Radio in Sydney.

January 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm Comments (0)

New Releases by Stock, Goodman, and Trillium

Without really thinking it through too much, I managed to take a pretty long hiatus from this blog, but for only the best of reasons! I’ve never been busier as a composer/producer/engineer, so that, combined with a full time day job and being in the parent=chauffeur stage of raising teenagers has meant precious little time for anything else. The upside is that I’ve been having a blast! Now that things have settled down a bit I’ll be posting more about my own projects in the near future. But enough about me! Let’s do this Pittsburgh New Music Net thang. I can’t think of a better way to get back into blogging the new music scene here than highlighting some recent album releases.

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The first and most bittersweet is the posthumous release of David Stock: Concertos by BMOP Sounds. The unexpected loss of David this past November hit the Pittsburgh contemporary music community hard. And yet, it’s difficult to think of a better memorial than this release.

The album features Andrés Cárdenes on Concierto Cubano, oboist Alex Klein playing all five of the oboe family’s instruments (Klein’s idea!) in the five-movement Oborama, and percussionist Lisa Pegher in Percussion Concerto, a work she and David created with a consortium of five orchestras as commissioners. The release is full of the kind of detailed and vibrant interpretations we’ve learned to expect from BMOP, Gil Rose, and these virtuosic soloists, making Concertos a remarkable celebration of David’s musical legacy. 

Goodman-ReachThroughThe Sky

 

As long as we’re talking about the musical legacy of David Stock we should talk about the generation of musicians he inspired, and flutist Lindsey Goodman is about as good an example of that as anyone. Lindsey will always be happy to talk to you about the impact David had on her career and artistic vision, and what a vision it is! That’s why it’s such a pleasure to help spread the word about her first solo album, released today on New Dynamic Records. reach through the sky features Lindsey performing on flute, alto flute, and voice in performance of commissioned works by Grant Cooper (Other Voices…), Rob Deemer (The Road From Hana), Gilda Lyons (Chrysalis), Jeffrey Nytch and Jessica Melilli-Hand (Covenant), Erich Stem (New Year’s), and Judith Shatin (Penelope’s Song).  Performing along with Lindsey on the album are percussionist Scott Christian, and pianists Anne Waltner and Robert Frankenberry (who also contributes as a singer). reach through the sky will be available on CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as through NDR.

TrilliumSilentSpring

 

If you want a great example of how energetic new music is in the Burgh you don’t need to look much further than Trillium Ensemble and composer Mark Fromm. Trillium ( flutist Elise DePasquale, clarinetist Rachael Stutzman, piano and pianist Katherine Palumbo) presented the Silent Spring Project in collaboration with Mark this past Thursday at the New Hazlett and the response has been hugely positive. Happily, part of the project was to release Mark’s compositions on an album and Silent Spring is available now. The album features five of Mark’s compositions with the Trillium-commissioned Silent Spring as the climax of the program. Congratulations to Trillium and Mark for the completion of this ambitious project!

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April 17, 2016 at 9:56 am Comments (0)

ELCO Presents Crossplay

November 14, 2015
7:30 pm

Neue Kirche Contemporary Art Center
Tickets

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The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) presents Cross-Play: a concert that will make your toes tap and your head spin–sometimes all at once. Here, drums become drones and drones become melodies. Dance beats fuse themselves to the harmony of the spheres, finding expression in the mad acrobatics of musical virtuosity. With a program spanning from the Middle Ages to now, Cross-Play celebrates the intelligence of dance music and the physicality of the avant-garde.

November 13, 2015 at 1:47 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)

Bell’Art Ensemble Performs Pittsburgh Composers

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There are so many events in the side bar that I wanted to draw your attention to this new edition. The Bell’Art Ensemble will give two performances featuring music by Pittsburgh composers Simon Vullo Underiner, Jack Kurutz, and Jonghee Kang along with a bunch of other stuff. Te concerts take place on July 17 at Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside and July 19 in Brighton Heights. Please note that the Brighton Heights performance has limited seating so you absolutely have to RSVP. I’ve provided links to the Facebook pages for both events so you can respond directly to Bell’Arts.

