NOW Ensemble

Extended Play - Marathon Concert

Miller Theatre at Columbia University, 2960 Broadway at 116th Street, NYC

Sunday, October 16 at 9:00pm

All Day Pass $25 ($20 with SONiCPass), Each Concert $15 ($12 with SONiCPass)

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NOW Ensemble is a dynamic young group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With our unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, NOW Ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with a blend of musical influences that reflects the diverse backgrounds and listening experiences of our members. The five performers in NOW Ensemble are each virtuoso players with distinguished solo careers and a wide variety of experience in other ensembles and genres of music.

NOW Ensemble was formed in 2002 at the Yale School of Music as a loose collective of adventurous performers and composers who put on concerts of new music. WNYC radio personality John Schaefer called our performance of Magic With Everyday Objects, by Missy Mazzoli, "one of the great surprises of the 2007 [Bang on a Can] Marathon," and later invited Judd and Sara onto his Soundcheck program to talk about the group.

A list of composers who have written or are slated to write for NOW are: Timothy Andres, Betsey Biggs, William Brittelle, Ryan Carter, David Crowell, Corey Dargel, Bryce Dessner, Yoav Gal, Steven Gorbos, Yotam Haber, Andrew McKenna Lee, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Matt McBane, Nico Muhly, Tristan Perich, Scott Smallwood, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Christopher Tignor, Jason Treuting, Stefan Weisman, Miriama Young, and Samson Young, along with many others. We also have commissioned a handful of works by more established composers, including Kathryn Alexander and John Halle.

NOW Ensemble has appeared at the Carlsbad Music Festival, CalArts, the Crane Arts Center, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Virginia, the Wave Hill Cultural Center, BAM Café, and at the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York's World Financial Center.

In 2008, NOW released our first record on the pioneering New Amsterdam record label.