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A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer
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San Fermin, the eight-piece band led by the classically-trained Ellis Ludwig-Leone, has been praised for their “epic and emotion-laden rock, with glorious and operatic vocals” (New Yorker). Ludwig-Leone and several of its members will join forces with New York mainstays NOW Ensemble for an evening of fresh, ambitious music combining the elegance of chamber music with the vitality of pop. They will perform orchestrations of San Fermin songs and premiere new works by Ludwig-Leone and NOW’s Mark Dancigers, a classical composer with a deep background in rock whose music has been acclaimed as “entrancing” (New York Times), “fresh and vibrant” (Classical Review).
Judd Greeenstein, Ecstatic Music Festival Curator
San Fermin is the rare band whose founder and leader (Ellis Ludwig-Leone) is a trained composer, a trait that shows in the instrumental construction of the band and in the formal structures of their songs and albums. Mark Dancigers is not only a classical composer but a proficient rock guitarist — that was his creative outlet before he started putting pen to paper. Ellis and Mark had worked together in other contexts, but using their two “bands” — San Fermin and NOW Ensemble, the composer/performer collaborative of which Mark is a founding member (as am I) — as a backdrop for further collaboration was a new idea and one that was a perfect match for the Ecstatic framework. Ellis can write for an expansive version of his band, while Mark can bring a band into the ensemble of which he is a part. It felt to me like an easy and natural fit for both composers, one that provided them both with new opportunities, and the two of them seemed to feel the same way.