The Anagram Ensemble is a DIY experimental music collective featuring some of New York’s most talented performers of contemporary music. The band employs a post-millennial performance practice influenced by New York’s so-called Downtown starting the 1970s. Self-sufficient enterprise drove the radical experimentalism of last quarter of the 20th century, and it is this tradition that influences the direction of the Anagram Ensemble.
Anagram Ensemble collaborates with such composers as Pauline Oliveros, Elliott Sharp, JG Thirlwell, and Annie Gosfield, and choreographer Stephanie Sleeper. The ensemble’s work incoproates settings of such literary figures as William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, George Bataille, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Bowles, and James Joyce.
Anagram Ensemble integrates the performance practice of improvisers with that of a new music ensemble. Rather than to simply incorporate improvisation into a concert setting, or to incorporate musical forms of concert music into an improvisational setting, Anagram designs each new project to incorporate musical and conceptual elements of multiple musical traditions, all while incorporating esoteric texts and concepts from the literary and philosophical worlds, as well as unorthodox traditions in the visual and performance art world from the last quarter century.
An aria from James Ilgenfritz’s opera The Ticket That Exploded, premiered in 2011 at Issue Project Room. Personnel: vocalist Anne Rhodes, pianist Denman Maroney, violinist Julianne Carney, cellist Nathan Bontrager, and conductor Nicholas DeMaison.