WQXR's Q2 Music Announces Ecstatic Music Festival preview (Wed Feb 1 at 7pm) and Live & On-Demand Streams of EMF Concerts


Q2 Music and The Greene Space at WQXR Present

A Preview of Merkin Concert Hall’s ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

on Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm


An Evening of Performances by Jason Treuting, Angélica Negron, and Jherek Bischoff, and Conversation with Festival Curator Judd Greenstein


Q2 Music to Stream the New Sounds Live Ecstatic Music Concerts Live;
All Concerts to be Taped for On-Demand Listening

The Ecstatic Music Festival Runs from Saturday, February 4 through
Wednesday, March 28 at Merkin Concert Hall


(New York, NY - January 26, 2012) – Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station devoted to the music of living composers, will, for a second year in a row, serve as the exclusive digital venue for the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall. Featuring more than 150 performers and composers from different musical backgrounds who are re-defining music today, the Ecstatic Music Festival has been hailed for putting its finger on the pulse of contemporary “post-classical” music.

On Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm, Q2 Music will kick off the festival with a live concert in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, the innovative multiplatform broadcast studio and live event venue.  WQXR host Terrance McKnight will welcome a star-studded lineup of this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival composer-performers, including Jason Treuting, Angélica Negron, and Jherek Bischoff.  The evening will also include an introductory conversation with Ecstatic Music Festival curator, composer Judd Greenstein.  Tickets are available now at www.thegreenespace.org.

In addition, Q2 Music will serve as the digital destination for the festival, making all of the concerts available for audiences worldwide. Q2 Music will carry all of the New Sounds Live concerts on www.wqxr.org/q2music as live audio webcasts with host John Schaefer, and will also record all Ecstatic Music Festival concerts for on-demand streaming.


All “New Sounds Live” concerts will be presented via live audio webcast on Q2 Music, www.wqxr.org/q2music/, and taped for future broadcast on “New Sounds” on WNYC.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Merkin Hall
Richard Reed Parry, Son Lux & yMusic
New Sounds® Live hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer
Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) and Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) are joined by yMusic, a “stunning sextet” (WQXR) of players who return to the Ecstatic Music Festival following last year’s collaboration with Shara Worden and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Parry, well-known for his work as part of the Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire and the chamber collective Bell Orchestre, here takes on the role of composer, presenting a series of works for yMusic and its members utilizing the organic processes of the human body — heartbeats and breathing — to articulate the works’ progress. Son Lux will likewise have his yMusic compositions (the title track from their debut album, Beautiful Mechanical) performed, and will also present new arrangements from his NPR-sponsored album We Are Rising(“shamefully good,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer), which used yMusic as source material for its electronic compositions. Parry and Lott will also each write new works that incorporate each other into the process as vocalists, instrumentalists, or even as providers of source material for the new compositions.

Wednesday, February 23, 2012 at Merkin Hall

Nick Zammuto & Jason Treuting with janus, Daisy Press & Grey McMurray
New Sounds® Live hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer

Nick Zammuto of The Books and Jason Treuting of So Percussion break away from their bands for an evening of spelling bees, homemade videos and fantastically-textured music, joined by janus trio, guitarist Grey McMurray and vocalist Daisy Press.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Merkin Hall
Dan Deacon with NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet
New Sounds® Live hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer

Dan Deacon returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival after last year’s sold-out show, this time writing a series of new works for acclaimed chamber groups NOW Ensemble (“a deft young group gaining attention,” New Yorker) and the Calder Quartet (“outstanding,” New York Times), both for the individual ensembles and for the two together in a mini-chamber orchestra.


All Ecstatic Music Festival concerts will be recorded for on-demand streaming at Q2 Music, www.wqxr.org/q2music/. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Jherek Bischoff and the Wordless Music Orchestra, with Special Guests David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, Mirah, Zac Pennington, Carla Bozulich, Charlie Looker & Sam Mickens
A co-presentation with Wordless Music

Musical polymath Jherek Bischoff is joined by an all-star cast of guest vocalists from his new album, due out in February, including David Byrne, Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mirah, Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls), Carla Bozulich, Charlie Looker and Sam Mickens. This concert features the Wordless Music Orchestra, supplemented by a number of Bischoff’s long-time collaborators.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sxip Shirey and Angélica Negrón, with special guests Todd Reynolds, Noveller, Jonny Rodgers & Face the Music
The “mesmerizing” (New Yorker) multi-instrumentalist and composer Sxip Shirey teams up with Angélica Negrón, composer of “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR) music for an evening of fabulously eclectic and sonically wide-ranging collaboration. In addition to working together, they will be joined by a slate of special guests, including the violinist/composer/Ableton master Todd Reynolds, guitar sound-architect Noveller (“simultaneously soothing and mind-wrecking,” NY Press) and the wine-glass/guitar marvel Jonny Rodgers (“beautiful, fragile and consistently challenging,” New Haven Register). The teen alt-classical sensations Face the Music (“stunning,” “polished, exuberant,” New York Times) will give the world premiere of Angélica Negrón’s El Gran Caleidoscopio.


