Contemporaneous: Seeing Is Believing

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8 pm


$20 General Admission; $15 Students/Seniors

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David Bloom, conductor


World Premiere by Michael Harrison
Works by Nico Muhly and Shawn Jaeger

Contemporaneous is a New York-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of now. Through concerts, collaborations, recordings, and outreach programs, they have created a thriving community of artists and audience members united by a shared love for the best music being written in our time.

Their Arts at The Park debut will include the world premiere of a new large-scale work by the talented and versatile Michael Harrison, called “an American Maverick” by Philip Glass, as well as music by Nico Muhly and Shawn Jaeger.

About Contemporaneous

Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has to date played over sixty shows at venues including (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Stone and has been featured as guest artist at the MATA Interval Series, Tribeca New Music Festival, Neighborhood Classics, Music with a View, Make Music New York, and in California at the Berkeley Arts Festival. The ensemble’s recordings have been featured on many radio programs, including WNYC’s “New Sounds” and WRTI’s “Now is the Time.”

Contemporaneous supports the work of new and established composers, encouraging artists to take risks, challenge expectations, and defy constraints. To date, Contemporaneous has performed more than thirty world premieres by such composers as Albert Behar, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, Molly Joyce, and Dylan Mattingly. In April, 2012, Innova Recordings released the ensemble’s debut album, Stream of StarsMusic of Dylan Mattingly, comprising music written specifically for Contemporaneous by its founding co-artistic director.

Contemporaneous often collaborates with musicians and artists from other fields, among them pop and rock artists Jherek Bishoff, David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, Amanda Palmer, Zac Pennington, Greg Saunier, Mirah Zeitlyn, Zola Jesus, Fifth Veil and Yassou Benedict. Contemporaneous regularly presents educational programs for New York public elementary school P.S. 142 and the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra and has presented programs for Williams College, New York’s  P.S. 321, and the Poughkeepsie Day School.