Louis Karchins' Orphic hymn, To The Stars - Thursday, Jan. 24 - in a new 6-voice version, with Ekmeles, at Roulette at 509 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. The translator of the hymn on which the setting is based, Apostolos Athanassakis, is planning to be there and will speak about the origins of this strange and beautiful text (from about 300 AD). Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant garde. New York is home to a vibrant instrumental New Music scene, with a relative paucity of vocal music. Ekmeles was founded to fill the gap by presenting new a cappella repertoire for solo voices, and by collaborating with these instrumental ensembles.