WHO ARE WE?
Since 1976, the New York New Music Ensemble has commissioned, performed and recorded the important and upcoming composers of our time. They have in fact been the means by which many of these have become more known and appreciated. NYNME has been recognized and supported by significant American foundations, including the Jerome Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Mary Flagler Cary Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the NEA and NYSCA, among others. They have performed innumerable college residencies (Long Beach, UW Madison, Univ. of Pittsburgh, etc.), appeared at major festivals (Ravinia, Santa Fe, June in Buffalo, Pacific Rim, The Thailand International Composers Festival, etc.), and have recorded a huge discography of important chamber works. They have traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America to perform, teach and record, and have branched out into theatre music (instrumentalists doubling as actors and singers) and adventuresome electronic, interactive new technologies.
"you have to admire groups like the New York New Music Ensemble...
...for continuing to champion the more rigorous end of the contemporary repertory. These are musicians for whom sharp-edged themes, complex rhythms and dense harmonies hold no terrors, and they usually make the works they play, however thorny, sound fresh and vital."
- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
what makes us tick?
Our mission is, first of all, to give concerts which amuse and entertain. Secondly and more globally, we wish to support American composers, and increasingly European, South American and Asian, through commissioning, performing and recording. Third, we are always working to create new audiences for serious chamber music. Our number of commissions is over 120, our recordings more than 20, and performances range into many hundreds. We have been bravoed and booed, and we are thriving!
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