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Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band @ Ecstatic Music Festival 2/4/2016
Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band
Pharoahe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band

The 2016 Ecstatic Festival, which pairs rock/pop with composers and experimental musicians, just got underway with a 1/29 kickoff event at The Greene Space (featuring a Man Forever / Tigue collaboration) before settling in to its usual home of Merkin Concert Hall on Thursday (2/4) for a collaborative performance by skilled MC Pharoahe Monch and the PitchBlak Brass Band. The show featured new arrangements of songs from his deeply personal 2014 album PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which incorporated a string section as well. The setlist and more pics from the show are below.

Up next for the Ecstatic Music Festival is the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on Saturday (4/6) at Merkin Concert Hall, featuring the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres of new works by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Zhang Shouwang & René Lussier, plus Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize-winning / Grammy-nominated "Anthracite Fields." Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the show, the performance will be streamed live on Q2 Music at 7:30 PM EST.

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival underway: pics from Pharaohe Monch / PitchBlak Brass Band; Bang on a Can All-Stars this weekend"

photo: Yo La Tengo at Kings Theatre in October (more by PSquared)
Yo La Tengo

The annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns in 2016 from January 29 to March 19, with all performances happening at NYC's Merkin Concret Hall except the opening night at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with Man Forever & Tigue.

The collaborative series also includes Pharaohe Monch & PitchBlak Brass Band on 2/4, Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert on 2/6, Rachel Grimes & Longleash on 2/10, Yo La Tengo & Alvin Lucier on 2/17, Lee Ranaldo & Dither on 3/2, Exceptet, Ensemble Échappé & Goldfeather on 3/13, William Tyler, Quindar & Nick Hallett on 3/17, and M. Lamar, Charlie Looker & Mivos Quartet on 3/19.

Festival passes, 2+ show passes and individual show tickets are on sale now.

That makes a third upcoming NYC-area date for Yo La Tengo, who are touring in 2016. Lee Ranaldo plays NYC tonight (12/2). Ecstatic Music Fest lineup in list format with more details, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2016 schedule (Yo La Tengo, Pharoahe Monch, William Tyler, Lee Ranaldo, Man Forever & more)"

Bang on a Can

NYC-based new music collective Bang on a Can have announced their 2015-2016 agenda, and that includes the return of the all day Bang on a Can Marthan next summer (happening in Rotterdam, MA and NYC), and much more before that. BoaC's marching band Asphalt Orchestra will perform Pixies songs at Rockwood Music Hall on September 24 as part of "FONT Music 2015 Presents: Without A Frame" that also features yMusic, Stephanie Richards + Greg Saunier duo and more (tickets). That should help them wrap up for their next show as part of opening weekend (10/4) at new Brooklyn venue National Sawdust where they'll play "an inventive street set including Pixies material, music by Bulgaria's infamous Ivo Papasov, plus music by Tom Ze and Thomas Mapfumo." They'll also play the very pricey Park Avenue Armory GALA on October 15 with The Young Professionals & Contemporaneous.

Other BoaC events in NYC include the annual People's Commissioning Fund Concert at Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall on February 6. That's part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, and features world premieres by Caroline Shaw, Gabriella Smith, Rene Lussier and more. Details TBA. All upcoming Bang on a Can events, NYC and otherwise, are listed below.

Continue reading "Bang On A Can announce Asphalt Orchestra Pixies shows & more for 2015 & 2016"

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Julia Holter

[Julia] Holter and the quartet also performed Alex Temple's song cycle "Behind the Wallpaper," which, Ms. Temple has said, includes Ms. Holter's music among its inspirations. The lyrics of the brief songs in "Behind the Wallpaper" sketch surreal transformations and spooky situations: a character who has been swallowing seawater and live fish, another wandering a house where the walls keep shifting. The songs were atmospheric with ambiguous tonality, drawing chuckles along with hushed curiosity. They quivered, hovered, paused and slipped in and out of ghostly waltzes before the last one, "Spires," resolved into the sweet major chords of an old movie score's happy ending, followed by the sound of rising waves -- a flood, perhaps, drowning all the strangeness. [NY Times]
The 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, which brings classical and pop/indie music together, continued on February 25 at NYC's Merkin Concert Hall with Julia Holter and Chicago string quartet The Spektral Quartet. The night began with Spektral on their own, including a piece inspired by Mos Def and re-arranging James Blake's "I Never Learnt To Share." Then they backed Julia Holter for her songs "Memory Drew Her Portrait" and "Marienbad," before performing Alex Temple's "Behind the Wallpaper" with her, which is detailed in the review quoted above.

