Composers Now - Festival Kick Off event

The Festival brings together performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestra, opera, musical theater and dance companies as well as many other innovative events through New York City. Composers are in attendance at all events which are open to the public. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time.

Friday Evening, January 30 @ the cell, the 21st Century artist salon on West 23rd Street in Manhattan

The evening @ the cell is hosted by Tania León, founder and artistic director of Composers Now, and features the following composers, works and performers:


The 2015 Festival Kick-Off Event @ the cell, a 21st Century artist salon on West 23rd Street in Manhattan, is hosted by Tania León, founder and artistic director of Composers Now, and features the following composers, works and performers:

Session I: 7:00 - 8:15 pm


1) Alex Mincek  Out of Thin Air
   Queens College New Music Ensemble
   Michael Lipsey, director
   Ching-Yu Huang, Patrick Kennedy, Richard Weismantel, percussion

2) Pat Muchmore  Hyperoperator 3
   Erin Rogers  Urban Composites (excerpts)
   New Thread Saxophone Quartet
   Geoff Landman, soprano saxophone; Kristen McKeon, alto saxophone;
   Erin Rogers, tenor saxophone; Zach Herchen, baritone saxophone

3) Joshua Fineberg  Grisaille
    Marilyn Nonken, piano

4) João Luiz  Todas as Manhas (All the Mornings)
   João Luiz, Francisco Roldán, Ana Maria Rosado, guitars

5) Harry Einhorn  Seven Line Supplications to Guru Rinpoche
   Joshua Rubinstein  Four Bright Seasons (excerpts)
   C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective

6) Shirish Korde  Lalit
   Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello; Jonathan Hess, vibraphone; Amit Kavthekar, tabla

Session II: 8:30 - 10 pm

1) Richard Pearson Thomas  Blood of Angels (excerpts)
    Angela L. Owens, soprano; Richard Pearson Thomas, piano

2) Kevin Norton  I Dig the Facts Man
   Eleonor Sandresky  A Summer Evening
   Ensemble 50
   Mary Rowell, violin; Eleonor Sandresky, piano;
   Kevin Norton, Jim Pugliese, percussion

3) Reena Esmail  Gul-e-dodi from Anjuman Songs
   Reena Esmail, Hindustani voice; Shunori Ramanathan, narrator;
   Fiona Last, English horn; Paul Kerekes, piano

4) David Virelles  Èfé: Doce Piezas Cubanas Para Piano (12 Cuban piano pieces)
   Román Díaz, bonkó enchemiyá (Abakuá percussion); David Virelles, piano

5) Mari Kimura  Breuer Vivant (Breuer Living)
   violin
   World Premiere (developed during Composers Now Creative Residency in collaboration with the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund)

6) Rahzel
   beatbox
   World Premiere



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