Art From the Ground Up http://wesa.fm en At Conflict Kitchen, Food's Not The Only Thing On The Menu http://wesa.fm/post/conflict-kitchen-foods-not-only-thing-menu <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR once referred to the Conflict Kitchen in </span>Schenley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Plaza as “an experimental public art project, and the medium is the sandwich wrap.”</span></p><p>It’s take-out food where you take away more than just something to eat. Conflict Kitchen only serves food from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict.</p><p>Co-directors Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski schedule events, performances and discussions that seek to expand public engagement with culture, politics and issues at stake within the focus country.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Bob Studebaker 26448 at http://wesa.fm At Conflict Kitchen, Food's Not The Only Thing On The Menu Silk Sound Asian American Jazz Orchestra Gives New Life to Musical Traditions http://wesa.fm/post/silk-sound-asian-american-jazz-orchestra-gives-new-life-musical-traditions <p>Music that is centuries old is being reborn as a new sound in Pittsburgh.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.silkscreenfestival.org/music/silksound/">Silk Sound Asian American Jazz Orchestra</a> is an amalgam of different cultures and musical traditions coming together under the direction of Harish Saluja.<br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Bob Studebaker 23545 at http://wesa.fm Silk Sound Asian American Jazz Orchestra Gives New Life to Musical Traditions Pittsburgh's Callán Rooted in Diverse Musical Backgrounds http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-call-n-rooted-diverse-musical-backgrounds <p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 02:21:44 +0000 Bob Studebaker 21590 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Callán Rooted in Diverse Musical Backgrounds RAW/Pittsburgh Brings Art Together http://wesa.fm/post/rawpittsburgh-brings-art-together <p>Kristy Dubinsky, from Irwin, recently walked through the <a href="http://www.rawartists.org/pittsburgh">RAW/Pittsburgh </a>exhibition enjoying the diverse collection of emerging artists.</p><p>“There’s definitely a collaborative nature and aspect to this,” Dubinsky said.&nbsp; “They bring together everything from fashion to music to fine art, photography, film.&nbsp; It’s just a great way to bring everybody together.”</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 03:00:38 +0000 Bob Studebaker 19018 at http://wesa.fm RAW/Pittsburgh Brings Art Together Creating a 'Weave of Culture' with the Kente Arts Alliance http://wesa.fm/post/creating-weave-culture-kente-arts-alliance <p>Kente Arts Alliance is an organization whose mission is to present art from the African diaspora. TV and radio personality Chris Moore says they are “a great civic resource” and believes that if they weren’t here, “there would be a void.”</p><p>Brooklyn native Mensah Wali and Pittsburgher Gail Austin founded the organization in 2007 and have presented a wide variety of artists to Pittsburgh audiences.&nbsp;</p><p>Wali terms it a “weave of culture.” The word Kente is West African in origin and describes a type of cloth common in Ghana.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:51:59 +0000 Bob Studebaker 15628 at http://wesa.fm Creating a 'Weave of Culture' with the Kente Arts Alliance For the Black Orchid String Trio, Performance Also Means Engagement http://wesa.fm/post/black-orchid-string-trio-performance-also-means-engagement <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AdmwbMdd1rQ" frameborder="0" height="323" width="575"></iframe></p><p>The <a href="http://www.blackorchidstringtrio.org/">Black Orchid String Trio</a> is comprised of Amber Rogers, Rachel Smith, and Jennifer Sternick.</p><p>“We’re new musicians,” said Smith, the group’s cellist. “We do play classical music now and again, but part of a contemporary performance, especially, is to present it in a way that classical music isn’t standardly presented.”</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Bob Studebaker 13674 at http://wesa.fm City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Firmly Rooted in Its North Side Neighborhood http://wesa.fm/post/city-asylumpittsburgh-firmly-rooted-its-north-side-neighborhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Cities of asylum” form a global network of support for oppressed and endangered writers.</span></p><p><br>In Europe they are supported by governments. In the United States they are usually sponsored by universities. <a href="http://www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org/">City of Asylum/Pittsburgh</a>, however, operates on a different model.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:11:57 +0000 Bob Studebaker 12140 at http://wesa.fm Back in Pittsburgh, Vocal Coach Sings City's Praises http://wesa.fm/post/back-pittsburgh-vocal-coach-sings-citys-praises <p>Vocal coach Daniel Teadt discovered his love of music when he was a student at the University of Illinois.<br><br>The early days of his career required traveling to many different cities, including a stop here as an artist in residence with Pittsburgh Opera.<br><br>Teadt, who met his wife in Pittsburgh, didn’t initially stay in the city. But now they’ve returned, and he’s feeling quite comfortable in his wife's hometown.<br><br>“We now have a family here and a great network here,” he said.<br> Thu, 30 May 2013 10:12:15 +0000 Bob Studebaker 10395 at http://wesa.fm Back in Pittsburgh, Vocal Coach Sings City's Praises Through Collaboration, Pittsburgh's La Harrier Finds 'Creative Playground' http://wesa.fm/post/through-collaboration-pittsburghs-la-harrier-finds-creative-playground <p>Ryan Neitznick and John Fischer comprise the production team known as <a href="http://www.facebook.com/LaHarrier?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts">La Harrier</a>.</p><p>Their studio in Lawrenceville is also known as La Harrier, and it’s part of&nbsp; a growing aspect of Pittsburgh’s arts community — nontraditional, independent music producers.</p><p>They each grew up and began their musical careers in Pittsburgh but actually met and formed their partnership about six years ago in Philadelphia.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Bob Studebaker 8388 at http://wesa.fm Through Collaboration, Pittsburgh's La Harrier Finds 'Creative Playground' The Pillow Project "Experiments" in The East End http://wesa.fm/post/pillow-project-experiments-east-end <div class="field-item even"><p>It began nearly ten years ago as “an evolving experiment for improvisational free jazz movement, performance-happenings and new ideas in dance,” and The Pillow Project has never wandered far from its&nbsp;roots.&nbsp;</p><p>Pearlann Porter heads the group that sees the word “jazz” as a verb. The group gathers the second Saturday of every month at “The Space Upstairs” in Pittsburgh's East End to perform. &nbsp;Project members call the studio in a repurposed warehouse a “4,000 square foot canvas where audiences and artists&nbsp;interact.”</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:29:39 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & Bob Studebaker 2219 at http://wesa.fm The Pillow Project "Experiments" in The East End