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Watch Live: NOW Ensemble Unveils New Album 'Dreamfall'

Friday, April 10, 2015

Monday, June 15 at 7 pm, indie-classical standard-bearers NOW Ensemble celebrate the release of their latest album "Dreamfall" with a performance live from The Greene Space.

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Monday, March 16, 2015

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan.

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan. 

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New Sounds

Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 2

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Listen to part two of the New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival concert with Dan Deacon from 2012, complete with classical instrument dance party set to a wooden block click track.

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New Sounds

Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 1

Saturday, August 30, 2014

For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to some highlights from the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival, featuring music by electronic rocker & composer Dan Deacon. (Part 1 of 2).

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Monday, November 25, 2013

Listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings, including music by guitar virtuoso Kaki King that features the string quartet ETHEL, music from Bill Frisell, & NY-based Keeril Makan.

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Mixtapes

Judd Greenstein on the Space Between Sounds

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Composer Judd Greenstein is a ubiquitous presence in New York's contemporary music scene. He's a co-founder of New Amsterdam Records and curator of the annual Ecstatic Music Festival and is featured on Saturday's 21cLiederabend festival at BAM. Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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New Sounds

New Music Ensembles

Saturday, September 28, 2013

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change."

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New Sounds

Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 2

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.

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New Sounds

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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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar

Monday, November 05, 2012

Listeners familiar with the music of Missy Mazzoli are unlikely to be shocked by her latest CD, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, which suggests the gentle, queasy motion of an ocean liner.

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New Sounds

New Music Ensembles

Friday, September 14, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll hear new releases from the New York-based collective NOW Ensemble and the sax foursome, the PRISM Quartet.  Three of NOW's founding members are composers, including Judd Greenstein, who also heads up the record label, New Amsterdam.  Greenstein's music blends a bit of jazz, the fun syncopations of hip-hop, and nifty interlocking groovy riffs of minimalism, and can just as easily be heard in a club as it could be in a concert hall.  He's also one of the so-called "indie classical" composers, those from a younger generation who have absorbed minimalism, but incorporate electronics, electric guitar, and all sorts of non-traditionally symphonic instruments into their music.  From NOW Ensemble's latest, "Awake," we'll hear "Change."

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New Sounds

Guitars Plus

Friday, August 17, 2012

On this New Sounds, listen to pieces combining guitar(s) and strings with quasi-orchestral sounds, including a preview of the forthcoming record by guitar virtuoso Kaki King (pictured left), that features the string quartet, ETHEL.  The tune we've picked is "The Fire Eater," from Kaki's "GLOW," due out in October.  Also, hear "Dream Lightly," a work by New York-based composer Keeril Makan in collaboration with the American Composers Orchestra that uses the chiming and harmonics of electric guitar.

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New Sounds

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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New Sounds

Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 1

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Listen Now: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Listen now to indie heavyweight Dan Deacon's compositions performed in Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.

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New Sounds Live

Ecstatic Music Festival: Dan Deacon with NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

WNYC

The celebrated New York-born composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival following last year’s sold-out collaboration with So Percussion. This time around, Deacon has prepared a series of new works for two chamber groups: NOW Ensemble, dubbed “a deft young group gaining attention” (New Yorker), and the “outstanding” (New York Times) Calder Quartet.

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Q2 Music

Awake with NOW Ensemble, Chiara and Matmos

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Join us Thursday at 7 pm to hear a performance by NOW Ensemble, Chiara Quartet and Matmos celebrating two CD releases at the Greenwich Village venue (le) Poisson Rouge.

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Q2 Music

Judd Greenstein: Pulsating Complexity with Indie-Classical Populism

Friday, February 03, 2012

Few composers personify New York's young new-music scene in quite the same way as Judd Greenstein. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the ETHEL string quartet and by the Minnesota Orchestra. New Amsterdam, the label he co-founded with composers Sarah Kirkland Snider and William Brittelle, serves as an umbrella for many of the city's most celebrated young composers and ensembles, including his own NOW Ensemble of new-music virtuosos. In 2011, he inaugurated the Ecstatic Music Festival, bringing together indie rock, jazz and classical music for a series of cross-genre concerts and collaborations.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Extended Play with JACK Quartet, Imani Winds, Dither, and NOW Ensemble

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The ferociously fearless JACK Quartet hosted Extended Play, SONiC's all day marathon of New Music featuring some of the most innovative ensembles New York City has to offer. The nine hour extravaganza took place from noon to midnight on October 16, 2011, featured eight ensembles, and highlighted the works of forty-four composers.

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