New York City has always been a haven for ensembles dedicated to new music, but the scene seems to have exploded recently—an impressive roster of new music groups have sprung up in the last several years, offering the widest possible range of performances. This week's program shows off a handful of great new music ensembles, demonstrating an unceasing and thriving New York scene.
The aptly-named loadbang creates new music for an unusual quartet of instruments (heavy on the winds); the program begins with Andy Kozar's haunting "Kyrie" from Mass. Lee Hyla's sparklingly introspective Ciao Manhattan is the perfect vehicle to show off the virtuosity of counter)induction, a collective of musicians and composers.
Yarn/Wire tackled a slightly thornier piece when they recorded Pendulum VI: Trigger, by Alex Mincek. This piano/percussion quartet doesn't hold back! The Red Light Ensemble, led by composer Ted Hearne, boasts a host of luminaries on their performer roster; a recording of Vincent Raikhel's Anther features Eileen Mack, Erin Wight, and Caroline Shaw, among others. And who can resist the thumping awesomeness of David Little's sweet light crude, performed by Newspeak? All this and more on today's show!
With so many dedicated and talented ensembles at work, it is no wonder that New York City is a home to some of the finest composers in the world! Settle in for a tour of some of the best.