My Awarded Projects
SYZYGY New Music is a multi-faceted music collective led by composer Danielle Eva Schwob. Since its first concert as the SYZYGY Ensemble back in 2009, the group has evolved to become a concert presenter (featuring both its own ensemble and other performing artists), a flexible-sized recording group and a commissioner of new concert music. It is also frequently called upon to work on projects for film, TV, studio albums, the Broadway stage and the concert hall – sometimes contributing orchestrations or score preparation work, sometimes providing musicians as a performing ensemble, sometimes contributing original music and sometimes all of the above.
As a presenter, SYZYGY has programmed prominent experimental artists including Sxip Shirey, du Yun, ETHEL String Quartet, Tristan Perich’s Loud Objects, harpist Bridget Kibbey, New Amsterdam recording artists The Knells and SIREN Baroque, all of whom have appeared under the banner SYZYGY Presents. Artists who have performed in chamber settings or recording sessions as part of the SYZYGY Ensemble include Nathalie Joachim (Eighth Blackbird), Andy Lin (Amphion String Quartet), Kristi Shade (Duo Scorpio), Eric Lamb (ICE), Jennifer Choi (ETHEL) and more. SYZYGY has also commissioned and premiered over a dozen concert works from composers including Ricardo Romaneiro, Scott Ordway, Conrad Winslow and Danielle Eva Schwob.
Other projects for which SYZYGY has contributed arrangements, score preparation work and/or provided musicians include Shakespeare in the Park’s Comedy of Errors, James Schamus’ Indignation (under consideration for a 2016 Academy Award), Manhattan Night starring Adrien Brody (Lionsgate), studio album Tara Hugo Sings Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music), How To Follow Strangers starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer, Sir. David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, a workshop of a new musical by David Simon (creator of The Wire) and The Pogues, the new theme for CBS News and a piece for IMAX commemorating the launch of its 1000th theater that featured a 180-piece orchestra and 80-piece choir (sadly SYZYGY didn’t contract the ensemble for that one…).
The group has received grants for its work in new music from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the American Composers Forum, and was awarded a Con Edison Musician’s Residency along with its founder, Danielle Eva Schwob. Its performances have been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, TimeOut and more as well as broadcast on radio and television networks including MNN and NY1.
Current projects include a multimedia ballet with curator Roya Sachs, harpist Ashley Jackson (NY Philharmonic) and visual artist Heather Hansen that is in development with National Sawdust, string sessions for an electro-rock studio album produced by three-time Grammy winning ‘super producer’ David Bottrill, several short films and a recording project of its founder’s chamber music.