Ecstatic Music Festival
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
March 26, avant rock duo Buke and Gase joined So Percussion at Merkin Concert Hall, as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The evening features new music performed on a mix of traditional and homemade instruments. Listen to the entire show on demand.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Last Thursday, Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert featuring music of Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
February 19, composer-vocalist Lesley Flanigan joined Brooklyn-based performance-art rockers People Get Ready as part of Kaufman Music Center's 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. The evening included the premiere of a new collaborative vocal composition as well as sets from both Flanigan and the band.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Limning the same borders between and across genres as New Sounds, the Ecstatic Music Festival is an entire series of adventurous commissions & collaborations between artists with different musical backgrounds. The Ecstatic Music Festival is now in its fourth season at the Kaufman Center and brings together all sorts myriad influences, resulting in brilliant and ambitious musical chimeras, inhabiting the space between and across the traditions from which they originated. The full Ecstatic Music Festival (Feb 1-March 29) schedule is HERE. New Sounds is proud to co-present the following shows:
Friday, January 31, 2014
Jan. 31, Brooklyn-based indie trio Hospitality, teamed up with the new-music wunderkinds Face the Music to kick off the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival live in The Greene Space at WQXR. Watch the entire performance on demand.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Today at 1 pm, Q2 Music presents a one-hour special hosted by Helga Davis outlining the upcoming 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival with commentary by festival curator Judd Greenstein.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
For this New Sounds, listen to selections from Sarah Kirkland Snider's epic song cycle, Penelope. From a New Sounds Live recorded in March of 2011 at Merkin Hall as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, hear composer/vocalist Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond. together with the versatile sextet yMusic. Also, yMusic performs Snider's instrumental piece, "Daughter of the Waves."
Saturday, August 31, 2013
From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, we'll hear part of Bobby Previte's "Terminals," a set of five pocket concertos for five different soloists and orchestra, which had its premiere exactly one month ago tonight at Merkin Hall as part of the closing concert of the Ecstatic Music Festival. So Percussion is the "orchestra" for these works, which left space for the soloists to bring their own improvising voices to the work — voices that Previte knows well from years of collaboration with each.
Friday, August 23, 2013
This New Sounds program explores the impact that the subgenre known as “glitch” music has had on the new music world. Listen to Daniel Wohl’s piece, “Glitch,” as performed by the Calder Quartet interacting with electronics from a New Sounds Live in collaboration with the Ecstatic Music Festival.
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Composer Darcy James Argue thinks big. His band, The Secret Society, is a 17- or 18-piece ensemble (there were 18 this time) brass-heavy big band, with electric guitar, bass, keys and drums. The band was formed to play Argue’s music, but in our New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall, on February 24, 2011, that changed. In an appropriately big way. The band presented world premieres by three different composers – none of them named Darcy James Argue. Tonight, we’ll hear the first performances of “Three Fragments” by award-winning, big-brained jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, and “Lock The Door, Swallow The Key,” a stomping work from the gifted young Canadian composer Nicole Lizee.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to part two of the New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival concert with Dan Deacon. Hear Deacon’s “An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes,” as an entire movement of the work is set to a wooden block click track. The performance / classical instrument dance party features the NOW Ensemble, the Calder String Quartet, and Deacon's live processing.
Monday, July 29, 2013
For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to some more highlights from the New Sounds Live concert series at Merkin Hall, collaborating with the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival. Hear Dan Deacon’s large-scale work for the NOW Ensemble, the Calder String Quartet, and live processing, “An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes.”
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Hear the world premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's latest song-cycle for seven vocalists and chamber orchestra,"Unremembered," featuring vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Padma Newsome along with the Orchestra for the Next Century. The work sets poetry by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows, recalling strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Recorded live at Merkin Hall as part of the New Sounds Live concert series, together with the Ecstatic Music Festival in 2011, 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.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear “The Miners’ Hymns,” a film score from the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The work is a brass-heavy elegy to the coal mining culture in Northeast England, with the brass elements hearkening back to the colliery bands, which used to be the local entertainment.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Kim Nowacki : Online Producer, WQXR
The latest episode of Q2 Spaces takes us to Washington’s Puget Sound and the small sailboat where musician, composer, collaborator and producer Jherek Bischoff was raised.