The Pittsburgh Festival of New Music is coming back.
The last installment, in 2014, was a highlight of the musical year, and this one has some intriguing offerings on tap. I'll be writing a full article about the festivities next week, ahead of a flash mob performance of Stravinsky's "The Firebird" in Market Square (!), but there is one event happening before the others that I wanted to highlight here:
At 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the festival teams up with Music on the Edge, Pitt's Office of the Provost and Humanities Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum to present Cineshape, part of the museum's Sound Series.
Cineshape is a project between composer/pianist Amy Williams, a member of the Pitt faculty, and video artist Aaron Henderson. It also features several musicians who specialize in the performance of new music, including the JACK Quartet, flutist Lindsey Goodman and percussionist Scott Christian. Ms. Williams has been working on the project with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Cineshape is also featured in Pitt's Year of the Humanities.
From the press release:
"Cineshape is an innovative collaborative performance made up of five compositions by Williams, each inspired by an existing film, and five new video pieces inspired by the original music. Williams invented the word, Cineshape, back in 2003 when she wrote the first piece in the series (now there's an app to add a 'shape overlay or mask to a video for social networks'— which didn't exist in 2003!). The word refers to musical compositions that draw structural inspiration from films."
Tickets are $15 in advance, $10 for students, and $5 more at the door. You can get them at the Warhol's website. Enjoy!