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New Sounds Live: Happy 80th Birthday Terry Riley

Thursday, April 09, 2015

From the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded at Merkin Hall, Marco Benevento, Travis Laplante, Emily Wells, Lorna Dune & Gyan Riley celebrate minimalist composer Terry Riley's birthday.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: ETHEL, John King, & Kaki King

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

From the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded at Merkin Hall, we present a three-pronged collaboration of composer John King, guitarist Kaki King, and the string quartet ETHEL.

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New Sounds Live

Ecstatic Music Festival 2015 Concerts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WNYC
New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival co-present three shows this spring: Bang on a Can's PCF Concert on 2/26, Terry Riley's 80th on 3/18, & John King/Kaki King/ETHEL on 3/21.
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New Sounds

Ecstatic Music Festival 2014: Timo Andres Work Songs

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to music from the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live last month at Merkin Hall. Hear selections from “Work Songs” by Timo Andres for three voices, two guitars, keyboard, accordion, and piano.  Timo challenged himself to write vocal music and the resulting Work Songs are striking.  The texts revolve around labor; balancing songs about feelings of discouragement and exhaustion with songs meant to provide comfort to workers.

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New York Now

Listen: Bang On A Can's People's Commissioning Fund Concert

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.

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New Sounds Live

Ecstatic Music Festival 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

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:

 

 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jherek Bischoff

Friday, February 03, 2012

Seattle composer-performer Jherek Bischoff opens the 2nd Annual Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall on Saturday night. Download his quirky instrumental "Secret of the Machines."

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Q2 Music

Ecstatic in March

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall closes this March with its most concentrated month of ambitious programming to date. Featuring six concerts and two Webcasts on Q2, the festival's culmination epitomizes music-making at its most collaborative and experimental.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Bang on a Can All-Stars Live Audio Web cast

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

On Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live team up once again to bring you a live Web cast from Merkin Concert Hall with WNYC host, John Schaefer. Part of the inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival, this annual world premiere-commissioning concert presents the perennially badass Bang on a Can All-Stars live in concert.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Ecstatic Music Marathon: Part 1

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The Ecstatic Music Festival, a two-month event dedicated to exploring the boundaries between classical music and pop, kicked off with an eight-hour marathon last month. Check out some of the highlights on Q2.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Ecstatic Music Festival, feat. So Percussion

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on Monday afternoon for a free 7-hour music marathon from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. One of the must sees from the marathon is the Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion.

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Q2 Music

Ecstatic in January Audio Tour

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Composer Judd Greenstein recently came by the WQXR studios to explain the impetus behind Merkin Concert Hall's first ever Ecstatic Music Festival: an ambitious, 14-concert festival he's created as an experimental model for fostering collaboration among artists of different musical fields. In addition, Greenstein took us on a focused, guided tour through each intriguing concert pairing.

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Gig Alerts: Elizabeth & The Catapult

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The indie pop trio headlines tonight's New Sounds concert at Merkin Hall. Download their playful track "Race You."

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Gig Alerts: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Acclaimed pianist Tord Gustavsen takes the stage with his quintet at Merkin Concert Hall tonight to play tunes from his new release Restored, Returned. Download the album's stirring title track.

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Gig Alerts: Nadejda Vlaeva

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nadejda Vlaeva
"Lesghinka"
Playing at: Merkin Concert Hall
(29 W. 67th St., Upper West Side)
Get: Tickets | Directions

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