You can listen to an archive of the whole show at WQXR. Listen to Spektral's James Blake re-arrangement and Julia Holter's "Marienbad" from the show, with more pictures, below...

Continue reading "Julia Holter played Ecstatic Music Fest w/ Spektral Quartet, who re-arranged James Blake (pics, audio)"

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Helado Negro @ thingNY @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/18/2015
Helado Negro

It was a whimsical, theatrical night at the Ecstatic Music Festival on Wednesday (2/18) when Helado Negro (aka Roberto Carlos Lange) teamed with collective thingNY at Merkin Concert Hall. For his piece, "Brain Finger Composition," Lange conducted / controlled musicians via tethered yarn. Meanwhile, thingNY gave a preview of their upcoming opera "This takes place close by." Pictures from the night are in this post and you can listen to the concert over at WNYC.

You can also check out pics of EMF's 2/12 show with John Zorn and Taleo Ensemble. Next up at Ecstatic Music Festival: Julia Holter, Alex Temple & Spektral Quartet on Wednesday (2/25). Tickets are still available.

Helado Negro will hit the road later this year as an opener on Sufjan Stevens' tour, but he's not announced for Sufjan's NYC dates (no one else is either). More pics from his show with thingNY, below...

Continue reading "Helado Negro & thingNY played the Ecstatic Music Festival (pics & stream)"

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John Zorn w/ Talea Ensemble @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/12/2015
Ecstatic Music Festival - Talea Ensemble and Special Guests - all works by John Zor

A relatively short but satisfying and energizing immersion in Mr. Zorn's myriad styles, the evening was organized by the dazzling Talea Ensemble. The chronology ranged from "Hockey" to the premieres of two 2014 works and touched on jazz, electronics, wild and woolly Modernist sounds, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, elegy and horror.

Most stimulating was the sustained sensitivity of Mr. Zorn's instrumental writing. "The Prophetic Mysteries of Angels, Witches and Demons" (2007) for flute (Barry Crawford), amplified percussion (Matthew Gold and Mr. Lipowski) and ominous live electronics (Ikue Mori), joined a sinuous flute line to fanciful percussion effects, like the sound of writing and the slamming of a door. Hands rhythmically plopped in a tub of water; rustling white noise emerged from an old phonograph. -[NY Times]

Following a couple free shows last month at Brookfield Place, the 2015 edition of the Ecstatic Music Festival, which mixes pop with composers and avant garde musicians, kicked off properly last week (2/12) at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall. The fest welcomed welcomed the great John Zorn on February 12 as part of an evening curated by the Talea Ensemble that also featured drummers Tyshawn Sorey and Ikue Mori. The evening included two of Zorn's "game" pieces, "Rugby" and "Hockey," the latter having John Zorn on saxophone.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival. More pictures and the program listing from 2/12 performance are below....

Continue reading "John Zorn, the Talea Ensemble & more played the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall (pics)"

photo: Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

NYC's annual Ecstatic Music Festival returns to the Merkin Concert Hall this year with various shows happening from February through April, following the two free concerts at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in January. As always, it includes collaborations between indie and classical artists, and this year's lineup features Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Helado Negro, Emily Wells, Bang on a Can All-Stars (premiering works by Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton and Ben Frost), and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup and schedule below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2015 schedule (Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu, Kaki King, John Zorn, Bang On A Can All-Stars & more)"

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Colin & Brooklyn Youth Chorus / Greg Fox
Ecstatic Music Fest
Ecstatic Music Fest

The Ecstatic Music Festival continued this past Saturday (3/22) at Merkin Concert Hall with sax great Colin Stetson (collaborator of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and many others), joined by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. After their set together, Colin did a second set with an ensemble that included his sister Megan, Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Nefueld, and ex-Liturgy skins master Greg Fox, who also collaborated with Colin in NYC last month. Pictures of the show are in this post.