 

July 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm Comments (0)

Summer 2015 Calendar Update

I just finished updating the new music events I know about for the summer. Sorry that June was a bust here at PNMNet. I managed to go for entire month without updating this blog for the first time since I launched it in November of 2008, which is kind of amazing but also a bummer. If I missed your awesome event, my apologies. I’m sure it was great.

Anyway, July promises to be chocked full of excitement. Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is celebrating its 40th Anniversary season and Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh premieres a new opera by Gilda Lyons called a New Kind of Fallout.

If you have an event coming up, please let me know and I’ll add that to the excitement.

July 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm Comments (0)

PSO performs works by Bates, Heggie

Heinz Hall
Tickets

Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2:30 p.m.

Mason Bates

Mason Bates

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled “the Sound of The Modern Symphony” this weekend (May 15, 17). Conductor Michael Francis will lead the Pittsburgh premiere of PSO Composer of the Year mason Bate’s Alternative Energy for Orchestra and Electronica and the World Premiere of the PSO-commissioned The Work at Hand by Jake Heggie. Heggie’s double concerto was commissioned by the PSO for principal cellist Anne-Martindale Williams and mezzo-soprano. Vocal duties will fall to Jaime Barton in her PSO debut. Rounding out the program is Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.

May 14, 2015 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

Thu 4/23: AFRO-ASIAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE @ First Unitarian Church

Advanced Jazz and Silk Screen co-present the Pittsburgh debut of

AFRO-ASIAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE
http://discoverfredho.org/afro-asian-music-ensemble/

performing the compositions of legendary
Chinese-American jazz composer Fred Ho
http://discoverfredho.org/

Thu Apr 23 7:30 pm all ages welcome $16 adv/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave, Shadyside
tickets on sale at Sound Cat Records, Caliban Books,
Dave’s Music Mine, and Acoustic Music Works

Current group:

The Afro Asian Music Ensemble is the product of over three decades of Fred Ho’s revolutionary and multicultural musical and theatrical productions. Consisting of Royal Hartigan (drums), Masaru Koga (alto sax), and Ben barson (who wields Fred Ho’s own Mark VI Baritone Sax), and other notable alumni from Fred Ho’s bands including Wes Brown (bass) and David Bhindman (Tenor Sax), the ensemble represents the core of Fred’s compositional legacy. Fred wrote for this 6 piece ensemble for the majority of his career, combining groovy mixed meters bass lines with Chinese percussion, Korean operatic tuning systems, and infectious funk — all set to agitprop titles with uplifting references to the people’s struggle for liberation and dignity!

April 6, 2015 at 5:42 pm Comments (0)

Wed 4/1: MATTHEW SHIPP/MICHAEL BISIO @ First Unitarian Church

Since so many people missed this amazing avant-jazz duo last time, we are really hoping that you’ll check them out this time in the Unitarian Church’s spacious Sanctuary.

Wed April 1 7:30 pm all ages welcome
$16 advance/$20 door
First Unitarian Church, Morewood & Ellsworth, Shadyside
(conveniently located 2-3 blocks from Pitt & CMU, etc)

advance tickets: Sound Cat Records, Dave’s Music Mine,
Caliban Books, and Acoustic Music Works. no tickets are available online.

avant-garde jazz piano giant
MATTHEW SHIPP
http://www.matthewshipp.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Shipp
recording artist for Thirsty Ear, FMP, Aum Fidelity, Cadence, Hopscotch, 2.13.61, Hatology, Leo, No More and (most recently) Relative Pitch. Played with David S Ware, William Parker etc.

and contrabassist extraordinaire
MICHAEL BISIO
http://michaelbisio.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bisio
recording artist for Silkheart, Cadence, Omnitone,
and many more. appears on over 60 CDs!

in a duo setting. once again, no opener needed! :)
Here are reviews of both the duo’s latest release on Relative Pitch, and the trio (with Whit Dickey) joined by saxophonist Ivo Perelman:
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/floating-ice-michael-bisio-relative-pitch-records-review-by-troy-collins.php
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/the-edge-ivo-perelman-matthew-shipp-michael-bisio-whit-dickey-leo-records-review-by-mark-corroto.php

support advanced jazz!!

March 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm Comments (0)

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