New Amsterdam is an associate presenter of the Ecstatic Music Festival, presented by the Kaufman Center at New York’s acclaimed Merkin Concert Hall. This unprecedented event, which has been called “…the most bracing combinations of adventurous, fulfilling music in recent memory” by NPR’s Joel Harrison, brings together artists with classical and non-classical backgrounds for collaborative evenings that allow participants to explore new musical territory. Collaborations have included Dan Deacon with So Percussion (2011); tUnE-yArDs, William Brittelle, and Caleb Burhans with Roomful of Teeth (2011); Nadia Sirota, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), and Owen Pallett (2011); Clogs with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (2011); Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson with the Chiara String Quartet (2011); Dan Deacon with NOW Ensemble and the Chiara String Quartet (2012); Rhys Chatham and Oneida (2012); yMusic, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), and Ryan Lott (2012); and many more. In addition to the yearly festival, New Amsterdam recently helped expand the Ecstatic programming into the summertime by partnering with Arts Brookfield and the World Financial Center to present Ecstatic Summer, a series of three free in-and-outdoor concerts that included pairings such as the Grammy-nominated Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society with acclaimed Brooklyn disco group Escort; and Oneohtrix Point Never with David Lang. As part of its ongoing programming, New Amsterdam has made a priority of forming partnerships with other like-minded organizations, including Cantaloupe Music (the label of Bang on a Can), MATA, Galapagos Art Space, Nonclassical (UK), the Manhattan New Music Project, Search and Restore, and AMC’s Counterstream Radio.
New Amsterdam Presents also continues to run New Amsterdam Records as a fully-taxable subsidiary organization. Over the past three years, the New Amsterdam Records catalogue has grown to include nearly two dozen artists, including soloists and orchestras, small and large ensembles, big bands and rock bands, pop vocalists and opera singers. Far from crafting a label “sound”, this diverse catalogue reflects New Amsterdam’s commitment to supporting and nurturing projects that wholly fulfill the intent of their creators, disregarding existing genre norms and opening the doors to all influences from the entire world of music. The label specializes in music without filters, made by musicians who bring the breadth of their listening experience and the love they have for many different kinds of music into their own playing, writing, and producing – music without walls, without an agenda, and without a central organizing principle. For more information, please visit www.newamsterdamrecords.com.