The Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival in Pittsburgh this Weekend

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In the U.S. and Europe, the pitches hidden in between the black and white keys of a piano are referred to as microtones. But one man’s microtone is another man’s C major. In much of the world, from India to Indonesia to Turkey, musical scales commonly contain pitches different from those included in the 12-tone equal temperament system that has dominated Western music since the mid-18th century. Now, microtones in contemporary Western music are as varied as they are ubiquitous.

Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival

Where: Co-presented by Music on the Edge and The Andy Warhol Museum at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Shore, and University of Pittsburgh Music Building, 4337 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

When: Friday-Sunday.

Tickets: Per concert: $15, $10 for students and seniors in advance; $20, $15 for students and seniors at the door. Festival pass: $30, $20 for students and seniors. Symposium sessions are free. 412-624-7529 or


8 p.m., Warhol Theater: Guitarists Mak Grgic and Daniel Lippel perform Radulescu’s “Subconscious Wave” and other works; pianist Michael Harrison performs his own work, “Revelation”; cellist Theodore Mook performs Ezra Sims’ “Solo in Four Movements.”


1-4 p.m., University of Pittsburgh Music Building, Room 132: symposium session on Ligeti’s “Hamburg Concerto” and La Monte Young’s “The Well-Tuned Piano” with Charles Corey, Anthony Cheung, Kyle Gann and Michael Harrison.

8 p.m., Warhol Entrance Space: The FLUX Quartet performs Scelsi’s String Quartet No. 2 and other works; Mantra Percussion performs Michael Gordon’s “Timber.”


6-7:30 p.m., Warhol Theater: symposium session no. 2, an introduction to microtonal music (historical issues) with Frank J. Oteri and Robert Hasegawa.

8 p.m., Warhol entrance space: Ray-Kallay Duo performs Enno Pope’s “Rad” and works by Eric Moe (world premiere), Frank J. Oteri, Kyle Gann and others. The FLUX Quartet and Mantra Percussion perform Mathew Rosenblum’s “Ostatnia runda” (world premiere). Alia Musica performs Georg Friedrich Haas’ “Nach-Ruf … ent-gleitend ….”

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


Frank Kimbrough Quartet (Friday and Saturday) The pianist Frank Kimbrough has a gift for flowing ethereality, along with a fondness for earthy rapture. He’ll draw here from “Quartet,” the sure-footed, poetic album he released last year; his partners are the saxophonist Steve Wilson, the bassist Jay Anderson and the drummer Matt Wilson. At 8 and 10 p.m., Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, at 38th Street, 212-885-7119, (Chinen)

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Friday and Saturday) The bassist Chris Lightcap has a strong new album, “Epicenter,” featuring a batch of tunes inspired by New York locales. (Among the song titles: “Arthur Avenue” and “Stillwell.”) The music was composed for Bigmouth, a long-running unit featuring the tenor saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, the pianist Craig Taborn and the drummer Gerald Cleaver. (Andrew Bishop steps in for Mr. Cheek for these performances.) At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

Miles Okazaki Quartet (Friday) The most recent album by the guitarist and composer Miles Okazaki is “Figurations,” a cerebral but thrilling showcase for his elaborate designs. It was recorded live at the Jazz Gallery, the institution that now presents his excellent current group, with Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, François Moutin on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, fifth floor, at West 27th Street, 646-494-3625, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From the New York Times

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Daniel Bernard Roumain 


Avant Music Festival (Friday and Saturday) This adventurous new-music festival presents music that mixes electronics and acoustic instruments by Paula Matthusen on Friday, with performers including Mantra Percussion and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet. On Saturday the virtuosic vocal ensemble Ekmeles takes on the complete eccentric choral works by John Cage. (The series continues on March 6 and 7.) At 8 p.m., Wild Project, 195 East Third Street, East Village, 212-228-1195, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Composer Portrait: Augusta Read Thomas (Thursday) Of the four works on August Read Thomas’s program in the Miller Theater’s wonderful series, two are world premieres. One is a brief piece for violin and viola, “Capricci,” the other a more ambitious work for percussion and string quartet, “Selene.” Also on the docket are “Resounding Earth,” a percussion symphony of sorts, and an excerpt from “Sun Threads” for string quartet. Third Coast Percussion and the Jack Quartet do the honors. At 8 p.m., Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights, 212-854-7799, (Allen)

International Contemporary Ensemble (Friday and Saturday) This intrepid ensemble continues its residency at the Abrons Arts Center, where it celebrates the centennial of the Henry Street Settlement with two free concerts. The lineup on Friday includes works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Toshio Hosokawa, Marcos Balter and Andrea Agostini. On Saturday the saxophonist Steve Lehman and the pianist Cory Smythe collaborate on a program inspired by the New York composer Alvin Lucier. At 8 p.m., Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, at Pitt Street, Lower East Side, 212-352-3101, (Schweitzer)

Locrian Chamber Players (Thursday) This impressive contemporary music ensemble assures audiences that its free programs will be fresh through its defining mission: The group only plays works written within the last decade. These musicians have a good record of choosing interesting pieces. The concerts are presented in the intimate 10th floor performance space at Riverside Church. During intermission you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the balcony outside the hall. The next program offers works by John Adams, Daniel Bernard Roumain, David Macbride, Robert Cohen and Matthew Hough. At 8 p.m., Riverside Drive at 122nd Street, Morningside Heights, 212-870-6700, (Tommasini)

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