David T. Little

New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Big and Bigger Bands

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recorded live at Merkin Hall as part of the New Sounds Live concert series, together with the Ecstatic Music Festival mere weeks ago, listen to premiere works by the 8-piece ensemble Newspeak and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the 18-piece big band.  Mind control experiments and conspiracy theories are the subject matter for these brand-new pieces, and there might be works by Vijay Iyer and Nicole Lizée as well. 


New Sounds

Newspeak & Alt-Classical Bands

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to some "alt-classical" or "indie classical" bands, like Newspeak or the Paul Bailey Ensemble.  Newspeak is an eight-piece amplified ensemble working under the direction of composer David T. Little and clarinetist Eileen Mack. Named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell’s 1984, Newspeak explores the grey area where art and politics mix.  We'll hear the group, from their "Sweet Light Crude" release, playing a work by Missy Mazzoli - "In spite of all this." 


New Sounds Live

Darcy James Argue vs. David T. Little with Vijay Iyer & Nicole Lizee

Monday, February 14, 2011


Mind control experiments and conspiracy theories are the subject matter for brand-new music performed by an electric chamber ensemble and a Grammy-nominated big band. Those are just two of the four offerings on this New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall, part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, on Thursday February 24, 2011 at 7:30.  Socially engaged, hybrid genre-straddling ensembles Newspeak and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society take on brand new works written specifically for each. 

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