SONiC Festival, October 15-23, 2015, New York City

A Festival of 21st Century Music
by Composers Age 40 and Under
Produced by American Composers Orchestra

9 days of new music by more than 60 composers
At least 19 world premieres, 3 US premieres and 14 New York premieres
Performed by 14 ensembles at venues throughout New York City

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SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Schedule Program and artists subject to change

  • SONiC Boom!
    Kickoff: Cultivate

    Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7 PM
    The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR
    • Music from Copland House
    • REENA ESMAIL: Tasveer New York Premiere
    • STEVEN SNOWDEN: Steam Man of the Prairies New York Premiere
    • VIET CUONG: Wax and Wire New York Premiere
    • MICHAEL GILBERTSON: Low-Hanging Fruit New York Premiere
    • DAN VISCONTI: Lonesome Roads
    • GITY RAZAZ: Prayer for the Forgotten New York Premiere
    • • $20 General Admission
  • ACO: New York Stories (WNYC New Sounds Live)

    Friday, October 16, 2015, 8 PM
    Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
    • American Composers Orchestra
      George Manahan, Music Director & Conductor; JACK Quartet; DM Stith, vocals; The Crossing, Donald Nally, Director
    • All World Premieres
    • ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN: Me He Perdido (I’ve Gotten Lost)
    • ANDY AKIHO: Tarnished Mirrors
    • ALEX MINCEK: Continuo, Concerto for JACK Quartet
    • • This event is FREE and open to the public.

  • Roomful of Teeth

    Saturday, October 17, 2015, 7:30 PM
    National Sawdust
    • TED HEARNE: New Work New York Premiere
    • MISSY MAZZOLI: Vesper Sparrow
    • WILLIAM BRITTELLE: High Done No Why and Amid the Minotaurs
    • ERIC DUDLEY: Suonare/to sound
    • CALEB BURHANS: No and Beneath
    • ANNA CLYNE: Pocket Book VIII World Premiere
    • • $25 General Admission
  • SONiC AfterHours
    Visualizing Music: Composers & Video Artists

    Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10 PM
    National Sawdust
    • PAOLA PRESTINI (composer) and S. Katy Tucker (film projections): Listen Quiet with Jeff Zeigler, cello, and Ian Rosenbaum, percussion
    • CHRIS CERRONE (composer) and Mark DeChiazza (film): Memory Palace - percussion (found objects) & electronics World Premiere w/film
    • BORA YOON (composer/piano) and Joshue Ott (video): New Work World Premiere
    • • $25 General Admission
  • JACK Out of the Box: A Marathon Event

    Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3-9 PM
    Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
    • JACK Quartet with special guests So Percussion and Face the Music's Quartet This Side Up with Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano; Caroline Shaw, vocals; Derek Bermel, clarinet; Ken Thomson, bass clarinet; and Jason Treuting, percussion
    • EBLIS ÁLVAREZ: Cinco temas para películas World Premiere
    • CHRISTOPHER TRAPANI: Visions and Revisions
    • CAROLINE SHAW: By & By New York Premiere
    • JEFF MYERS: Requiem Aeternam
    • CAROLINA HEREDIA: Lus in Bello New York Premiere
    • JASON TREUTING: Oblique Music for 4 plus (blank)
    • CENK ERGÜN: Comfort Dream Queen Memory
    • LOREN LOIACONO: Eidolon New York Premiere
    • KEN THOMSON: Perpetual: underlying; Bad Idea; Don Pullen says it's OK
    • JUSTINE CHEN: Measuring Force and Distance for double quartet World Premiere
    • PARIS LAVIDIS: Dinner for Eight for double quartet World Premiere
    • JEREMY GILL: New Work World Premiere
    • JEREMY RAPAPORT-STEIN: Music World Premiere
    • AMADEUS REGUCERA: If only after you then me
    • TRISTAN PERICH: Sequential
    • • $15 General Admission
  • Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (Netherlands)

    Monday, October 19, 2015, 7 PM
    Le Poisson Rouge
    • JOEY ROUKENS: Shadows and Bells U.S. Premiere
    • REZA NAMAVAR: In de Magmakamer U.S. Premiere
    • EDMUND FINNIS: In Three Parts U.S. Premiere
    • MOLLY JOYCE: Amplify New York Premiere
    • • Seated: $20 reserved advance, $25 day of show
    • • Standing: $15 general admission advance, $20 day of show
  • wild Up (New York debut)

