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MATA Festival, 2011: Opening Night

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This week on Cued Up, we invite you to listen to the first of three concerts presented by the annual MATA festival, which took place in New York City this past May at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The opening night program features the New York-based ACME as well as L’arsenale, the Italian new music ensemble, for an evening of premieres and some unmistakably fresh music by eight composers from seven countries.

Founded in 1996 by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky and Lisa Bielawa, MATA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world.

Join us this Sunday at 2 p.m. to experience Icelandic music by Gudmundur Gunnarsson; Christopher Adler’s mesmerizing new work for Chinese mouth organ and oboe; Nicolas Tzortiz's and Patricia Martinez's respective micro-worlds of string-music; Mauricio Pauly's freak-in for violin, viola, mandolin, and accordion; the painterly abstraction of Sardinian composer Christian Cassinelli; and the first MATA commission of the Festival, Canadian Christopher Mayo’s Of Trees & Fields & Men, tag-teamed by both ACME and L’arsenale.