Streams

New Sounds Live Concert Series 2011-2012

Treuting, Mos Def, Dessner, ZammutoWednesday, October 12, 2011 at the World Financial Center is the launch date for this season’s New Sounds Live Concert Series. Mos Def (pictured, top right), the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, songstress Mellissa Hughes, and other special guests join members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. That starts at 7PM and is a FREE concert.

A bit later this fall, New Sounds Live presents the grand finale of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC, (Sounds Of a New Century) Festival on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 7PM at the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, and is also FREE. Featuring world premieres by young composers in the 21st century, there's music by Bryce Dessner of The National (pictured bottom right), "St. Carolyn by the Sea," which both he and his brother Aaron Dessner will perform as soloists on electric guitar, in addition to New York premieres of music by Ruby Fulton, Ryan Gallagher, Andrew Norman, and Suzanne Farrin, along with a work by Paul Yeon Lee.

January 31 - February 3, 2012, the New Sounds Live silent film music series returns to the World Financial Center's Winter Garden with live scores to silent films by Bill Morrison. On January 31, 2012, experience "The Miners’ Hymns," a melancholy celebration of coal-mining culture in the great northern English city of Durham. The ambient and brooding score is by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, which will be performed live by the Wordless Music Orchestra. (View "The Miners' Hymns" trailer.) On February 1, 2012, see Morrison's "Great Flood," with a recorded score by Bill Frisell.  The next night, February 2, 2012, it's Morrison's "Spark of Being," with a recorded score by Dave Douglas.  The film series wraps up later that week, on February 3, 2012, with the Morrison film "Decasia," where decomposing film stock vaporizes away to a score by Michael Gordon, as performed live by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. (Watch an interview about Decasia.

In February and March of 2012, New Sounds Live is back at Merkin Hall for the 2nd annual Ecstatic Music Festival. There's music for the versatile sextet yMusic on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from two sources: composer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry (he of Arcade Fire and the chamber collective Bell Orchestre), and yMusic collaborator Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott.) The next "EMF" show is February 23, 2012 featuring Nick Zammuto of The Books (pictured bottom left), along with Jason Treuting of So Percussion (pictured top left.) (Listen to Zammuto's glitchy new project, or Zammuto's latest creations on his soundcloud.) For the final New Sounds Live concert of the season. March 20, 2012, the Baltimore-based electronica composer Dan Deacon headlines the night. Lately, Deacon has been writing pieces for an orchestra and a percussion ensemble, in addition to scoring Francis Ford Coppola's next film, "Twixt Now and Sunrise."


All of the concerts are hosted by John Schaefer. All will be taped for future broadcast on WNYC.

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7PM
World Financial Center
Brooklyn Phil's New Music Sampler

Small ensemble versions of music that the full orchestra will play later in the season, including arrangements of Mos Def’s original songs, 19th century Shape Note singing, and more.


Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 7PM
World Financial Center
ACO w/ Bryce Dessner & more premieres

The American Composers Orchestra's grand finale concert to the SONiC Festival, featuring Dessner's latest, a double guitar concerto.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7PM
World Financial Center

New scores to the films of Bill Morrison. "The Miners' Hymns" with live score by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, performed by the Wordless Music Orchestra.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7PM
World Financial Center

New scores to the films of Bill Morrison. "Great Flood," with a recorded score by guitarist Bill Frisell.


Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7PM
World Financial Center

New scores to the films of Bill Morrison. "Spark of Being," with a recorded score by trumpeter Dave Douglas.


Friday, February 3, 2012 at 7PM
World Financial Center

New scores to the films of Bill Morrison. "Decasia" with live score by Michael Gordon, performed by the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:30PM
Merkin Hall
Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux, & yMusic

yMusic performs new works by Parry/Son Lux utilizing the organic processes of the human body.


Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:30PM
Merkin Hall
Nick Zammuto / Jason Treuting

One half of the duo the Books meets one fourth of So Percussion. Anticipating collaborative percussive electro-glitchica.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 7:30PM
Merkin Hall
Dan Deacon

Baltimore-based electronica artist presents new works.