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Elliott Sharp and the Sirius String Quartet at the Warhol

The Andy Warhol Museum sharp_sirius.jpg Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum present Elliott Sharp and the Sirius String Quartet. Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts: $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors, Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org. Service fees apply. Tickets at the door: $15 and $8 Pitt students: Free with ID. Press Release Music on the Edge and the Warhol present guitarist/composer Elliott Sharp and the Sirius String Quartet “…an amazing group of musicians and musical visionaries...” — Indie Style On January 10th, 2009 Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum, two of Pittsburgh's most adventurous arts organizations, unveil their new collaboration with a performance by legendary guitarist/composer and improvisor extraordinaire Elliott Sharp and the equally influential Sirius String Quartet. The concert will feature the U.S. premieres of Elliott Sharp's Momentum Anomaly for solo guitar and Volpak Volapuk for guitar and string quartet. Also on the program are works for string quartet by Sirius violinist Gregor Huebner, and Fred Frith. Elliott Sharp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who has personified the avant-garde experimental music scene in New York City for over thirty years. He has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction as well as pioneering real-time computer-based improvisation. Sharp's collaborators include Ensemble Modern, Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt, pop singer Debbie Harry, computer artist Perry Hoberman, blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples, jazz greats Jack deJohnette and Arthur Blythe, and many other notable musicians. Half string quartet, half rock band, the Sirius String Quartet blends the  precision of  classical music with the energy of rock and roll.  The four musicians, graduates of Yale, Juilliard and the Manhattan School of music, are all skilled improvisers. Whether playing acoustically or with electronic effects they push beyond the normal sonic vocabulary associated with string instruments. From Lincoln Center and the Koln Triennale to the Kniting Factory and CBGB's the Sirius makes itself at home in a wide range of venues and musical styles. The concert takes place on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at The Andy Warhol Museum at 8 p.m.  Tickets purchased in advance through ProArts are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org. Service fees apply. Tickets at the door are $15 and $8. Pitt students are admitted free with ID. Presented by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, Music on the Edge is co-directed by Pitt faculty composers Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music by outstanding visiting artists from around the world. The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, serves more than 80,000 visitors of all ages per year. Opened in 1994, the museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives of one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. The museum, a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture, is also an active cultural center that presents contemporary performance through its Sound Series and Off The Wall series.

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