APRIL 23, 2014

Press Release

For Immediate Release




A Four-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan, NY, June 19- June 22



ensemble mise-en (NY), the Momenta Quartet (NY),

and Ensemble Paramirabo (Canada)


Performances and Events Will Be Hosted By the Korean Cultural Service New York (June 19), Americas Society (June 20), the Taipei Cultural Center (June 21), Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (June 21),

and Tenri Cultural Institute (June 22)



June 19 : ensemble mise-en @ Korean Cultural Service (8pm)

June 20 : Ensemble Paramirabo @ Americas Society (7pm)

June 21 : The Momenta Quartet @ Taipei Cultural Center (5pm)

June 21 : Bent Sørensen Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ Scandinavia House (8pm)

June 22 : New Music Marathon (ensemble mise-en / The Momenta Quartet / Ensemble Paramirabo) @ Tenri Cultural Institute (4pm)


Workshop Series @ the cell

June 21 : Composition, New Sounds, and Orchestral Instruments / members of ensemble mise-en (11am-12:15pm)

June 21 : Improvisation / Fay Victor (1-2:15pm)

June 21 : New Music and Korean Traditional Instruments / Gamin (2:45-4pm)


Composer Registration / Meeting @ Spectrum

(Closed events. RSVP required. manager@mise-en.org)

June 19 : Composer Registration (1:30-2:30pm)

June 19 : Composers Meeting (2:30-4pm)


NEW YORK, NY — ensemble mise-en is excited to announce mise-en music festival 2014, which will be presented in collaboration with the Momenta Quartet, Ensemble Paramirabo, and more than 30 international composers. The works of these composers were selected from the festival’s call for scores, which yielded 862 submissions by 702 composers from 65 different countries.


In total, mise-en music festival will feature four curated concerts, one marathon concert (total 6 hours, comprising 6 sectional concerts), and three workshops.


The first of these concerts (June 19) will highlight the works of living Korean composers. While this year’s focus is on Korean composition, the ensemble will present concerts with different geographical focuses in subsequent festivals. ensemble mise-en is excited to partner with the Korean Cultural Service in presenting this concert.


The second concert on the program (June 20) will take place at Americas Society and feature Ensemble Paramirabo from Canada. It will include the U.S. premieres of works by Maxime McKinley (Canada), Patrick Giguere (Canada), Michel Gonneville (Canada), Philippe Leroux (France/Montreal), and Frank Zappa (USA, arranged by Symon Henry).


The third concert (June 21) will feature the Momenta Quartet, highlighting compositions by Taiwanese composers, including Fang-Wei (Taiwan) and Annie Hui-Hsin (Taiwan/Australia), as well as other works in the Momenta Quartet’s repertoire.


The fourth concert (June 21) will be a celebration of Scandinavian composition and Danish composer Bent Sørensen. It will include the U.S. premiere of Shadowland, Ständchen, and Gondole, along with performances of The Bells of Vineta and Lontanamente – Fragments of a waltz.


The final concert on the festival program (June 22) is a Sunday New Music Marathon (total of 6 hours), which will include works ranging from solo pieces to compositions for chamber orchestra, and from acoustic music to electroacoustic music.


Along with the concert series, ensemble mise-en is thrilled to present a workshop series in collaboration with the cell, which will encourage the participation of composers, musicians, and audience members.


On Saturday (June 21), the ensemble is delighted to welcome Korean traditional music expert Gamin, American jazz/improvisation vocalist and composer Fay Victor, and members of ensemble mise-en, who will lead the Workshop Series.


The festival will present its “Composition, New Sounds and Orchestral Instruments” workshop. This workshop will include a discussion about new music, performance techniques, extended techniques, and the use of these techniques in modern composition. Members of ensemble mise-en will demonstrate all sounds.


In the afternoon, improvisor and jazz vocalist Fay Victor will host the festival’s improvisation workshop, which invites both musicians and nonmusicians to participate in a community improvisation group.


Finally, Gamin’s workshop will take participants on a journey through the history and performance of Korean traditional instruments. Gamin will explain how these instruments are played and talk about how they have been adapted for new music performance. She will also hold a Q&A session following her presentation.