Thursday, February 9, 2012
This Will Destroy You, Christopher Tignor/Slow Six & A Far Cry
The unique, “brilliant” (Boston Globe), self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry joins forces with post-rock powerhouse This Will Destroy You and renowned composer Christopher Tignor with his band, Slow Six, for an evening of music that is large-scale in every sense. Tignor will offer his stunning work for string orchestra and electronics, Thunder Lay Down In the Heart, as well as new arrangements for Slow Six, “a compelling voice that supersedes the need for any words” (The Deli) with A Far Cry. This Will Destroy You, whose “immersive live performances and remarkable composition skills place them at the forefront of pioneering contemporary music” (The Austinist), will present new arrangements (by Tignor) of their atmospheric instrumental pieces, prominently featuring the strings of A Far Cry mixed with their usual layers of effects-laden guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.


Saturday, February 25, 2012
Glasser & Roomful of Teeth

The polyglot vocal octet Roomful of Teeth returns to the Ecstatic Music Festival, presenting a new collaboration with Glasser (Cameron Mesirow), praised for her “beautiful songs, both sweet and abstract, deeply felt and anodyne” (NY Times). Roomful of Teeth will also present new work by Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) along with selections from their ever-growing catalogue of dynamic repertoire.


Thursday, March 1, 2012
Mariam Wallentin & Mikael Karlsson with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Mariam Wallentin, hailed for her “beyond gorgeous” voice (Prefix) in the band Wildbirds & Peacedrums (praised by Pitchfork as “highly complex and agile pop music”), teams up with acclaimed composer Mikael Karlsson to create a new song cycle, The Spirit & the Cloud, performed with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (“some of New York’s brightest, busiest players,” Time Out New York). The evening will also include a selection of Karlsson’s instrumental compositions and arrangements of Wildbirds & Peacedrums songs for Wallentin and ACME.


Saturday, March 17, 2012
Oneida & Rhys Chatham
Legendary composer Rhys Chatham, “who toys with the expectations of amplified guitars so mirthfully in his punk-influenced orchestrations” (New York Times), is joined by the “Brooklyn psych alchemists” (Pitchfork) Oneida, whose performance at the recent All Tomorrow’s Parties festival was called “some of the best music I heard all weekend” by Ben Ratliff in the New York Times.


Saturday, March 24 2012
The Mountain Goats & Anonymous 4
Co-commissioned by the Barbican

The Mountain Goats are joined by the vocal quartet Anonymous 4 in a collaborative presentation of songs from Transcendental Youth, a new work by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats (“one of America’s most startling lyricists,” Boston Globe). Anonymous 4, celebrating their 25th anniversary, are famous for their purity of tone and astounding blend, gaining wide recognition for their intense scholarship and attention to historical context, both in medieval and early American repertoire. Transcendental Youth features new songs from Darnielle, heard here in special arrangements for voices, piano, and guitar by the acclaimed musical polymath Owen Pallett. The songs visit a small community on Puget Sound in Washington, north of Seattle at the foot of Glacier Peak, and are inhabited by the mournful voices of the isolated and the lost in motels and apartment complexes around Snohomish County. A short solo Mountain Goats set begins the evening, followed by Anonymous 4 performing selections from their rich catalog in a program curated by both Darnielle and A4, and concluding with the collaborative performance.


Wednesday, March 28 2012
Derek Bermel, Samson Young, Gaybird Leung, Du Yun, Music from China & Music from Copland House
Two venerable contemporary music ensembles, Music from Copland House and Music from China, offer world premieres by celebrated young composers Du Yun, Samson Young, Derek Bermel and Gaybird Leung. These four idiosyncratic composers — originally from Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York — will take radically different approaches to the challenge of composing for a blend of Chinese and Western instruments, along with electronics or their own voices, in some cases. Placed together collectively, along with other works that explore this mixed space, the concert will be a fascinating examination of the music that lives at multiple intersections, between China and the United States, and between classical and vernacular traditions.

Q2 Music is the media partner and online destination for the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.  The festival is presented in association with Kaufman Center and New Amsterdam Presents.  For more information on Ecstatic Music Festival, visit http://kaufman-center.org/mch/series/ecstatic-music-festival.

Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music station dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and vibrant, live performances from New York City's leading new music venues. Features include immersive festivals, insightful commentary from a diverse roster of hosts, in-depth interviews with trend-setting artists. .Q2 Music lives online at www.wqxr.org/q2music where you can find essential playlist info, on-demand audio and an upcoming schedule of events, and is accessible via the free WQXR App. 

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