Dear New Music Warriors!
The 2011 Festival kicks off TONIGHT, and people are talking!
This "inventive, stylistically nondogmatic new-music festival" (NY Times) gets started with a kickoff party with live sneak preview performances and cocktails at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, then sets up shop at (le) Poisson Rouge for the rest of the week, May 10-12.
Here's what the people are saying!
"It's MATA time again!" - Alex Ross
"This year's MATA festival sifted through nearly 500 submitted scores from under-40 composers around the world to present a veritable Tower of Babel of contemporary classical music. A bellwether of shifting tides in the genre's current scene--having helped launch the careers of Nico Muhly, Lukas Ligeti, and Annie Gosfield--MATA moves beyond the pale of mainstream institutions, a diverse summit of cosmopolitan voices continuing a lively musical conversation. Think Wagner with laptop-driven electronica. This year just might get Stockhausen rolling in his grave." -Village Voice
"NYC's trendiest new-music fest" -Time Out NY
"David T. Little and Yotam Haber have scoured the globe in their quest to bring the most exciting young composers to New York..." -Time Out NY
Head on over to the MATA BLOG
for exclusive video presentations from each of the 2011 commissioned
composers, and see below for information and links to purchase tickets! We can't wait to see you out at the Festival!
David T. Little (ED) and Yotam Haber (AD), MATA
2011 MATA Festival
May 9-12, 2011
TICKETS$15 - students, seniors and MATA alumni
$20 - general admission
$30 - reserved seating
$75 - reserved opera box seating,
+ gift bag including chocolates by Antoinette Chocolatier
$100 Festival Pass - admission to all nights of the Festival!
Monday, May 9, 7:00pm
Opening Night Party & Salon
Tyler Rollins Fine Art
529 West 20th Street
FREE to Festival Pass Holders and Friends of MATA
Individual Tickets, $50
We kick off the festival with a very special intimate evening of wine
and music at the Tyler Rollins Fine Art in Chelsea. Newly appointed
director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Alan Pierson,
will join our three MATA-commissioned composers to discuss their work
process. We’ll present electronic and multi-media video work by three
young MATA composers from England, France, and the U.S., and there will
be tastes of music to come throughout the week by members of Metropolis
Ensemble. Not to be missed!
Tuesday May 10, 2pm
Make Music Winter Workshop with composer Phil Kline (in Partnership with Make Music NY)Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street,
Open to the Public!
$7, No Advance
MATA and Make Music New York present a workshop on creating public art, hosted by Phil Kline, composer of Unsilent Night
Composers have the opportunity to present and discuss proposals for
projects with community leaders, artists, musicians. One composer will
be chosen to be supported by MATA in producing a public art parade in
2012. We highly encourage all to attend and contribute to this
Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm
New Music from Around the World
(le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St.
York-based ACME joins L'arsenale, the Italian new music ensemble for an
evening of premieres and stunningly fresh music by eight composers from
seven countries, including Icelandic music by Gudmundur Gunnarsson,
Christopher Adler's mesmerizing new work for Chinese mouth organ and
oboe, and the first MATA commission of the Festival, Canadian
Christopher Mayo's Of Trees & Fields & Men, performed as ACME and L'arsenale team together for the first time!
Wednesday, May 11, 7:30pm
Responsible Parties: Young Composer/Performers
(le) Poisson Rouge
New music, performed by the people who wrote it! Corey Dargel and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet premiere Say Yes
, a new song cycle; Angelica Negron and Cantori NY - a 40-member chorus - present FONO
a MATA commissioned work; Chris Danforth and the Danforths come from
Minnesota to perform a unique set featuring songs with voice mail from
the 1980s, found objects, and newly-created instruments; and Florent
Ghys flies in from France to play new works for double bass and live
Thursday, May 12, 2:00pm
Composer Survival School
with Lisa Bielawa
Cornelia Street Café
Open to the Public! $7, No Advance Tickets
co-founder and Rome Prize recipient Lisa Bielawa leads a roundtable
conversation on living, surviving, and thriving as a composer today. All are welcome!
Thursday, May 12, 7:30pm
TICKETS A Burst of Blinding Clarity:Metropolis Ensemble(le) Poisson Rouge
feature the great Metropolis Ensemble with a full evening's worth of
incredible new music! First, our final MATA commission, for the young
New York composer, Ryan Carter; then Gaudeamus Prize winner Marko
Nikodijevic's extraordinary Music Box, followed by the brilliant twenty-year old Chilean Remmy Canedo's Instantanea 6; and topping it all of: a hip-hopera, The Rake by Brad Balliett and Elliot Cole!
MATA Welcomes 2011 Festival Media Partner Q2!
MATA is thrilled to have New Music Internet Radio Station Q2 as the 2011 Media Sponsor of the Festival. Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 is a listener-supported New York-based internet station devoted to the work of living composers. Q2 is a home for immersive festival programming, live Webcasts and exclusive audio content from today’s leading New Music composers, ensembles and venues. Q2 lives online at www.wqxr.org/q2/
Q2 will be Live webcasting the May 11th concert of the MATA Festival, to be hosted live by Nadia Sirota. In addition, Q2 will be recording the performances on May 10th and 12th to be broadcast at a later date!
The 2011 MATA Festival is made possible with major support from:
MATA is a non-profit organization that has, for the past fourteen years,
been dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers
from around the world. MATA’s directors are motivated by a desire to
create community among young musicians, especially those whose work
defies definition and doesn’t fit into existing institutions. By
providing young composers with a professional performance of their work,
access to first-rate performers and valuable connections to colleagues,
MATA nurtures their entry into American musical life.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, MATA depends on the generosity of its supporters in the form of individual contributions. To make a tax-deductible donation to MATA, please visit our website, or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (212) 563-5124.
In This Issue
- 2011 MATA Festival tickets on sale now!
- MATA Welcomes Media Partner Q2!