New Music Ensembles


For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change." 

Plus, from a new collection of works written to mark the PRISM Quartet’s 20th anniversary, we’ll hear witty ditties like “speed metal organum blues” by Gregory Wanamaker, and with any luck, a pair of works by Nick Didkovsky also dedicated to PRISM, called “Stink Up!” That, and more. 

PROGRAM #3208, New Music Ensembles (First aired on 5/23/11)                                                       





PRISM Quartet


Zack Browning: Howler Back [1:09]

Innova 800

NOW Ensemble


Judd Greenstein: Change [13:28]

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PRISM Quartet


Roshanne Etezady: Inkling [1:09]
Gregory Wanamaker: speed metal organum blues [1:14]

See above.



Matt McBane: Maintain [8:33]

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NOW Ensemble


Patrick Burke: Awake [9:13]

See above.

Todd Reynolds


Michael Gordon: Tree-Oh [5:57]

Innova 741

Zach Miskin

For Your Safety

Todd Reynolds: Crosscheck [4:27]

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Hanged Up

Clatter for Control


Klang Klang [3:35]

Constellation CST034
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