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New Sounds

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan.

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New Sounds

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan. 

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New Sounds

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan.

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Mixtapes

Composer Peter Fahey on Music of Friends and Colleagues

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The music of Irish composer Peter Fahey has been performed by iO Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Talea Ensemble. On October 25th, the American Composers Orchestra premiered his A Mirror to Kathleen's Face. Hear Fahey's Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Mixtapes

A Tribute to My Teachers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and eighth blackbird. Listen here to his Mixtape.

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WQXR Blog

New York Philharmonic to Spotlight Avant-Garde in 2014 Biennial

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For audiences accustomed to the lighter, friendlier style of contemporary music that is customary among American orchestras, this festival may provide a bracing jolt.

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New Sounds

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Friday, August 17, 2012

On this New Sounds, listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings with quasi-orchestral sounds, including a preview of the forthcoming record by guitar virtuoso Kaki King (pictured left), that features the string quartet, ETHEL.  The tune we've picked is "The Fire Eater," from Kaki's "GLOW," due out in October.  Also, hear "Dream Lightly," a work by New York-based composer Keeril Makan in collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra that uses the chiming and harmonics of electric guitar.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

While Sounding at Home, American Composers Orchestra Nevertheless Goes Big

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Under the leadership of George Manahan, the ACO has renewed its commitment to the next generation of young compositional voices. Find out how and get a download from Kati Agóc's album opener, Pearls.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

SONiC Boom!: American Composers Orchestra's First Night

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The opening concert of the 2011 SONiC Festival featured conductor George Manahan and the American Composers Orchestra performing works by Kenji Bunch, Christopher Stark, Alex Temple and others.

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Re:Sound: Second Installment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the second Re:Sound webcast: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the second half of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Festival 2011. Hear exclusive live performances of pieces by Marcos Balter, Son Lux, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Matt Marks and many more. 

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Re:Sound: First Installment

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the first Re:Sound: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the first four days of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Festival 2011. Hear exclusive live performances of pieces by Kati Agócs, Fabian Svensson, Kenji Bunch, Mark Dancigers and many more. 

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

SONiC Conclusion from the American Composers Orchestra

Monday, October 17, 2011

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, the concluding night of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center played palatial host to the world premiere of composer-performer Bryce Dessner's double guitar concerto, St. Carolyn by the Sea. Featuring Bryce Dessner on guitar along with his twin brother Aaron Dessner, the SONiC-commissioned piece was led by American Composer Orchestra conductor George Manahan and hosted by John Schaefer from WNYC's New Sounds Live. 

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SONiC Portrait: Bryce Dessner

Friday, October 14, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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SONiC Portrait: Matt Marks

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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SONiC Portrait: Susie Ibarra

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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SONiC Portrait: Marcos Balter

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay! 

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Q2 Music

Re:Sound: SONiC Redux

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Q2 Music and the American Composers Orchestra are launching a crowd-sourced presentation of new-music from the premiere-laden SONiC Festival, happening through October 22.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Orchestras To Premiere New Works

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Even in tight economic times, some orchestras are finding a way to commission and premiere new music. Here are the top five.

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SONiC Portrait: Andrew Norman

Monday, October 10, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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