There are, of course, constant musical events in New York, and I never experience as many as I’d like. But I do have a list of upcoming events I’ll be attending, and I’m arrogant enough to think that makes them worthwhile for all! So, here’s the annotated selection:
March 31 – April 4: MATA Festival 2009
All the events are at the excellent club/space Le Poisson Rouge. There will be eleven works premiered and performers include noted ensembles like the Knights Chamber Orchestra, Ne(x)tworks and the NOW Ensemble. This year’s festival seems to be enticingly rich in works and talents. I will be missing that last night, however, because I am intrigued by . . .
Community ensembles like this are worthwhile; there’s a commitment to music-making that balances the semi-professional level and enhances the rhetoric of performance. I’m struck by the imaginative, ambitious and wide-ranging program and am excited about hearing this concert.
The next in this rewarding retrospective series. McCollough is an excellent pianist and this program features truly great, rewarding contemporary music along with new works written for her. Could be a stunning evening.
APril 10 – 11: So Percussion and Matmos with special guest PLOrk
New art-pop music percussion ensemble with abstract electronic dance ensemble with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. There’s other ways to put it, but what’s not to like? I can anticipate the flavor and nothing else, which is a good sign.
Hope to see you there.