Mar 16

Ekmeles and Instruments perform U.S. premieres

Ekmeles is joined by the Mivos Quartet, augmented by two extra players to form a sextet, as well as bass clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro, to perform the U.S. premieres of works by Stefano Gervasoni and Bernhard Lang.


  • Stefano Gervasoni – Dir – In Dir (2003-2004, 2011) U.S. Premiere
  • Bernhard Lang – Hermetica V – Fremde Sprachen (2011-2012) U.S. Premiere

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Ekmeles performs U.S. premieres with instruments is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.DCA_color_logo_300dpi

Jan 16

Music on the Edge

The program is built around a range of modern interpretations and possibilities for the idea of the madrigal. In his In Dir, Stefano Gervasoni sets the tightly-constructed koan-like texts of medieval German mystic Angelus Silesius. Gervasoni uses the enigmatic texts as inspirations for a distinctive kind of text-painting that informs the structure of each movement. Salvatore Sciarrino’s L’alibi della parola leverages the composer’s unique language of skitters and sighs to create a space of wonder – of special interest is the pulsing of the second movement’s quasar. My Peccavi fateor is based on a few lines of music from an eponymous work by Michael Praetorius, and explores every possible combination of the six voices of our ensemble. Peter Ablinger’s Studien nach der Natur is a collection of ten canons, each of which is a clever imitation of the sounds of everyday life. Finally, Elliott Carter’s Mad Regales brings the composer’s vital rhythmic impetus to bear on a set of witty and strange texts by John Ashbery.

  • Stefano Gervasoni – In Dir (2003-2004)
  • Salvatore Sciarrino – L’alibi della parola
  • Jeffrey Gavett – Peccavi fateor (2015) (US Premiere)
  • Peter Ablinger – Studien nach der Natur (1997, 2002)
  • Elliott Carter – Mad Regales (2007)

Ekmeles personnel for concert

Jan 15

Stefano Gervasoni Composer Portrait

Ekmeles performs the U.S. premiere of a large work for vocal ensemble as part of Miller Theatre’s Composer Portrait of Stefano Gervasoni. The concert also features performances by Mivos Quartet and Yarn/Wire.

  • Stefano Gervasoni – In Dir (2003-2004) U.S. Premiere

Personnel for concert