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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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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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Ecstatic Music Fest performers yMusic Featured in The New York Times!

The chamber sextet yMusic, which will make its Ecstatic Music Festival debut alongside Son Lux and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry tomorrow night, was featured in this past weekend's New York Times.  On the sextet, Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein stated, "What yMusic is doing is bridging a gap between two contemporary practices, a contemporar…

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6 Questions for Upcoming EMF Artist Christopher Tignor

On February 9th Christopher Tignor and his band Slow Six, along with This Will Destroy You, will be playing with the self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry. Some thoughts, via email... What is it like to do arrangements for Slow Six vs. other groups, like A Far Cry? The meaningful difference is between doing arrangements for existing songs, like I've done here for …

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Interview with Upcoming EMF Artist Jherek Bischoff

Jherek Bischoff will be headlining the first Ecstatic Music Festival concert of 2012, with guest vocalists David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier, Mirah, Zac Pennington and more! He was kind enough to submit to some email questioning... What’s it like to work with David Byrne? The coolest guy ever. He has inspired me so much through my life. His openness to collabo…

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