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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 York Festival of Song’s “Paris to Paradise” reviewed in the New York Times!

Tuesday night's New York Festival of Song concert, "New York to Paris, Paris to Paradise," was reviewed in the New York Times by Anthony Tommasini. Of the concert, which featured pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barnett, along with performances by young artists from the Caramoor Vocal Rising Stars program, Tommasini stated, "The evening was like a music appreciation …

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Read a New York Times Review of Violinist Benjamin Beilman’s 3/12 Concert!

The New York Times' Steve Smith praises Young Concert Artist International Audition winner Benjamin Beilman's "handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence." "For two young musicians out to make a lasting first impression, it would be hard to pick a more appropriate selection of pieces than those chosen by the violinist Benjamin Beilman and the pianist…

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Intimate Musical Evenings benefiting Special Music School

Kaufman Center is hosting upcoming intimate Musical Evenings featuring pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn and the Harlem String Quartet. These performances will benefit Special Music School. THU ∙ APR 5, 2012 Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano At the home of Lisa & Robert Towbin WED ∙ MAY 23, 2012 Harlem String Quartet At the home of Bethany & Robert Millard These even…

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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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