Wrapping Up Ecstatic 2012
Hear Webcasts from Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 Every Day This Week
Monday, April 02, 2012
The 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival, curated by composer Judd Greenstein and housed at Merkin Concert Hall, brought together bold and risk-taking musicians from the "classical" and "indie-rock" worlds for a two-month series of fertile, if unlikely, collaborations. Q2 Music devotes its post-American Mavericks programming this week to a round-up of these 11 Ecstatic concerts. Hear two shows every day at 10 am (repeats at 5pm) and 1 pm (repeats at 8pm).
Monday at 10 am and 5 pm, catch the Festival's opening show by Jherek Bischoff with the Wordless Music Orchestra in collaboration with a who's-who cast of underground rock icons, including David Byrne and Mirah. At 1 pm and 8 pm, tune in for composer Angélica Negrón's performance with guitarist Sxip Shirey, featuring wine glass virtuoso Johnny Rodgers, electroacoustic violinist Todd Reynolds and the 20-piece teen ensemble Face the Music.
Tuesday at 10 am and 5 pm, you'll hear Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry in performance with Son Lux and new-music heavyweights yMusic for a set of new arrangements and collaborative works. At 1 pm and 8 pm, we'll turn up the volume as post-rockers This Will Destroy You and Slow Six deliver guitar-driven, electroacoustic sets augmented by the string orchestra A Far Cry (arranged by composer Christopher Tignor).
Wednesday at 10 am and 5 pm, Nick Zammuto (formerly of The Books) and So Percussion's Jason Treuting team up for an evening of spelling bees, oddball commercial music, and live film scores. At 1 pm and 8 pm, hear indie songstress Glasser paired with the progressive vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth for works by Glasser, Merrill Garbus of tUnEyArDs and more.
Thursday at 10 am and 5 pm, Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson teams up with vocalist Mariam Wallentine of Wildbirds and Peacedrums and the ACME new-music ensemble for a set of new arrangements and the world premiere of a song cycle cowritten by Wallentine and Karlsson. At 1 pm and 8 pm, cult guitar hero Rhys Chatham is joined by Brooklyn psych rockers Oneida for a guitar-heavy set straddling avant garde, punk and free jazz.
Friday at 10 am and 5 pm, electro-wizard Dan Deacon joins forces with NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet for some serious post-minimalist music incorporating live electronics and player piano. At 1 pm and 8 pm, indie heroes Mountain Goats pair up with the acclaimed a cappella ensemble Anonymous 4 for performances from each group's repertoire and a new song cycle featuring arrangements by Owen Pallett.
Saturday at 10 am, we'll end our Ecstatic Music Festival recap with the series' final concert: Music From Copland House and Music From China, featuring music by legendary Chinese composer Bright Sheng and world premieres by Chinese composers Leung Kei-Chuek, Du Yun and Samson Young, as well as Brooklyn-based composer Derek Bermel.