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Please Turn Your Cell Phones On!

March 16, 2014
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.

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IonSound Project’s next concert will include a wide array of music ranging from Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel im Spiegel to the pop sensibilities of Telephone Book by Michael Torke. The program also includes Berio’s virtuosic Sequenza VIII for solo violin, John Mackey’s Breakdown Tango, and Jonathan Kolm’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello, Piano. But regardless of what style or era the music is from, the concert experience will be firmly rooted in the 21st century as IonSound Project invites audience members to be their collaborators through social media interactions during the performance.

“Please Turn Your Cell Phones ON” will feature live social media feeds through facebook, instagram, and twitter, so that audience members can share reactions and responses in the moment. Stay tuned for announcements about contests and a call for photographs! If you don’t already do so, follow IonSound Project on facebook, instagram, and twitter for regular updates.

March 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm Comments (0)

PSO Premieres The Elements

February 7, 2014
8:00 pm
February 8, 2014
8:00 pm
February 9, 2014
2:30 pm

Heinz Hall
Tickets

 

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So many reasons you are not going to want to miss the PSO’s  premiere of The Elements this weekend, not the least of which is the post-concert opportunity to write indignant letters to Elizabeth Bloom and Mark Kanny about how disturbed you were by the exclusion of lithium. For instance.

All (or at least most) kidding aside, this is a big weekend in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s year-long celebration of Pittsburgh composers. The Elements is a five movement work with movements contributed by Patrick Burke, Bomi Jang, Mathew Rosenblum, Reza Vali, and Amy Williams. Each composer’s piece will take as its theme one of the archaic elements such as earth, water, air, fire, and metal. No word yet on which composer has the Fifth Element.

The concert will also include Holst’s perennial favorite The Planets, and as if that’s not enough, the orchestra will project NASA video of our solar system during the performance. It’s no wonder the tickets have been selling pretty quickly, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, don’t wait much longer.

February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm Comments (0)

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Update: OK, back up and running. Sorry about the blackout there. My hosting provider warned me it was about to switch everyone over to PHP 5.4 and that I should check for compatibility issues, but did I? I think we all know the answer to that. And now I know too that the beautiful water theme that has been installed on this site since the beginning isn’t supported anymore either, so the search for a new theme is on. Be looking for changes and updates in the near future. Just not tonight.

 

 

January 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm Comments (0)

ICYMI, Charles Ives Take Me Home

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In case you missed it, City Theatre is running a very unique play through December 15, Charles Ives Take Me Home. I certainly can’t think of any other plays that feature the iconic iconoclast of American modernism as a main character and so Jessica Dickey’s play gets points for originality right from the start. The play delves into the relationship between a father who is devoted to music and a daughter who is devoted to basketball, with the figure of Ives as mediator who embodies passion about for both athletics and sports. With his well documented love for the game of baseball and his body of work, that sounds as original today as it did when he wrote it, Ives seems like the perfect choice for this dramatic conceit.

Charles Ives Take Me Home is playing at City Theatre through December 15. Go on over to the South Side and check it out.

November 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm Comments (0)

The Sahara Series: Music from Mali and Niger at Thunderbird Cafe this fall

September 21, 2013
7:00 pm
October 3, 2013
8:00 pm
October 23, 2013
8:00 pm
November 27, 2013
8:00 pm
Mamadou Kelly and Leila Gobi.

Mamadou Kelly and Leila Gobi.

Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure.

Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure.

Tal National.

Tal National.

Terakaft.

Terakaft.

Bombino.

Bombino.

The Consortium presents The Sahara Series: five concerts featuring major musicians from the African countries of Mali and Niger, all at Thunderbird Cafe, 4023 Butler St. in Lawrenceville. All shows are $12 advance/$15 door, 21+, and advance tickets can be purchased at Sound Cat Records (Bloomfield), Caliban Books (Oakland), Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill) and Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), or online at the Thunderbird’s website at http://www.thunderbirdcafe.net.

These are performers who would normally be featured at the respect Festival of the Desert, held for a decade in northern Mali. However, that festival is now “in exile” due to the circumstances following the 2012 Tuareg rebellion which briefly proclaimed the independent nation of Azawad. In the aftermath, hardcore Islamist Ansar Al-Dine took over the region (supported by Al Qaida in the Maghreb) and attempted to impose sharia law, destroying Sufi shrines and priceless libraries in Timbuktu while banning music, alcohol and dancing, and oppressing women in the region. The French army came in and drove out the Islamists, and the region is now being patrolled by a U.N. force of African nations, but the danger remains.

