The Nouveau Classical Project is a New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble. Our mission is to engage new audiences by integrating music with other arts disciplines and to show that classical music is a living, breathing art form.
To provide opportunities for composers, we hold annual Calls for Scores, Calls for Proposals, and commission at least one new work annually via our NCP Commissioning Fund. The collaborative nature of our work also allows us to create opportunities for artists from a variety of disciplines.
NCP has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Korea Gallery, Symphony Space, The Center for Fiction, and Issue Project Room as part of MATA’s Interval series. Fashion collaborations include CFDA winner Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Kempner Collection, Ecco Domani winner Novis, Tanya Taylor, and more. Recent and upcoming premieres include: the sold-out premiere of “Potential Energies” composed by Trevor Gureckis and choreographer by Barbie Diewald at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); “Sororatorio” by Vincent Calianno; and 2015-16 Rome Prize winning composer Nina C. Young’s “Making Tellus" (forthcoming).
"NCP...deserve props for the premiere performance..." - NEW MUSIC BOX
"Leading this unlikely intersection of classical music and fashion..." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The Nouveau Classical Project is…putting a new face on classical music." - NPR
"...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
EDUCATIONAL/ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES: In addition to engaging audiences through innovative concerts, NCP enjoys working with students at universities and conservatories through short-term residencies. Learn more here.
CURRENTS: 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 by composers who thrive in both the classical and pop worlds, Olga Bell and Gabrielle Herbst aka GABI, as well as award-winning composers David Bird and Isaac Schankler. Premiere: May 25 at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY.
SACRED-PROFANE: 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 fashion brand NOT, the concert pulls at loose strings until it unravels in a fitful explosion of profanity. The program features avant-garde 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 set to the celebrated and profane Delta Gamma sorority email that went viral in 2013. The first sold-out performances took place on April 9 and 10, 2015 at CSV – Flamboyán Theater in New York City. Next performance: March 2017, University of Maryland.
MYSTERIUM NOVUM: a synesthetic music and art installation, featuring visual art by Anne Patterson and the premiere of a new work by Paul Haas. Premiered June 25-26, 2016 at White Box, New York, NY.
MAKING TELLUS: a 55-minute cantata that addresses the issue of the Anthropocene, incorporating music and technology with 2015-16 Rome Prize winner Nina C. Young, vocalist Andrew Munn, and new media artist Luke DuBois. October 2017.