The 19th annual MATA Festival kicks off next week featuring 7 world premieres, 15 United States premieres, and 6 New York premieres by 31 early-career composers from 17 different countries. Lead by Executive Director Todd Tarantino and 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning Artistic Director Du Yun, the festival runs from April 25-29 at The Kitchen and promises to present a wide spectrum of new music emerging today.
The performer line-up includes the US debut of Denmark’s Scenatet, the Los Angeles-based piano duo Hocket in their first New York appearance, and many of New York’s most exciting artists, including Trinity Wall Street’s Novus NY chamber orchestra, violinist Miranda Cuckson, pianists Blair McMillen, Isabelle O’Connell, and Adam Tendler, cellist Mariel Roberts, and harpist Bridget Kibbey.
To whet your appetite for next week, we have an exclusive video of the Le Boeuf Brothers and JACK Quartet live at National Sawdust performing Pascal’s Alkaline, which closes this year’s MATA Festival.
Video by Kevin Eikenberg (Four/Ten Media.)
Music at the Anthology’s (MATA) mission is to present, support, and commission the music of early career composers, regardless of their stylistic views or aesthetic inclinations. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996 as a way to address the lack of presentation opportunities for unaffiliated composers, MATA has since developed into the world’s most sought-after performance opportunity for young and emerging composers: for its 2017 Festival, MATA received the music of 1159 composers, from 72 countries.
MATA presents an internationally-recognized festival, entering its nineteenth year, each spring in New York City of new music by early career composers selected from a free global call for submissions; an acclaimed series of occasional concerts held at venues throughout New York, entering its tenth season; and MATA Jr., currently entering its third season: an evening of music by pre-college composers, mentored by emerging composers, and performed by an ensemble of their peers.