LOCALS: Dana Jessen | Kyle Kidd & Company
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

LOCALS: Dana Jessen | Kyle Kidd & Company

DANA JESSEN, bassoon

Jessen’s approach to solo improvisation regularly shifts and evolves over time, but often includes an exploration of sound worlds that can evoke a visceral and emotional response. In performance, she creates musical environments that she set into motion and allows for natural occurrences to happen – whether they be delicate and fragile, or raw and aggressive. Many of the sound worlds stem from an extensive personal catalog of extended techniques and an avant-garde musical language that Jessen has developed over the years.

Praised for her diverse talents, Oberlin-based bassoonist Dana Jessen is active as a soloist, improviser, chamber musician, and new music specialist. Dana is the co-founder of Splinter Reeds, an Oakland-based reed quintet, and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, Amsterdam’s DOEK Collective, and Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, among others.

KYLE KIDD & Company

Kidd’s current project is inspired by the early sounds of Amy Winehouse, Sarah Vaughn, and Aretha Franklin. Driven by the weaving of story through song, this works tells truths of the heart : the joys and misfortunes of love. He has chosen to consort with storytelling musicians, featuring collaborator Pete Saudek (Guitar). Together they create haunting melodies, deep expressions of truth, and an innovative synthesis of sound.

Kyle Kidd is a vocalist, activist, and visionary of social transformation. He creates Black Art, pulling from the many different avenues of black music and culture, vocally fusing classical, jazz, blues, gospel, funk and soul. He’ll be performing with guitarist Pete Saudek.

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AMIRTHA KIDAMBI & LEA BERTUCCI
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

AMIRTHA KIDAMBI & LEA BERTUCCI

The duo of Amirtha Kidambi on vocals and Lea Bertucci on tapes and electronics finds new territory in extending the sonic possibilities of the human voice through electronic manipulation and improvised tactics. Taking a more integrated approach than simply filtering voice through electronic processing, Bertucci manipulates Kidambi’s voice through tactile methods with tape machine including manual speed control by physically touching the reels as Kidambi’s live voice is fed through the machine. Kidambi reacts in turn with a vocal arsenal of timbral techniques, creating a literal visceral feedback loop of noise, processed, and polyphonic voices. Influenced equally by jazz, Carnatic and western classical vocal techniques, the duo takes a thoroughly freely improvised approach. Their pieces command form through looped repetitions, stark dynamic and textural contrasts, slowly unfolding melodic motifs among harmonic beds and a formidable mind-meld in reactivity between Kidambi and Bertucci. For the astute listener, the explorations may conjure a real-time version of postwar musique concrete or the groundbreaking experiments of live electronics pioneer Pauline Oliveros' tape improvisations. The duo will release their debut recording on Astral Spirits in the fall of 2019.

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PUBLIQuartet
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

PUBLIQuartet

PUBLIQuartet performs selections from their Contemporary: Living Composers and MIND | THE | GAP projects. Selections will include works by some of today’s leading young composers and improvisatory compositions ranging in influence and style.

Applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music,” and by The New Yorker as “independent-minded,” PUBLIQuartet’s modern interpretation of chamber music makes them one of the most dynamic artists of their generation. Dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet rose on the music scene as winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places award, and in 2019 garnered Chamber Music America’s prestigious Visionary Award for outstanding and innovative approaches to contemporary classical, jazz, and world chamber music. PQ’s genre-bending programs range from 20th century masterworks to newly commissioned pieces, alongside re-imaginations of classical works featuring open-form improvisations that expand the techniques and aesthetic of the traditional string quartet.

Co-presented with Underground Classical.

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Alia Musica Pittsburgh
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Alia Musica Pittsburgh

Opening the CUSP season, this program combines Alia Musica's most recent repertory—including their 2018 commission from the esteemed Ohio-based composer Marilyn Shrude, and Federico Garcia-De Castro's powerful Memoria, based on the last words of Bernardo Jaramillo, assassinated for his views in Colombia in 1990—with older gems that the ensemble is bringing back in 2019-20.

Alia Musica Pittsburgh is dedicated to quality performances of challenging repertory of contemporary music in all genres, focusing on living composers as well as major figures of the 20th century. The ensemble works in the belief that concert music is a manifestation of its time and place, and that it can and should regain the relevance it once had on the society and the audiences that give rise to it. As a chamber ensemble, Alia Musica has performed toured six states and appeared internationally as guest ensemble at the 2015 MusicArte Festival in Panama City. Its repertory combines monuments of modern music, from Ives and Varèse to Berio and Haas, with the freshest music by living composers.

Join us from 12-2pm at the BOP STOP for a composers reading session with area college students who were selected from our call for scores:

Chris Neiner (Cleveland Institute of Music) - Infinite Spinning

Steven Beck (Kent State University at Stark) - Bloom

Tempest Baum (Oberlin Conservatory) - Northern Fever Dream

BOTH EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBIC

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