NOW ENSEMBLE is a dynamic young group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With its unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with a blend of musical influences that reflects the diverse backgrounds and listening experiences of our members. Their music has been described as “formal elegance … with a pop honed concision and rhythmic vitality” by Time Out New York, and their sophomore release has been called “a truly delightful experience from beginning to end” by The Silent Ballet and “terrific” by Anne Midgette in The Washington Post. They play in concert halls and art museums, rock clubs and jazz venues, for large audiences and for intimate gatherings, acoustic and plugged in. Above all, they strive for performances that are as lively and engaging as they are rigorous and technically sophisticated. The five performers in NOW Ensemble are each virtuoso players with distinguished solo careers and a wide variety of experience in other ensembles and genres of music. They’ve given recitals in Carnegie Hall, been members of world class orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the American Composers Orchestra, and have appeared onstage and on recordings with indie rockers like Sufjan Stevens, The National, and Bright Black Morning Light. This breadth of experience, rather than distracting from their roles in NOW Ensemble, brings an essential diversity of sound and perspective to the group, something that is required in their interpretations of the widely varied scores and approaches that we encounter when working with today’s best young composers. Recent NOW performances include Le Poisson Rouge in New York, the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall, The Music Gallery in Toronto, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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Video by Joshua Frankel, Music by Judd Greenstein performed by NOW Ensemble