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

NYC’s Acclaimed Teen New Music Program Teams Up with JACK Quartet, Nathalie Joachim, Finnegan Shanahan, Peter Askim, 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; Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation and Luna Composition Lab.

Concert SCHEDULE

Mon, Nov 25, 7 pm, Roulette
Face the Music & Finnegan Shanahan
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: "A Wonderful Day" by Anna Clyne, Prattyush Banerjee’s Bandish in Raga Malkauns arranged by Face the Music coach Aakash Mittal, plus new music by Face the Music songwriters led by Adrianna Mateo. This concert is part of Kaufman Music Center’s season-long focus on “Transformation” – the power of music to transform lives.

Tue, Nov 26, 7:30 pm, The Secret Theatre
Face the Music at The Secret Theatre
Face the Music and the Special Music School High School Percussion Ensemble join the great Al Cerulo and students from Stony Brook University, SUNY Purchase and the Aaron Copland School of Music for an evening showcasing significant classical percussion repertoire by esteemed Japanese composers including Toru Takemitsu, Maki Ishii, Minoru Miki, Michio Kitazume and Toshimitsu Tanaka.

Fri, Jan 31, 7 pm, National Opera Center
Face the Music at Composers Now Festival Opening Event
The Opening Event of the tenth annual Composers Now Festival features a vivacious program of music by living composers hosted by Composers Now founder and artistic director, Tania León. The program includes the world premiere of Quando L'acqua riflette (When the Water Reflects) by Face the Music composer Ilaria Loisa Hawley, 2020 recipient of the First Commission award for young composers.

Mon, Feb 10, 7 pm, National Sawdust
Face the Music: Home with Nathalie Joachim, Trevor New & Peter Askim
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Face the Music and friends explore ideas of home, lineage and safety. 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 Grammy-nominated debut album Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), a joyful and life-affirming work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics exploring Joachim’s Haitian heritage. Face the Music and Trevor New will will perform "The Whistler," Trevor's piece for ensemble and electronics that depicts quiet family moments, times of struggle and resilience. The program also includes The Grand Struggle Against Fear by jazz vibraphonist Joel M. Ross, and the world premiere of Peter Askim's Raw Heart of the Spinning World.

Tue, Mar 10, 7 pm, Upper Lobby of Merkin Hall
Face the Music & The Walden School Showcase
With a Showcase concert featuring original music by student composers of Face the Music and The Walden School, these programs join collaborative forces at the Kaufman Music Center's Upper Lobby of Merkin Hall.

POSTPONED
Mon, Mar 30, 11 am, Merkin Hall
Face the Music & JACK Quartet
At this concert for NYC school children, Face the Music and JACK Quartet will perform Peter Askim's Raw Heart of the Spinning World, plus a new work by a Face the Music member composer.

POSTPONED
Tue, Mar 31, 7 pm, Roulette
Face the Music: Critical Mass with JACK Quartet, Elliot Reed, inti figgis-vizueta & Olivia Shortt
JACK Quartet, 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence, and Face the Music large ensembles give the world premieres of new works written for Face the Music and JACK Quartet to perform together by three artists from the new JACK Studio commissioning project: Elliot Reed, inti figgis-vizueta & Olivia Shortt. JACK Quartet and Face the Music will also perform a set of works from Face the Music's repertoire together.

Fri, April 24, 7 pm, Areté Venue & Gallery
Face the Music at Areté Venue & Gallery
Face the Music appears for its first performance in collaboration with Areté Venue & Gallery. This Showcase features Face the Music's smaller chamber music ensembles in concert. Among other works are a string quartet by Mitchell McCarthy and the premiere of a brass quintet by a Face the Music student composer.

Wed, April 29, 7 pm at Merkin Hall
Solar Flare: Face the Music & Luna Composition Lab
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Face the Music premieres works by the 2019-20 Luna Composition Lab Fellows: Olivia Bennett, Kimani Bridges, Madeline Clara Cheng, Ebunoluwa Oguntola and Sage Shurman. 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). The program also includes music by inti figgis-vizueta and Lesley Mok, who will perform with Face the Music. The performance features some of NYC’s finest young musicians, who hail from Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music and Special Music School High School along with players from NYC’s top conservatory programs – Juilliard Pre-College, Mannes Prep at The New School’s Open Campus and the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College.

Sat, May 2, 8:30 pm
Ecstatic Music: Face the Music with JACK Quartet
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Hailed as the “nation’s most important quartet” (New York Times) and “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artists-in-Residence JACK Quartet and ensembles from Face the Music will perform works by the six artists selected for its inaugural JACK Studio commissioning project: Eduardo Aguilar (Mexico), Khyam Allami (Iraq/United Kingdom), inti figgis-vizueta (United States), Brittany J. Green (United States), Elliot Reed (United States) and Olivia Shortt (Canada).

Mon, May 18, 7 pm 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.