The 10th Season of Ecstatic Music, now more of a year-long series than a concentrated festival, kicked off on Thursday (9/19) at Merkin Hall with a collaboration between chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound and experimental musician Eartheater (aka Alexandra Drewchin). The night began with a performance of of their collaborative work, When Fire is Allowed to Finish, continued with a performance of Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger (about the Great Irish Famine) featuring vocalists Katherine Manley and Iarla O'Lionáird. After the performance there was a Q&A with Dennehy, Alarm Will Sound's Alan Pierson, and Sister Mairead Barrett of Interfaith Nutritional Network, which was moderated by historian Dr. Maureen O’Rourke Murphy. Pictures from the night are in the gallery above.

Ecstatic Music's next event is Saturday, October 26 at Merkin Hall featuring composer/performer Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet performing Joachim’s Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti). Tickets are on sale.

Eartheater plays The Sultan Room at Turk's Inn on Saturday (9/21) with Colin Self (tickets).

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photos by David Andrako