Friday, Oct. 14

Opening Concert: American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground:21st Firsts

Location: Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall at 7:30pm (7th Ave. and 57th St., NYC)
Tickets: $39-$50 ($31-$40 with SONiCPass) BUY TICKETS


George Manahan: music director & conductor
Kenji Bunch: amplified viola
Mellissa Hughes: soprano & electronics
Daniel Iglesia: videographer


Kenji Bunch: The Devil’s Box (World Premiere)
Christopher Stark: …and start west (World Premiere)
Alex Temple:  Liebeslied with voice, electronics & orchestra (World Premiere)
Andreia Pinto-Correia: Elegia a Al-Mu’tamid (World Premiere)
Wang Lu: Flowing Water Study II for Orchestra & Video (World Premiere)


An all world premiere program featuring Orchestra Underground, ACO’s smaller, flexible, entrepreneurial orchestra that embraces electronics, multimedia, unusual instruments, new collaborations and new influences.

"One rather doubts that any of the New York season's upcoming orchestra concerts stands a chance of topping the sense of wonder, the excitement of discovery, and the shake-your-bootie, party-down attitude of the ACO…” -The Star Ledger

American Composers Orchestra
Orchestra Underground:
21st Firsts

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
at 7:30pm

Saturday, Oct. 15

7:30 PM
eighth blackbird

Fractured Jans
Miller Theatre at Columbia University; 2960 Broadway, NYC
$25 ($20 with SONiCPass)

Music by:
Timothy AndresCrashing Through Fences
Bruno Mantovani – Chamber Concerto No. 2 (NYC Premiere, eighth blackbird commission)
Amy Beth KirstenPirouette(NYC Premiere)
Mayke NasDiGiT #2 (US Premiere)
Fabian SvenssonTwo Sides (NYC Premiere)
Dan ViscontiFractured Jams
Caleb BurhansLullaby for Madeline

In this meeting point of Europe and the United States, contemporary music champions eighth blackbird offer new compositions with influences ranging from Appalachian folk to pop to high modernism, with musical stops in Sweden, France, the Netherlands and the U.S.

“eighth blackbird play like musicians possessed; excited by the new, they take wing, soaring on an upthrust of precision-tooled virtuosity.”
-BBC Music

eighth blackbird
Fractured Jams
Miller Theatre
at 7:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 16

12 PM - All Day
Extended Play

Miller Theatre at Columbia University; 2960 Broadway, NYC
All-Day Pass $25 ($20 with SONiCPass); Each Concert $15 ($12 with SONiCPass) | BUY TICKETS

A full-day marathon of the musical riches of new music from New York, hosted by the fearless, JACK Quartet. Electric guitars, vibrant winds, sultry saxes, ethereal voices, this program has it all.

Set 1 - 12:00-3:00

Jack Quartet

Alex Mincek: String Quartet no. 3 (lift-tilt-filter-split)

VYKINTAS BALTAKAS: b(ell tree) (US Premiere)

AARON CASSIDY: Second String Quartet (NYC Premiere, JACK Quartet/ Donaueschinger Musiktage commission)

Talea Ensemble

HÈCTOR PARRA: String Trio (US Premiere)

ANTHONY CHEUNG: Roundabouts (US Premiere)

VICTOR ADÁN/ DOUGLAS REPETTO: Tractus (World Premiere, Meet The Composer commission)

The New York Virtuoso Singers

JENECE C. GERBER: Je me délace

NICHOLAS REEVES: In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich


THOMAS LAVOY: White Stones

YOTAM HABER: I Am [with JACK quartet] (World Premiere, Community of Living Ethics commission)



JACK Quartet

HANNAH LASH: Filigree in Textile w/harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (World Premiere, Fromm Music Foundation commission)

JESSIE MONTGOMERY: Standing / Forward (World Premiere)

GREGORY SPEARS: Buttonwood (NYC Premiere)


PRISM Quartet



KEN UENO: from sunrise to sunset, the summer of the S.E.P.S.A. bus rides destra e sinistra around Ischia just to get tomorrow’s scatolame


KATI AGÓCS: Coloratura

KRISTIN KUSTER: Breath Beneath


Young People’s Chorus of New York City

ELIZABETH ZIMAN: Beauty in a Moment


SUSIE IBARRA: Excerpts from Saturnalia

NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM: Two Songs from e. e. cummings

GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Picaflor Esmeralda from Two Mountain Songs

