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"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


Transient Canvas will perform music of Matthew Welch and more, ShapeShifter Lab, May 9th


Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

Transient Canvas, (Amy Advocat, bass clarinet; Matt Sharrock, marimba) and CHRIS WATFORD (bassoon) perform works exploring radical new sonic identities of the bassoon, bass clarinet and marimba. With raw, primordial, and human tapestries, the works transform the instruments in strange and startling ways. The program features the NY premiere of Scott Wollschleger’s trio “DENSITY IS A KIND OF LOVE”—an erotic soup of structured sound—along with Timothy McCormack’s monumental BODY MATTER for solo amplified bassoon, and NY premieres of works by David Coll and Matthew Welch for bass clarinet and marimba. ShapeShifter Lab,

ACA Presents Firehouse New Music Series hosted by Iktus Percussion, June 4th


Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:00pm

Iktus Ensemble - Firehouse Space Series - June 4th, 2016

The final concert of the season for the Firehouse New Music Series that is hosted by Iktus Percussion, ACA Presents music from American Composers Edition, including works by Robert Carl, Alice Shields, Scott L. Miller, Lewis Nielson,  Christopher Shultis, Richard McCandless, and Daniel Tacke.  The Firehouse Space, at 246 Frost Street in Brooklyn, is close to the Graham Avenue subway stop on the L line.

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, Sean Statser, and Piero Guimaraes at the core. Pianist Julia Den Boer will join the ensemble for this concert. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging composers,

Giant Half Steps - ACA Founders Concert, with Jazz Artists Ethan Iverson and Jeremy Siskind, May 26th


Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm

L to R: Miriam Gideon, Ethan Iverson, Jeremy Siskind, Hall Overton


"Giant Half Steps"

Rare performances of works by Hall Overton and Miriam Gideon, performed by internationally-known jazz artists Ethan Iverson and Jeremy Siskind. Additional works will be performed by acclaimed new-music specialists David Oei, Jai Jeffryes, Yael Manor, Sara Schoenbeck, and Steven Beck. Composers on this concert: Miriam Gideon, Ethan Iverson, Barbara Jazwinski, Ray Luedeke, Hall Overton, Steven Sacco, Jeremy Siskind, Mark Zuckerman. 

Phillip Rhodes - Two Appalachian Settings for String Quartet, Walden Chamber Players, May 15th


Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

"Whiskey Before Breakfast: a musical journey from Appalachia to New Orleans"

May 15, 2016 @ 6pm
Wilson Chapel, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

Charles Ives: Quartet No. 1
Mark O’Connor: Selections for Strings
Steven Snowden: Appalachian Polaroids
Phillip Rhodes: Two Appalachian Settings
Wynton Marsalis: Selections from “At the Octoroon Balls”

In Kharms Way


Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm

Daniil Kharms

In Kharms Way explores the outrageous, absurdly comical, occasionally obscene, and ultimately sublime world of Russia’s iconic master of the absurd, Daniil Kharms (1905-42).

Featuring The Madison String Quartet and actors Neil Redfield and Cristina Ramos. With original music by Ray Luedeke on texts by Russian writer Daniil Kharms, as directed by Courtney Laine Self, In Kharms Way will be performed at 7:30pm April 29 at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York.

A Russian vodka (or Eastern European wine) reception will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 29, with the live musical / theatrical performance beginning at 8pm, all taking place at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York (43A West 13th Street).

Brianna Matzke Premieres Piano Music By Chris Auerbach-Brown, June 12th


Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Pianist Brianna Matzke will premiere The Slow Waltzes by composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown. Paradoxes are the soul of this 45-minute work for solo piano - dancing in ultraslow motion, the eye of a storm, a beautiful struggle.

Christopher Auerbach-Brown maintains an active compositional career, having been commissioned by such notable institutions as the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Finger Lakes Music Educators' Association, Parade the Circle, the Music Settlement, and the No Exit ensemble.

Bop Stop - Cleveland, OH


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