City Boy: Music of Judd Greenstein
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City Boy: Music of Judd Greenstein
The first-ever full-length portrait concert of Judd Greenstein’s music, entitled City Boy: Music of Judd Greestein, took place at Music Mondays on February 15, thanks in part to a project grant from New Music USA. Two star new-music ensembles, Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth (“superb,” N Y Times). and the NOW Ensemble (“deft,” New Yorker), joined forces to present the New York Premiere of Greenstein’s Nothing New, composed specifically for these ensembles.
Here’s a video of Nothing New performed by the NOW Ensemble and Roomful of Teeth during the concert.
The Claremont Trio performed the New York premiere of A Serious Man, which the trio had commissioned. We screened Joshua Frankel’s film, “Plan of the City,” set to Greenstein’s piece Change, performed live by the NOW Ensemble. And we were privileged to hear a piece from Judd’s eagerly awaited opera, A Marvelous Order. Dashon Burton, bass-baritone, who performs with Roomful of Teeth, sang “The World Wants Us to Love It.” The NOW Ensemble accompanied him, to great applause.
Judd was actively involved in preparing the performances. Music Mondays Artistic Director Aaron Wunsch interviewed Judd several times during the course of the program. Judd gave background for his compositions and spoke about his work, his life in the city, and his style. This clearly helped increase the impact of the music.
Despite the snowy weather, we had a large audience. Our audience is diverse in age, socio-economic background, and familiarity with new music. This portrait concert continued our tradition of introducing new music in a friendly and accessible way.
Next Week! Roomful of Teeth, NOW Ensemble, Claremont Trio in Music of Judd Greenstein
News Flash: On Feb. 15, two star new-music ensembles, Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth (“superb,” N Y Times) and the NOW Ensemble (“deft,” New Yorker), join forces to present the New York Premiere of Judd Greenstein’s Nothing New, part of the first-ever full-length portrait concert of Greenstein’s music, entitled City Boy: Music of Judd Greenstein. This event will also feature a performance by the Claremont Trio, as well as short discussions with the composer about his music.
New York City native Judd Greenstein has emerged as one of today’s most engaging and enterprising musical personalities. His music often shares something in common with this city’s propulsive energy, as well as with its sophistication and multiplicity. The beat-driven rhythms and bewitching textures of his works are sculpted into a satisfying arc with “impressive confidence” (New York Times). Greenstein is Artistic Director of the Ecstatic Music Festival and currently completing his first full-length opera, A Marvelous Order, about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs and their competing plans and dreams for New York City.
The program includes the New York Premiere of Nothing New, for Roomful of Teeth and the NOW Ensemble together, the first-ever such work; the New York Premiere of A Serious Man, for the Claremont Trio; and a screening of Joshua Frankel’s film “Plan of the City,” set to live performance of Greenstein’s music (click here to watch). Find the full program at musicmondays.org.
Music Mondays, a critically-acclaimed free series on the Upper West Side of New York City (“vibrant,” New York Times; “high-quality,” New Yorker), presents ensembles like ICE, JACK Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth. Curated by artistic director Aaron Wunsch, the series gives musicians a space to explore unique program concepts and diverse composers. Programs range from well-loved traditional chamber works to composer portraits of today’s most celebrated creators. Most importantly, Music Mondays inspires and encourages dialogue between musicians, composers, and audiences, with artist talks, composer interviews, and post-concert receptions. For more information about the series and its programs, including this event’s full program, visit musicmondays.org.
Music Mondays is grateful to New Music USA for project grant support, which helps to make this event possible.
This performance will be the first-ever portrait of New York City native Judd Greenstein, a composer who has emerged as one of today’s most engaging and enterprising musical personalities. His music often shares something in common with the city’s propulsive energy, as well as with its sophistication and multiplicity.
Music Mondays will bring together three outstanding performing ensembles for this event–the NOW Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, and the Claremont Trio–to perform a diverse and exciting program of Greenstein’s work. The program will include the New York premiere of Nothing New (2015), a work Greenstein recently composed specifically for the NOW Ensemble and Roomful of Teeth together. Music Mondays will also screen Plan of the City, an animated film by Joshua Frankel, created in collaboration with Judd Greenstein and the NOW Ensemble. The audio of the film consists solely of Greenstein’s Change, to be performed live by the NOW Ensemble.
This event will introduce Judd and his music to a broad and diverse audience, many of whom are not familiar with contemporary music. Music Mondays has a strong record of reaching new listeners: its free events typically reach over 2,000 people each season, diverse in age, socio-economic background, and familiarity with new music. Past events have brought the music of Thomas Adès, Nico Muhly, Sean Shepherd, and Kate Soper to packed or nearly packed houses. Last season’s event was reviewed in the New York Times.
One important feature of this event will be Judd’s active participation in preparing the performances and in speaking directly with the audience. Music Mondays’ Artistic Director, Aaron Wunsch, will join Judd for brief conversations in between the musical selections, which will help to increase the impact of the music.
“Plan of the City” is an animated film by Joshua Frankel, created in collaboration with Judd Greenstein and the NOW Ensemble. Greenstein and the ensemble members feature prominently in the film as live actors set inside the animated framework. The audio of the film consists solely of Greenstein’s Change, performed by the NOW Ensemble.
Start and End Dates
02/15/2016 — 02/16/2016
New York, New York