The Music of Now Marathon: Rapid Ear Movement (REM)
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Now in its fifth year, The Music of Now Marathon, “a massive gathering of adventurous musicmakers” (Time Out New York) continues to be a destination for the newest sounds on the musical landscape. This year, join us for a sonic dream journey with an electrifying range of soloists and ensembles.

Like the vivid dreams of REM sleep, Rapid Ear Movement explores varied musical scenarios, lucid–and irrational– interpretations, and unexpected and inexplicable events.


Dreaming the Future
The music of now—and tomorrow—from the best young composers and musicians of today

From the InterSchool Orchestras of New York
John Mackey: The Soul has Many Motions (II. Night on Fire)
Michael Markowski: Camerado
ISO Symphonic Band, Brian P. Worsdale, conductor

Waddy Thompson: Winter Morning by a Lake (world premiere, chamber orchestra version)
ISO Symphony, Jeffrey Grogan, artistic director

-A conversation with Waddy Thompson and Robinson McClellan-

ComposerCraft with Metropolis Ensemble
Works for solo instrument and electronics by nine composers, ages 10-13, in Robinson McClellan's ComposerCraft project at the Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School and Lucy Moses School, premiered by members of Metropolis Ensemble (Andrew Cyr, director). (Noah Chi, Abe Gold, Paris Lavidis, Howard Lin, Daniel Ma, Kyrie McIntosh, Luke Poeppel, Misha Swersey, Alice Volfson).

Electric Dreams
Digital dreamscapes by two plugged-in composer-performers

Du Yun: Slow Portraits (2) (world premiere)
with two short films from David Michalek's Portraits in the Dramatic Time
Du Yun, miscellaneous; Julien Labro, accordion; Zhou Yi, pipa

Angélica Negrón: La búsqueda (The Search) (world premiere)
I. Hasta mi (Towards me)
II. Invisible
III. Ella (Her)
Angélica Negrón, voice, small percussion, electronics
Enrique Bayoán Ríos Escribano: charango, zampoña (andean pan flute), voice
Shayna Dunkelman, xylosynth, small percussion

-A conversation with composer/performers Du Yun, Angélica Negrón, and Martha Mooke-

A Dream is a Solitary Journey
Individual stories weave through the collective unconscious, revealed in these solo works

Martha Mooke: REM: A Dream in Sound
Martha Mooke, electric viola

Eric Moe: Gong Tormented
Dominic Donato, percussion

Giuseppe Colombi: Ciaconna a basso solo
Kaija Saariaho: Dreaming Chaconne
Nicole Johnson, cello

Altered States
Abnormal sleep alters perceptions and impacts creative endeavor

-Film: Karlheinz Stockhausen on dreams as inspiration for composition-

Stockhausen: "Interval" from "For Times to Come"

Dreaming Shakespeare
Embedded in our psyches, Shakespeare inspires anew

Jonathan Howard Katz: Laid upon the children
Periapsis Music and Dance
Choreography by Leigh Schanfein

-A conversation on Shakespeare's timelessness with Jonathan Howard Katz, Eugene Drucker, and Mimi Jones-

Eugene Drucker: Madness and the Death of Ophelia (world premiere)
Deanne Meek (mezzo soprano), Escher Quartet

Mimi Jones: The Dream Catcher (world premiere)
I. Shadows II. Hallucination III. Intangible Delight 
Mimi Jones, voice and bass
Riza Printup, harp
Shirazette Tinnin, percussion

The Science of Sleep and Dreams
A talk by Markus H. Schmidt, M.D., Ph.D., president and medical director,
the Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute

Korine Fujiwara: Morpheus Rides (world premiere)
Jonathan Leshnoff: String Quartet No. 4 (New York premiere)
Carpe Diem String Quartet

The Duo Dreams Together
A jazz folie á deux

Miles Okazaki (guitar), Dan Weiss (drums)

Memories and Visions
From collective, primeval energies to recent dreams and memories made

Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria
Cassatt String Quartet

-A conversation with Kaija Saariaho-

Meredith Monk: "Madwoman's Vision"
"Memory Song"
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
Katie Geissinger, voice
Allison Sniffin, voice and keyboard
Bohdan Hilash, woodwinds

-A conversation with Meredith Monk-

Program as of January 24, 2014
Listed works and artists are subject to change.

This concert is part of the citywide Composers Now Festival.

The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, Composers Now brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Experience the sounds and get to know the creators behind the music. From jazz to indie, from classical to electronic and beyond, join us on a sonic journey through the landscape of the arts of our time. Composers will be in attendance at all events and will be interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York.