On Wednesday May 11 at 7:30 pm, Nadia Sirota hosts an evening chock full of world premieres from young composer-performers live from (Le) Poisson Rouge, home of the 2011 installment of the landmark new-music commissioning series, MATA Festival. The show features performances from Corey Dargel and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Angélica Negrón and Cantori NY, Chris Danforth with Jeff Bina, and French-born bassist, Florent Ghys, and includes on-stage interviews with the composers themselves.
Begun in 1996 by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa, MATA has become a mainstay of New York City's spring musical offerings, allowing a multi-evening opportunity for emerging composers to work with adventurous, flexible ensembles as well as audiences to discover new strands in contemporary classical music. In addition to the actual concerts, MATA provides compositional workshops with established composers and community-building events to foster momentum and future collaborations.
The 2011 MATA Festival residency at (Le) Poisson Rouge spans three nights, with May 10 being devoted to New York-based ACME joining forces with the Italian group l'arsenale for music spanning eight composers and seven countries. Metropolis Ensemble closes out the festival on May 12 with works ranging from Brad Balliett and Elliot Cole's hip-hopera, The Rake, to pieces from Chilean-born, 20-year old Remmy Canedo and New York's own Ryan Carter.
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All shows are being recorded by Q2 for on-demand streaming on wqxr.org. The May 11 live Webcast audio will be available the following day at the top of this page.