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CAPA Antithesis and CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble Winter Concert

Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 pm
CAPA’s Cabaret Theatre
111 9th St
free

CAPA Antithesis, the new-music ensemble of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, presents its winter concert, under the direction of Alia Musica member (and CAPA teacher) Lenny Young. This concert will also see the debut of a brand new music group, CAPA Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, under the direction of composer Alec Summers. Music includes original works by the directors and students, plus pieces by Charles Mingus, Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen, Tom Johnson and local composer Dave Bernabo.

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Host Skull Releases Totally Fatalist LP and CD

September 22, 2011
9:00 pm

Brillobox

Host Skull “Totally Fatalist” from David Bernabo on Vimeo.

Pittsburgh and Sante Fe’s HOST SKULL will release their debut album, TOTALLY FATALIST, on Chicago’s Antephonic label. This also happens to be a rare (and the first) performance from Host Skull where the core band is playing at the same time, in the same room.

The Host Skull lineup looks to be David Bernabo, Will Dyar, Chris Cannon, Brandon Masterman, Pj Roduta, and Erik Cirelli.

Raw Blow and a special Jeff Berman/Sue Powers duo will open the show!

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Jem Finer Launches Longplayer with Shortplayer

October 1, 2010
9:30 pm

Wood Street Galleries

$10/$8 students

Wood Street Galleries is proud to present the world premiere of “Shortplayer,” a new composition by renowned artist and composer Jem Finer. “Shortplayer” will be performed by Finer leading a group of Pittsburgh’s finest musicians at 9:30 p.m. Friday, October 1 at Wood Street Galleries, immediately following the Downtown Gallery Crawl. (“Shortplayer” concert admission is $10/$8 students.) The performance marks the Pittsburgh launch of Finer’s acclaimed artwork Longplayer, a 1,000-year-long composition that has played continuously since 1999, and which arrives in Pittsburgh as part of Wood Street Galleries’ sound-installation show, Audio Space (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2010).

The installation of Longplayer at Wood Street Galleries marks another first, as Pittsburgh joins a remarkable list of sites with Longplayer listening posts including the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, and the Bibliotecha in Alexandria, Egypt. The Wood Street Galleries installation will be the first listening post anywhere between San Francisco and London.

About Longplayer

Created with London-based arts organization Artangel to mark the turn of the millennium, Longplayer is Finer’s response to the difficulty of representing and understanding time on a grander scale. At its core, Longplayer is a mathematically self-generating score—not random, but a set of principles that allow the score to continually create itself in a way that is aesthetically beautiful and musically unique. For 10 years, Longplayer has played through a computer system replicating the sound of Tibetan singing bowls; in 2009, it was performed live for the first time, for 24 hours on real singing bowls. It is not a computer-generated piece: As the hour-long segment “Shortplayer” goes to prove, it can be performed on any instruments, at any stage.

But more importantly, Longplayer is a set of concepts and questions: How to compose in a way immune to changes in the cultural perception of music, changes in technology, and changes in geography and politics? With the listening post and the performance of “Shortplayer,” Finer poses these questions to Pittsburgh’s audiences for the first time.

Jem Finer and the Musicians

Artist and composer Jem Finer is considered a unique voice in exploring issues combining science, technology, and philosophy such as “deep time” through sound installation, autonomous technology, and astronomical sculpture. He has been artist-in-residence at Oxford University’s department of Astrophysics and in 2005 won the PRS Foundation New Music Award for “Score for a Hole in the Ground.” As co-founder and co-writer with famed Irish-punk band The Pogues, Finer has helped create some of the most popular and influential British pop music of the past 25 years.

The musicians gathered to perform “Shortplayer” are some of Pittsburgh’s best-known avant-garde players. Music director David Bernabo has organized the group of horn players including Ben Opie (reeds), Roger Dannenberg (trumpet), Lou Stellute (saxophone), Mark Fromm (reeds), Brandon Masterman (reeds), and Roger Day (tuba).

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Aram Shelton Quartet with Dave Bernabo & Darryl Fleming at the Thunderbird

July 26, 2010
8:00 pm

Thunderbird Summer Avant-Jazz Mondays presents Aram Shelton Quartet (from Chicago)
with Dave Bernabo & Darryl Fleming


The Thunderbird Cafe (21 and up)
Buy Tickets Online, $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

A multi-instrumentalist on saxophones & clarinets, composer and improviser, Aram Shelton was recently featured in Downbeat, and compared in the press to a young Roscoe Mitchell or Anthony Braxton. His groups in Chicago include the Fast Citizens (Delmark Records), Rolldown (Cuneiform), and his own Arrive. While studying at Mills, Shelton developed compositions wherein written phrases played by orchestral instruments are rearranged via custom built patches in MAX/MSP. He continues to improvise and compose electroacoustic music focused on these concepts. Meanwhile, he’s been fortunate to perform with a wide variety of talented musicians including Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Weasel Walter, Rob Mazurek, Jessica Pavone, Kevin Drumm, and Chris Brown. He has performed in Europe, Canada and the United States including appearances at Chicago Jazz Fest, Suoni per il Popolo in Montreal, and Krakow Autumn Jazz Fest. Other recordings of his are on 482 Music, Locust Music, and his own Singlespeed Music.


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Talking with Producer and Performer Martin Bisi

Legendary producer Martin Bisi will be in Pittsburgh on Sunday night for a performance at the Brillobox. Martin’s producer credits include Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock (Rockit), Boredoms, and many other varied and significant artists. This week I had a chance to video chat with Martin about his upcoming show in Pittsburgh and get his thoughts on the challenges of moving between studio and live work, reflections on working with John Zorn, Sonic Youth, and much more. As always, you are welcome to listen to the raudio (posted below, my questions got a little rambly in places, so sorry…). In the meantime, here are some highlights. The show is May 2 at the Brillobox starting at 9 p.m. and includes local standouts Dave Bernabo + Assembly and Mandrake Project. Admission is a mere $6 at the door.

Here is Martin’s description of what to expect from Sunday’s show.

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Talking about the differences between studio work and live work led pretty naturally to discussing some of the motivations behind his recent CD release, Sirens of the Apocalypse.

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John Zorn’s name and musical contributions came up frequently, especially as an example of someone who is able to see the big picture artistically and bring others on board. Martin had some interesting perspectives on why Zorn was able to accomplish all that he did.

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When I asked Martin about up and coming artists he had some surprising insights on why certain groups like Sonic Youth and Dresden Dolls have been able to put their ideas across successfully.

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Joining Martin for the Brillobox show are Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls on drums and Michael Kaminski (ex-Cop Shoot Cop). Hope to see you there.

Listen to the full interview. (Please note that this started as an effort to produce a video chat, but the video component didn’t quite work out. Hopefully we’ll have this working for future interviews.)

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Martin Bisi at Brillobox, with Dave Bernabo+Assembly, and Mandrake Project

May 2, 2010
9:00 pm

The Brillobox

Martin Bisi brings his unique blend of singer-songwriter story-telling, indie rock, and experimental psychedelia to the Brillobox on Sunday, May 2. Joining Bisi for this show are Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls on drums and Michael Kaminski ex-Cop Shoot Cop.

Martin Bisi has been a NYC musician and record producer since the 80s. At a studio he started with Brian Eno in Brooklyn, he has since realized albums by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, Boredoms, Helmet, White Zombie, Cop Shoot Cop, Material/Bill Laswell, Foetus, Serena Maneesh and others. This year he’s released a CD, Sirens Of The Apocalypse and an EP, Son Of A Gun on Contraphonic.

Also on the show are local standouts Dave Bernabo + Aseembly and the Mandrake Project.

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