Merkin Concert Hall thanks all the performers, composers, audience members, remote listeners, and New Music USA followers who made the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival® so spectacular! From January 29 to March 19, the Festival presented nine remarkable concerts that celebrated collaborations between musical artists from across the sonic spectrum. More than 55 artists from contemporary, pop, rock, experimental, folk, and classical backgrounds participated in this year’s Festival, creating truly revolutionary evenings of music.
Man Forever and Tigue opened the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival in a concert presented by Q2 Music at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR. The next week, Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band performed in the first of eight concerts at Merkin Concert Hall. On the days of our Yo La Tengo/Alvin Lucier and Lee Ranaldo/Dither concerts, the Bushwick-based flea market Rock n’ Shop took over the Merkin Concert Hall lobby and invited the public during the day and Festival ticketholders at night to peruse and buy hand-printed clothing, artisanal food, original artwork, and rock-inspired jewelry. MATA also co-presented an Ecstatic Music Festival concert featuring Exceptet and Goldfeather—watch “Greasy Glass” from this concert above!
By the time the Festival closed with M. Lamar, Charlie Looker, and Mivos Quartet, it had drawn more than 2,300 audience members to explore new music. In addition, our partner Q2 Music brought the sounds of the Festival to listeners everywhere by posting full concert audio for on-demand streaming and presenting live webcasts of three concerts—Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert, Rachel Grimes/Longleash, and William Tyler/Quindar/Nick Hallett—as part of WNYC’s New Sounds Live® series. Visit http://www.wqxr.org/#!/series/ecstatic-music-festival-2016/ to listen and relive some of the best moments of the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival!