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The New York Art Ensemble launches its Eighth Annual Tribeca New Music Festival, a 4-concert series of cutting-edge new music in New York City. The Festival will highlight important trends and artists affecting today's new music scene. "We are very excited about this year's Tribeca New Music Festival," said Festival curator Preston Stahly. "Concerts one and three will single out brilliant newcomers on the scene, while concerts two and four will highlight the current generation and the many interesting directions they are taking new music today." Concert #1: June 4, Thursday at 7 P.M. American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs works by Caleb Burhans, Jefferson Friedman, Nico Muhly, and Ryan Streber. This concert presents one of the most important new contemporary music groups performing works from an exciting generation of emerging composers who are making their mark on today's new music scene. In 2004 the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) was founded and is led by cellist Clarice Jensen. The group is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries in programs that are both avant-garde and archetypal. Ms. Jensen will work with violinists Miranda Cuckson and Benjamin Russell, violist Nadia Sirota, and flutist Kelli Kathman. Concert #2: June 5, Friday at 7 P.M. Anti-Depressant is the exciting new music duo of violinist Jennifer Choi and the infamous pianist/performing artist Kathleen Supové, performing works by Emanuel de Raymondi, Susie Ibarra, Gregor Huebner, Padma Newsome, Randall Woolf (with a film by Mary Harron and John Walsh), and Jacob TV. Join them as they explore and reveal new works and unique expressive musical techniques. In addition to their considerable prowess with violin, piano, and electronics, they will join forces with composer/performer Emanuele de Raymondi who is a master of the monome--an extraordinary 64-key "sound design" sequencer that has taken the stage as a new kind of concert instrument in its own right. Concert #3: June 6, Saturday at 7 P.M. NextGen--Music of Composers in their 20s and 30s. The New York Art Ensemble performs the works of six emerging composers who are having an impact on a new generation of young artists. The program features music by Alexandra du Bois, Caroline Mallonée, Matt Marks, Paula Mathussen, Missy Mazolli, and William Zuckerman (our NYAE 2009 Young Composer Winner). Join us as pianist Stephen Gosling, clarinetist Gilad Harel, banjo player James Moore, violinist Mary Rowell, and pianist Kathleen Supové join forces to present an impressive new group of works by these gifted young composers. Concert #4: June 7, Sunday, at 7 p.m. Monsters! The New York Art Ensemble presents an evening that features two "monster" performers: one of new music's most important violinists, Mary Rowell, and pianist/new music specialist Geoffrey Burleson in concert as they perform works by Eve Beglarian (with video by Vittoria Chierici), Nick Didkovsky, Marc Mellits, Eric Moe, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and a special "tip of the cap" to Roy Harris. The program presents a rich variety of violin and piano music that reflects the New York Art Ensemble's penchant for mixing and matching music that jars genres, yet forges its own logic--combining previous, current, and next-generation composers in ways that are unusual and exciting.

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