Monday September 16 8 pm ‘Caravan of Peace’
MAMADOU KELLY – rising African blues guitarist from Niafunke, Mali and former member of Ali Farka Toure’s All-Stars.
LEILA GOBI – Tuareg singer from Menaka, Mali who also plays guitar, djembe, balafon and tinde, singing in several languages including her native Tamashek.
with special guests Batamba

Saturday September 21 7 pm ‘International Blues Express’
SIDI TOURE – Songhai guitarist of noble linage from Gao, Mali who blends Western folk and blues with trancelike African complexity. Three albums out on respected American indie label Thrill Jockey (Tortoise, Califone, Mouse on Mars, Rob Mazurek).
CEDRIC WATSON – Cajun and Creole fiddler and accordionist from Louisiana whose three albums as bandleader have all been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Thursday October 3 8 pm co-presented with Grey Area Productions and VIA Fest
TAL NATIONAL – drawing on regional styles from highlife and soukous to Afrobeat and desert blues, they create original African rock, and have become the most popular band in their landlocked country of Niger, where they live in the capital Niamey. Their new album is out on UK indie label Fat Cat (Sigur Ros, Mum, No Age, Animal Collective, Frightened Rabbit, etc).
(note: ticket outlets for this event are Culture Shop and Dave’s [both South Side], Sound Cat, and 720 Records [Lawrenceville])

Wednesday October 23 8 pm Next Generation of Tuareg Bluesmen
TERAKAFT – From northern Mali, their name means “caravan” in Tamashek. Leader
Diara was a founding member of desert-blues legends Tinariwen. Currently living in exile in Algeria, they represent the next generation of Tuareg bluesmen, including Diara’s nephews Sanou and Abdallah, and perform in their characteristic dress: blue robes and the tagelmust turban. Their albums have been released on World Village (which is part of Harmonia Mundi, and also released Tinariwen).
with special guests Landmark Tongues (members of Centipede E’est and Gangwish)

Wednesday November 27 8 pm Desert Guitar Hero
BOMBINO – Originally from Agadez, Niger, Omara “Bombino” Moctar spent his youth in Algeria and Libya due to the Tuareg-led rebellions in the Sahara. Returning to his hometown, he has since recorded albums for Sublime Frequencies and Cumbancha, and now his third album, Nomad, is out on prominent New Music label Nonesuch Records (Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, George Crumb, but the list of classical, pop and world icons is very long), produced by Grammy-winning Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The album debuted at #1 on the World Music charts, cementing his reputation as trailblazing desert guitar hero.
with special guests Batamba


September 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm Comments (0)

8/29 @ Garfield Artworks: ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE (CA) + Opale & BCBG (France)

Bryan Pyle is Ensemble Economique.

Bryan Pyle is Ensemble Economique.

From California on Not Not Fun, Shelter Press, Digitalis, and Amish Records
ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE

http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/ensemble.economique.html

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with female synthwave duo Opale and BCBG (both from Paris, France)
and KMFD (local noise/drone/experimental)

Thu Aug 29 8 pm doors $5 show is open to all ages
Garfield Artworks, 4931 Penn Avenue

Info on their latest album “The Vastness Is Only Bearable Through Love”:
Ensemble Economique is Brian Pyle, one-half of Humboldt avant-abstractionists Starving Weirdos (which Forced Exposure called “an American echo of AMM”) and RV Paintings. “We’ve long loved the SW’s sprawling rhythmic dronescapery, and on his own, Pyle explores similar sonic territory, but Pyle’s approach sans partners seems to be more dense and dark, caustic and abrasive, the rhythmic element balancing the atmospheric elements, like here on the title-track, which spreads out over all of the first side. A thick, swirling low-end thrum oozes and undulates, it’s a hazy blurred rumble, over which Pyle layers heaving shards of crunch, thick throbs, deep bell-like tones, rhythmic machine gun stutters, all of which pile up and overlap, creating a soft cacophony of clatter and crunch, chug and churn, a strangely haunting, and sorta noisy, almost industrial creepscape, that sounds like some weird hybrid of Wolf Eyes, Philip Jeck and Umberto, performed by some strange robotic minimalist chamber ensemble. A swirling, heady, and darkly psychedelic barrage of loops and rhythms, layers and textures, mesmerizing and intense. The flipside is another permutation of Pyle’s abstract, beat-laden drones, another thick, swirling morass of sitar-like buzz and sci-fi synth squelch, this time the beats buried, little flurries of stutter and shuffle, squalls of glitchy tangle, more coloring the proceedings than driving them. The last track is a tense, soundtrack-y stretch of layered buzz and haunting melody — a sprawl of pulsing high-end over deep, ominous rumbles, like the music from the scariest moment in some lost Italian giallo, stretched out into minutes instead of seconds, all tension, no release, brooding and intense, haunting and mesmerizing, fantastic stuff.” –Aquarius Records

August 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm Comments (0)

E.L.C.O. Kickstarts Beck’s Song Reader

In case you haven’t heard, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a performance of Beck’s The Song Reader at Grey Box Theater in Lawrenceville. Check out their Kickstarter page to find out more about the project and please consider supporting this innovative music group.

