Ecstatic in March

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The inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall closes this month with its most concentrated and ambitious programming to date. Featuring six concerts and two New Sounds Live Webcasts on Q2, the festival's culmination epitomizes music-making at its most collaborative and experimental. 

The Ecstatic Music Festival comes to a roaring finish with concerts featuring composer and festival curator, Judd Greenstein, Olga Bell, Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, Owen Pallett, Nadia Sirota, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), Clogs, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Shara Worden, yMusic, Sarah Kirkland Snider, So Percussion and Bobby Previte. Judd Greenstein continues his exclusive series of introductions below, explaining the catalyst behind these creative pairings. Two performances, including Shara Worden with yMusic and So Percussion with Bobby Previte and special guests, will be Webcast live on Q2 as part of New Sounds Live with WNYC's John Schaefer.

Though each performance in March has a distinct and unique voice, the common theme of musical openness and the creation of a final artistic product through collaboration between creators and interpreters runs throughout each concert. From Andres and Kahane's backward glance at Charles Ives to Shara Worden's newly-discovered compositional voice to Bobby Previte's experimental concerto for soloists and So Percussion, each concert pushes the sound barrier and is truly a testament to the saying, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Judging by the caliber of its parts, one can only imagine what the final outcome will be!

This inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival has been a regular who's who of New York's New Music scene, but has paired these musicians in refreshing and unexpected ways. It has provided a platform for artists to bend the confines of genre and redefine themselves simply as 21st century composers. It has also been an exciting opportunity for disparate audiences to intermingle and together bear witness to explosive compositional results and countless world premieres. It has thrust new voices into the spotlight and given increasing momentum to New York's bustling musical culture.

Judd GreensteinJudd Greenstein (The Yehudim) and Olga Bell (Bell)
Thursday, March 3

Timo AndresTimo Andres and Gabriel Kahane
Saturday, March 5

Owen PallettOwen Pallett, Nadia Sirota and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman)
Wednesday, March 9

ClogsClogs and Brooklyn Youth Chorus
Saturday, March 12

Shara WordenNew Sounds Live Webcast on Q2
Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider and yMusic
Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

So PercussionNew Sounds Live Webcast on Q2
So Percussion and Bobby Previte with Special Guests

Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.