During the upcoming 2013-2014 performance year, ensemble mise-en looks forward to expanding its diverse repertoire and audience outreach with four concerts, which will be presented at Moving Sounds Festival, University Settlement, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, and Tenri Cultural Institute. Concert programs will feature a total of 20 pieces, including seven new commissions and seven pieces by living American composers.

In accordance with its mission to bring new sounds to New York City, ensemble mise-en’s upcoming programs will include several NY and US premieres, such as Isang Yun’s Oktett and Arnold Schoenberg’s Gavotte Und Musette (Im Alten Style) Für Streichorchester respectively. Likewise, the ensemble will honor Italian composer Franco Donatoni with a composer portrait concert at the Italian Academy, which will feature the US premiere of Donatoni’s Flag for 13 instruments and the NY premiere of Ronda. ensemble mise-en is also thrilled to welcome two new additions to this year’s concert season: a Boston tour in May 2014 and mise-en music festival 2014 in June.

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.

Since it was founded in 2011, ensemble mise-en has collaborated on several special projects, including more than ten commissions and twenty NY and US premieres, and has performed at various exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Bohemian National Hall, the Tank, the DiMenna Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, The Invisible Dog Art Center, the cell, where the ensemble has been an artist-in-residence since 2012, and others. These performances have been supported by Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Italian Academy at Columbia University, International Alliance for Women in Music, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Open Meadows Foundation, New York University, New York Foundation for the Arts, Harry and Alice Eiler Foundation, Goethe-Institute (Boston), and Villa Gillet (Lyon, France).


Praised by the Washington Post for "an extraordinary musical experience" and by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence," the Momenta Quartet’s mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world. Now in its tenth year in residence at Temple University, Momenta has premiered over 80 works in the past nine years and has collaborated with over 100 living composers. The quartet's vision of new music embraces composers from all cultures and from diverse musical backgrounds. 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. Momenta has performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, Yeshiva and Hawaii Pacific Universities; Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, Bates, Simons Rock and Haverford Colleges; The Mannes School of Music and the Boston Conservatory; among others. The quartet has performed in England, Singapore and Indonesia and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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.

Tracing its origins back to Paramirabo, a work by the late Montreal composer Claude Vivier, the members of Ensemble Paramirabo have been performing together since 2008 when they first met at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Recent highlights for the group have included a short-term residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, a Canadian tour including an appearance as ensemble-in-residence at Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival (Winnipeg), performances in Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon and ‘Threshold / Le seuil’ a collaboration with the Toy Piano Composers with concerts presented in Banff, Toronto and Montreal. Throughout the tour, the ensemble showcased their fabulous arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Kevin Lau. In June 2013, they were guest artists at the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab and had the pleasure of coaching young performers and composers. This past September, they were presented by the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) in 'Attaque à cinq!’ Upcoming engagements include appearances at Montreal’s Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur for the SMCQ's "Hommage Series: Denis Gougeon," concerts presented by the Ottawa New Music Creators and Erreur de Type 27 (Quebec City) and The Music Gallery (Toronto). In May, the ensemble will embark on an ambitious production of Miss Donnithorne's Maggot by Peter Maxwell-Davies and look forward to an upcoming collaboration with Thin Edge New Music Collective presented by MNM.

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