14
Oct 19

A Time for Everything

Ekmeles performs sacred music in the atmospheric crypt of Church of the Intercession. The program features two Ekmeles commissions and one world premiere, representing a wide range of styles and influences.

  • Courtney Bryan – A Time for Everything (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Shawn Jaeger – New Work (2019) World premiere
  • Wolfgang Rihm – Sieben Passions-Texte (2001-2006)
  • Julius Eastman – Our Father (1989)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


14
Oct 19

A howl, that was also a prayer

Ekmeles celebrates the release of their first album A howl, that was also a prayer, with a concert at the DiMenna Center’s Cary Hall. Featuring two large-scale microtonal commissions written for the group, and one adopted favorite, the album showcases Ekmeles’s focus on expanding the limits of tuning and technique in ensemble singing. Every ticket comes with a free copy of the album.

  • Taylor Brook – Motorman Sextet (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Erin Gee – Three Scenes from SLEEP (2008)
  • Christopher Trapani – End Words (2017) Ekmeles commission

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


16
Sep 19

In the Sky I Am Walking

Ekmeles’s core female vocalists perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In the Sky I am Walking and Raven Chacon’s Asdzaa Nádleehé & Yoolgai Asdzaa. Stockhausen’s theatrical work is based on English translations of poetry from the Chippewa, Pawnee, Nootka, Teton Sioux, Ayacucho, and Aztec nations. Chacon’s work is titled for two powerful goddesses in the Navajo tradition, Changing Woman and White Shell woman. The text draws on important elements of the Diné Bahane’ (Navajo: Story of the People). Pianist Steven Beck will join the singers for this work.

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – In the Sky I Am Walking (1972)
  • Raven Chacon – Asdzaa Nádleehé & Yoolgai Asdzaa (2016) New York Premiere

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.


30
Aug 19

Wolfgang Rihm – ET LUX

Ekmeles, joined by Mivos Quartet, perform the US Premiere of this hour-long meditation on the requiem mass. There will be a 7:30 set of other chamber music by Rihm performed by Hannah Harnest, piano, Abigel Kralik, violin, Julian Schwarz, cello, and Sophie Delphis, Mezzo Soprano; followed by Ekmeles and Mivos with ET LUX at 8:30.

  • Wolfgang Rihm – ET LUX (2009) US Premiere

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2019-2020 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, and the generosity of private donors.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


28
Jun 19

MET Museum: Oliver Beer’s Vessel Orchestra

Ekmeles performs the opening evening of the MET Museum’s first commissioned sound installation: Oliver Beer’s Vessel Orchestra. It is both an installation work, and a playable keyboard instrument comprised of objects from the MET’s collection.

Ekmeles will perform a new work by director Jeffrey Gavett, a work by Forrest Pierce, and will perform an improvised work to transition between Oliver Beer’s installation and the live performance. They will also be joined by pianist Bruce Brubaker, who will split the set.

  • Jeffrey Gavett – Waves (2019) World Premiere
  • Forrest Pierce – Breadmaking (2016)
  • Improvisations and collaborations

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2018-2019 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the generosity of private donors.


09
Nov 18

New Chamber Ballet + Ekmeles

New Chamber Ballet joins forces with Ekmeles for the second performances of their collaborative ballet to music by Kaija Saariaho and Karin Rehnqvist.

Ekmeles rep for concert

  • Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • Karin Rehnqvist – Davids Nimm (1983)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2018-2019 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the generosity of private donors.

Ekmeles in Manhattan Spring 2019 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.


31
Oct 18

ICEBERG New Music

Ekmeles performs new works by ICEBERG composers Stephanie Ann Boyd, Victor Baez, Derek Cooper, Max Grafe, and Jonathan Russ. Also on the program are works by Donna McKevitt and Amy Brandon, the winners of ICEBERG’S third annual call for scores. Like every ICEBERG event, this concert features an open bar happy hour beginning at 7:30, and a discussion with the composers and performers after the show.

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2018-2019 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the generosity of private donors.


31
Oct 18

Mystical Paths

This program takes the spiritual and nostalgic atmosphere of the crypt as inspiration. Each of the pieces is deeply human, as befits a set for voices unaccompanied, with works inspired by Sufism, silence, cooking, and humor.

  • Forrest Pierce – Tighten to Nothing (2012)
  • Taylor Brook – Motorman Sextet (2013) Ekmeles commission
  • Lucia Ronchetti – Anatra al sal (2004) U.S. Premiere
  • Agata Zubel – Alphabet of the Ars Brevis (2016)
  • Evan Johnson – Three in, ad abundantiam (2012)
  • Evan Johnson – vo mesurando (2012)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2018-2019 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the generosity of private donors.

Ekmeles in Manhattan Spring 2019 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


31
Oct 18

Madrigals and Animals

This program celebrates the history and future of unaccompanied part song, and the interaction between human and animal voices. At the center of the program is the U.S. premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s epic 12 Madrigali

  • Karola Obermüller – mass:distance:time (2010/16)
  • Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf – void – un delitto italiano (2009)
  • Salvatore Sciarrino – 12 Madrigali (2006) U.S. Premiere
  • Carola Bauckholt – Instinkt (2007/8) U.S. Premiere

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2018-2019 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the generosity of private donors.

Ekmeles in Manhattan Spring 2019 is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC; and funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


23
Aug 18

Ekmeles and Friends

This program features works for voices augmented by exceptional instrumentalists and innovative systems of electronics. Bass clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro, trombonist Will Lang, and International Contemporary Ensemble’s Jacob Greenberg on celesta will join with the voices of Ekmeles. The program includes classic works by established masters of vocal and electronic music, as well as new works written expressly for Ekmeles.

  • Kaija Saariaho – Tag des Jahres arr. Rachid Safir (2001)
  • Nathan Davis – The Sand Reckoner (2017) New York Premiere
  • Ann Cleare – Earth Waves (2018) World Premiere
  • Bernhard Lang – Hermetica V – Fremde Sprachen (2011/12)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Guest artists for concert

Ekmeles’s 2018-2019 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, and the generosity of private donors.

Composition of Earth Waves by Ann Cleare funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.