NOW Ensemble's 10th Anniversary Season

10 years ago, in the summer of 2004, the members of NOW Ensemble launched an unusual quintet—flute, clarinet, electric guitar, piano, double bass—as the fresh sound of new chamber music, with a new model of inseparable composer-performer collaboration. 

That summer, they started to build a world where chamber music—sometimes pop-inflected, sometimes stylistically plural, ever evolving—could capture and move audiences, and create communities, in a new, profound way.

Since 2004, they've been reaching audiences around the country and around the world. Last season saw both their first performances at Bargemusic and at the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, Switzerland (co-presented by NewAm). Their three albums on New Amsterdam Records continue to draw ears everywhere. And, they're nowhere near finished with our mission of creating our generation's most exciting chamber music, and bringing it directly to you. 

Throughout 2014 and 2015, NOW Ensemble is celebrating their 10th Anniversary by performing the music of 20 of today's most exciting composers. And, in May 2015, they'll be releasing their fourth studio album, 75 minutes of brand new, beautiful NOW Ensemble glory.

Derek Bermel
Gabriella Smith
Sean Friar
Yevgeniy Sharlat

Judd Greenstein
Mark Dancigers
Patrick Burke
Missy Mazzoli
Timo Andres
Sarah Kirkland Snider
Nico Muhly
John Supko
Jherek Bischoff
Jonghee Kang
Emily Pinkerton
Douglas Detrick
Nathan Williamson
Scott Smallwood
Andrea Mazzariello
Samson Young

Also in New York City on November 20, the ensemble will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a FREE concert at the Lincoln Center Atrium. In this special evening they'll be performing pieces spanning from their newest commission from Derek Bermel, to classics like Judd Greenstein's Folk Music, including works by Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Timo Andres, Mark Dancigers, Patrick Burke, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.

In the Pacific Northwest, they'll be performing in early November at Portland's Alberta Rose Theater (Nov. 3) and Seattle's Town Hall (Nov. 5), with programs that feature Bermel, Zac Pennington of the band Parenthetical Girls, and more.

In the Spring, NOW Ensemble will visit Texas and California, premiering works by our longtime friend Yevgeniy Sharlat, young rising star Gabriella Smith, and a Fromm Foundation Commission from Rome-Prize winning composer Sean Friar, as well as a new production of Missy Mazzoli's groundbreaking Song From the Uproar. They'll also perform on the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series, collaborate with Nimbus DanceWorks, and feature Patrick Burke and Emily Pinkerton's Rounder Songs, music by Hong Kong composer Samson Young, and more.

For more information on NOW Ensemble and their complete schedule, visit their website here.