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How will sound travel in 2020?

See and hear a dozen surprising, provocative ways when Composers Concordance, William Paterson University, & Composers Guild of New Jersey present the Backpack Music Project at Symphony Space - Bar Thalia on January 31st. Performed by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, twelve works — each scored for only as many percussion instruments as can fit in a standard backpack — reveal how creative composition knows no bounds, regardless of the compact size and limited number of instruments in use. Get ready for an exciting musical journey!

Featured composers include: Ann Warren, Anton Vishio, Carlton Wilkinson, Dan Cooper, Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, Gene Pritsker, John Ferrari, John Link, Milica Paranosic, Payton MacDonald, and Peter Jarvis.

Now in its 51st year and directed by Peter Jarvis and Payton MacDonald, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble has appeared in the United States and Europe as guests of such notable organizations as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Gaudeamus Foundation, and Radio Denmark. The group can be heard on Nonesuch, Composer’s Recording Inc., Music and Arts, Koch International, Desoto, New World, NAXOS, the Composers Guild of New Jersey, Capstone and other respected labels. https://njpercussionensemble.c...

"An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance" -The Brooklyn Rail. "For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label." -The Wall Street Journal. "Enterprising new music organization"-The New York Times. "The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way....ingenious fun" -Classical-Modern Music Review. "Edgy... boisterous... demanding our attention" -San Diego Story. "These men and women are creating exciting music with elements of jazz, world music and many experimental techniques blended with equal parts classical tradition and playing techniques." -Asbury Park Press. "There is considerable evidence to show that Composers Concordance may be one of the most exciting labels in American contemporary music." -JazzdaGama.

Staying in rotation for 35 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition. https://composersconcordance.w...


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Expected Run Time is 120 minutes

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