Tuesday, April 23, 2024 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm (EDT)
DROM, New York, NY, United States
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$20 in advance, $30 at the door

Gene Pritsker40oz (With Brown Paper Bag Applause) (on a poem by Robert C. Ford)
Carman Moore4 BIG E=CM2
Debra KayeShrinking (text by Barbara Kaye)

On April 23rd at DROM NYC, the "CompCord @ 40" Festival continues with the 14th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Marathon. The event will feature more than 20 composers / performers presenting their four-minute compositions on this year's theme: "40 Ounce," in honor of our 40th anniversary season. The annual marathon focuses on the simple question of 'What kind of music do composers write when they know they are one of the performers?' For 14 years, we have been exploring this question and always find the answer surprising and artistically satisfying.

Featured compositions this year include Gene Pritsker's 40oz (With Brown Paper Bag Applause), on a poem by Robert C. Ford. The piece explores the sounds of blowing into a 40 ounce bottle of beer. Pritsker and Ford created a sampled instrument while drinking an actual 40oz bottle of beer and sampling the pitches after each gulp. Notable American composer Carman Moore will present 4 BIG E=CM2 in memory to his friend keyboardist Eric Johnson, and associate director Debra Kaye will present Shrinking on text by Barbara Kaye.

All four festival concerts will also be live-streamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook Page. Celebrating the Big Apple's most eclectic new music series with a myriad of brazen new compositions, The "CompCord @ 40" festival is not to be missed!

About Composers Concordance

Staying in rotation for 40 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.



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