What do you get when you combine the talents of two expert curators, 16 world-class ensembles and over 100 young composers? You get an atwitter Q2 Music and the first-ever SONiC Festival, an exciting and diverse new-music festival whose participants we'll preview all week at 11 am and 11 pm on Hammered!.
Let's turn over the mic to composer and SONiC curator Derek Bermel, who explains the festival's aim:
"We wanted to present a snapshot of the younger generation of music-makers, to showcase the richness, vitality, and diversity of the music being created right now – under our very noses here in New York and throughout the world. Emerging composers today have much greater access to different traditions and influences, and we are celebrating that by not restricting the music we present to any one style, movement, or agenda. We want to bring more public awareness to the many directions contemporary music is moving in, and to show everyone that ‘the composer’ is alive and thriving.”
Umm, YES! Well said. To pre-game for the festival's first event this Friday, we'll hear keyboard works throughout the week by 25 of the over 100 composers age 40 and under that will be featured at SONiC, along with performances by Bermel's co-curator and new-music piano ninja Stephen Gosling. Rounding out Monday's show are works by Caleb Burhans and Timothy Andres, who performs his own It Takes A Long Time To Become A Good Composer.
We'll also hear from Andy Akiho, Suzanne Farrin, Kati Agócs, Ryan Brown, Judd Greenstein, Nathan Davis, and on and on and on... It is confounding how much incredible (and incredibly diverse) music is being made right now, in your very own Brooklyn backyard.