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Shara Worden and Orchestra for the New Century at 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival

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Watch Live: Max Richter and American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 pm, watch a live video stream of composer Max Richter and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing a sold-out performance at Le Poisson Rouge.

Listen: ETHEL, Kaki King and John King

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday, March 21 ETHEL string quartet, guitarist Kaki King and composer John King came together at the Ecstatic Music Festival for an evening of collaboration.


Listen Live: All-Star 80th Birthday Celebration for Terry Riley

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tonight, March 18 at 7:30 pm, join us for a live audio stream of Terry Riley's 80th Birthday Concert, live from the Ecstatic Music Festival and hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. 

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Listen: AXIOM Performs Cage, Harrison and Nancarrow

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ensemble AXIOM presented a program of John Cage, Lou Harrison and Conlon Nancarrow in a collaboration with pianist Han Chen and Juilliard's graduate resident quartet, the Aeolus Quartet.


Listen: Strings of Ensemble LPR Premiere David Longstreth and Mica Levi

Friday, March 13, 2015

On March 11, Ensemble LPR gave two premieres, from David Longstreth and Mica Levi, alongside works by Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis at Le Poisson Rouge.

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Listen: Julia Holter, Alex Temple and Spektral Quartet

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Julia Holter and Chicago's Spektral Quartet recently appeared at the Ecstatic Music Festival to play music inspired by James Blake, Guillaume de Machaut and transformation.

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Listen: Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Thursday, February 26, 2015

On Feb. 26, the Bang on a Can All-Stars presented world premieres of new music by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) and Donnacha Dennehy. Listen to the entire concert.


Listen: Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words World Premiere

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February 9, American baritone Thomas Hampson delivered the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Civil Words, a song cycle set to texts from the American Civil War.


Listen: Helado Negro & thingNY

Friday, February 20, 2015

Songwriter and electronic musician Heldago Negro joined the New York City-based experimental music collective thingNY onstage on Feb. 18 at the Ecstatic Music Festival.


Listen: Tan Dun and Friends 'From China to New York' in Music and Conversation

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On Jan. 10, composer Tan Dun hosted an evening of music and conversation with fellow composers Chou Wen-chung, Chen Yi and Zhou Long from the New York Historical Society. Listen now.


Listen: Mantra Percussion and Ian Williams Kick Off Indie-Classical Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jan. 15, the Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off its fifth season with a pairing of Battles guitarist Ian Williams and Mantra Percussion live at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.


Listen: Pianist Jenny Lin Plays Ukrainian Nostalgist

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Wednesday, Feb. 4 pianist Jenny Lin celebrated the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov with the program "Nostalghia" at Le Poisson Rouge.


Listen: Pianist Sarah Cahill Plays Terry Riley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 29, pianist Sarah Cahill celebrated the 80th birthday year of iconic minimalist Terry Riley with a program of pieces written in his honor. Listen to the entire show.

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Listen: Roomful of Teeth Performs Paul Lansky

Sunday, January 18, 2015

October 19, members of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth performed new arrangements of Paul Lansky's "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.


Listen: AXIOM Performs Adams, Birtwistle and Messiaen

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Juilliard School's AXIOM Ensemble's 2014-2015 season began with an instant classic of American modernism and closed with a masterwork of the European avant-garde.


Music of Philip Glass with Pianist Lisa Moore

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Watch a live videocast on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm of pianist and former Bang on a Can All-star Lisa Moore performing solo piano works by Philip Glass from Le Poisson Rouge. 

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On-Demand Audio: Holly Herndon's "Idle Chatter Response"

Monday, January 12, 2015

October 19, electronic-music composer Holly Herndon offered a response to Paul Lansky's seminal "Idle Chatter" series at the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.


On-Demand Audio: Vicky Chow and 40 1-Bit Speakers

Saturday, January 10, 2015

October 19, pianist Vicky Chow performed Tristan Perich's music for piano and 1-bit electronics live at MoMA PS1 as part of the "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.


On-Demand Audio: Olga Bell is Sitting in a Room

Friday, January 09, 2015

Hear vocalist Olga Bell perform Alvin Lucier's seminal "I Am Sitting in a Room" live at MoMA PS1 as part of the day-long "Sound/Source" festival of electronic music.


On Demand Video: Q2 Music's Best of 2014 in New Music

Friday, December 05, 2014

Tuesday, Dec. 2, Q2 Music presented a star-studded celebration of the year’s most compelling new-music recordings, hosted by Meet the Composer's Nadia Sirota. 


Listen: Wordless Music Orchesta Reworks 'Tubular Bells'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

October 16, members of the Wordless Music Orchestra presented a new arrangement of Tubular Bells, the 1973 rock opus best known for its inclusion in "The Exorcist."