As part of Access Contemporary Music’s Concept Lab Series, collaborators Ryan Homsey (composer) and Joseph Cermatori (librettist) workshop selected instrumental excerpts from their opera in development, Saint Cecilia, or the Power of Music, based off of the 1810 short story of the same name by Heinrich von Kleist. Features musicians Hristina Blagoeva (flute), Talia Dicker (cello), and Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry (violin) alongside descriptive commentary from the composer and librettist.
Musicians from the Kaufman Center's Face the Music ensemble perform "Stage II: Chaos" and "Stage III: Grace" from Recurrent Stages. Face the Music is the country’s only youth ensemble dedicated to studying and performing works by living composers.
Colleen Bixler and Ruby Pine, violins; Amirah Stewart, viola; Layla Krantz, cello
Returning audiences to the glory days of live radio broadcasts, Late Night at National Sawdust is a collaboration between Open G Records, Seth Boustead, and Access Contemporary Music on a quarterly concert series airing live on Relevant Tones, the world’s only weekly syndicated contemporary music radio program.
"Stage II (Chaos) from Recurrent Stages for string quartet and live electonics performed by members of the Access Contemporary Music ensemble.
Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music’s student composers and performers return to Queens Museum with a diverse group of performances. The concert will feature Face the Music Symphony’s premiere of Cosmic Collision by student composer Sasha Radosav, string quartets performing works by Conrad Tao, Pierre Jalbert, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Ryan Homsey, and a student ensemble performing Steve Reich’s early, hypnotic minimalist classic Eight Lines.
Recurrent Stages: Stage 2 performed by Colleen Bixler and Ruby Pine, violins; Amirah Stewart, viola; Layla Krantz, cello
Homsey performs his musical score live alongside violinst Adrianna Mateo for the Deconstructive Theatre Project's production of Venice Double Feature, presented durings HERE Art's CultureMart performance series.
Venice Double Feature collides literary sources Death in Venice by Thomas Mann and Watermarkby Joseph Brodsky into two individual, yet codependent and simultaneously experienced, live films, whose worlds bleed into and out of and shape the destinies of one another and of the eternal city that unites them.