Alia Musica 2015–16: A Year with Ken Ueno

Alia Musica was awarded one three 2015 residency grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments for a year-long collaboration with world-renowned California composer, vocalist, and improvisor Ken Ueno.

The collaboration includes a new commission from Ken (Alia Musica joins the list of cutting-edge artists who have commissioned Ken!), and the Pittsburgh premiere of his ground-breaking concerto for throat-singing and orchestra, On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis. A great follow-up to the list of epic new music events we have brought to town in the last couple years (Inuksuit, The People United by Rzewski himself, Berio's Linea, the roving opera Perfect Lives...)

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Ueno's vocal concerto - November 12, 7:30pm

The Pittsburgh premiere of On a Sufficient Condition for Most Specific Hypothesis, Ken Ueno's epic concerto for vocal extended techniques and orchestra. A piece that has been performed all over the world, composed for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2008, and a landmark of 21st century music. Expect subtones, vocal multiphonics, throat singing, and more! Performed by Ken Ueno himself and Alia Musica's orchestra, conducted by Federico Garcia-De Castro.

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Thursday November 12 — 7:30pm
First Unitarian Church
605 Morewood Ave, Pgh, PA 15213 

  • F. Garcia-De Castro: Contrepoint for strings (World Premiere)
  • A talk by Ken Ueno on his vocal techniques and his compositional work

intermission/set up

  • Ken Ueno: On a Sufficient Condition for Most Specific Hypothesis, concerto for overtone singer and orchestra


Sean Brennan on the July 31 show

A thoughtful reflection on what new music can and should offer. Read Sean Brennan's review of the first event of Ken Ueno's residency, in his blog The Development Section.

Ken Ueno at Aesthetic Parlor — July 31, 7:30pm

Aesthetic Parlor presents Ken's experimental-improvisation side — expect vocal overtones, computer beats, found objects... His immersion in the Pittsburgh music scene starts with a joint improv session with Pittsburgh composers Brian Riordan and Jeff Weston.

Friday July 31 — 7:30pm
Aesthetic Parlor —
217 40th St, Lawrenceville $5 — all ages welcome

Full bill:

  • Improvised music group Mortis
  • The US premiere of Federico Garcia-De Castro'sSeven Visions of Alchemy, played by Sarah Steranka (flute) and Cody Green (cello).
  • Ken Ueno, Brian Riordan, Jeff Weston, improvisors