BORA YOON: Semaphore Conductus

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT: Hope is a Thing of Feathers


Set 3 - 9:00-12:00

JACK Quartet

MATTHEW BARNSON: String Quartet No. 3 (World Premiere)

JASON ECKARDT: Subject (World Premiere, Chamber Music America/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Commission)


Imani Winds

VALERIE COLEMAN: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ: Wind Quintet (I. March) (NYC Premiere)

PHILIP TAYLOR:  Prelude and Scherzo


DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN: Five Chairs and One Table (excerpts)

Dither Electric Guitar Quartet

PAULA MATTHUSEN: but because without this


CHES SMITH: Metal Vacation


LAINIE FEFFERMAN: Tongue of Thorns

NOW Ensemble




JUDD GREENSTEIN: Change (featuring "Plan of the City" by Joshua Frankel)

Extended Play
Hosted by JACK Quartet
Miller Theatre
12pm-All Day

Monday, Oct. 17

7:30 PM

Miller Theatre at Columbia University; 2960 Broadway, NYC
$25 ($20 with SONiCPass) | BUY TICKETS

Raphaël CendoIn Vivo part I
Hans ThomallaPiano Counterpart
Richard Carrick"a cause de soleil" Flow Trio
Erin GeeMouthpiece I / Yamaguchi Mouthpieces / Akiguchi Mouthpiece
Erin Gee, voice
Keeril MakanResonance Alloy
Jonny Greenwood with Marie Bernard and Estelle Lemire on ondes martenotssmear(US Premiere)

One of today’s fastest rising ensembles stretches boundaries with a premiere by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, using two ondes martenots (one of the earliest electronic instruments), plus otherworldly vocalizations, electronic-infused soundscapes, and more.

"Ensemble that plays by its own rules "
- The New York Times

Miller Theatre
at 7:30pm

Tuesday, Oct. 18

7 PM
Camerata Aberta

Americas Society; 680 Park Ave., NYC
Free (reservation required. VIP Reception entrance with SONiCPass) | RESERVATIONS

MARCÍLIO ONOFRE: Estudo sobre os arrependimentos de Velázquez (World Premiere)
VALÉRIA BONAFÉ: Lan (World Premiere)
TATIANA CATANZARO: Kristallklavierexplosionsschattenspliter (U.S. Premiere)
JOÃO VICTOR BOTA: Homenagem Almeida Prado (World Premiere)
JOHN ORFE: New Work (World Premiere)
CLINT NEEDHAM: Color Study (NYC Premiere)
IGOR LEÃO MAIA: New work (World Premiere)

“...the ensemble dedicates itself to the research of the intensity, fluidity and exuberance of Brazil”
-All About Jazz

Traveling from Brazil, Camerata Aberta finds the common ground between composers from Latin and North America. An international approach with explosive musical energy.

10 PM
SONiC AfterHours: Twang

The Stone; East 2nd Street and Avenue C
$15 ($10 with SONiCPass) CASH ONLY AT DOOR

An eclectic evening of new music for guitar (and bass) featuring Ryan Brown with James Moore and Taylor Levine; Rafiq Bhatia with Jeremy Viner, Jackson Hill and Alex Ritz; Toby Driver*; Andrew McKenna Lee and Dan Cooper with Daniel Palkowski and Javier Diaz as Erbium.

Camerata Aberta
Americas Society at 7pm

Twang afterhours
The Stone at 10pm

Wednesday, Oct. 19

7:30 PM
Ensemble Klang

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space; 2537 Broadway, NYC
$25 ($20 with SONiCPass)

PETE HARDEN: forming a petal from a piece of metal (U.S. Premiere)
SEAN FRIAR: Little Green Pop
OSCAR BETTISON: O Death (selected movements)

“Ensemble Klang plays everything with equal amounts of precision, intensity and honesty”
– NRC Handelsblad

Rounding-out the festival’s international perspective, the provocative Dutch Ensemble Klang makes a rare U.S. appearance, blending works of quiet, fragile intimacy with the punchy power of big-band through the works of composers from America, Australia and England.

10 PM
SONiC AfterHours: New Sounds, New Moves at Joyce SoHo

Joyce SoHo; 155 Mercer Street, NYC
$15 ($12 with SONiCPass)

World premiere collaborations between emerging composers and choreographers with orchestration by Argento Ensemble. Choreographers Deborah Lohse, Miro Magloire, Darcy Naganuma, and Rebecca Stenn will team with composers David Fulmer, Michel Galante, Michael Klingbeil, and Konrad Kaczmarek.

