Join us in honoring composer and Firehouse Space founder Sandra Sprecher with the NCP Visionary Award. This award recognizes innovative leaders whose work has made a significant impact in their fields. The evening will feature NCP playing music by living composers, fine food and drink (including cocktail hour by Glenfiddich), silent auction, and award presentation.
“Currents” is an electro-acoustic concert that juxtaposes contrasting compositional styles in an eclectic program, celebrating the marriage of tradition and technology. NCP will premiere new electro-acoustic works, including pieces by composers who thrive in both the classical and pop worlds.
For this concert, premiering May 25, 2017 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NCP is commissioning and premiering four new works by some of today’s most exciting artists:
VJ Mamiko Kushida will create ambient video projections for the performance, and musicians' outfits will be styled by designers from the fashion collective, Flying Solo.
Zero Initiative OLGA BELL
Where is my voice GABRIELLE HERBST
Cy DAVID BIRD
Artifacts ISAAC SCHANKLER
From the composers:
"My piece is called Zero Initiative, and I’m happy to reveal that it prominently features a “field recording” captured two winters ago, at 2am, from the line outside Output. It’s been incredibly fun and restorative working on this music." -Olga Bell
"Where is my voice investigates the feeling of not being able to speak – when you can’t find the words or space to express those words. It is a piece about breath, vulnerability and inner voices being translated to the outside world. Through an electronic vocal landscape and acoustic chamber music, the work searches for self-expression, communication and inner peace." -Gabrielle Herbst
"Artifacts is in a sense about the collision of time scales that often happens when electronic music and acoustic music meet. Electronic music often asks us to slow down and focus on one particular idea or texture, with minute changes that may take a long time to even become audible. Acoustic music, on the other hand, is often eager to impress or overwhelm us with conflagrations of notes and gestures. When I tried to smoosh these things together, a lot of unexpected byproducts popped out. I decided to keep these artifacts." -Isaac Schankler
"Cy is a muted and intricate work inspired by the off-white colors and scribbled, graffiti-like lines in Cy Twombly's paintings. The piece features clarinet preparations and alterations as well as triggered samples of cassette tape tones and tape hiss." -David Bird
Join us at SoHo boutique Flying Solo, featuring a performance by yours truly, shoppable apparel, jewelry, and accessories by Flying Solo designers, and special cocktails by Glenfiddich.
NCP members Mara Mayer (clarinet), Sugar Vendil (piano), and Joe Tucker (percussion) will perform.
Karakurenai by Andy Akiho
Everything in Its Right Place by Radiohead, arr. Joe Tucker
Please consider making an optional tax-deductible donation to The Nouveau Classical Project, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Support our mission to promote contemporary classical music to new audiences and to create opportunities for fellow artists!
Suggested donation: 20
About The Nouveau Classical Project
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based, concept-driven contemporary classical music ensemble that is "bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre" (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.
About Flying Solo
Launched in June 2016, Flying Solo is a unique concept store and retail incubator owned and operated by a curated selection of 30 independent designers. The store was created to allow designers to take their brand stories and products directly to the consumers.
Flying Solo wishes to transform fashion culture by offering: a revolutionary retail experience where you meet the creators behind the creations every time you shop, a comprehensive and equal platform for designers, and a commitment to our customers through exceptional quality and personalised service. Most of our products are designed and made in New York City and 90% of our brands are women-owned.
Flying Solo debuted it’s first collective show during NYFW this February and has been recognized by international press including WWD, WGSN, New York Mag, Nylon, Vogue and Marie Claire Brazil.
Flying Solo is located in the heart of Nolita at 224 Mulberry Street. For further information, please visit www.flyingsolo.nyc.
We're joining an all-star line-up—including The Living Earth Show, vocalists Peabody Southwell and Allison Semmes, guitarist Taylor Levine, cellist Mariel Roberts, and Philip White on electronics—for the premiere of new songs by composer Ted Hearne!
