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IonSound Performs New Music by Pitt Graduate Composers

March 18, 2013
8:00 pm

Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Free

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IonSound Project, Pitt Department of Music Ensemble-in-Residence performs new music by Pitt’s Graduate Student Composers. The program will include works for solo piano by Matt Aelmore (Folding) and Ramteen Sazegari (Glitch), Aaron Brooks’sTunes, Half Dreamt/Lullaby/Mantra (violin and piano), and Jonghee Kang’s Re: (solo cello).

February 22, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments (0)

From Cage and Varèse to Tsontakis and DJ Spooky…

What a great concert last night with the Bugallo-Williams piano duo—a great wrap up for Music on the Edge’s 2011-12 season. Pittsburgh’s new music scene is really moving along!

In fact, I’m excited to announce the Hear/Now festival on April 13 and 14. It’s coproduced by the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Alia Musica.—I’m really honored to have helped curate a pretty cool line-up for this first time.

I don’t even know where to start mentioning the highlights and keeping the list short without leaving out some of the coolest stuff! Performers include eighth blackbird’s Tim Munro, DJ Spooky, Attack Theater’s Dave Eggar, PNME’s Conor Hanik, Pittsburgh’s own Eric Moe and Michael Johnsen… there are numbers by Alia Musica, ELCO, OvreArts, and Freya Quartet, multimedia acts by Chris McGlumphy, Alisha Wormsley, and a party at the Shadow Lounge with Ben Opie and DJ Soy Sos.

And the music that is being played! We’ll get to hear Varèse (Alia Musica is playing Octandre), Cage (in Tim Munro’s own solo-flute version of the Aria for solo voice), Feldman and Worinen played by PNME’s Conor Hanik, a Philip Glass quartet performed by Freya Quartet… I get to premiere a piece by George Tsontakis with Alia Musica too

Not to mention the plenty of music by Pittsburgh composers: Mathew Rosenblum’s wonderful Circadian Rhythms, piano music by him and Eric Moe (performed by Eric himself), John Newkom’s string quartet, a premiere by John Arrigo-Nelson, the music of Luke Mayernik…

For details and discount tickets visit the Kelly Strayhorn website. The event is also announced on Facebook, so make sure to like the organizations involved!

 

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April 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm Comments (0)

Fri Feb 17 @ William Pitt Union : ANDREA PARKINS & IRIS QUARTET

February 17, 2012
8:00 pm

There will be no lasers at this event. And no alcohol (unless you sneak in a flask). But here will be world-class experimental electroacoustic music which Pittsburgh rarely gets to hear.

On Fri,. Feb 17, respected NYC-based laptop & keyboard improvisor
Andrea Parkins (yes, the cousin of electric harpist Zeena) will perform
along with her German/French quartet Iris, featuring ‘endangered guitar’ by Hans Tammen, drummer Edward Perraud and cellist Didier
Petit. Opening the show is the duo of Ben Opie and Matt Wellins.

The concert is at 8 pm in the Lower Lounge of the William Pitt
Union (the glass atrium facing Bigelow), University of Pittsburgh in Oakland. Admission is $10 advance, $15 door. Tickets are on sale
now at Sound Cat (formerly Paul’s CDs), Caliban Books, Dave’s Music
Mine, Exchange Squirrel Hill, Exchange Downtown, and at the William Pitt Union Box Office. The show is presented by The Consortium, WPTS-FM, and the French-American Cultural Exchange,

Years ago, Andrea Parkins appeared here at Public Health Auditorium with her iconic free-jazz group led by Ellery Eskelin and Jim Black. Since then, she’s been involved in a huge variety of projects around the world involving sound art, museums, dance and film. She’s received support from the American Composers Forum and Meet The Composer, and collaborated with the likes of Nels Cline, Otomo Yoshihide, Marc Ribot and Fred Frith, and released albums on Atavistic, Creative Sources, Henceforth and Hatology. Her latest release, “Faulty (Broken Orbit)” is an electroacoustic opus on the famed label Important Records (see link below).

http://www.andreaparkins.com

http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec199

http://tammen.org/

http://www.edwardperraud.com


February 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm Comments (0)

October 19: Ned Rothenberg and Mivos Quartet, Ben Opie’s LP Release

This concert is getting a lot of buzz for a lot of good reasons. Here’s David Bernabo’s preview, and here’s a City Paper interview with Ben Opie.


October 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm Comments (0)

10/19: Ned Rothenberg Quintet + Ben Opie Ensemble + Anthony Braxton LP release

October 19, 2011
8:00 pm

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Tickets: $15 at the door. $10 advance at Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, William Pitt Union Box Office, Dave’s Music  Mine, and The Exchange (Squirrel Hill, Downtown).

Wednesday October 19 is a triple threat New Music/avant-garde jazz night for three great reasons:

1) It’s the first appearance in Pittsburgh in over a decade for NYC-based multi-reedist Ned Rothenberg. Over the past three decades, Rothenberg has worked with the likes of Fred Frith, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and Elliott Sharp. Now he’s on tour with the Mivos Quartet, a string ensemble specializing in contemporary composition. The five musicians will perform his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings which was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records in 2010: http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=7267For information on Rothenberg, check:http://www.nedrothenberg.com/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Rothenberg

2) Local saxophonist Ben Opie will open the evening with his own ensemble. It was Opie who organized the entire visit of legendary MacArthur Genius Grant-winning composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton to Pittsburgh in 2008. In addition to recording a double CD with Opie, playing with his Septet at the Manchester Craftsman Guild, with CAPA High School’s Antithesis Ensemble and with the birds at the Aviary, Braxton conducted a group of local musicians (“The Three Rivers Tri-Centric Ensemble”) in one of his compositions. The results were recorded, and will be released on October 19 as a limited edition (300 copies) vinyl LP on stalwart local experimental label SSS Records (as catalog # SSS-60). This concert is the release party – you’ll definitely want to pick it up.