July 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm Comments (0)

Trillium Presents Silent Spring this Saturday, June 8th

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The Trillium Ensemble performs its season finale at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (Frick Fine Arts Building, Oakland, 15260) on Saturday, June  8, 2013 at 7:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased with cash at the door:  $10/adults and $5 children.  Silent Spring features  two new works, the completion of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons, and a work for flute and electronics by University of Pittsburgh Professor, Mathew Rosenblum.

Trillium Ensemble commissioned Silent Spring by Mark Fromm, local composer and member of Alia Musica Pittsburgh. The work takes its name from the book by Pittsburgh native and conservationist, Rachel Carson. Fromm exploits Trillium Ensemble’s versatility in this piece, using singing pianist, extended flute techniques and bass clarinet. The piece evokes the arrival of spring in birdsong and the starkness of no birds singing. This piece is sure to stir the emotions.

The  world premiere piano solo, On The Ceiling Of The Sky by Matthew Heap, presents a three movement rhythmic thunderstorm that unfolds before the listener.  With descriptive titles, One Thousand Refracting Dew-Drops, Gathering Clouds, and Inside the Thunderclap, the piece utilizes the entire range of the keyboard. Unevenly accented yet lyrical lines, polyrhythms that weave smoothly in and out between both hands of the pianist, and tonal clusters help to portray the moods of the different movements within the work.

Under the Rainbow, for flute and pre-recorded CD, returns to its premiere performance space. Mathew Roseblum’s piece takes the listener on a journey through a variety of musical styles including techno, karaoke, lounge, cartoon soundtrack, and naturally features members of the cast of the film The Wizard of Oz.

Trillium Ensemble strives to make classical music fun and accessible to audiences of all ages. Founded in 2010, Trillium has performed in venues throughout the Pittsburgh region, and has commissioned works by a number of young professional composers in the area. Email trillium.ensemble@gmail.com to reserve tickets in advance!

 

 

June 5, 2013 at 9:03 am Comments (0)

Saturday: Hear/Now presents Maree ReMalia and Dave Bernabo

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Saturday, May 11, 8 pm
The Alloy Studios
Tickets  

Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Hear/Now performance series continues with an evening of premieres at The Alloy Studios. Hear/Now is a celebration of traditional and obscure music, movement, and sound arts. Discover noteworthy and emerging acts in the constantly unpredictable and experimental genres in an intimate and up-close setting. From ensembles to soloists, electronic to instrumental, Hear/Now features talented artists from Pittsburgh and beyond.

Maree ReMalia | merrygogo in collaboration with David Bernabo
Premiere - slants revisited/take away the mountain

This premiere performance is the third project in the slants series through which Maree | merrygogo is continuing to make collaborative work in 2013. This duet draws from the solo slants revisited for 1. These works both experiment with material and explorations used in the creative process for the original duet, slants, which Maree created through the PearlArts Studios Artists-in-Residence Series (2012-2013) in collaboration with Korean movement artist, Hyunjung Lee. The original duet offers source material to explore the endless iterations through which movement and themes can evolve in the development of existing work. The original slants duet is a playful amalgamation where the creators demonstrated their multi-layered experience in each passing moment. Their abstracted expressions drew from everyday encounters and their influences in traditional Korean dance, classical ballet, Africanist forms, contemporary dance, and the Gaga movement language. Through slips of the absurd and flashes of introspection, the ever-shifting montage revealed the range of the duo’s relationship from their comedic banter to living with Korean han (an inherent “soulful sadness” or “perseverence”).

Find out more about Hear/Now.

May 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm Comments (0)

Black Orchid String Trio

April 19, 2013
7:00 pm

The Space Upstairs
Free admission

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The trio will premiere the works by spotlight compsers Alan Tormey, Ryan Stewart, Chris Massa, Adam Rook, and Ash Madni, as well as Elliott Carter’s ‘String Trio’. TSU is a loft space located above Construction Junction with entrance doors at the intersection of Thomas and Lexington. On street parking is available.

Helpful advice from BOST:

DO NOT PARK IN THE CONSTRUCTION JUNCTION PARKING LOT. CJ closes the gates and your vehicle may be locked into the lot, leading to much sadness post-concert. The Space Upstairs IS NOT handicap accessible.

April 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm Comments (0)

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