ENSEMBLE MISE-EN

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. Comprised of talented young musicians, our personnel strive to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences. We wish to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the multi-national personnel has coalesced around a real aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.

The ensemble promotes large-scale, dynamic performances of contemporary music featuring the works of established and budding composers. Since its inception in 2011, ensemble mise-en has collaborated with many esteemed partners such as: Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Open Meadows Foundation, New York University, New York Foundation for the Arts, I-Park, Goethe-Institute Boston, Villa Gillet (FR) and others. To date, the ensemble has presented a total of 208 pieces, including 86 works written for the group, and 54 US/NY premieres. The ensemble has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Bohemian National Hall, Italian Academy, the DiMenna Center, Tenri Cultural Institute and the cell.

ensemble mise­-en has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti, upcoming programs dedicated to the works of Toshio Hosokawa, and more. The ensemble has also focused on re­examining problematic and influential works of the twentieth century, including two concert collaborations with the Italian Academy at Columbia University, last winter’s “Franco Donatoni Portrait”, and in the fall of 2014, a Luciano Berio program which focused on works the composer wrote during his time in New York.

The ensemble’s music festival, said by the NY Times to be, “examining unusual corners of the composition world”, presented more than 60 works selected from an international call for scores that has elicited more than 2300 submissions since 2014. The 2016 festival will also present 30 new works, with each composer present over four days of performances, workshops, and rehearsals by the ensemble. On the final day of the festival, a new music marathon consisting of four concerts (total of 6 hours) in quick succession will be performed for audiences from all walks of life.

In late 2014, ensemble mise-en moved its base of operations to Brooklyn and opened MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick. A rehearsal, office and performance space, MISE-EN_PLACE principally hosts ensemble mise-en rehearsals, meetings and the ACOUSTIC+ concert series. Concerts in the ACOUSTIC+ series feature acoustic music as well as electroacoustic works that have been (as of the 2015-2016 season) written expressly for ensemble mise-en.

Since 2012, mise-en has been ensemble-in-residence at the cell in Chelsea, New York City, presenting several concerts annually. Each year, the ensemble takes on a number of educational residencies as well, collaborating with student and faculty composers from New York University, City University of New York Graduate Center, and Boston Conservatory, among others. In 2015, mise-en undertook a weeklong collaborative residency at I-Park (in East Haddam, CT) where the ensemble workshopped and prepared six new works alongside an international contingent of six emerging composers.

ensemble mise-en first performed outside New York on a performance tour to Boston, MA in 2014, with appearances at Goethe-Institut Boston and kijidome Boston. The 2015-2016 season sees mise-en making its European debut in October In Stockholm, Vilnius (Gaida Festival) and Riga (Arena Festival), tour through New England in November (with appearances in Boston, MA and Lewiston, ME) and Illinois in April (with appearances in Champaign, Normal, Jacksonville and Chicago).

Our mission is to create an experience that allows us to engage with our audiences through workshops and presentations, providing the public with meaningful connections to the vast, a growing body of contemporary music. Our season summer festival supports interaction between audiences of all backgrounds and abilities, and also has programs for young and inexperienced composers. We take pride in curating programs that allow for diverse cultural exchange within New York City’s new music scene.

 
 
 
 
 
EXCEPTET

Founded on the rag-tag instrumentation of Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat, New York-based Exceptet is an ensemble with "vast emotional range and onomatopoetic charm" (I Care If You Listen) dedicated to commissioning today’s most compelling emerging composers. The nascent group has commissioned new works from Scott Wollschleger, Brendon Randall-Myers, Fay Kueen Wang, Alex Weiser, Fjola Evans, Brooks Frederickson, Paul Kerekes, Brian Petuch, and Eric Shanfield. In the Spring of 2016, Exceptet made their Boston debut at the Record Co. as part of the Times Two Series, along with their Manhattan debut at the Ecstatic Music Festival co-presented by the MATA Interval Series at the Kaufman Music Center.

 
 
 
 
 
The Phoenix Quartet

The Phoenix Quartet, based on the distinctive instrumentation of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, is dedicated to continuing that masterpiece’s legacy of vibrancy, radiance, and music that speaks for itself. This bi-national, NYC-based ensemble was formed in 2014 in the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Its members, all active participants in the NYC and Canadian new music scenes, were thrilled to present this past season the first installment of their Messiaen+ project, entitled The End of Time, Deconstructed. Composers were invited to write musical responses to Messiaen’s original, and the new commissions were presented this spring in three uniquely-crafted concert programs at venues around the city.

The group strives to facilitate an audience’s personal connection with the music. Like their namesake, the mythical phoenix, the quartet creates anew the wonder and power of each piece of music in every performance, and communicates that spark of life to their listeners.

 
 
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