“An essential source of adventurous new music”
–The New Yorker

Ensemble Klang
Symphony Space at 7:30pm

Sounds/Moves afterhours
Joyce SoHo at 10pm

Thursday, Oct. 20

8:00 PM
International Contemporary Ensemble

The Kitchen; 512 West 19th St., NYC
$15 ($12 with SONiCPass)
Music by Mario Diaz de León, Du Yun, Steve Lehman, Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis and Marcos Balter.

International Contemporary Ensemble: ICElab
“Not only was the technical precision and confidence level of the performances exceptional, but so was the level of nuance...”
- The Classical Review

11:00 PM
AfterHours: Innovocal

200 Hudson Street, NYC
$15 ($12 with SONiCPass)

Some are ironic, quirky and theatrical. Some are educated, high brow art. All are amazing and worth listening. Join us for an evening with young singer/songwriters, Corey Dargel with James Moore and Wil Smith, Kate Soper with Erin Lesser, and Christopher Cerrone performed by Christiana Little, as they blur the lines between pop and art song.

The Kitchen at 8pm

Innovocal afterhours
92YTribeca at 11:00pm

Friday, Oct. 21

7:30 PM
Alarm Will Sound

Roulette; 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
$30 includes free admission to 10:00 PM AfterHours program ($25 with SONiCPass) | BUY TICKETS

Aleksandra Grykaeinerjedeneither (NYC Premiere)
Stefan FreundDrowning
David T. LittleHaunted Topography (World Premiere)
Nico MuhlySeeing is Believing
Matthew MarksA Song for Wade (This is Not That Song) (NYC Premiere)
Aphex Twinarr. HAUSE: Omgyjya Switch

Alarm Will Sound brings it’s virtuosic 20-member band to Brooklyn’s newest experimental music venue.

“...brought precision and urgency…leaving you dazed but thoroughly enlightened and energized.”
-Washington Post

"the very model of a modern music chamber band."
-The New York Times

10 PM
SONiC AfterHours: Electronic SONiC

Roulette; 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn

Tickets: $10 ($8 with SONiCPass). Free with paid admission to the 7:30 PM concert. Cash only at the door; no advance sales

DJs, VJs and electronic composers at work and play. Ryan Lott*, Joshua Ott; Sam Pluta and Jeff Snyder as exclusiveOr; Troy Herion with Alex Tyson and Sarah Lipstate. Plus audience-created music with UrbanRemix and Thicket: SONiC Edition.

Alarm Will Sound
Roulette at 7:30pm

Electronic SONiC
Roulette at 10pm

Saturday, Oct. 22

7 PM
American Composers Orchestra: American Pie

World Financial Center Winter Garden; 220 Vesey St., NYC
Free (no reservation required. Seating is first come first serve.

George Manahan, Music Director & Conductor
Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner, electric guitars
John Schaefer, New Sounds Live host

RUBY FULTON: Road Ranger Cowboy (NY premiere)
PAUL YEON LEE: Echo of a Dream (World Premiere, ACO/The Helen F. Whitaker Fund commission)
BRYCE DESSNER: St. Carolyn by the Sea with special guests Bryce and Aaron Dessner, electric guitars (World Premiere, ACO/LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Commission)
RYAN GALLAGHER: Grindhouse (NY Premiere, EarShot winner)
ANDREW NORMAN: Unstuck (NY Premiere)
SUZANNE FARRIN: Infinite Here (NY Premiere)

ACO brings SONiC to a rousing grand finale. Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of rock superband The National) deliver a powerful new collaboration. From American idealism to Hollywood takes on our alt-kitch culture, a free concert celebration for the city of New York. The performance will be featured on WNYC’s New Sounds Live.

11:30 PM
SONiC AfterHours: Different Drummers

Joe’s Pub; 425 Lafayette Street, NYC
$15 ($12 with SONiCPass) | Buy Tickets

Everyone loves a drum solo! An evening of new music by percussionist composers with beats originating from Latin America moving to electronic sounds through Brazilian Berimbau to steel pans. With music by Tyshawn Sorey, Payton Macdonald, Susie Ibarra, Greg Beyer and Andy Akiho with Mariel Roberts.

ACO American Pie
World Financial Center at 7pm

Different Drummers
Joe's Pub at 11:30pm