Merkin Concert Hall
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Monday, January 17, 2011
By Douglas Q. Smith : WNYC Culture Producer
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.
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.