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PFNM 2014


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PFNM 2014


BUGALLO-WILLIAMS / ALIA MUSICA / SOUNDPIKE / PERFECT LIVES / RZEWSKI / INUKSUIT

TRANSFORMING THE SOUNDSCAPE

Pittsburgh's new music scene—young, growing, rooted in the real technique and musicianship that comes with the city's great music schools and world-class teachers. It draws on national currents through Music on the Edge, and keeps in conversation with other new music artists through Alia Musica's touring and exchanges.

People compose here, they perform, they improvise. The festival is intended to be their home.

Guests

The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music brings world-class guest artists to town, like the "granitic ally overpowering" pianist Frederic Rzewski and New York-based vocal collective Varispeed.

Performers

PFNM features stellar Pittsburgh ensembles, like Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Black Orchid String Trio, Freya String Quartet, Trillium Ensemble, Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra, and a host of others.

Audiences

PFNM creates a community for lovers of new music in Pittsburgh and across the region. Join fans of contemporary music in discussions and receptions following PFNM events.

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Inuksuit by John Luther Adams


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Inuksuit by John Luther Adams


A sonic and scenic glory almost beyond description
— Alex Ross

Inuksuit is meant to be played by nine to 99 players dispersed in a large outdoor area, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, air raid sirens, gongs, bells, shakers, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. It is the ultimate environmental piece, designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day and to energize our experience of our own environment.

 

The work has been performed around the world — in Melbourne, , Toronto, Chicago, Berkeley, Lisbon, the Hague, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and was recognized among the most memorable performances of 2011 in New York City by the New Yorker, Time Out New York, and New York Magazine.

Inuksuit Pittsburgh happens at Lake Elizabeth, in Allegheny Commons West. A beautiful location in Pittsburgh's oldest park (dating to 1867), with a view that features the skyline of Pittsburgh's downtown.

 

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In the line of the great pianist-composers like Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn
— New York Times

PROGRAM

Dreams, Part I (2012-13)

Four pieces (1977)

ABOUT THE WORKS

The US premiere of Part I of the brand new Dreams  (inspired by Kurosawa's film) and the timbrally fascinating Four Pieces (written for the legendary Ursula Oppens as a sequel to The People United) make up the program of this rare treat for American audiences.

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nothing less than the first American opera
— Fanfare

As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants imagine a folksy, Midwestern town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Its seven episodes weave together stories of a mysterious crime, an elopement, and the mischief of two itinerant musicians. Both lofty and quotidian, Perfect Lives brings together musicians, performers, fans, and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

Market Square (11am) — Henry Oliver building (1:00 pm) — Marty's Market (3pm) — Epiphany Catholic Church (5pm)

James Simon's Sculpture Studio (7 & 9pm) — a Howlers (11pm)

For details and maps visit the Perfect Lives Pittsburgh page.

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Pittsburgh Soundpike


SATURDAY MAY 24 / 2-5 PM / NEW HAZLETT 

COME IN ANY TIME AND PAY AS YOU EXIT $5-$20

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Pittsburgh Soundpike


SATURDAY MAY 24 / 2-5 PM / NEW HAZLETT 

COME IN ANY TIME AND PAY AS YOU EXIT $5-$20

ELCO

Freya String Quartet

Trillium Ensemble

Alia Musica Pittsburgh

Tepki

Directions Duo

Black Orchid String Trio

A UNIQUE CONCERT FORMAT

Pay for your ticket as you exit — the longer you stay the more groups you'll see, the more music you'll hear... and the less you will pay!

A unique experience of joint discovery of the most active Pittsburgh new music organizations. From seven-year-old organizations (Alia Musica, ELCO) to the freshest initiatives (Tepki, Directions Duo), featuring Pittsburgh's prime quartet Freya in a performance of Steve Reich's seminal Different Trains, alongside with music by Cage, Haas, Reza Vali, Brett Dean, and Pittsburgh composers.

For full line-up and schedule click here

 

PROGRAM

Georg Friedrich Haas: Nach-Ruf... ent-gleitend

Eric Moe: Time Will Tell

Matthew Heap: Divergent Impulses

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs

Directed by Federico Garcia-De Castro, Alia Musica features New York soprano Jamie Jordan in Berio's most famous work -- the eleven Folk Songs arranged for voice, harp, and six other musicians.

The program includes also a premiere by Alia Musica composer Matthew Heap, commissioned in 2013 by Houston's Duo Scordatura, who will be premiering the piece with Alia Musica's ensemble.

Plus, a wonderful sextet by G.F. Haas, and Pitt faculty Eric Moe's vibrant music.

 

total conviction and a seemingly limitless tonal palette
— Richard Bratby, The Birmingham Post (UK)

The Bugallo-Williams continue their exploration of Kurtág's piano duo repertory, and of the two-piano renditions of Stravinsky's works — this time with Agon, the serial ballet with which the Russian master surprised the world in 1957. Plus works by Ligeti, Williams herself, Garcia-De Castro, and more.

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Guests in Concert


SUNDAY MAY 25 / 5PM / NEW HAZLETT / FREE

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Guests in Concert


SUNDAY MAY 25 / 5PM / NEW HAZLETT / FREE

clocks in motion & duo scordatura

A chance to hear these two visitng ensembles Clocks in Motion and Duo Scordatura, who will be in Pittsburgh to participate in other events of the PFNM. To open the concert, Hope Academy's ELCEO presents excerpts from The Rite of Spring arranged for student orchestra.

ELCEO: excerpts from The Rite of Spring, arranged for children's orchestra by F. Garcia-De Castro

Cage: Third Construction for percussion, and 6 melodies for violin and keyboard instrument

Thomas Lang: Percussion Duo

Dave Alcorn: Four miniatures (world premiere)