3) This concert is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s award-winning college radio station, WPTS-FM. Although the station has been known for many years for bringing great indie bands to campus (ranging from the Silver Jews to Of Montreal), this is the first time it has stood solidly behind an avant-garde jazz/New Music event. Here’s hoping they do so regularly in the future.

Here are the event details:
Ned Rothenberg & Mivos Quartet
Ben Opie Ensemble
Anthony Braxton LP release
Wednesday October 19 8 pm all ages welcome
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
$15 at the door. $10 advance at Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, William Pitt Union Box Office, Dave’s Music  Mine, and The Exchange (Squirrel Hill, Downtown).

Originally posted by Manny Theiner.

October 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm Comments (0)

10/19: Ned Rothenberg Quintet + Ben Opie Ensemble + Anthony Braxton LP release

Wednesday October 19 is a triple threat New Music/avant-garde jazz night for three great reasons:

1) It’s the first appearance in Pittsburgh in over a decade for
NYC-based multi-reedist Ned Rothenberg. Over the past three decades, Rothenberg has worked with the likes of Fred Frith, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and Elliott Sharp. Now he’s on tour with the Mivos Quartet, a string ensemble specializing in contemporary composition. The five musicians will perform his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings which was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records in 2010: http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=7267
For information on Rothenberg, check:

http://www.nedrothenberg.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Rothenberg

2) Local saxophonist Ben Opie will open the evening with
his own ensemble. It was Opie who organized the entire
visit of legendary MacArthur Genius Grant-winning composer
and saxophonist Anthony Braxton to Pittsburgh in 2008. In addition to recording a double CD with Opie, playing with his Septet at the Manchester Craftsman Guild, with CAPA High School’s Antithesis Ensemble and with the birds at the Aviary, Braxton conducted a group of local musicians (“The Three Rivers Tri-Centric Ensemble”) in one of his compositions. The results were recorded, and will be released on October 19 as a limited edition (300 copies) vinyl LP on stalwart local experimental label SSS Records (as catalog # SSS-60). This concert is the release party – you’ll definitely want to pick it up.

3) This concert is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s
award-winning college radio station, WPTS-FM. Although the station has been known for many years for bringing great
indie bands to campus (ranging from the Silver Jews to
Of Montreal), this is the first time it has stood solidly behind
an avant-garde jazz/New Music event. Here’s hoping they
do so regularly in the future.

Here are the event details:
Ned Rothenberg & Mivos Quartet
Ben Opie Ensemble
Anthony Braxton LP release
Wednesday October 19 8 pm all ages welcome
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
$15 at the door. $10 advance at Paul’s CDs, Caliban
Books, William Pitt Union Box Office, Dave’s Music
Mine, and The Exchange (Squirrel Hill, Downtown).

September 27, 2011 at 2:20 am Comment (1)

TONIGHT: Roger Zahab and Walter Morales with Pitt’s Orchestra

Tonight you can hear two of Pittsburgh’s most committed new music advocates, Roger Zahab and Walter Morales, collaborate with the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. First Morales picks up the baton while Zahab solos on violin in the premiere of his new work, vioentelechron. Then Morales will, literally, pass the baton to Zahab and sit down at the piano for a performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert is free and takes place at Bellefield Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m.

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September 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm Comments (0)

Dutch jazz trio touches down at Frick Fine Arts 6/20

Saturday June 20 – 8 pm – $10
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland

TRIO BRAAM DEJOODE VATCHER
Michiel Braam – piano
Wilbert DeJoode – double bass
Michael Vatcher – drums

Trio Braam DeJoode Vatcher comprises three of the Dutch jazz scene’s most idiosyncratic musicians, for whom freedom and adventure are essential values. They all play an absolutely equal role in the music, which can go in any direction depending on decisions made on the spot. Their long musical friendship results in intuitive playing of the highest order. The trio shines in short powerful pieces written by Michiel Braam, and combines a playful incorporation and expansion of older forms with forward-thinking innovation.

Listen to their latest CD “Change This Song” at http://www.michielbraam.com
or at http://www.myspace.com/bikbentbraam

“Pianist Michiel Braam is yet another superb performer who perfectly encapsulates everything that’s made New
Dutch Swing one of the most consistently lively and enjoyable scenes in contemporary jazz.”
-Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic

“The trio has one of the most integrated sounds I’ve heard from any such grouping. They travel the continuum
from Trad to Free with ease and dexterity. This one’s for lovers and haters of the piano trio alike.”
-Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine

June 4, 2009 at 2:46 am Comment (1)

IonSound Project Performs Music by Pitt’s Grad Student Composers

March 3, 2009
8:00 pm

 

 

Bellefield Hall Auditorium, free

IonSound Project, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music’s Ensemble-in-Residence, presents Music by Pitt’s Graduate Student Composers.


January 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm Comments (0)