Ecstatic Music Festival wraps up this week with two shows: So Percussion with Buke & Gase on Wednesday (3/26), and Man Forever (fronted by Kid Millions of Oneida) with William Basinski on Saturday (3/29). You can still get tickets to both.

More pictures and the setlist from the Colin Stetson show below...

Continue reading "Colin Stetson played Ecstatic Music Festival w/ Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sarah Neufeld, Greg Fox & more (pics/setlist)"

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Mirah and Susie Ibarra

Alt-singer/songwriter Mirah teamed up with contemporary composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra for an Ecstatic Music Festival show at Merkin Concert Hall this past Saturday (3/1). The two musicians were joined by People Get Ready's Steven Reker (vocals/keyboards), Alex Guy (viola/violin) and Matthew Gold (percussion) to perform past works by both Mirah and Susie, and then they ended the show with the world premiere of their collaborative piece, "We Float." Pictures of the show are in this post.

They continue, with the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Mirah & Susie Ibarra @ Ecstatic Music Festival (pics & setlist)"

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Saul Williams & Mivos Quartet

The Ecstatic Music Festival continued at Merkin Concert Hall last night (2/26), offering another unique mix of genres. Last night it was poet/spoken word artist Saul Williams joined by string quartet Mivos Quartet. First, they teamed up for four collaborations (music by Mivos, words by Saul), and then it was the US premiere of Saul Williams' collaboration with Thomas Kessler, "NGH WHT," which was originally written for the Arditti Quartet. Pictures of the night are in this post.

Ecstatic Music Fest continues through the end of March. The next show is Saturday (3/1) with Mirah and Susie Ibarra (tickets).

More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...

Continue reading "Saul Williams & Mivos Quartet played the Ecstatic Music Festival (pics & setlist)"

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Dawn of Midi @ Ecstatic Music Festival 2/1/2014
Dawn of Midi & Bright Wave - Ecstatic Music Festival - 02/01/14

The Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off its 2014 season over the weekend with Hospitality & Face the Music on Friday (1/31) at the Greene Space, and then on Saturday (2/1), Dawn of Midi and Bright Wave performed at Merkin Hall. Pictures from Saturday are in this post. The first half of the show was electro-acoustic chamber music ensemble Bright Wave who performed three pieces written, respectively, by members Michi Wianckoall, Aaron Roche, and William Brittelle -- all of which were making their world premiere. They were then joined by the acoustic trio Dawn of Midi and the combined groups performed "Kanye Demands A Son." The evening finished with Dawn of Midi performing their new album, Dysnomia, in full.

Next up at the Ecstatic Music Festival is Lesley Flanigan and People Get Ready at Merkin Hall on February 19. Tickets for that show are still available. More pics from Bright Wave / Dawn of Midi below...

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Son Lux at LPR in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Son Lux

New-classical-music collective New Amsterdam Presents hosts its inaugural year-end benefit show in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right tonight (12/16). Trevor Wilson and Vocal Ensemble, electronic pop artist Son Lux and the JACK Quartet performing William Brittelle's Future Shock are on the lineup. No advance tickets, but to RSVP you can email santino@newamsterdampresents.org. See videos by all three artists below.

New Amsterdam Presents is an affiliate of New Amsterdam Records, whose 2013 included releases by the Knells and itsnotyouitsme. There's plenty in the pipeline for the concert-presenting group, including concerts during 2014 Winter Jazz Fest and the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. You can see all their upcoming concerts here.

In other label news, two of their 2013 releases have been nominated for Grammys. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's Brooklyn Babylon is up in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category. The big band plays SubCulture on January 11th as part of the 2014 Winter Jazz Fest. Roomful of Teeth's self-titled debut was also nominated, in three categories: Best Engineer for Classical Album, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Caroline Shaw's "Partita for 8 Voices." That group has a WJF show too, at Judson Church on January 10th.

Videos below...

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Dawn of Midi

Dawn of Midi makes electronic sounding acoustic music or, as the New York Times recently put it, "something like minimal dance music using piano, acoustic bass and a drum kit with a high-hat but no other cymbals." The NYC-based trio of Qasim Naqvi (drums), Amino Belyamani (piano) and Aakaash Israni (bass) touches on the rhythmic waves of Steve Reich, steady pulse of krautrock and interlocked improvisation that might remind you of a jazz ensemble.

