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A New Generation of Performers, Songwriters and Composers Comes Together for Collaborations Blending Classical and Popular Music

Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on Monday, January 17, 2011 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), 2-9, pm with a free 7-hour marathon featuring artists appearing later in the festival along with special guests.

Program highlights include headliners Buke and Gass with Victoire, a rare performance of Julius Eastman‘s “Stay On It” with Ne(x)tworks; the U.S. premiere of John Matthias, Adrian Corker and Andrew Prior‘s new work for violin, voice, electric guitar, piano and NeuroSampler, “what happens”; the second-ever New York performance of Corey Dargel‘s complete “Other People’s Love Songs” with NOW Ensemble; and the Chiara String Quartet performing Jefferson Friedman‘s String Quartet No. 3.

The program includes the following performers and composers:

Face the Music – Missy Mazzoli, “Death Valley Junction”; Christine Southworth, “Volcano”

Timo Andres – Charles Ives, “The Alcotts”; Timo Andres, “Everything is an Onion” from “It takes a long time to become a good composer”

Ne(xt)works – Julius Eastman, “Stay On It”

So Percussion – Selections from “Imaginary City” and “Amid the Noise”

NOW Ensemble – Judd Greenstein, “City Boy”

NOW Ensemble with Corey Dargel & Nathan Koci – Corey Dargel, “Other People’s Love Songs”

Chiara String Quartet – Jefferson Friedman, String Quartet No. 3

John Matthias, Adrian Corker & Andrew Prior – John Matthias, “What Happens & Cortical Songs/Mercedes the Dancer” (U.S. Premiere)

Vicky Chow – Daniel Wohl, “Aorta”

Ashley Bathgate – Michael Gordon, “Industry”

Ashley Bathgate & Lisa Moore – Kate Moore, “Velvet”

Gabriel Kahane – A selection of songs by Gabriel Kahane

Nadia Sirota – Nico Muhly, Keep in Touch

Buke and Gass with Victoire – TBA

A panel discussion with Ecstatic Music Festival artists will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2011, 7 pm at the Apple Store on Broadway at 67th Street. Moderated by Nadia Sirota, the panel will include Dan Deacon, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Missy Mazzoli and Tristan Perich. Admission is free.

Merkin Concert Hall’s Ecstatic Music Festival
The 15-concert Ecstatic Music Festival (January 17-March 28, 2011) showcases a new generation of composers and performers drawing on multiple influences and creating new work that seamlessly blends classical and popular music. Each concert in the festival features collaborations between artists from different musical backgrounds exploring the fertile terrain between genres. These collaborations include composers Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson with the Chiara String Quartet; Owen Pallett with Nadia Sirota and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman); Clogs with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus; electronic iconoclast Dan Deacon with So Percussion; tUnE-yArDs, William Brittelle and Caleb Burhans with Roomful of Teeth; a Ben Frost arrangement for Alarm Will Sound; Vijay Iyer with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society; Darcy James Argue with Newspeak and many others. All of the concerts will include premieres. The Ecstatic Music Festival is curated by Judd Greenstein and presented in association with New Amsterdam Records.

For a full schedule of Ecstatic Music Festival concerts, click here:

Single tickets: $25
Students: $15
4-concert subscription: $80 for 4 concerts
4-concert New Sounds Live subscription: $80

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Ecstatic Music Festival information at
Tickets at 212 501 3330 or

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