This November, Music on the Edge expanded its mission from being an importer of the world’s most innovative contemporary music to being an exporter. Billed as Music on the Edge in New York, co-directors Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum organized a concert featuring primarily Pitt composers at New York City’s Subculture. They assembled an all-star ensemble comprising flutist Lindsey Goodman, percussionist Lisa Pegher, and cellist Dave Eggar. Moe and fellow faculty member Amy Williams shared piano duties.
The program featured music by Moe (Let Me Tell U About R Specials), Rosenblum (Northern Flicker), Williams (First Lines), and two pieces by Roger Zahab (A Spunky Twenty-Eight and Deceived by Starlight). Along with the Pitt faculty composers, the ensemble performed Lee Hyla’s One Moe Time (Waltz for Eric), and Burr Van Nostrand’s Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival.
New York Times music critic David Allen provided a glowing review of the performance that took place in a venue that mixes concert music with a club atmosphere. Allen writes,
“The New York debut of Music on the Edge, on Tuesday, wasn’t predictable at all. This ensemble is based in Pittsburgh and directed by Mathew Rosenblum and Mr. Moe, whose morsel was played with conviction by Lindsey Goodman. The group was celebrating its 25th anniversary season with a filling spread at SubCulture, where, despite reported troubles, beer still helps the music go down.”
Read the whole review here.