Video from the Duffy Institute

It’s hard to believe I got back from Norfolk and 2 1/2 weeks at the Duffy Institute just a little over a month ago. Recently, a wonderful video and article produced by Jake Runestad was featured on New Music Box. The video introduces all the composer fellows, our music, and our thoughts about the institute. I show up around 4:02, but you’ll want to watch the whole thing. Without a doubt, one of the best parts about this year’s experience was the opportunity to dig into 6 other new works in great detail and talk about them with the composers.

Late Breaking! Screening of Virgil Cantini Film This Tuesday

So I just found out from filmaker Will Zavala that a film I scored for him in 2009 will screen this Tuesday night (December 13) as part of Pittsburgh Filmakers monthly Film Kitchen series. The film is called Virgil Cantini: the Artist in Public and it features lots of art around the city that Pittsburghers will likely have seen without realizing who made it. Also, there’s a clip of Cantini talking with King Friday on the Mr. Rogers show! This film has so much Pittsburgh color in it! I felt like I had set part of my city to music when I finished the score!

There’s a reception at 7 p.m. and the films begin at 8 p.m. (So wouldn’t that be a pre-ception?) Tickets are a mere $5, so come out if you can. There’s a nice little preview of the evening in the City Paper this week.

David Bernabo on Dust

So I uploaded video excerpts of the March premiere of Dust and while the videos were still cooling in YouTube’s window, my friend Dave Bernabo found them and even posted a very thoughtful essay about the project. It is always shocking to me to find that someone is actually paying attention. You can read Dave’s post here.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Andy Druckenbrod on PNMNet

Pittsburgh New Music Net gets a very nice shout out from Post-Gazette Classical Music Critic Andy Druckenbrod. Here are some snippets from his post in his blog, Classical Musings.

Pittsburgh has a surprisingly vibrant new music scene for a town with not a ton of 20 and 30 somethings. In my years here, I have tried to support it whenever I can…  (snip) But my role at the Post-Gazette as generalist (yes, most people would think that the classical music critic is a pretty specific post at a newspaper, but it is actually impossibly large of a beat, covering many genres and centuries), has kept me from covering contemporary music as well as I would like to…

But this is all to say that Pitt composer Phil Thompson is doing a great job catching what I miss by following the scene closely in his niche blog, Pittsburgh New Music Net. I am officially adding it to my blog roll (which is in serious need of an update). Enjoy!

He’s absolutely right about the level of new music activity going on in the Burgh. Soon after I started blogging the new music scene here I realized that I could easily post every day and not run out of things to talk about. It’s a good problem to have and I hope PNMNet helps to fill out the picture of cultural life in Pittsburgh.

WQED interviews IonSound about Hometown Heroes

Jim Cunningham interviewed IonSound Project members Peggy Yoo, Eliseo Rael, and Rob Frankenberry about their March 8 concert. You can listen to the audio

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. I get a shout out about halfway through.