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Ecstatic Music Festival 2017 Concerts

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Ecstatic Music Festival 2017

New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival co-present three shows this spring: Bang on a Can's People’s Commissioning Fund Concert on Monday, January 9, 2017, San Fermin and NOW Ensemble on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, & world premiere works from Roomful of Teeth & Nick Zammuto on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  The Ecstatic Music Festival is a series of unexpected one-night-only collaborations between artists with different musical backgrounds, now in its seventh season at the Kaufman Center.

There’s a natural partnership between the Ecstatic Music Festival and New Sounds, in that there are not immediately obvious genre labels that can be affixed to the music. In fact, most of the commissioned collaborators all gleefully ignore boundaries between musical genres to come away with sounds that might be “chamber jazz,” “indie-classical,” or “experimental opera-pop.” The collaborative angle is about “opening up a space for artists to work in areas that are unexplored or under-explored in their “normal” careers,” elaborates composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein. 

The full Ecstatic Music Festival (Jan. 9-May 13) schedule of events is HERE. New Sounds Live is proud to co-present the following shows: 

BOAC All-Stars

1/9/2017 – Bang on a Can PCF Concert
World premieres. Bang on a Can All-Stars. 

On Monday January 9, 2017, New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival present the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert with works by American composer Nico Muhly, Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Mexican-Dutch composer Felipe Waller, with an excerpt from Michael Gordon's chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and more.

The performance is at 7:30PM and will be streamed live on Q2 Music.
Tickets and more details about 1/9


San Fermin / NOW Ens

1/25/2017 - San Fermin & NOW Ensemble
Newly-composed epic chamber-pop, orchestrated songs.

San Fermin
is an eight-piece band led by the classically-trained Ellis Ludwig-Leone. He and several of its members will join forces with New York mainstays NOW Ensemble for new works combining the elegance of chamber music with the vitality of pop. Combinations of both ensembles will perform orchestrations of San Fermin songs and premiere new works by Ludwig-Leone and NOW’s composer/rock guitarist Mark Dancigers.

The performance is at 7:30PM and will be streamed live on Q2 Music.
Tickets and more details about 1/25 



3/12/2016 - Roomful of Teeth & Nick Zammuto
Vocal-driven adventures via octet, with possible chopped/spliced electronica.

The omnivorous sonic explorations of Nick Zammuto (The Books) come together with the equally far-reaching soundworld of Grammy-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, who explore the full range of the human vocal apparatus, from Tuvan throat singing and yodeling to Korean P’ansori and Persian classical singing. The performance features new works by Zammuto, Toby Twining, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, who is also a member of Roomful of Teeth.

The performance is at 7:30PM and will be streamed live on Q2 Music.
Tickets and more details about 3/12

Our sister station, Q2 Music, is the festival's digital venue for on-demand artist interviews and concert audio.