The band has played diverse Village venue Le Poisson Rouge a few times over the past few months and LPR has the band booked once again, this time at the night they're curating at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on November 29. A Place to Bury Strangers, Pontiak, and Woodsman join them on the bill. That show is free. You can also see Dawn of Midi at Winter Jazz Fest in January and Ecstatic Music Festival on February 1 with Bright Wave .

You can listen to this year's Dysnomia, which came out in August, and watch a video of Dawn of Midi opening for Junip at LPR in October, and more, below...

Continue reading "Dawn of Midi released new LP, playing shows, including BK Night Bazaar & Ecstatic Music Fest (LP stream, video)"

Hospitality at Glasslands in October (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

The annual Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to its usual location, the Merkin Concert Hall (except for the kickoff show at The Green Space, and one show happening at Carnegie Hall) in 2014 from January 31 to March 29.

Like in previous years, the shows will include multiple indie/classical collaborations including Hospitality with Face the Music; Saul Williams with Mivos Quartet; Mirah with Susie Ibarra; The Bang on a Can All Stars with Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Alvin Lucier and Daniel Wohl; Colin Stetson with Brooklyn Youth Chorus; So Percussion with Buke & Gase; Man Forever with William Basinski; and more.

Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now.

Full schedule, along with a trailer video, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2014 lineup & tix (Hospitality, Mirah, William Basinski, Buke & Gase, Colin Stetson, and more)"

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Simone & Tift @ Merkin Hall, 3/21/2013
Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein

The 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival came to a close last night (3/21) with a performance by Tift Merritt and Simone Dinnerstein at the Kaufman Center's Merkin Hall. The two played most of their just-released collaborative album, Night, which includes new songs by Brad Mehldau and Patty Griffin, Tift's own songs, selections by Bach and Schubert, and The Cohen Variations by Daniel Felsenfeld. With a stage set up to look like someone's living room, it was a relaxed, great way to end the fest.

You can stream Night and check out more pics from last night's Ecstatic Music Festival finale below...

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Ecstatic Music Festival

Last night's installment  (3/14) of the 2013 Ecstatic Music Festival was the the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert which saw the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing world premieres of new commissions by Anna Clyne, Dan Deacon, Tyondai Braxton, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Paula Matthusen, and Fay Kueen Wang's Weltinseln.

Dan Deacon's piece made use of his flashing iPhone/Android app, which was certainly a first at The Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall. Deacon and Braxton were on hand for show and were interviewed by WNYC's John Schaefer for the station's New Sounds Live.

The fest rolls on this weekend on  Saturday (3/16), composer Imani Uzuri joins Numinous ensemble founder Joseph C. Phillips, JrTickets to that show are still available. More pics from last night's Ecstatic Music Fest performance are below.

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Wohl, Halo, & Holter @ Ecstatic Fest 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Holter and Halo

As mentioned, Laurel Halo and Julia Holter played the Ecstatic Music Festival over the weekend (2/23). The performance, a collaboration with Daniel Wohl's new-music ensemble Transit, featured new compostions from Halo and Holter. The show was broadcast by WQXR and that stream has just been put online. Listen below.

The Ecstatic Music Festival continues Wednesday night (2/27) with a collaborative performance from Arnold Dreyblatt and Megafaun. Tickets are still available.

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Daniel Wohl, Laurel Halo, and Julia Holter
Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Daniel Wohl, Transit

"So you were there in a car and the windshield shattered," are the first words you heard at Laurel Halo and Julia Holter's collaborative set with electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl and his TRANSIT orchestra at the Merkin Concert Hall on Saturday night (2/23), as part of the ongoing indie-classical Ecstatic Music Festival. The line was quietly sung by Laurel, only to be sung by Julia the second time around, and finally for a third "verse," the two singers harmonized in unison, and their voices sound great together. The lyric was sung during a piece titled "Enter the Void," the first of three original pieces composed by Laurel, Julia, and Daniel played during the first set of Saturday's concert. The setup primarily featured Laurel and Daniel on electronics, as Daniel led his orchestra, and Laurel and Julia on vocals. All three musicians also had keyboards.

