Burr Van Nostrand's Ventilation Manual: A Dusk Ceremonial (1976) duo for flute/alto flute and harp, was performed on Feb. 29 as part of Beyond 2020 Microtonal Music Festival presented by The University of Pittsburgh’s Music on the Edge contemporary music series, now in its 30th anniversary season.
Flutist and new music champion Lindsey Goodman was joined by harpist Nuiko Wadden to perform Ventilation Manual: A Dusk Ceremonial (1976) by Burr Van Nostrand. An endurance challenge for performer and listener alike, Van Nostrand’s enigmatic work celebrates the novelty of its time period impressively.
Music on the Edge is co-directed by Eric Moe and Mathew Rosenblum, presenting several concerts each year featuring visiting artists as well as the Music on the Edge Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Roger Zahab. The series is devoted to the performance of contemporary music.
This year, among several events, the festival presented a free concert on Saturday, Feb. 29 with artists Alia Musica, Kamratōn, NAT 28, Lindsey Goodman, Nuiko Wadden, WOLFTRAP, Ted Mook, Pauline Kim Harris, Aaron Myers-Brooks. Composers included Catherine Lamb, Burr Van Nostrand, Tristan Murail, Curtis Rumrill, Brian Riordan, Jason Belcher, Ezra Sims, James Tenney and more.
(photo of Lindsey Goodman and Nuiko Wadden from MOTE)