For Immediate Release

March 5, 2013




Program includes compositions by Mason Bates, the PSO’s



PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is joining forces with The Warhol to present a program of new electro-acoustic music performed by the dynamic Pittsburgh-based ensemble, IonSound, as part of the museum’s Sound Series.  The concert takes place on March 21, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. in the Warhol Theater at The Andy Warhol Museum. Two compositions included in the program are works by Mason Bates.   He is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.


Bates’ Red River conjures a journey down the length of the Colorado River, with cascading water figuration flowing into quicksilver electronica rhythms, and his From Amber Frozen offers an indigenous approach to a string quartet.  Anna Clyne’s Paint Box zooms inside the cello, sonically and imaginatively, while Marcos Balter’s Vision Mantra stretches out a slow-motion epiphany in an ambient space. 


The program culminates in Martin Matalon’s Las Siete Vidas de un Gato for eight players and tape, a stunning new score for the classic Luis Buñuel film Un Chien Andalou.  The legendary surrealistic film will be projected on stage during the performance.


The music of Mason Bates fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno. Frequently performed by orchestras large and small, his symphonic music has been the first to receive widespread acceptance for its expanded palette of electronic sounds, and it is championed by leading conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin. He has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his residency with the Chicago Symphony, or through his classical/DJ project Mercury Soul, which has transformed spaces ranging from commercial clubs to Frank Gehry-designed concert halls into exciting, hybrid musical events drawing over a thousand people.


IonSound Project comprises flutist Peggy Yoo, clarinetist Kathleen Costello, violinist Laura Motchalov, cellist Elisa Kohanski, and pianists Rob Frankenberry and Jack Kurutz.  IonSound seeks to add to Pittsburgh’s cultural life by programming innovative concerts, commissioning works of new music, collaborating with artists in a variety of disciplines, and exploring the boundaries between concert and popular music.  The members represent some of the most in-demand young musicians in the Pittsburgh area. Collectively, they perform with such ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Wheeling Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, and have also appeared with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Akron Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. 

Since giving its first concert in 2004, the ensemble has presented more than 80 works by 20th and 21st century composers, demonstrating an ongoing dedication to promoting the work of established and emerging composers from the Pittsburgh region as well as from across the country.  In 2006, IonSound Project expanded its activities to include workshop readings and performances of works by University of Pittsburgh composition students, which led to an official appointment in 2008 as Ensemble-in-Residence of the music department.   This is the first appointment of its kind in the history of the University.   Engaging and experimental collaborations with artists in other disciplines is an essential part of IonSound Project’s programming and performance.  Collaborators have included poet Barbara Edelmann, actor Benjamin Greenstone, filmmaker Chris Ivey, dancers from Attack Theater and KNOTDance, photographer Charles Biddle, environmental artists Lauren Braun and Amy Rappa, and singer/songwriters Heather Kropf and Mark Dignam. 


Ticket prices range from $15 to $18.


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