Sounds of a New Century (SONiC) Festival 2015

Q2 Music and the American Composers Orchestra are partnering to bring the entire 2015 SONiC festival to your fingertips and earbuds. Check back on this page for on-demand concert audio and ways to lend your voice to the festival.

SONiC returns to New York from Thursday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 23 with concerts at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Arts Brookfield and Roulette, among many others. Hailed in its first edition in 2011 as “a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium” (The Guardian), SONiC is a festival of 21st-century music by more than 80 composers age 40 and under. 

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 PMCelebrate the launch of the festival with a concert and live videocast at The Greene Space at WQXR hosted by Terrance McKnight. The evening features music performed by Music from Copland House by the emerging composers of Copland House's Cultivate institute, including Viet Cuong, Reena Esmail, Michael Gilbertson, Gity Razaz, Steven Snowden and Dan Visconti.

Saturday, Oct. 24: Stream the next installment in our 24 on the 24th series with Generations XYZ – a 24-hour marathon stream of music by composers age 40 and under, as nominated by new-music-craving, discovery-seeking listeners such as yourself. Voting is open now

Through SONiC's Re:Sound, Q2 Music will devote a special program to recordings of listener favorites from the 2015 festival. Audience members will be able to vote online or via mobile phone for the piece they would most like to hear again.

SONiC is curated by American Composers Orchestra Artistic Director Derek Bermel with Associate Curator Anna Clyne.

Recently in SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival 2015

Listen: Duo Cortona and Derek Bermel Out of the Box

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

This second installment of the JACK Quartet's marathon at the 2015 SONiC Festival features performances from violin/voice ensemble Duo Cortona and from clarinetist Derek Bermel.


Listen: American Composers Orchestra's 'Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts'

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On October 23, the American Composers Orchestra closed the 2015 SONiC Festival with five orchestral world premieres at Carnegie Hall.


Listen: JACK Quartet's Out of the Box Marathon with So Percussion

Monday, December 21, 2015

October 18, JACK Quartet presented "JACK Out of the Box": a six-hour marathon of premieres by 17 composers. Set one featured guests So Percussion and Rachel Calloway.


Listen: Machine Music with Acoustic and Robotic Instruments

Thursday, December 17, 2015

On Oct 17, the SONiC Festival presented an afternoon program of music that incorporated new robotic instruments with acoustic instruments and voices.

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Listen: Four 'New York Stories' World Premieres at 2015 SONiC Festival

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Friday, Oct. 16, conductor George Manahan led the American Composers Orchestra in an evening of four world premieres, including works by Judd Greenstein and Angélica Negrón.


Listen: Clarice Assad's Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

On October 21, 2015 ensemble Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band roared in an evening of Latin and avant-garde jazz at DROM for SONiC Afterhours.


Listen: Alarm Will Sound and Three New York Premieres

Monday, November 23, 2015

October 22, Alarm Will Sound performed at Merkin Concert Hall for the 2015 SONiC Festival.


Listen: Visualizing Music at National Sawdust's SONiC Afterhours

Thursday, November 19, 2015

October 17, a spectacle of sound and visual art captivated audiences at the 2015 SONiC Festival at National Sawdust featuring two world premieres.


Listen: wild Up's West Coast Experimentalism at Roulette

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On Tuesday, Oct.20, wild Up performed "a study of west coast: experimentalism, pulse music, noise, punk rock, Los Angeles, and tumbleweeds" for the SONiC Festival at Roulette. 


Listen: Nieuw Amsterdams Piel at Le Poisson Rouge

Monday, November 09, 2015

On October 19, Dutch ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil presented five premieres at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the 2015 SONiC Festival.


Listen: Roomful of Teeth Premieres Ted Hearne and Anna Clyne at National Sawdust

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

October 17, Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth took center stage at the 2015 SONiC Festival at National Sawdust for an evening of diverse selections.


Watch: SONiC Boom! Kicking Off the Sounds of a New Century Festival

Friday, October 16, 2015

On Oct. 15, Q2 Music kicked off the American Composers Orchestra's Sounds of a New Century Festival (SONiC) in The Greene Space at WQXR with Music from Copland House.


Generation XYZ: 24-Hour Marathon of Composers Age 40 and Under

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

All day today, join us for an encore presentation of Generation XYZ, a 24-hour marathon of music by your favorite composers from around the world, ages 40 and under. 

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