Michael Harrison Latest Press Release tap the link below
Del Sol String Quartet
Tue, Jan 21, 2020 Sat, Jan 25, 2020
Recent Performance of “Lament/Witches’ Sabbath”
by BMOP and David Krakauer
Music on the Edge, now in its 30th anniversary season, is excited to present the Beyond 2020 Microtonal Music Festival. Microtonal music - music that uses altered pitch and tuning systems - has long been considered a fringe sub field, but in recent years this genre has been gaining more attention. Microtonal music is now widespread internationally and Pittsburgh is starting to be known as a hub for this genre. The 2020 festival will include works by the growing community of Pittsburgh microtonal composers and will feature the San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, the Finnish MikroEnsemble, the Los Angeles based Brightwork Ensemble, Ray-Kallay Duo, guitarists Mak Grjic, Dan Lippel, John Schneider and Aaron Brooks, flutist Lindsey Goodman, Harpist Nuiko Wadden, cellist Ted Mook, violinist Pauline Kim Harris, celebrated Shanghai composer Wen Deqing, and several Pittsburgh new music ensembles (Alia Musica, Nat 28, Kamratōn, Wolf Trap).
The purpose of the festival is to further introduce Pittsburgh audiences and musicians to the wealth and diversity of microtonal music being created in the U.S. and globally and to help Pittsburgh musicians network with the visiting ensembles and composers. The festival will address the nature and current status of “microtonal music” and further establish Pittsburgh as a center for this activity. MOTE hopes the festival will also help to further build a community of performers, composers and listeners of this music in Pittsburgh.
The Beyond Festival, scheduled for February 28 - March 1, 2020, includes three evening concerts, one afternoon concert, and two talks open to the public. The festival will be presented by both Music on the Edge and the Andy Warhol Museum's Sound Series. The events will take place at the Warhol Museum, the New Hazlett Theater, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, and University of Pittsburgh Music Building (symposium location). This festival will be the third of its kind, following the successful Beyond Festivals in 2018 and 2015.