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 7 PM
    • WEST
      a study of west coast: experimentalism, pulse music, noise, punk rock, Los Angeles, and tumbleweeds
    • Archie Carey, electric bassoon
    • Brian Walsh, baritone saxophone
    • Richard Valitutto, piano
    • All New York Premieres
    • FEAR: NY's alright if you like saxophones
    • CHRIS KALLMYER: this nest, swift passerine
    • ANDREW THOLL: Three Meditations on California Girls
    • ANDREW THOLL: corpus callosum
    • JULIA HOLTER: Endless Song for the End of Summer
    • JEN HILL: In Memoriam My Liver...
    • MISFITS: Where Eagles Dare
    • ANDREW McINTOSH: Yelling Into the Wind
    • NICK DEYOE: A New Anxiety
    • One ticket provides admission to both the wild up show at 7 PM and the SONiC AfterHours: New Sounds – New Moves: Composers & Choreographers show at 10 PM
    • • $20 general admission advance; $25 at the door
    • • $15 members/students/seniors advance; $20 at the door
  • SONiC AfterHours
    New Sounds – New Moves: Composers & Choreographers

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 10 PM
    • All World Premieres
    • Music by PETER EVANS with SAM PLUTA; Choreography by JACOB SLOMINSKI
    • Music by DANA JESSEN with PAULA MATTHUSEN; Choreography by BIBA BELL
    • Music by TYSHAWN SOREY; Choreography by ABIGAIL LEVINE
    • One ticket provides admission to both the wild up show at 7 PM and the SONiC AfterHours: New Sounds – New Moves: Composers & Choreographers show at 10 PM
    • • $20 general admission advance; $25 at the door
    • • $15 members/students/seniors advance; $20 at the door
  • Onix Ensamble

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7 PM
    Americas Society
    • Alejandro Escuer, conductor/flute; Fernando Domínguez, clarinet; Edgardo Espinosa, cello; Abel Romero, violin; and Edith Ruiz, piano
    • • $20 general admission.
    • • $10 tickets at the door for students/seniors.
    • • FREE for Americas Society Members.
  • SONiC AfterHours
    Hybridity: Composers Exploring Jazz & Concert Music

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 10 PM (Doors open 9:30 PM)
    • Eco-Music Big Band
    • ZACK O'FARRILL: Foggy Conscience
    • LIVIO ALMEIDA: Action and Reaction
    • ADAM O'FARRILL: New Work World Premiere
    • MARIE INCONTRERA: Seven Generations
    • Clarice Assad - piano, voice
    • Sissy Castrogiovanni - Voice
    • Lara Bello - Voice
    • Keita Ogawa - Percussion
    • Petros Klampanis - Double bass
    • Matthew Rohde - Guitar
    • Adam Niewood - Saxophone, woodwinds
    • Sue Terry - Clarinet, bamboo flute
    • Sergio Krakowsky - Pandeiro
    • • $15 General Admission
  • Alarm Will Sound

    Thursday, October 22, 2015, 8 PM
    Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
    • TEXU KIM: Bounce New York Premiere
    • CHARLIE PIPER: Zoetrope
    • KATE SOPER: I Was Here I Was I (excerpts)
    • JOHN ORFE: Dowland Remix New York Premiere
    • • $25 General Admission
  • American Composers Orchestra
    Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts

    Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:30 PM
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
    • George Manahan, Music Director & Conductor; Hannah Lash, harp; David Tinervia, baritone
    • All World Premieres
    • MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: The Spider Thread
    • NINA C. YOUNG: Out of whose womb came the ice
    • MELODY EÖTVÖS: Red Dirt | Silver Rain
    • HANNAH LASH: The Monster Harp
    • CONRAD WINSLOW: Joint Account
    • • $50 Reserved
  • All concerts will be available for on-demand streaming at

