SONiC Festival 2011

100+ Composers Age 40 and Under Dominate ACO's SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Festival

Q2 Music teams up with the American Composers Orchestra to take you note-by-note through the inaugural SONiC: Sounds of a New Century festival. From October 14-22, 2011, SONiC's curators -- composer Derek Bermel and pianist Stephen Gosling -- promise an embarrassment of riches with premiere performances, ambitious composers and fierce, young ensembles. Q2 Music offers on-demand streams of hot-off-the-presses concerts, crowd-sourced Webcasts of your favorite SONiC pieces as part of our Re:Sound project, and in-depth conversations with featured composers.

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JACK Quartet, PRISM, and the Young People's Chorus of New York: Live at SONiC

Saturday, December 03, 2011

On October 16th, 2011, JACK Quartet hosted Extended Play, the American Composers Orchestra's Sounds of a New Century Festival all-day marathon of new-music featuring passionate and adventurous New York City-based ensembles. With JACK leading the way, the nine hour extravaganza took place from noon to midnight, featured eight ensembles, and highlighted the works of forty-four composers.

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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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Eighth Blackbird in Flight at Miller Theatre

Thursday, November 24, 2011

This second performance of the SONiC Festival, titled Fractured Jams, featured the Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird performing works by Dan Visconti, Timothy Andres, Bruno Mantovani, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caleb Burhans and Fabien Svensson. In addition to being one of three NYC premieres, Bruno Mantovani’s Chamber Concert No. 2 was an eighth blackbird commission.

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Either/Or: Live from Miller Theatre

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The 2011 SONiC Festival featured some of the most acclaimed ensembles on the new-music scene performing the work of over 100 composers age 40 and under. This selection, recorded on October 17 at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, featured the Either/Or Ensemble. The group performed works by Raphaël Cendo, Hans Thomalla, Richard Carrick, Erin Gee, Keeril Makan and also offered the U.S. premiere of Jonny Greenwood's smear.

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SONiC Boom!: American Composers Orchestra's First Night

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The opening concert of the 2011 SONiC Festival featured conductor George Manahan and the American Composers Orchestra performing works by Kenji Bunch, Christopher Stark, Alex Temple and others.

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Re:Sound: Second Installment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the second Re:Sound webcast: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the second half of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Festival 2011. Hear exclusive live performances of pieces by Marcos Balter, Son Lux, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Matt Marks and many more. 

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Re:Sound: First Installment

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the first Re:Sound: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the first four days of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Festival 2011. Hear exclusive live performances of pieces by Kati Agócs, Fabian Svensson, Kenji Bunch, Mark Dancigers and many more. 

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SONiC Conclusion from the American Composers Orchestra

Monday, October 17, 2011

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, the concluding night of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center played palatial host to the world premiere of composer-performer Bryce Dessner's double guitar concerto, St. Carolyn by the Sea. Featuring Bryce Dessner on guitar along with his twin brother Aaron Dessner, the SONiC-commissioned piece was led by American Composer Orchestra conductor George Manahan and hosted by John Schaefer from WNYC's New Sounds Live. 

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Derek Bermel: Travels in Ethnomusicology

Monday, October 17, 2011

After his clarinet was stolen from a Paris phone booth, Derek Bermel explains, he gave up busking to become a goatherd in the south of the country. He has studied the music of Yemen in Jerusalem, the music of Thrace in Bulgaria, choro music in Brazil, and in Ghana the music of a xylophone-like instument called the gyil, and conducted a choir of emotionally disturbed boys at a residential center in New York City.

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SONiC Portrait: Bryce Dessner

Friday, October 14, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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SONiC Portrait: Matt Marks

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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SONiC Portrait: Susie Ibarra

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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SONiC Portrait: Marcos Balter

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay! 

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Re:Sound: SONiC Redux

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Q2 Music and the American Composers Orchestra are launching a crowd-sourced presentation of new-music from the premiere-laden SONiC Festival, happening through October 22.

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Piano Sounds of a New Century

Monday, October 10, 2011

What do you get when you combine the talents of two expert curators, 16 world-class ensembles and over 100 young composers? You get an atwitter Q2 Music and the first-ever SONiC Festival, an exciting and diverse new-music festival whose participants we'll preview all week at 11 am and 11 pm on Hammered!

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SONiC Portrait: Andrew Norman

Monday, October 10, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

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Super SONiC

Monday, October 03, 2011

SONiC, a festival celebrating composers under 40 and works all written within the 21st Century opens next week. Today, we chat with SONiC co-producer Derek Bermel and featured composer, Kenji Bunch, to find out: what will set this century apart from the last?

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