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May 2011

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

$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!

AlanPierson-216x300Monday, 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
pk_0.jpg?w=300&h=225Make 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 fascinating event!

acme-300x198Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm

Multinational Conglomerate:
New Music from Around the World
(le) Poisson Rouge
      158 Bleecker St.

New 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!

angelica-negron-pic-300x202Wednesday, 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 electronics.

TheScore_LisaBielawa2_LizLinder-400Thursday, May 12, 2:00pm
Composer Survival School
with Lisa Bielawa

Cornelia Street Café
Open to the Public!
$7, No Advance Tickets

MATA co-founder and Rome Prize recipient Lisa Bielawa leads a roundtable conversation on living, surviving, and thriving as a composer today. All are welcome!

metropolisThursday, May 12, 7:30pm

A Burst of Blinding Clarity:
Metropolis Ensemble
(le) Poisson Rouge

We 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

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:

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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, or (212) 563-5124.

In This Issue
  • 2011 MATA Festival tickets on sale now!
  • MATA Welcomes Media Partner Q2!

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