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Ecstatic Music Festival Curator Judd Greenstein Introduces the 2013 Festival PART 1

As we head into the third season of the Ecstatic Music Festival, I'm glad to realize how much has changed since 2010, when I met with Lydia Kontos and Jenny Undercofler from Kaufman Music Center to discuss plans for a possible 2011 festival at Merkin Hall.  At that meeting, we threw around a number of ideas, revolving around a basic question that we were attempti…

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2013 Ecstatic Music Festival Lineup Announced

Kaufman Center's Ecstatic Music Festival® returns this winter with more than 120 composers and performers from diverse musical backgrounds coming together for 11 utterly unique and highly original collaborative performances. The festival's musicians – soloists, bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras and everything in between – hail from diverse music…

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Read a New York Times review of Rhys Chatham and Oneida’s Ecstatic Music Festival Performance!

This past weekend, composer Rhys Chatham teamed up with Brooklyn experimental group Oneida for a collaboration at the Ecstatic Music Festival. The performance was reviewed by Steve Smith in today's New York Times, where Smith remarked, "the bulk of the crowd was transfixed... the effect was undeniably ecstatic." The full review can be read here.

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Dan Deacon Interviewed in the Huffington Post!

This week, composer Dan Deacon was interviewed by Amy Lee in the Huffington Post, where he shared his thoughts on his performance style, the future of alt-classical crossovers, and the life of a composer. Read the full article here. Tonight marks the return of Dan Deacon to the Ecstatic Music Festival, when he premieres new compositions featuring NOW Ensemble and the Cald…

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NEW VIDEOS! EMF preview with Mikael Karlsson and Mariam Wallentin

Mariam Wallentin, hailed for her “beyond gorgeous” voice (Prefix) in the band Wildbirds & Peacedrums, teams up with acclaimed composer Mikael Karlsson to create a new song cycle, The Spirit & the Cloud, performed with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. The evening will also include a selection of Karlsson’s instrumental compositions and ar…

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Listen to the First Four 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival® Performances on Q2 Music!

Got started a bit late on the Ecstatic Music Festival? Thanks to the festival's partnership with Q2 Music, the first four performances of the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival are now available for streaming on WQXR's website! The concerts featured are Jherek Bischoff and the Wordless Music Orchestra (February 4th), Sxip Shirey and Angélica Negrón (Februa…

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Interview with Upcoming EMF Artist Jason Treuting

Jason Treuting and Nick Zammuto will take the stage at Kaufman Center on February 23rd, as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. They'll be joined by janus, Daisy Press, and Grey McMurray. Available Now: Watch a video preview with Nick Zammuto and Jason Treuting. Also available: Jason Treuting, Grey McMurray and Eric Beach at the Greene Space Ecstatic Music Festival pr…

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NEW VIDEO: Nick Zammuto and Jason Treuting Discuss Their Upcoming Ecstatic Show!

Nick Zammuto of The Books and Jason Treuting of So Percussion hit the Merkin stage next Thursday, February 23rd,  for an Ecstatic Music Festival performance alongside janus, guitarist Grey McMurray and vocalist Daisy Press. Below, hear them discuss spelling bees, homemade videos, and what to expect at their upcoming show.  Video by Steve Taylor.

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The New York Times Reviews Sxip Shirey & Angélica Negrón’s Ecstatic Music Fest Performance

On Tuesday night, the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival continued with its second performance of the season, featuring Sxip Shirey, Angélica Negrón, Face The Music, Todd Reynolds, Noveller and Jonny Rodgers.  Of the evening's collaboration between Shirey and Negrón, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times stated, "'Asa Nisi Masa…

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Hear Audio of Jherek Bischoff’s Ecstatic Music Festival Performance!

This past Saturday, the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival kicked off with producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff in a sold out collaboration with the Wordless Music Orchestra. In a partnership with Q2 Music, the concert was presented via live audio webcast on WQXR's website. Relive the opening night magic and listen to full audio of the concert here…

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