The pieces were heavy on vibes, never fully committing to drone, ambient IDM, modern classical or avant-garde, but pulling characteristics from all of those things to create drifting, floating atmospheres that were entirely their own. Vocally, the deliveries were bold and kind of the one thing that kept you grounded on earth. Both Julia and Laurel sang in similar styles to their respective 2012 albums, Ekstasis and Quarantine, restoring a sense of familiarity each time they chimed in over the electronics and orchestra swells' ability to emerge the listener into the unknown. One of the pieces was written on the setlist as "Corps Remix," and presumably has its roots in Laurel Halo's remix of Daniel Wohl's "323," from his Corps Exquis project (who Laurel once shared a bill with in Brooklyn).

After leaving the stage for a short intermission, the musicians returned for a second set, which featured three songs performed as one continuous piece. It began with Julia literally whispering spoken word into the mic and Laurel eventually joining her on contrasting parts. The whispering was followed by some sparse moments of singing into more depths of weirdness. But as a finale to the medley, they brought everything back home with a cover of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-penned tune, Don't Make Me Over," ending with Julia and Laurel powerfully chanted in unison, "Accept me for who I am, accept me for the things that I do."

An archived recording of the show will eventually be available at WQXR. More pictures (including one of the setlist) below...

Continue reading "Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, and Daniel Wohl collaborated at Ecstatic Music Festival (pics, review)"

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Deerhoof @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 2/20/2013

The Ecstatic Music Festival, which has been happening at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, continued last night (2/22) with one of the more anticipated of this year's season: Deerhoof with Chicago ensemble Dal Niente, including new work by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter. This was the first time in NYC for this pairing that  made it's debut last summer as part of Chicago's Wordless Music series. You can check out more photos and the program from the concert below.

Next up at the Ecstatic Music Fest on Saturday (2/23): Laurel Halo, Julia Holter and Daniel Wohl combine forces with Wohl's TRANSIT ensemble, performing commissioned works as well as their previous works performed in new configurations. Tickets are still available.

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Shara Worden & The Orchestra for the Next Century, Ecstatic Music Fest 2013
Shara Worden

As you may know, the Ecstatic Music Festival is underway in NYC with concerts happening now through March 21 at Merkin Concert Hall in the Kaufman Music Center. Last night (2/6) featured a performance by Clogs and Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century. The latter was presenting the world premiere of Unremembered, a 13-song cycle set to poetry and artwork by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows. DM Stith, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden (who performed the opening night) and Clogs' Padma Newsome. sang as part of it. Pictures from the evening, as well as setlist and program notes,  are in this post.

The next EMF performance happens February 20 featuring a collaboration between Deerhoof and Chicago ensemble Dal Niente, including new work by Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter. Deerhoof and Dal Niente previously collaborated last summer as part of Chicago's Wordless Music series. Tickets to the event are still available.

More pics from last night's Ecstatic Music Festival performance are below...

Continue reading "Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shara Worden and more played Ecstatic Music Festival (pics, setlist)"

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DJ /Rupture @ Ecstatic Music Fest, 2/2/2013
DJ rupture & Zs

"There's nothing you can do to avoid a museum-ification of your own work when you put out a retrospective box set, but we're doing everything we can to keep it fresh," said [Zs' saxophonist Sam] Hillmer, a thoughtful and passionate performer for whom Zs ("It just means us.") has always held a firm creative perspective.

Influenced by overlapping currents of radical sound--free jazz, the 20th century classical avant-garde, punk rock and underground noise--the musicians applied rigorous technique to embrace its enthusiasms without cliché. "One thing that was really prevalent at the time was this kind of salad-bar approach to creating innovative music," Mr. Hillmer said later, flashing back to the early 2000s, when a certain canned hybridization was in vogue. "'Classical music that rocks!' That's a view of music that tacitly renders styles as alienated from one another. We find that to be philosophically untenable and untrue." - [Wall Street Journal]

Avant garde ensemble Zs are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and just played a collaborative show over the weekend (2/2) with DJ /Rupture at NYC's Merkin Concert Hall as part of The Ecstatic Music Festival. Zs and /Rupture did alternating mini-sets that fed off each other. Pictures from that performance are in this post.

