Listen Now: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet

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On Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm ET, Q2 Music and New Sounds Live present a live audio webcast of composer and indie heavyweight Dan Deacon from Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival. Following on last year's collaboration with So Percussion, Dan Deacon now teams up with NOW Ensemble and the Calder Quartet to present a series of world premiere works for chamber ensembles.

Dan Deacon's works range from full-blown beat-heavy, electro-acoustic assaults to works for more intimate chamber ensembles, film scores and recently, orchestra. NOW Ensemble boasts an unusual chamber orchestration of electric guitar, flute, clarinet, piano and double bass, and has collaborated with Missy Mazzoli, Tristan Perich and Jason Treuting, among others. The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet has a reputation for jumping seamlessly across musical boundaries; their resume includes work with Terry Riley and Christopher Rouse as well as collaborations with singer-songwriter, Andrew W.K.

For previous Ecstatic Music Festival show audio now available on-demand, visit our Ecstatic Music On-Demand archive.

 

 

 

 

Dan Deacon and New Sounds Live host John Schaefer meeting and checking microphones before the performance from Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival.
Dan Deacon and New Sounds Live host John Schaefer meeting and checking microphones before the performance from Merkin Concert Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Dan Deacon and John Schaefer before the performance.
Dan Deacon and John Schaefer before the performance. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
John Schaefer and Mark Dancigers before the performance of his piece 'Cloudbank.'
John Schaefer and Mark Dancigers before the performance of his piece 'Cloudbank.' ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Calder Quartet.
Calder Quartet. ( David Andrako/courtesy of Merkin Concert Hall )
NOW Ensemble, Calder Quartet and Dan Deacon during the world premiere of Deacon's 'An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes.'
NOW Ensemble, Calder Quartet and Dan Deacon during the world premiere of Deacon's 'An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes.' ( David Andrako/courtesy of Merkin Concert Hall )
NOW Ensemble, Calder Quartet and Dan Deacon during the world premiere of Deacon's 'An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes.'
NOW Ensemble, Calder Quartet and Dan Deacon during the world premiere of Deacon's 'An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes.' ( David Andrako/courtesy of Merkin Concert Hall )
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