University of Pittsburgh

Music on the Edge: Robert Black, bass and Andrea Parkins, laptop

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

Copresented with The Andy Warhol Museum

Robert Black's program will include a work he commissioned from Philip Glass — The Not Doings of An Insomniac (2015) for solo Double Bass. The work includes poetry by Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith. Andrea Parkins (NYC/Berlin) presents 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, collaborating 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 and new member of Cuatro Puntos.  Current projects include a commissioned solo Partita from Philip Glass; and Possessed - a series of improvisations performed in Utah’s rugged canyon-desert landscape.  Solo recordings include Modern American Bass (New World Records), The Bass Music of Christian Wolff and Giacinto Scelsi (Mode Records), and State of the Bass (O.O. Discs).  Robert teaches at the Hartt School/University of Hartford, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil.

Andrea Parkins is known for her pioneering electroacoustic approach on her accordion, and investigation of embodiment and chance with her amplified objects and self-designed virtual instruments.  Her solo project features the subtle sonic examination of everyday objects and surfaces, and the layering of extended accordion techniques with multi-pitched electronic feedbacks. Parkins' work has been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Kitchen.  Issue Project Room, Kunsthalle Basel, Cyberfest (St. Petersburg), Akousma Festival of Immersive Digital Music in Montreal, and many more.

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.

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