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Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 1

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.”

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Unremembered, by Sarah Kirkland Snider

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.

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New Sounds Live: Big and Bigger Bands

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.

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New Sounds Live: Miners' Hymns Live

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.

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Robert Fripp’s Soundscapes, Live 2010, Part 2

Sunday, May 12, 2013

For this second installation of Robert Fripp's Soundscapes as part of New Sounds Live, we present performances that were recorded on the evenings of both Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2010.  These performances might possibly have been the last major public outings for the English guitarist, composer, and founder of the prog-rock band, King Crimson.

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New Sounds Live with Clogs, Orchestra for the New Century

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, hear some music from the Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 at Merkin Hall.  Listen to new works by  the indie chamber band Clogs in a trio incarnation with Padma Newsome (vocals, viola), Rachael Elliott (bassoon) and Thomas Kozumplik (percussion). Together with the Orchestra for the Next Century, directed by Gary Schneider, Clogs perform this new material, along with pieces by Newsome, Shara Worden and DM Stith. Plus, music from Causing a Tiger, a song-based improvising trio consisting of Violinist/Vocalist Carla Kihlstedt, Bassist/Guitarist Shahzad Ismaily, and Drummer/Storyteller Matthias Bossi.

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New Sounds Live at Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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For the final New Sounds Live concert this season, and in collaboration with the Ecstatic Music Festival, on March 14 at Merkin Hall, the Bang on a Can All-Stars perform world premieres of new commissions.  Hear works by the multimedia composer Anna Clyne, who manipulates changing patterns, hypnotic electronic guru Dan Deacon, Icelandic electronica minimalist Jóhann Jóhannsson, and electro-acoustic experimentalist and installation artist Paula Matthusen.  Also on the program, there are two more world premieres by looping orchestrator Tyondai Braxton and cross-genre composer/performer Fay Kueen Wang featuring Wang performing alongside the All-Stars.

Ecstatic Music Festival:
Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert
Thursday, March 14, 2013  |  7:30pm
TICKETS via MERKIN HALL BOX OFFICE

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New Sounds Live: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Face the Music

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear the concert recording of the world premiere of violinist vocalist Carla Kihlstedt's "At Night We Walk In Circles And Are Consumed by Fire."  The work is a collaborative commission with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and inspired by dreams - dreams collected from the band, some of her own, and some solicited through Facebook.  Comprised of nine song-parts, the topics range from meeting one's younger self, to having all of your teeth fall out, and a flying dream.

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Ecstatic Music Festival 2013: Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WNYC

For this second of three New Sounds Live concerts from the Ecstatic Music Festival, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 7:30PM at Merkin Hall, it's a double-bill of vocally-driven new music. Hear Sarah Kirkland Snider's new 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. Also sharing the bill is the indie chamber band Clogs in a trio incarnation with Newsome (vocals, viola), Rachael Elliott (bassoon) and Thomas Kozumplik (percussion). Together with the Orchestra for the Next Century, directed by Gary Schneider, Clogs perform new works and arrangements by Newsome, Worden and Stith.

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New Sounds Live: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Face the Music

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

WNYC

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival present multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader and composer Carla Kihlstedt together with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), for the premiere of Kihlstedt's new ICElab commission, At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire. Written for nine members of ICE plus Kihlstedt, the song cycle is based on dreams and their mirror on waking lives.  Also on the bill are Kihlstedt's band, Causing a Tiger, and teen alt-classical ensemble Face the Music, who will join ICE in performing the legendary composer George Lewis's Artificial Life 2007.

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New Sounds Live with Shara Worden and yMusic

Friday, December 28, 2012

Held until now, hear some of the music from the New Sounds Live with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) & yMusic from March of 2011 on tonight's show.  At that concert, Worden wore both her composer and performer hats, treating us to songs that were included o her Fall 2011 release, "All Things Will Unwind." Highlights from the night include live performances of "Be Brave," "There's a Rat," "She Does Not Brave the War," and others, featuring yMusic, percussionist Brian Wolfe, and guest vocals by DM Stith at Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: The Brooklyn Philharmonic's Season Preview

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On Thursday Q2 Music presented a live audio stream of the season-opening concert of the Brooklyn Philharmonic with world premieres from Ted Hearne, Kendall Williams, Matt Marks and more.

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On-Demand Audio: Vijay Iyer and Missy Mazzoli's Victoire

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This October, Q2 Music partnered with WNYC's New Sounds Live to present the eclectic composer-pianist Vijay Iyer in an exciting double billing with composer's Missy Mazzoli's all-female band, Victoire. Hear the show at 8 pm tonight on New York Now.

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Listen Live: Antibalas and Ted Leo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On Tuesday, October 23 at 8 pm, ET, Q2 Music present a live audio webcast of the dynamic, 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas and the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ted Leo interpreting the music of Hugh Masekela.

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New Sounds Live: Bobby Previte & So Percussion

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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.

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New Sounds Live: Ethel plays Jacob TV, Part II

Sunday, July 22, 2012

From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, the string quartet Ethel plays music by Dutch composer Jacob TV (Jacob ter Veldhuis), including the controversial “Take A Wild Guess,” based on sound clips of prison inmates, and the lighthearted “Body of Your Dreams,” built around samples of TV infomercials.

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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Monday, July 16, 2012

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.

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New Sounds Live: Big and Bigger Bands

Friday, June 22, 2012

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.

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Robert Fripp’s Soundscapes, Live 2010, Part 2

Monday, May 07, 2012

For this second installation of Robert Fripp's Soundscapes as part of New Sounds Live, we present performances that were recorded on the evenings of both Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2010.  These performances might possibly have been the last major public outings for the English guitarist, composer, and founder of the prog-rock band, King Crimson.

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Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 2

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.

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