New Amsterdam is proud to announce Ecstatic™ Summer, a series of three collaborative concerts, a production of New Amsterdam Presents in association with the Kaufman Center and presented by Arts Brookfield.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

On June 30, Merrill Garbus (of indie sensation tUnE-yArDs) will team up once again with the intrepid vocal group Roomful of Teeth and composer William Brittelle for the first time since the 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival.  This time, joining the fold will be Judd Greenstein’s ensemble The Yehudim, who will perform from Greenstein’s work Sh’lomo, in addition to performing collaboratively with Garbus, Brittelle, and Roomful of Teeth. The set will include new work by Garbus and Brittelle, along with a performance by Garbus of selections from the tUnE-yArDs catalog with Roomful as backing group. The concert, free and open to the public, will take place outdoors at the World Financial Center Plaza at 7pm. Part of River To River® Festival.

On July 14, sound artist Daniel Lopatin, who performs as Oneohtrix Point Never, will join with fearless string ensemble A Far Cry to unveil a new interpretation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang‘s hour-long work Darker. Lopatin and A Far Cry will also perform selections from Oneohtrix Point Never’s critically acclaimed albums Returnal and Replica, the latter of which was named the Number Six Album of 2011 by Pitchfork.  The concert, free and open to the public, will take place at the World Financial Center Winter Garden at 7pm.  Part of River To River® Festival.

On August 25, in what promises to be the dance party of the summer (if not the year), Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (who were nominated for a Grammy for their NewAm Records album Infernal Machines) will join with Brooklyn disco stalwarts Escort, creators of “the best disco album of 2011″ (SPIN). Argue will write a new work for the combined ensembles.  The concert, free and open to the public, will take place outdoors at the World Financial Center Plaza at 7pm.

For more information about the concerts, visit the Arts Brookfield website here.

Ecstatic™ Summer extends the programming mission of the Ecstatic Music Festival, presented each winter by the Kaufman Center and curated by New Amsterdam co-director Judd Greenstein, into the summer months, reaching new audiences and bringing together exciting new musical collaborations from around the world of music.  To read a wrap-up of this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival, go here.  You can listen to archive recordings of the entire festival over atQ2 Music.

Partial funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.