Composers Concordance: 14th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Marathon '40 Ounce'

On April 23rd at DROM NYC, the 'CompCord @ 40' festival continues with the 14th Annual Comp-Play-Comp Marathon. The event will feature more than 20 composers / performers presenting their four-minute compositions on this year's theme: '40 Ounce', in honor of our 40th anniversary season. The annual marathon focuses on the simple question of 'What kind of music do composers write when they know they are one of the performers?' For 14 years, we have been exploring this question and always find the answer surprising and artistically satisfying.

Featured compositions this year include Gene Pritsker's '40oz (With Brown Paper Bag Applause)' on a poem by Robert C. Ford. The piece explores the sounds of blowing into a 40 ounce bottle of beer. Pritsker and Ford created a sampled instrument while drinking an actual 40oz bottle of beer and sampling the pitches after each gulp. Notable American composer Carman Moore will present '4 BIG E=CM2' in memory to his friend keyboardist Eric Johnson and associate director Debra Kaye will present 'Shrinking' on text by Barbara Kaye.

Full list of composers / performers:

Roger Blanc, Kitty Brazelton, John Chang, Sishel Claverie, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper,

Luis D'Elias, Zachary & Franny Gindi-Chiafullo, Arthur Dibble, Robert C. Ford, Debra Kaye,

Howie Kenty, Henny Kim, Andrés Marín, Hayley Lam, Peri Mauer, Carman Moore, Lia Pikus,

Gene Pritsker, Cheryl Pyle, Jay Rodriguez, Jay Rozen, Will Rowe, Steve Sandberg, Mina Sukovic,

Stephanie Susberich, Elias Swift, Emre Tetik, Benjamin Yarmolinsky.

All four festival concerts will also be live-streamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook Page. Celebrating the Big Apple's most eclectic new music series with a myriad of brazen new compositions, The 'CompCord @ 40' festival is not to be missed!

Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, such longevity requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984, celebrates its 40th season with a four-concert festival all about reaching this amazing milestone. The series, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Gene Pritsker and Shanan Estreicher. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

"Composers Concordance..a veritable New York new music institution of concerts, album production and multiple ensembles under a sweeping, tenacious brand, thriving on the emulsion of contemporary classical, free improv, jazz and rock, overt humor and fearless political statements, all very much in evidence..The ensemble..was masterful throughout."- John Pietaro, The New York City Jazz Record

"An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance" - The Brooklyn Rail

"The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way....ingenious fun" - Classical-Modern Music Review

"Enterprising new music organization" - The New York Times

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