The Ecstatic Music Fest continues on Wednesday (2/6) with Clogs and Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century. Snider will be presenting Unremembered, a "13-song cycle set to poetry (and with accompanying projected artwork) by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows," and features vocal performances by DM Stith, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden (who performed the opening night) and Padma Newsome. The latter will also appear with band/chamber ensemble Clogs. More info is here and tickets are still available.

Clogs (which also features Bryce Dessner) have a new EP out titled The Sundown Song and you can check out the video for the title track below.

More pics from the 2/2 performance below...

Continue reading "DJ /Rupture & Zs played Ecstatic Music Fest (pics); Clogs & Sarah Kirkland Snider (w/ Shara Worden) play this week"

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Carla Kihlstedt @ Ecstatic Music Festival, 1/26/2013
Carla Kihlstedt

We are currently in the midst of NYC's Ecstatic Music Festival which is running now through March 21 at Merkin Concert Hall. This past weekend was the fest's kickoff with My Brightest Diamond's Sharon Worden performing on Friday (1/25) and Carla Kihlstedt premiering her ICElab-commissioned song cycle, At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire on Saturday (1/26). Written for nine members of ICE plus Kihlstedt, the song cycle is based on images, impressions and textures taken from dreams from various sources, including the players themselves. Additionally, Kihlstedt's band, Causing a Tiger, and teen alt-classical ensemble Face the Music played too. Pictures from Saturday's performance are in this post.

The Ecstatic Music Festival continues on Saturday (2/2) with a collaborative performance from DJ /Rupture and Zs, a show that was originally supposed to happen on February 9 but was moved to this week. Tickets are still available.

More pics from Saturday's EMF performance are below.

Continue reading "Carla Kihlstedt played Ecstatic Music Fest's first weekend (pics); DJ /Rupture & Zs' performance moved up to this week"

Ecstatic Music Festival 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Ecstatic Music Festival

As discussed, the indie/classical Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center this year and it begins Friday (1/25) with a show from My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The festival also includes shows with Clogs, Laurel Halo and Julia Holter, Deerhoof, Megafaun, and more. The full schedule is below and tickets for select shows are still available.

However, you've also got a chance to attend for free because we're giving away a pair of tickets to a show of your choice. Contest details and the Ecstatic Music Festival schedule, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Fest kicking off (win tix to show of your choice!)"

Julia Holter at Bowery Ballroom in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julia Holter

The Ecstatic Music Festival is returning to the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center in 2013 from January 25 to March 21, where it's happened in past years. Over the course of the approximately two month-long period, the festival will be presenting eleven shows, with multiple collaborations between artists that blur the lines between indie and modern classical. The collaborations include Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; Sarah Kirkland Snider with vocalists DM Stith, Padma Newsome (of Clogs), and Shara Worden; DJ / rupture and Zs; Deerhoof with Dal Niente and Marcos Balter; Laurel Halo and Julia Holter with Daniel Wohl; Arnold Dreyblatt with Megafaun; Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt; a Bang on a Can concert, and more.

Individual tickets and festival passes go on sale today (11/27).

Full schedule is below.

Continue reading "Ecstatic Music Festival 2013 announced 2013 (Julia Holter, My Brightest Diamond, Laurel Halo, Megafaun, Deerhoof & more)"

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Dan Deacon

When not inciting mass hysteria in children, Dan Deacon keeps it fancy, and that was the vibe last night at Merkin Concert Hall, his first of two fancy NYC shows this week. Tuesday's show was part of the Ecstatic Music Festival which continues with a show Saturday featuring John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats (which will stream live). Dan was joined by Mark Dancigers, Daniel Wohl, and new music groups NOW ensemble and Calder Quartet on a bill which featured a series of new works (setlist below). if you missed it, WQXR will have an archived stream, and here are some pictures.

The Ecstatic show before Dan's was with Oneida and Rhys Chatham, and that show is now able to be streamed.

This Monday (3/26), Dan plays another classical show, but this time at Carnegie Hall as part of a Celebration of composer John Cage.

More pictures from Dan's show below...

Continue reading "Dan Deacon played Merkin w/ NOW Ensemble & Calder Quartet (pics, setlist, streams), playing Carnegie Hall (Monday)"