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Contemporaneous is an ensemble of 23 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the most transformative music by living composers. Contemporaneous performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings, and educational programs.

 Based in New York City and active throughout the United States, Contemporaneous has been presented by such institutions as Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, PROTOTYPE Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, MATA Festival, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Bang on a Can and has worked with such artists as David Byrne, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe. Contemporaneous has premiered more than 150 works, specializing in new projects that take bold artistic risks. Contemporaneous champions the creation of large-scale works and “dream projects,” which composers might not otherwise find opportunities for realization due to their scale.

 Contemporaneous leads participatory programs for public school students in the communities where the ensemble performs. These workshops are designed to instill a passion for new music and to convey the power of careful listening and meaningful expression through music. The ensemble has held residencies at such institutions as the City University of New York, the University of New Orleans, Williams College, and Bard College, where the group was founded in 2010. Read more at contemporaneous.org.

The mission of Contemporaneous is:

  • to provide composers with the opportunity to take risks and to challenge themselves and their audiences, without regard for conventional constraints on creative imagination;
  • to present the most exciting music of our time through innovative performances and recordings; and
  • to bring educational and outreach programs to communities in need, especially those that would not otherwise have access to new music.

Dylan Mattingly | STRANGER LOVE | Act I, Scene 13 — Jubilee (excerpt)

An immersive experience, Stranger Love is a grand celebration of life itself. It follows two lovers whose romance unfolds to the rhythm of the seasons. Set on a vast time-scale against the ever-expanding universe, it broadens in scope and frame over the course of three acts, moving from the personal to the archetypical to a vision of the divine — a love supreme. Stranger Love evokes the visceral thrill of a gospel revival, the ethereal calm of watching snow fall, the wonder of staring into the night sky.

Learn more at www.stranger.love

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SUNRISE / SUNSET | Brian Petuch | a presentation of Contemporaneous IMAGINATION

SUNRISE / SUNSET by composer Brian Petuch, a 16-hour communal performance that tracks the movement of the sun from sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.

Like the day itself, SUNRISE / SUNSET begins with primordial hush, intensifies to a brilliant climax at midday, and fades away with a “green flash” summation of the day just after sunset. Listeners were invited to come by at any point during the day to enjoy this beautiful meditation on the passage of time and our place beneath the sun.

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Joanna Newsom | COSMIA (arr. Dylan Mattingly) | Contemporaneous

Contemporaneous, an ensemble of 23 musicians devoted to bringing to life the most imaginative music of now, performs harpist/singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom’s “Cosmia” in a world premiere arrangement by composer Dylan Mattingly. Featuring singer Lucy Dhegrae, this performance is from Contemporaneous’s May 2019 show RODA at Littlefield NYC in Brooklyn, NY.


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