The Key Composers of MATA

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'Tis the season for young composers, brand spanking new music and killer performances courtesy of the 2011 MATA Festival. Tune into Hammered! this week for piano works by composers currently and previously featured by the MATA festival with performances from MATA's deep roster of musicians.

We'll kick off the week by revisiting last year's festival with live performances from composers Tristan Perich and Missy Mazzoli playing their own works (qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq and Orizzonte, respectively). Also from the 2010 festival, frequent MATA contributor and former Bang On A Can All-Star Lisa Moore performs Bad Blood by Julian Day and Piano Step by Sam Adams.

Rounding out the hour are two short piano works by MATA founders Philip Glass and Eleanor Sandresky, and a performance of Avner Dorman's Piano Concerto by one of this year's featured ensembles, the Metropolis Ensemble, who performs new works by Ryan Carter, Brad Balliett and Elliot Cole on Thursday, May 12 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

We're laying it on thick this week, so tune in Tuesday through Friday for more MATA-inspired works by Florent Ghys, Eve Beglarian, Derek Bermel and Annie Gosfield, and well as some unexpected guests from MATA past, including Brian Ferneyhough (Lemma-Icon-Epigram), Erik Satie (Three Gymnopedies) and Duke Ellington (among other tunes, the Black And Tan Fantasy). 

And of course, check out the 2011 MATA lineup [below] for this week's extraordinary showcase of young composers and performers, including Wednesday's MATA-flavored Webcast from (Le) Poisson Rouge, hosted by our own Nadia Sirota.