Music on the Edge

Music on the Edge: Ensemble Son and Either-Or

 Music on the Edge opens its 2013–14 season with a double quartet concert featuring Stockholm’s Ensemble Son and New York’s Either/Or. The two contemporary music groups will combine forces to present a concert made entirely of premiere performances. The program includes Dark Flow by Either/Or cofounder and pianist Richard Carrick, Hereabouts by Ensemble Son trombonist Ivo Nelson, and works  by Keeril Makan (Letting Time Circle Through Us),  Lisa Streich (PAPIROSN), and Zeena Parkins (Circles and Squares).

Music on the Edge: Now Ensemble

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum present NOW ENSEMBLE, a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. The groundbreaking composer/performer collective will premiere Patrick Burke and Emily Pinkerton’s Rounder Songs and a new work by Mark Dancigers. Also on the program are Sarah Kirkland Snider's Pale as Centuries, Samson Kar-Fai Young's Night Song, and Judd Greenstein's Change Triology.

Music on the Edge: Abghari and Pegher

Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum are proud to co-present Soprano Haleh Abghari and percussionist Lisa Pegher at The Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday February 16th at 8 p.m. Haleh Abghari will perform solo vocal works by John Cage, György Kurtág's József Attila-Töredékek (Attila József Fragments) for solo soprano, and selections from Récitations pour voix seule (Recitations for Solo Voice) by Georges Aperghis.

December 1, 2012: Music on the Edge presents Talujon

The renowned percussion ensemble returns to Pitt performing Eric Moe’s Danger: Giant Frogs, Amy Williams’ Dream Landscape (world premiere), Wayne Peterson’s Trap Drum Fantasy, and John Cage’s Third Construction, One4, Three2, and cComposed Improvisations.

"…the message that percussive music can be beautiful, and even transcendent, was most certainly drummed home" – Morning Call

November 18, 2012: Music on the Edge presents Sequitur

Music on the Edge kicks off its 2012–13 season with New York’s highly acclaimed contemporary music ensemble, Sequitur. The concert takes place at the University of Pittsburgh’s Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Sunday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Paul Hostetter will conduct the ensemble in a program that features mezzo soprano Mary Nessinger in Ravel’s Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, Amy Williams’ Cineshape 5, Mathew Rosenblum’s Maggies, Eric Moe’s Strenuous Pleasures, and Variations on a Summer’s Day by Sequitur co-founder Harold Meltzer.

JACK Quartet Review

JACK Quartet performed a sold-out concert at the Warhol on Saturday night with a program that included the world premiere of music department faculty member Amy Williams' Richter Textures, a work written for JACK through a commission from the Fromm Foundation. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette classical music critic Andrew Druckenbord was there and had this to say about Williams' new work:

Transcribing the Body: the Music of Ken Ueno

Multiple shocks transformed Ken Ueno's life.  The shock of an injury transformed him from a West Point Cadet into a composer.  The shock of hearing Bartok and Stravinsky made him into a composer, but it was the shock of hearing Jimi Hendrix's music that made him into a musician. Related to post-Hendrixian values, Ken composes "person-specific" music with frequency-based harmonies analyzed from the specific performance possibilities of the performers with whom he collaborates.