NCP performs music by Sarah Kirkland Snider, arrangements of Ockeghem's Missa Prolatonium - Kyrie by Marina Kifferstein, Vincent Calianno's profane sorority-inspired Sororatorio: a Cuntata, and a world premiere by Peter Kramer.
This concert has been cancelled due to venue double booking.
been a cold long time NATHAN HEIDELBERGER
Still Life with Avalanche MISSY MAZZOLI
Gantsreveh d'ghas MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN
Laura Cocks, flute
Mara Mayer, clarinet
Lena Vidulich, violin
Thea Mesirow, cello
Sugar Vendil, piano
Joe Tucker, percussion
The Nouveau Classical Project presents a concert for Pierrot Ensemble sans vocalist in a program featuring three works inspired by or evincing the coming winter. Learn more here.
been a cold long time NATHAN HEIDELBERGER
Juno ROBERT HONSTEIN
Two Circles ALVIN LUCIER
Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Laura Cocks, flute
Mara Mayer, clarinet
Kate Dreyfuss, violin
Susan D Mandel, cello
Sugar Vendil, piano
Joe Tucker, percussion
Tickets: $10 suggested, cash
Williamsburg's new events space, Dobbin St., will transform for one night only into an immersive homage to Dario Argento's 1977 horror film "Suspiria".
Join us for a projected screening of the film within our site-specific installation inspired by Dario Argento's colorful vision and cinematography. The Nouveau Classical Project will perform prior to the screening.
This unique hybrid event kicks off Dobbin St's forthcoming program of cultural events designed to support and cultivate the arts community of North Brooklyn.
Free admission with RSVP. RSVP here.
Space is limited, and as part of the immersive installation a select number of viewing beds will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Thursday, October 27th
Doors at 6:30pm
Performance at 7:30pm
Film at 8:30pm
NCP performs DJ Spooky's Peace Symphony. DJ Spooky weaves together a sound and video portrait of one of the most powerful moments of the 20th Century, using interviews he conducted with eight survivors (Hibakusha) of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
2016 Benefit: Honoring Paola Prestini & Titania Inglis
A synesthetic music and art installation in collaboration with composer Paul Haas, visual artist Anne Patterson, design studio Atelier de Geste, multidisciplinary artist Joel Mellin, and lighting designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew. This project is generously supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Paul R. Judy Foundation.
The Nouveau Classical Project will perform the music from their debut album, Potential Energies composed by Trevor Gureckis.
SPAIN & THE MADRILENIAN SCENE will celebrate the 35th anniversary of El Concierto de Primavera 1981, a historical concert that gathered fifteen thousand people on May 23, 1981 at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid in Madrid, Spain. People danced into the resurrection of the economy in Spain and the emergence of a new Spanish Identity which produced a countercultural movement called La Movida Madrileña (The Madrilenian Scene).
The Arts Council at NCP invites you to a pre-gala gathering for our upcoming Four Seasons Gala: Spain and the Madrilenian Scene. Hosted by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada in TriBeca.
NCP performs Marina Kifferstein's three arrangements of Johannes Ockeghem's Missa Prolatonium - Kyrie, which get more twisted as the piece progresses, as well as an excerpt of Vincent Calianno's Sororatorio: a Cuntata, which is inspired by the celebrated and profane Delta Gamma sorority girl e-mail that went viral in 2013.
Press for Sacred-Profane:
"...bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre...NCP's work makes a stage for finding nuance in rigid categories." - VICE
"Classical music’s got an edge these days, and we have the Nouveau Classical Project to thank for that." - MILK MADE
Sleepless Nights, the music of Daniel Felsenfeld, is a collection of collaborations between a single composer and some of the most accomplished and varied contemporary author. The Nouveau Classical Project, known for “bringing a refreshing edge” to classical music (VICE) will be joined by conductor Whitney George, singers Ariadne Greif and Marcy Richardson, violinist Amanda Lo, and cellist Caleigh Drane. Rick Moody will read from his novel The Diviners.
