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The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will conclude their fourth season with special guest Cynthia Nixon narrating a new work, plus a newly commissioned chamber arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s towering masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring.” The concert will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online at Symphony Space Events or (212) 864-5400.

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Music of Steve Lehman
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 7:30pm
(le) Poisson Rogue
158 Bleecker Street

Free Admission with RSVP;

MNMP joins International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to commission Steve Lehman as part of ICElab, their groundbreaking new model for commissioning, developing, and performing new music.

This ICElab concert spotlights an evening-length new work by Steve Lehman, Impossible Flow, tailor-made for ICE. Long known as a virtuosic saxophone player at the center of New York’s experimental jazz scene, Steve Lehman has also developed a reputation as a brilliant composer. His 2009 album Travail, Transformation, and Flow was placed on an unprecedented 30 Top-Ten lists of jazz and experimental albums around the world. Meanwhile his work with composers Tristan Murail and Anthony Braxton, and his extensive experience in electroacoustic media, have yielded a musical style at the frontiers of contemporary concert music and experimental jazz.

Steve Lehman (b. 1978): Impossible Flow: for flute, alto saxophone, clarinet, horn, trombone, piano, double bass, drums and percussion (2011) WORLD PREMIERE

1. Impossible Flow: Prologue (2011) for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, piano, double bass, drum set and percussion
2. Baltimore/Berlin (2008) for clarinet, trombone, piano, double bass, drum set
3. For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton and Alexander Scriabin (2011) for alto saxophone and piano
4. Impossible Flow: Epilogue (2011) for alto saxophone

Steve Lehman’s new ICElab work, Impossible Flow, is commissioned jointly by the Manhattan New Music Project and ICE.

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Four nights: January 26 to 29 at 8:30pm
Soutpaw, 125 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Subway: 2,3,4,5,D,M,R,B,Q to Atlantic Terminal

January 26:  w/ Wayne Krantz » tickets
January 27:  w/ Busdriver » tickets
January 28:  w/ Busdriver & Mark Guiliana » tickets
January 29:  w/ Daedelus » tickets

$40 four day pass- Available through Ticketweb

Search & Restore and Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) are proud to co-present a four-night residency with the Grammy-nominated ensemble Kneebody. Each night will consist of two sets featuring special guests: guitarist Wayne Krantz, indie-rapper Busdriver, drummer Mark Guiliana, and experimental music producer Daedelus.
Founded in 2001, Kneebody has built upon an impressive array of individual resumes and conservatory training to create a truly singular voice within the instrumental world. The group released an album of works by Charles Ives in 2009 last year, which received a Grammy nomination in the crossover field. During the four-night run, Kneebody will perform from their follow-up 2010 release You Can Have Your Moment (Winter & Winter).
Described by The New York Times as “a resolutely unpin-downable band,” the L.A./Brooklyn based quintet can be measured as “a band that inhabits the borderland abutted by post-bop, indie-rock, and hip-hop, without seeming to give much thought to the borders.” All About Jazz references their dynamic scope of “M-Base funk, post-rock futurism, Sabbath-inspired thrash, bittersweet pop and chamber-esque introspection,” while trumpet player Shane Endsley affirms he “[tries] to avoid stylistic references” and that the group “has had many labels thrown at it, but none seem to fit.” Whatever the case may be, come experience first hand how this ensemble is

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MNMP’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Concert
Performances by Darcy James Argue, Claire Chase, David Taylor
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:30pm

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street
Ticket Price: $15 standing room; $40 seating; $125 Benefactor

Purchase tickets »HERE.

Manhattan New Music Project celebrates its 20th anniversary with a commission for Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece steampunk big band Secret Society — along with performances by Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and MNMP founding member David Taylor.

Praising Darcy James Argue for his talents as a bandleader and composer, the New York Times recently called his work “…a wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism.” Darcy will debut a world premiere commissioned in honor of MNMP’s late founder and artistic director, Paul Nash. Darcy will also present pieces from his recent album, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records) performed by his 18-piece big band, Secret Society. Infernal Machines was one of the most talked about jazz albums of 2009, featured on over 70 year-end “best” lists, including NPR, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice.

ICE co-founder Claire Chase will perform Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint for solo flute and tape. Declared “dynamic” and “indefatigable” by Time Out New York, Claire is a passionate leader and innovator in 21st century music who has produced events both in the world’s most important concert halls, and in warehouses, galleries and clubs. Claire co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, and the New Yorker has described them as “a powerhouse of new-music programming on a Chicago-New York axis…brilliant and unexpected.”

David Taylor, described by the New York Times as “a bass trombonist with a marvelously dark cavernous sound and an attack that is as vividly dramatic as it is virtuosic,” was a founding member of Manhattan New Music Project in 1990. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, and recorded with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis among many others. He will perform works by MNMP founder Paul Nash with surprise guests.

All proceeds benefit MNMP’s performance and arts-in-education programs, which serve thousands of New York City public school students on an annual basis.