You can learn more about the festival and about ensemble mise-en at http://festival.mise-en.org


About ensemble mise-en

ensemble mise-en is an innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. With over fifteen of New York’s most talented musicians, our multi-national personnel strive to bring a repertoire of challenging, new sounds to diverse audiences. The ensemble wishes to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing (“mee” in Korean means “beauty”, and “zahn” means “to decorate”), promoting large-scale composition projects and intense performances of contemporary music with programs featuring the works of many established and budding composers alike. (http://www.mise-en.org/)


About the Momenta Quartet

The Momenta Quartet’s mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world. Their vision of new music embraces composers from all cultures and from diverse musical backgrounds, including jazz and avant-garde improvisation. Momenta devotes the vast majority of its programming to living composers, many of whom are emerging or underrepresented in the New York new music scene. They give multiple performances of their works on innovative concert programs that may include 20th/21st century masterworks and selected great music from the past. (http://www.momentaquartet.com/)


About Ensemble Paramirabo  

Ensemble Paramirabo is a group of five versatile and innovative musicians who strive to bring new life to the performance of art music by presenting creative programming that embraces collaborations with other artists and stretches the boundaries of the traditional concert experience. According to Bachtrack, Ensemble Paramirabo demonstrates ‘total fearlessness’ and is ‘a rare gem in the city – born solely of creative inspiration, and their evolution as an up-and-coming musical force is not to be missed.’ The ensemble’s mandate is to act as an advocate for emerging composers by reserving the lion’s share of their programming to new works. (http://www.ensembleparamirabo.com/)


About the Spectrum

(121 Ludlow, New York, NY 10002)

Spectrum is a technology-intensive site for innovative music and multimedia.


About the Korean Cultural Service New York

(460 Park Ave # 601, New York, NY 10022)

The Korean Cultural Service New York (KCSNY) is a government institution inaugurated in December 1979 to establish and promote Korean culture and aesthetics in New York. KCSNY provides diverse cultural and artistic activities including gallery exhibitions, performing arts concerts, film festivals, and educational programs.


About Americas Society

(680 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065)

Americas Society the premier forum dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Its mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship. The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas Concert Series, recipient of the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, fulfills an essential part of the cultural mission of Americas Society, annually showcasing dozens of talented artists hailing from across the hemisphere. Presented year-round, the concerts include a wealth of diverse music and performers, ranging from contemporary classical to folk-roots to reggae and jazz.


About the cell

(338 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011)

the cell creates works to mine the mind, pierce the heart, and awaken the soul. the cell is a not-for-profit collective for artists to incubate and present new work.


About the Taipei Cultural Center

(1 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017)

The Cultural Center has played a significant role in enhancing Taiwan’s cultural image and promoting international cultural exchanges. To cope with the new trend of global cultural competition, the Taipei Cultural Center, breaking the regional boundary of New York City, has been actively bringing Taiwan’s cultures to North America and has strengthened cultural promotion considerably since July, 2002. Since then, the Cultural Center officially has changed its name to the Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. (Its head office is the Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan. Due to an organizational reform by the central government, the Council for Cultural Affairs is upgraded to the Ministry of Culture on May 20th, 2012.) The Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office(Taipei Cultural Center) in New York is headed by a director, who is assisted by two officers, three specialists and one clerk.


About Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America

(58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016)

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States, offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Scandinavia House offerings include diverse exhibitions and film series, as well as concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, symposia, language courses, and children’s activities. Designed by the internationally renowned Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects) and inaugurated in October 2000, Scandinavia House is the headquarters of The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) and the site of ASF’s cultural and educational programming.


About Tenri Cultural Institute

(43 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011)

Tenri Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the study of Japanese language and the appreciation of international art forms. The Institute hosts a variety of traditional and contemporary cultural programs in our modern, spacious educational facility, performing arts and exhibition space.


Visiting Composers

Aaron Gervais (Canada), Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh (Australia/Taiwan), Arsid Ketjuntra (United States), Balint Bolcso (Hungary), Benjamin Oliver (England), Bernhard Eder (Austria), Bofan Ma (China), Christopher Preissing (United States), Christopher Danforth (United States), Chun Ting Pang (Hong Kong), Edo Frenkel (United States), Fang-Wei Luo (Taiwan), Gideon Gee-Bum Kim (Canada/Korea), Jaeseong You (Korea), Karen Keyhani (Iran), Kari Besharse (United States), Kirsten Volness (United States), Kyle Rowan (United States), Kyong Mee Choi (Korea), Nicholas Omiccioli (United States), Rodrigo Bussad (Brazil), Scott Rubin (United States), Sebastian Hilli (Finland), Su Lee (Korea), SukJu Na (Korea), Thomas McConville (Ireland), Timothy Johnson (United States), TsenFang Lin (Taiwan), and Veronika Mayer (Austria)



Danish Composers’ Society, KODA’s Cultural Funds, DMFF (Dansk Music Publishers Association), Scandinavia House, Edition Wilhelm Hansen, G. Schirmer, Consulate General of Denmark-New York, Korean Cultural Service New York, Americas Society, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, the cell, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Women Composers, Spectrum, Make Music New York, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Puffin Foundation and New York University


Workshop Series is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


New Music Marathon is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Bent Sørensen Portrait is made possible in part with support from Danish Composers´ Society´s Production Pool / KODA´s Cultural Funds.