About the Music
Taking from Rick Moody’s novel The Diviners, Felsenfeld fashioned The Light; the elegiac words of Elizabeth Hardwick are used in From Sleepless Nights; Robert Coover’s overtly ribald filth makes the text of Raw Footage; and Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Fiona Maazel and Stephen Elliott all provided unpublished texts for the cycle A Genuine Willingness to Help.
The Nouveau Classical Project: Amanda Gregory, soprano; Laura Cocks, flute; Isabel Kim, clarinet; Sugar Vendil, piano Whitney George, conductor Ariadne Greif, soprano Marcy Richardson, soprano Amanda Lo, violin, Caleigh Drane, cello
The Nouveau Classical Project performs at Bard Graduate Center Gallery as part of BGC Gallery's latest exhibition, Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette. Fashion the Body examines the extraordinary ways in which women and men have shaped their bodies into distinctive silhouettes in the name of fashion.
Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach
Aria by John Cage
String duo from Potential Energies by Trevor Gureckis
Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus by Olivier Messiaen
Fratres by Arvo Pärt
Chrysalis by Sarah Kirkland Snider
The Nouveau Classical Project will perform with DJ Spooky for a sneak preview of his new work, Peace Symphony.
April 9 & 10, 2015
Both performances begin at 8 pm
Sacred-Profane explores a range of human polarity, traveling from stately composure to total abandonment. Through a series of concert pieces and fashion by Jenny Lai's experimental womenswear brand NOT, the concert pulls at loose strings until it unravels in a fitful explosion of profanity. The program will feature new arrangements of Johannes Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum - Kyrie by Marina Kifferstein, music by Sarah Kirkland Snider and Nina Young, and the premiere of Vin Calianno’s Sororitorio, a new song cycle inspired by the celebrated and profane Delta Gamma sorority email that went viral in 2013.
MacArthur Fellow and author Richard Powers joins NCP and the newly formed Kamea string quartet. Part reading, part concert, this event will take the audience through the adventure of Peter Els, a composer turned scientist whose attempts to find musical patterns in living cells arouses the suspicions of Homeland Security. NCP and Kamea will perform a wide range of music, such as classics by Barber & Messiaen as well as music by contemporary composers Philip Glass and Stephen Taylor. Orfeo was longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker prize. This concert will be styled by Ashley Pruitt, Fashion Director of FLATT Magazine.
Kinesin Stephen Taylor
Adagio for Strings Samuel Barber
Quartet for the End of Time (selected movements) Olivier Messiaen
59 1/2 Seconds John Cage
Prelude in e minor, Op. 28 No. 4 Frédéric Chopin
String Quartet No. 2 (Company) Philip Glass
String Quartet No. 3 in F major, op. 73 (selected movements) Dmitri Shostakovich
Writhe Stephen Taylor
The Nouveau Classical Project honors pianist Marilyn Nonken in an evening of a new music, fine food and drink, and good company! We are continually expanding the scope of our projects thanks to the support of generous donors. Cocktail hour sponsored by Georgi Vodka. Fashion by Novis.
Potential Energies is a modern ballet that breaks barriers between music & movement, inspired by the Millennial Generation's balancing act of hope & survival.
In a project conceived and directed by NCP Artistic Director Sugar Vendil, the ensemble joins forces with choreographer Barbie Diewald and composer Trevor Gureckis to create Potential Energies, a bold, new modern ballet where musicians transcend their conventional roles. Individual musician and dancer pairs act as two sides to a single identity, attempting to reconcile ambitions with reality. Inspired by the emerging adulthood of the Millennial Generation, the arduous journey of artists, hope and rude awakenings, Potential Energies is a daring undertaking by artists who are not only creating this work, but also living it.
We will be joined by clarinetist Mara Mayer for this performance.