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Missy Mazzoli & Sarah Kirkland Snider

Tuesday, October 5th @ 8:00pm

Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets $15

New Amsterdam Records and Manhattan New Music Project are proud to co-present a double-feature performance of the music of composers Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider. The concert will take place at Galapagos Art Space on October 5 and will feature members of ACME, Janus trio, MIVOS Quartet and MaNi. The music, which will be performed by varying-sized combinations of brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, and female vocals, will feature three New York City premieres, including Snider’s “Shiner” and “The Reserved, The Reticent” – a solo cello piece to be performed by Clarice Jensen of ACME – as well as Mazzoli’s “Death Valley Junction” – a string quartet to be performed by the MIVOS Quartet.

Snider and Mazzoli have already proven themselves luminaries of the New York music scene and beyond. Mazzoli, hailed as one of the “most consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York” by the New York Times, has garnered attention as bandleader of the electro-chamber outfit Victoire as well as for her chamber compositions, which have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Snider, also a composer of ambitious and ethereal chamber music, has been noted to possess “an enviable knack for crafting moody, strikingly beautiful works” (Time Out New York). Her latest work, Penelope, is an hourlong, epic song cycle written for vocalist Shara Worden of indie band My Brightest Diamond and chamber orchestra Signal. With Mazzoli releasing a full-length Victoire album in September and Snider releasing a studio recording of Penelope in October, the concert will present a collection of recent chamber works from neither album which promise to further reveal the breadth of these composers’ formidable abilities.

Of her compositions, Mazzoli says, “like most of my music, these pieces are really about transporting the listener to a dreamy and unfamiliar but very specific place.” Snider’s pieces inhabit a similar realm of lush but uneasy beauty, a world she perfected in her large-scale opus Penelope. But unlike the latter work, these shorter pieces are more “classically inspired” in nature, containing fewer of the pop music and songwriting references evident in much of her latest work.

This performance program is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) and Search & Restore present a two-night, double bill performance by jazz composer-artists Darcy James Argue and Todd Sickafoose at 45 Bleecker on May 14th and 15th, 10:30pm.

Friday, May 14th and Saturday, May 15th
45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
BDFV to Broadway-Lafayette / 6 to Bleecker Street
Admission: $15/$12 for Students

Tickets: or 212-977-1070 ext. 2

10:30pm: Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors
Bassist and composer Todd Sickafoose, a native of the Bay Area, has become an integral member of the New York City jazz scene, as both a leader and sideman. Credited for his proficiency across genres, Sickafoose has collaborated with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Don Byron, Andrew Bird, Trey Anastasio, Nels Cline, Tony Furtado, and many others. Sickafoose will be performing music from his latest album, Tiny Resistors (Cryptogramophone), which the New York Times has stated “features a number of tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse.” John Ellis (sax/clarinet), Alan Ferber (trombone), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Mike Gamble (guitar), and Rudy Royston (drums) will accompany him for this performance.

11:30pm: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Praising Darcy James Argue for his talents as a bandleader and composer, the New York Times recently called his work “a wickedly intelligent dispatch from the fading border between orchestral jazz and post-rock and classical minimalism… radiates self-assurance, and an almost chilling steadiness of conviction.” Argue will be performing works with his 18-piece big band, Secret Society, from his debut album, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records). This release was one of the most talked about jazz albums of 2009, and was featured on over 70 best-of-the-year lists, including New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and Village Voice.

About Search & Restore:
Search & Restore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining, expanding and exploding the live jazz audience in New York City among younger and bigger audiences. Through creative concert presentation and, the best resource for live jazz in New York City, Search & Restore aims to unite a community around forward thinking jazz and is determined to shatter the pretense that an audience needs to understand the music before they hear it. Rather, Search & Restore feels that jazz being made today is some of the most human music ever made, and will bring these incredible melodies and improvised insanities to as many people as possible. Don’t try and stop them.

About MNMP:

Manhattan New Music Project is a nonprofit performing and arts education organization that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming that engages both youth and adult audiences in innovative music programming throughout New York City. Founded in 1990 by the late jazz artist, Paul Nash, MNMP has sought to cross traditional musical boundaries and catalyze imaginative projects and collaborations involving the creation of new work through performances, recordings, and educational activities. MNMP’s New Composers Series is made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) partners with X initiative to present two extraordinary artists who use technology and media for a multisensory rooftop performance.

Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based sound artist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate, who uses a double-neck guitar with various electronics, and will premiere a new 16mm hand-painted film to accompany her set.

Zemi17 is composer, musician and media artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner, and the co-designer of the ‘GamelaTron’, the first and only fully robotic Gamelan orchestra. Kuffner controls the Gameltron’s 117 robotic striking mechanisms to recreate Gamelan, the ancient tradition of Indonesian gong-chime percussion.

This performance is part of Manhattan New Music Project’s Interactive Music Series, which showcases emerging artists who incorporate new technologies and new media. Funding is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Thursday, October 8th
@ X-Initiative Rooftop
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Subways: C, E to 23rd Street
Admission: Free admission, limited seating – RSVP Required :

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