New Music in Bryant Park

Friday, July 11, 2014

World Time Zone
The all star group plays a mix of straight-ahead jazz with a cool bluster and far-reaching curiosity, influenced by soul, funk, R&B, and folk, and featuring Michael Blake’s commissioned work Contrasts In Individualism, an homage to the legacies of saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. www.michaelblake.net

Michael Blake, tenor saxophone
Shamie Royston, piano
Ben Allison, bass
Rudy Royston, drums

SABARITE5
With dynamic performances and influences from Radiohead to Mozart, the award winning string ensemble is turning heads throughout the music world, engaging the senses and redefining the rules of chamber music across the US. Commission: Revolve by composer Andy Akiho. www.sybarite5.org

Sami Merdinian, violin
Sarah Whitney, violin
Angela Pickett, viola
Laura Metcalf, cello
Louis Levitt, bass


About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Friday, July 18, 2014

Greg Osby Group
With an insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Greg Osby is a shining beacon to contemporary jazz, featuring a no holds barred approach and a steady flow of experimentation. Commission: Salamat, by Osby. www.gregosby.com

Greg Osby, saxophone
Tammy Scheffer, voice
Simona Premazzi, piano
Yuhan Su, vibraphone
Desmond White, bass
John Hadfield, percussion

Cassatt String Quartet
One of the America's outstanding string quartets is known for lively and technically flawless performances throughout the world and is equally adept at classical masterpieces and contemporary music, featuring an impressive number of world premieres. Commission: Daniel Godfrey’s composition To Mourn, To Dance. www.cassattquartet.com

Muneko Otani, violin
Jennifer Leshnower, violin
Sarah Adams, viola
Elizabeth Anderson, cello
Meta Weiss, guest cellist


About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Friday, July 25, 2014

Diane Moser Quintet
Blurring the distinctions between kinetic-energy and more lyrical propulsion of music, sublime jazz pianist Diane Moser has brought together close collaborators and guest composers to explore new works for small ensemble. Featured is Moser’s Music For the Last Flower, inspired by James Thurber’s book written in 1939 as a protest to the invasion of Poland. www.dianemosermusic.com

Diane Moser, piano
Marty Ehrlich, alto saxophone/clarinet
Ben Williams, trombone
Andy Eulau, bass
Michael T.A. Thompson, drums

Guidonian Hand
Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “expertly played” performances displaying “meaty lower brass textures”, America’s leading modern trombone collective is passionate about creating original experiences and juxtaposing art music of the past with modern works. Commission: Scry by composer Mary-Ellen Childs. www.trombonehand.com

Mark Broschinsky, tenor trombone
Will Lang, tenor trombone
Matt Melore, tenor trombone
James Rogers, bass trombone
Mary Rowell, violin


About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Friday, August 1, 2014

Different but the Same
Deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music, leader Ellery Eskelin has been at the forefront of the improvised music scene, and his group delivers with unadulterated, passionate music, and no regrets. Commission: Eskelin’s Non Sequiturs. Ellery Eskelin's website

David Liebman, saxophone
Ellery Eskelin, saxophone
Tony Marinoon, double bass
Jim Black, drums

Del Sol String Quartet
With riveting performances of new music with a global pulse, this critically acclaimed ensemble of high energy master musicians break the boundaries of classical music by exploring new ways to interact with audiences, composers, and artists across cultures and art forms. Commission: Bagatelles by Mason Bates. www.delsolquartet.com

Kate Stenberg, violin
Rick Shinozaki, violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Kathryn Bates, cello


About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Friday, August 8, 2014

Claudia Quintet +1
An unmatched innovative and adaptable modern jazz ensemble, so deftly attuned to one another that Grammy nominated leader John Hollenbeck’s most dizzying compositional leaps are taken with an air of playfulness and skewed humor. Named Rising Star Jazz Group by the 2012 Critics Poll in DownBeat Magazine. Commission: Hollenbeck’s Royal Toast. www.johnhollenbeck.com

Chris Speed, tenor/clarinet
Matt Moran, vibraphone
Drew Gress, bass
Red Wierenga, accordion
Matt Mitchell, piano
John Hollenbeck, drums

Lincoln Trio
Comprised of musicians with international renown, “one of the hottest young trios [in music]” (Fanfare Magazine) forges new paths in contemporary classical music, as illustrated in their commissioned work, Arc of Fire by composer Laura Elise Schwendinger. www.LincolnTrio.com

Desirée Ruhstrat, violin
David Cunliffe, cello
Marta Aznavoorian, piano


About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 

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