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Face the Music's 2019-20 Season

Welcome to Face the Music's 2019-20 season!

NYC’s Acclaimed Teen New Music Program Teams Up with JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, Imani Uzuri, Finnegan Shanahan, Tri-Centric Foundation and more

Kaufman Music Center’s celebrated youth new music program announces a new season of collaborations with living composers and performances of cutting-edge, post-genre music. This year, JACK Quartet will follow ETHEL and Kronos Quartet as Face the Music’s Quartet-in-Residence. Hailed as the “nation’s most important quartet” (New York Times) and “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe) JACK Quartet will coach and perform with Face the Music ensembles throughout the season. Face the Music will perform works from the JACK Studio project, a new initiative based at Kaufman Music Center that will help support a more equitable musical landscape by commissioning six artists each year from communities underrepresented in classical music. This season Face the Music will also team up with flutist, composer and multi-genre performance artist Nathalie Joachim, a 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence; composer Finnegan Shanahan; vocalist/composer Imani Uzuri, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation and Luna Composition Lab.

Upcoming Concerts

Additional concerts TBA

Mon, Nov 25, 7 pm, Roulette
Face the Music & Finnegan Shanahan
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Face the Music and composer-violinist-vocalist Finnegan Shanahan explore the theme of transformation with a performance of Shanahan’s The Two Halves, a song cycle tracing a dream-journey along the 19th century Hudson River Railroad, into the Catskills and to the mountains of New Mexico. Shanahan blurs the lines between classical and pop music, exploring “beautiful timbral combinations mixed with well-used electronic effects and filters” to create a ”beautiful meld of musical influences” (I Care if You Listen). For this performance of The Two Halves, Shanahan has expanded the instrumentation to an ensemble of  27 players. Also on the program: Prattyush Banerjee’s Bandish in Raga Malkauns arranged by Face the Music coach Aakash Mittal. This concert is part of Kaufman Music Center’s season-long focus on “Transformation” – the power of music to transform lives.

Mon, Feb 10, 7 pm, National Sawdust
Face the Music & Nathalie Joachim
Face the Music and composer/flutist/vocalist Nathalie Joachim, a member of Eighth Blackbird and Flutronix and 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence, will perform new arrangements from her critically-acclaimed debut album Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), an joyful and life-affirming evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics exploring Joachim’s Haitian heritage.

Mon, Mar 30, venue TBA
Face the Music with JACK Quartet & Imani Uzuri
JACK Quartet, Face the Music’s 2019-20 Quartet-in-Residence, and composer-vocalist Imani Uzuri will coach and perform with FTM string quartets and large ensembles. The program includes music by Imani Uzuri plus works commissioned for JACK Quartet, and new music from the JACK Studio commissioning project.

Wed, April 29, 7 pm at Merkin Hall
Solar Flare: Face the Music & Luna Composition Lab
Face the Music premieres works by the 2019-20 Luna Composition Lab Fellows. A national mentorship program founded by 2019 Grammy nominee Missy Mazzoli and 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Reid with Kaufman Music Center in 2016, Luna Lab is “changing the playing field by providing mentorship and exposure to teen-age female, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming composers” (The New Yorker).

Mon, May 18, time TBA at The Jazz Gallery
Face the Music’s Jazz and Creative Music Ensembles perform.

Tue, June 9, 7 pm at (le) Poisson Rouge
Face the Music & Tri-Centric Foundation
Face the Music teams up with the Tri-Centric Foundation to perform works by Anthony Braxton as well as FTM member composers.

Face the Music’s Call for Scores program nurtures young composers by giving students the opportunity to develop new pieces in a workshop setting. Composer Salons in December, May and June will give students invaluable opportunities to have their works performed by Face the Music ensembles at intimate concerts in an informal setting.


Musicians age 12-18 are invited to audition for Face the Music.
For info, email facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org or call 212 501 3360. Do you know teen musicians who may be interested? Download a printable flyer HERE.