Artistic Leadership

Derek Bermel, ACO Artistic Director & SONiC Curator

Derek Bermel is American Composers Orchestra's Artistic Director – the senior composer in ACO's artistic and programming leadership. Previously, Bermel served as ACO's Artistic Advisor, helping to launch ACO's innovative Orchestra Underground series. Bermel is also Director of Copland House's emerging composers institute Cultivate, served as Composer-in-Residence at the Mannes College of Music, and served for four years as Artist-in-Residence at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study. A Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist, Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. His engagement with other musical cultures has become part of the fabric and force of his compositional language. He's recognized as a dynamic and unconventional curator of concert series that spotlight the composer as performer, and his work has been performed by major artists across the globe. He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, New Jersey, and Pacific Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's New Century Chamber and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestras, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, eighth blackbird, the Guarneri and JACK String Quartets, Music from Copland House and Music from China, De Ereprijs (Netherlands), Midori, ASKO/Schoenberg Ensemble and Veenfabriek (Netherlands), among others. ACO has commissioned and premiered many of his orchestral works, including Elixir, The Migration Series, Voices, and A Shout, A Whisper, A Trace, and Bermel is an alumnus of ACO's New Music Readings program. His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center's Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri. His discography features three critically-acclaimed discs: an all-Bermel orchestral recording that includes the Grammy-nominated performance of his clarinet concerto Voices, (BMOP/sound); Soul Garden, his small ensemble/solo music (New World/CRI); and his most recent disc, Canzonas Americanas, with Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe). For more information visit

Anna Clyne, SONiC Associate Curator

Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph, and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as "dazzlingly inventive" by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide. Clyne is an alumna of ACO's annual new music readings for emerging composers. Her piece Tender Hooks, for orchestra, electronics and computer-generated graphics, was commissioned by ACO as part of its inaugural Playing It UNsafe R&D lab for experimental new music. Highlights for the 15-16 season include a new work for 100 cellos, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to be premiered at the Hollywood Bowl; This Lunar Beauty for the Britten Sinfonia with soprano Anna Dennis; a U.S. premiere by the Seattle Symphony; and a new orchestral ballet for the Cabrillo Festival with conductor Marin Alsop. Appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti, Clyne served as a Mead Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2015, and is currently Composer-in-Residence for the Orchestre National d'Ile de France.

SONiC Ensembles & Performers Subject to change

  • American Composers Orchestra
  • Alarm Will Sound
  • The Crossing
  • Eco-Music Big Band
  • Face the Music
  • JACK Quartet
  • Music from Copland House
  • Nieuw Amsterdams Peil
  • Off The Cliff
  • Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
  • Roomful of Teeth
  • So Percussion
  • wild Up
  • Clarinetist Derek Bermel
  • Mezzo-Soprano Rachel Calloway
  • Electric Bassoonist Archie Carey
  • Accordionist Melissa Elledge
  • Bassist & Vocalist
    Maggie Hasspacher
  • Harpist Hannah Lash
  • Onix Ensamble
  • Live Visualist Joshue Ott
  • Percussionist Ian Rosenbaum
  • Violinist/Vocalist
    Caroline Shaw
  • Percussionist Tyshawn Sorey
  • Vocalist DM Stith
  • Clarinetist/Saxophonist
    Ken Thomson
  • Baritone David Tinervia
  • Cellist Jeff Zeigler
  • and more.

SONiC Composers Subject to change

  • Andy Akiho*
  • Livio Almeida
  • Clarice Assad
  • Albert Behar
  • William Brittelle
  • Caleb Burhans
  • Christopher Cerrone*
  • Justine Chen*
  • Viet Cuong
  • Nick Deyoe
  • Eric Dudley
  • Melody Eötvös*
  • Cenk Ergün
  • Reena Esmail
  • Fjola Evans
  • Peter Evans*
  • Edmund Finnis
  • Michael-Thomas Foumai*
  • Jefferson Friedman
  • Ruby Fulton
  • Michael Gilbertson
  • Judd Greenstein*
  • Ted Hearne
  • Carolina Heredia
  • Molly Herron
  • Julia Holter
  • Clara Iannotta
  • Marie Incontrera
  • Dana Jessen*
  • Molly Joyce
  • Chris Kallmyer*
  • Texu Kim
  • Hannah Lash*
  • Paris Lavidis*
  • Loren Loiacono
  • Levy Lorenzo
  • Andrew McIntosh
  • Paula Matthusen*
  • Albert Marques
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Alex Mincek*
  • Jeff Myers
  • Reza Namavar
  • Angélica Negrón*
  • Adam O'Farrill
  • Zack O'Farrill
  • John Orfe
  • Charlie Piper
  • Sam Pluta*
  • Jeremy Podgursky
  • Paola Prestini*
  • Gity Razaz
  • Joey Roukens
  • Christopher Rountree
  • Caroline Shaw
  • Steven Snowden
  • Kate Soper
  • Tyshawn Sorey*
  • Andrew Tholl
  • Ken Thomson
  • Jason Treuting
  • Dan Visconti
  • Conrad Winslow*
  • Bora Yoon*
  • Nina C. Young*
  • * World Premiere