A Preview of the 2016 Warhol Winter Sound Series

Published On December 17, 2015 | By Shayna Mendez | The Arts
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Photo Creds: Warhol.org

2016 is fast approaching; and this winter, music and art enthusiasts alike will have the opportunity to revel in the New Year with fresh discoveries.

The Warhol Museum’s annual Winter Sound Series is underway, and it’ll carry on throughout the season with an eclectic lineup of performances. In collaboration with Pitt University’s Music on the Edge program, the Sound Series will host evenings with GABI, Disappears, and Pittsburgh locals, The Red Western, along with several co-presented concerts.

2016 marks the seventh year that the Warhol Museum has collaborated with Music on the Edge, and organizers of the latter have produced a range of adventurous new sounds for WSS’ experimental, Avant Pop style.

Each edition of the series will be complimented by diverse artists who dabble in various music styles and genres–from the ambient vocal work of GABI, to the anticipated record release party for locals, The Red Western.

GABI x Sleep Experiments

Friday, January 15, 2016–8PM

gabiSinger-composer Gabrielle Herbst–better known as GABI–will kick off the Winter Sound Series on January 15 in the Warhol theater. The talented budding artist has already been showcased at many notable venues, like Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, as well as Roulette, which commissioned and premiered her first opera, “Bodiless.” She’s also currently on tour for her debut album, “Sympathy”–prepare your minds and bodies for an evening of ethereal and otherworldly sounds. GABI’s performance will be opened by Pittsburgh dream-pop trio, Sleep Experiments. (Phil Jacoby, Phil Johnson and Morgan Stewart)


Saturday, January 30, 2016–8PM

ekmelesTaking place on January 30, the follow-up edition of WSS will showcase the innovative vocal ensemble, Ekmeles, in the Warhol entrance space. Dedicated to performing new and rarely heard works, Ekmeles was founded to fill the gap of “musical dystopia”–their performances focus on a cappella repertoire for solo voices combined with instrumental ensembles.

The Red Western

Saturday, February 6, 2016–8PM

the red westernAs a part of their record release celebration, Pittsburgh locals The Red Western will kick off the next Sound Series event on February 6 in the entrance space of the Warhol. The band features Jay Leon, Jonathan Gunnell, Lauren DeLorenze and Sean Finn, whose forthcoming album blends folk, alternative country, and soul influences, while also infusing sonic elements of indie rock, punk and power pop.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016–8PM

disappears-1020Chicago outfit Disappears will appear in the Sound Series February 23, bringing forth a two-set showcase of polar-opposite performances. Their first set will highlight a selection of their new and unreleased projects, and the second will be the band performing their take on David Bowie’s album, “Low.” Gear up for these two dynamic performances taking place in the Warhol theater.

George Lewis

Saturday, February 27, 2016–8PM

george lewisFamed composer and trombonist George Lewis graces us with his presence on February 27 in the Warhol entrance space. A member of the prestigious Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Lewis is widely known for his works and contributions, ranging from computer-based multimedia installations to electronic music. Lewis will perform his highly regarded chamber compositions as part of Pitt’s Year of the Humanities, and courtesy of Pitt Jazz Studies from the university’s music department.

New Morse Code x Jamie Jordan

Saturday, March 5, 2016–8PM

jamie jordanThe next Sound Series showcase will feature the musical stylings of cello-percussion duo, New Morse Code (aka Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello). They’ll be sharing the Warhol theater stage with vocalist Jamie Jordan for a multi-layered mashup of melodies. Jordan, Collins and Compitello hope to produce a compelling soundscape of samples ranging from acoustics, to experimental electronic music and live instruments.

Bedroom Community 10-Year Anniversary: Whale Watching Tour 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016–8PM

Artists will be welcomed from Iceland’s adventurous Bedroom Community record label to Oakland’s Carnegie Lecture Hall for its 2016 Whale Watching tour. These diverse global musicians will converge for a dynamic ensemble you won’t want to miss. Artists on the 2016 Whale Watching tour will be announced in mid-December; check out the video below to preview what you’re in store for:

For Sound Series events happening at the Warhol Museum, free parking will be available to guests in the Warhol parking lot. Ticket info/prices are listed below:

Ticket prices for New Morse Code & Jamie Jordan; George Lewis; and Ekmeles: General admission presales are $15 ($10 for students); and door tickets will be $20 ($15 for students). Advance tix can be purchased on Pitt’s Music department webpage, or by calling 412-624-7529.

Ticket prices for GABI & Sleep Experiments; Disappears: $15, non-members; $12, members/students; advance tix can be purchased at Warhol.org, or by calling 412-237-8300.

Ticket prices for The Red Western: $10, general admission; $8 for members and students. To purchase, visit Warhol.org, or call 412-237-8300.

Ticket prices for Bedroom Community’s Whale Watching Tour: $20, general admission; $15, members & students. Visit Warhol.org or call 412.237.8300 to purchase.

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