Bent Sørensen Portrait is supported financially by DMFF (Dansk Music Publishers Association) through KODA’s Funds for cultural and social purposes.



Moon Young HA
artistic director/chief executive officer
Moon Young HA has spent the past years working to redefine the new music scene in New York. As the founder and director of ensemble mise-en, Moon curates and conducts some of the most unexpected, perplexing, and widely noticed concerts of contemporary classical music in the city today. As a composer, Moon’s works are heard worldwide, commissioned by major ensembles and chamber orchestras, and featured prominently in experimental collaborations with the musicians of New York-based ensemble mise-en.

As artistic director of ensemble mise-en, Moon has debuted works by composers of international repute alongside those lesser known or under-played. During the past season, US and New York premiers have included woks by Bent Sørensen, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Isang Yun, Hans Abrahamsen, Kaija Saariaho and Wolfram Schurig; a concert-length collaboration with composer Wolfgang Mitterer on the debut of his piece “REMIX_2#” at Le Poission Rouge, and debuts of over two-dozen pieces by composers from the U.S. and abroad.

Moon’s compositional output is as eclectic as the concerts he curates. Much of his work combines acoustic instruments with electronics, video, and choreography, reflecting sundry influences from western, non-western, jazz, and pop idioms. The New York Times called his music “a wayward litany of pops, shivers and shrieks, by turns agitated and enervated”. But his work also emphasizes organic development, narrative structure, and close research into spectral combinations, creating audible story lines that delight the senses and spur the imagination. In the past years, Moon’s works have been premiered by groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Empyrean Ensemble, Chatham Baroque, Momenta Quartet and others. Moon has recently done residencies at I-Park, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Omi International Arts Center, and was guest composer at the Intimacy of Creativity Project at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Moon lives and works in New York City. He received degrees (B.M., M.M.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at New York University, where he teaches music theory and composition.

Cheryl Krugel-Lee
Cheryl Krugel-Lee is a Brooklyn-based composer, arranger, and orchestrator whose work spans both the commercial and classical worlds. She has composed scores for theatre productions and films, orchestrated for musical theatre, collaborated with choreographers, and created numerous works for a concert setting. Cheryl earned her Master of Music degree from New York University where she studied primarily with Ira Newborn. For more information, please visit her website: www.cherylkrugel.com

Jack Chan
development director
Jack Chan, bassoonist, is a native of New York City and an active freelance musician. His performance credits include Orchestra of the Bronx, dell’Arte Opera, ensemble mise-en, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Metro Chamber Orchestra, Amazonas, DiCapo Opera, and many others. Past engagements include the Penns Woods Festival, the Mukugawa University in Japan as a guest solo recitalist, and with the Omni Ensemble on NPR’s Soundcheck. He studied bassoon performance at Ball State University, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and New York University, with teachers Keith Sweger, Richard Beene and Daniel Shelly. In addition, he enjoys supporting the arts through nonprofit arts management, having worked for organizations such as the Chamber Music Conference and Perlman Music Program. Currently, he is the Director of Development for ensemble mise-en.

Ann Sunwoo
graphic design
Ann Sunwoo is an artist and designer from Seoul, Korea, currently living in New York. She has received her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, MI, her BFA in Graphic Design from School of Visual Art, NY and from Seoul Women’s University, Seoul. She works in print, short film, environmental graphics and installations, with interest in studying and criticizing visual phenomenon and perceptions. She’s been working as a designer for a range of industries such as advertising, hospitality and culture. Her work has been shown at many places including Museum of New Art, MI and TDC 56 Exhibition, NY.

Luke Clinton

Board Members

Moon Young HA
Akiva G. Zamcheck

Advisory Board

Ron Balfour

Lydia Brown
Producer, WNPR

Reiko Fueting
Composer/Professor, Manhattan School of Music

Elizabeth Hoffman
Composer/Associate Professor, New York University

Louis Karchin
Composer/Conductor/Professor, New York University

Kaija Saariaho

Andreas Stadler
Former Director of Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Nils Vigeland
Composer/Pianist/Professor, Manhattan School of Music


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