University of Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge: Bassist Robert Black and Electroacoustic Musician/Composer Andrea Parkins

February 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Andrea Parkins (Photo: HopeQuirin) and Robert Black (Photo: Stephanie Berger)

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum present bassist Robert Black and electroacoustic musician/composer Andrea Parkins. The program will feature Philip Glass’s Robert Black-commissioned The Not Doings of An Insomniac for solo Double Bass, a piece that includes poetry by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Leonard Cohen, and Patti Smith. Andrea Parkins (NYC/Berlin)  will present her electroacoustic solo project, performed as a multi-diffusion work for electronically-processed accordion, objects, and live electronic processing.

Robert Black tours the world creating unheard of music for the solo double bass. He collaborates with the most adventurous composers, musicians, dancers, artists, actors, and technophiles from all walks of life. He is a founding and current member of the Bang On A Can All Stars. He has recorded solo CD’s for New World Records (Modern American Bass) and Mode Records (The Complete Bass Music of Christian Wolf) among many others. Robert teaches at the Hartt School at University of Hartford, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil. 

Andrea Parkins is an American composer, sound artist, performer and improvisational musician based in New York. She has toured and exhibited internationally and has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen, Experimental Intermedia, and Diapason Gallery for Sound and Intermedia. Parkins is known for her inventive explorations on the electric accordion, generative sound processing, and arrangements of objects and sound. Her work is influenced by the compositional strategies of John Cage and Fluxus and pays homage to musique concrète and 1970s analog synth. Parkins often incorporates electronically processed accordion, customized sound processing, live tape manipulation, analog effects boxes, laptop electronics, acoustic piano, sampling, and amplified objects. Describing her work, Parkins says, “As both a sonic and visual artist, I try to build and layer idiosyncratic systems and structures that point to these shifts in meaning.”

Tickets are available online or by calling 412-624-7549. Tickets in advance: $15 general admission;$10 students/seniors. At the door:$20 general admission; $15 students/seniors

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