New Music in Bryant Park

Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

May 18 – June 8, 2015
5:30 – 8:00pm
One classical and one jazz ensemble perform each Monday night.

June 15, 2015
4:30 – 10:00pm
New Music Festival with six excellent groups.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Chris Dingman and Waking Dreams
The celebrated vibraphonist is also a brilliant composer, using a progressive approach to unite multiple musical influences. www.chrisdingman.com

Commission: The Subliminal and the Sublime (2012) by Chris Dingman

Fabian Almazan, piano
Chris Dingman, vibraphone
Ryan Ferreira, guitar
Linda Oh, bass
Jared Schonig, drums
Loren Stillman, alto saxophone

New Morse Code
Rigorous and imaginative, the unexpected sonic world of cello and percussion catalyzes captivating works of inventive composers.
www.newmorsecode.com

Commission: The Language of Landscapes (2015) by Christopher Stark

Hannah Collins, cello
Michael Compitello, percusson

About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Duo Yumeno
Exploring the boundaries between classical Japanese and European music with a very American rhythmic propulsion. www.duoyumeno.com

Commission: Kirigami (2014) by Gene Coleman

Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto & shamisen, voice
Hikaru Tamaki, cello

Robin Verheyen Quartet
One of Europe’s top saxophonists collaborates with jazz heavyweights to play his acclaimed compositions. www.robinverheyen.be

Commission: Beyond Illuminations (2013) by Robin Verheyen

Jeff Davis, drums
Drew Gress, double bass
Russ Johnson, trumpet
Robin Verheyen, saxophones

About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Monday, June 1, 2015

Duo Scorpio
Two stellar harpists use their acute sensitivity and technical excellence to play new works by contemporary composers. www.duoscorpio.com

Commission: Fast Dances, I.-V. (2014) by Nico Muhly

Katie Andrews & Kristi Shade, harps

Alexis Cuadrado Group
Compelling jazz bassist draws on his Spanish heritage to create intense original and ambitious works. www.alexiscuadrado.com

Commission: Noneto Iberico (2009) by Alexis Cuadrado

Alexis Cuadrado, bass
Mark Ferber, drums
Taylor Haskins, trumpet
Ryan Keberle, trombone
Marc Miralta, percussion
Robert Rodriguez, piano
Brad Shepik, guitar
Yosvany Terry, saxophone
Will Vinson, saxophone

About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Monday, June 8, 2015

Music From China
Expertly performing an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and contemporary classical music by illustrious composers. www.musicfromchina.org

Commission: Three Dances from China South, (2014) by Chen Yi

Frank Cassara, percussion
Wang Guowei, erhu
Zhou Jing, zheng
Sun Li, pipa
Sophie Shao, cello
Anna Urrey, flute
Chen Yi, daruan

Ben Wendel Group
Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist is an evocative composer creating taut, intricate, harmonically rich music. www.benwendel.com

Commission: Six (2008) by Ben Wendel

Shane Endsley, trumpet
Nir Felder, guitar
Eric Harland, drums
Harish Raghavan, bass
Ben Wendel, tenor saxophone

About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Monday, June 15, 2015

Six incredible ensembles: 3 classical and 3 jazz.

Cassatt String Quartet
Award-winning and known for lively, flawless performances worldwide, equally adept with classical and contemporary music. www.cassattquartet.com

Commission: To Mourn, To Dance (2013) by Daniel Strong Godfrey

Ben Kono Group
Thoughtful jazz compositions, lush orchestrations, and edgy improvisations from this pioneering voice on multiple woodwinds. www.benkono.com

Commission: Don’t Blink (2013) by Ben Kono

Lincoln Trio
Forging new paths in contemporary classical music with energetic performances and a supreme clarity of expression. www.lincolntrio.com

Commission: Arc of Fire (2013) by Laura Schwendinger

Donny McCaslin Group
A visionary and 2015 Grammy-nominated saxophonist stunningly merges jazz with rich polyphonic funk. www.donnymccaslin.com

Commission: In Pursuit (2005) by Donny McCaslin

SYBARITE5
Talented, diverse musicians engage the senses and redefine rules, changing perceptions of chamber music performance. www.Sybarite5.org

Commission: Revolve (2014) by Andy Akiho

Don Byron Quartet
The extraordinarily creative saxophonist/composer explores widely divergent traditions with restless virtuosity. www.donbyron.com

Commission: A Suite for Lester Young (2006) by Don Byron

About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 

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