01
Feb 21

Quartet

Following a string of shows performed in isolation and brought together with innovative video and technology, Ekmeles comes together as a distanced and masked quartet, marking their first in-person performing since last January. The show will go live on February 27th at 8PM and stay online for a week following.

Excerpt from Kaija Saariaho’s Nuits, adieux

Watch the concert here!

Two microtonal world premieres – one from a composer living down the street, and one writing in Calgary, one with electronics and one without. Then a classic of live electronics and voices by Saariaho, a gossamer web built of two Emily Dickinson poems by Carolyn Chen, and a uniquely flexible soundworld written on graph paper by Nomi Epstein.

  • Jeff Myers – Advice to a Migraineure (2020) World Premiere
  • Rebecca Bruton – i n s t i t u (2021) World Premiere
  • Kaija Saariaho – Nuits, adieux (1991)
  • Carolyn Chen – fly blue between light (2015)
  • Nomi Epstein – Four Voices (2014)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 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 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.


07
Jan 21

Guide

Ekmeles returns to live-streaming with another free event creatively mixing live and pre-recorded elements, with an opening audio/visual set by Phong Tran. The performance will go live on January 16th at 8PM, and will stay online for a week following.

Excerpts from Phong Tran’s Away Message and Cassandra Miller’s Guide

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Phong Tran’s Away Message is an ambient visual mixtape about a breakup via AOL instant messenger.

  • slowdrift
  • ican’t(part1)
  • talkforasecond
  • ireallywanna
  • moodylyricposting
  • try
  • howdidyougethere
  • ifyoudon’t(part2)

Cassandra Miller’s Guide brings together two trios and a duo of mixed live and pre-recorded performers from across the country, Jessie Marino’s SOTU is a wild collage of choreography and word, Martin Iddon’s hamadryads features wine glasses and five live performances synchronized online, and finally Kayleigh Butcher and Bethany Younge’s Her Disappearance features voices filtered through PVC pipes.

  • Cassandra Miller – Guide (2013)
  • Martin Iddon – hamadryads (2010)
  • Kayleigh Butcher and Bethany Younge – Her Disappearance (2015)
  • Jessie Marino – SOTU (2019)

Personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 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 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.


07
Oct 20

Alphabet, Grammar, Litany, Macle

Ekmeles returns to live-streaming with another free event creatively mixing live and pre-recorded elements. The performance will go live on October 16th at 8PM, and will stay online for a week following.

Watch the concert here!

Charlotte Mundy and Elisa Sutherland will perform a work of Saariaho with both live and pre-recorded video elements; Steven Hrycelak and Jeffrey Gavett recorded a performance in Fort Tryon Park near their homes; Steven Bradshaw and Tim Keeler perform Cage live from Philadelphia and San Francisco respectively; and Gavett Hrycelak Mundy and Sutherland will meet online from Manhattan and Brooklyn for live online Eastman.

  • Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams (1988)
  • John Cage – Litany for the Whale (1980)
  • Agata Zubel – Alphabet of the Ars Brevis (2016)
  • Julius Eastman – Macle (1970-71)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles’s 2020-2021 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 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.


07
Jul 20

In the Sky I Am Walking – Online

Ekmeles’s core female vocalists perform a special live-stream edition of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In the Sky I am Walking and a November 15th 2019 recording of a live performance of Raven Chacon’s Asdzaa Nádleehé & Yoolgai Asdzaa. Artists maya + rouvelle have created video elements for this special event, streamed from the singers’ home in Brooklyn.

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 joined the singers for this work.

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

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 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.


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 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.


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 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.

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.