Music on the Edge: Morton Feldman Mini-Festival, Part I


November 3, 2011 - 8:00pm

The works of Morton Feldman occupy a vital place in the American experimental tradition, not just within the music world. Feldman was very often inspired by non-musical sources, including Persian rugs, abstract expressionist paintings by Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston, and texts of Samuel Beckett, John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara.

For Part I of the two-part Morton Feldman Mini-Festival, cellist Jonathan Golove and pianist Amy Williams perform Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981). Before this 80-minute work, New York School poetry will be read aloud by Jan Beatty, poet and host of WYEP’s radio show, Prosody.

Cellist Jonathon Golove is a dedicated performer of both new and traditional works, as well as improvised music. He has been featured as cello soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, and New York Virtuoso Singers, among many others. He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, Albuzerque, and Nine Winds labels. One of only a handful of performers on the theremin cello, Golove gave the first performance of Varese's Ecuatorial using Floyd Engel's recreation of the legendary early 20th-century instrument at the University at Buffalo in 2002. He is also active as an electric cellist, particularly in the field of creative improvised music. He has performed and recorded with jazz groups including the Michael Vlatkovich Quartet, Ubudis Trio,and Vinny Golia’s Large Ensemble, and made appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (Oakland), and the International Meeting of Jazz and New Music (Monterrey, Mexico). He currently serves as Associate Professor in the University at Buffalo’s Department of Music.

As a member of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, Amy Williams has performed at important new music festivals and series throughout Europe and the Americas. The Duo has recorded three critically-acclaimed CDs for Wergo (works of Nancarrow, Stravinsky, and Varèse/Feldman), as well as appearing on the Neos and Albany labels. She is also an accomplished composer. Ms. William's compositions have been presented at renowned contemporary music venues in the United States, Australia, and Europe. Williams holds a PhD in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also received her Master's degree in piano performance. She has taught at Bennington College and Northwestern University and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the organizer of Pitt's Morton Feldman Mini-Festival and Symposium.

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  • $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors for both nights when purchased in advance through ProArtsTickets; $30 and $20 for both nights at the door. Visit or call 412-394-3353.
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  • Pitt students: free with valid ID.

Morton Feldman Mini-Festival, Part II

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