Music on the Edge: New Morse Code and Jamie Jordan


March 5, 2016 - 8:00pm

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Imaginative cello/percussion duo New Morse Code shares a program with dynamic vocalist Jamie Jordan.

Praised for her "alluring clarity" by The New York Times, vocalist Jamie Jordan will perform Philippe Leroux’s Je brûle, dit-elle un jour à un camarade along with works for voice and electronics including Paul Coleman’s mock me, Jacob Cooper’s Unspun, and Kaija Saariaho’s Lonh.

The New Haven Independent enthusiastically describes cello and percussion duo New Morse Code as “not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it.” New Morse Code's performance will include Andy Akiho’s Karakurenei, Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner (an NMC commission!), Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, Nick Didkovsky’s Caught by the Sky with Wire, and Andy Akiho’s 21

New Morse Code is Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello who activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. To Hannah and Michael, collaboration involves drawing upon mutual influences while generating and refining material together over an extended period of time.  Through close work with colleagues such as pianist-composer Paul Kerekes, steel pan virtuoso and composer Andy Akiho, Hawaiian composer and visual artist Tonia Ko, and Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist/vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives. They will present new collaborative works on the Pittsburgh concert.

Jamie Jordan is a versatile musician specializing in contemporary classical music. She has performed at the Brooklyn Museum for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Music Series;  Carnegie Hall with Daniel Druckman, Colin Currie and the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble; Detroit Institute of Arts with Amphion Percussion; Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group; The Harvard Club NY; Big Ears Festival, June in Buffalo, Lincoln Center Festival and Miller Theatre with Ensemble Signal; The Liederkranz Foundation; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for the Bang on a Can Festival Marathon; Wesleyan University with Mantra Percussion, Mimesis Ensemble at Merkin Hall; MATA Festival with Talea Ensemble; PASIC with Bob Becker; Shapeshifter Lab; the Stone; and Symphony Space with Encompass Opera Theatre. The Pittsburgh program will include works for solo voice and electronics.

Tickets are available through the University of Pittsburgh Stages Box Office, by calling 412-624-7529, or visiting Tickets in advance: general admission is $15; students and seniors are $10. At the door: general admission is $20; non-Pitt students and seniors are $15. (No free student tickets at the Warhol.) Purchase tickets.

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