Composers Concordance: Eclectic Bands

"The human mind is not a dignified organ, and I do not see how we can exercise it sincerely except through eclecticism." -E.M. Forster

For Immediate Release - New York, NY - On Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 at 7 PM at NUBLU, Composers Concordance presents the next installment of its Eclectic Bands series. Three diverse musical groups assemble for an evening of wide-ranging music, presented in quick tandem, plus recitations from seven acclaimed NYC poets: Roger Aplon, Robert C. Ford, Erik T. Johnson, Imelda O'Reilly, John Pietaro, Ray Tuttle, and Kelsea Valentine.

Sound Liberation is an eclectic chamber ensemble/band. Its musical philosophy, developed by band founder Gene Pritsker, is based upon "ending the segregation of sound vibration (i.e. musical Genres)". The Di.J. Quartet is a new configuration of the ensemble focusing on Gene Pritsker's music that utilizes him as Di.J. (Digital Jockey - since he uses a computer to manipulate samples, grooves, etc.) With Gene Pritsker - Di.J., John Clark - horn, Amanda Ruzza - bass, and David Cossin - drums. Premieres Include 'Polly Put The Kettle On' on a poem by Imelda O'Reilly, 'Exonym', and 'MMMM'.

Franz Hackl, trumpeter, composer, and brass instrument maker, is founder and artistic director of the Outreach Orchestra, Festival and Academy and leads his own group, Franz Hackl's IDO Quartet. His forward approach, building on traditions and looking beyond fashionable trends, leads to his distinctive style. With Franz Hackl - trumpets, Michael Wolff - keyboards, Kenny Davis - bass, and Tony Lewis - drums.

Dan Cooper Quartet: Dan's compositions have been described as "full of instrumental virtuosity and sly humor" (-Fanfare) and "invigoratingly eclectic to the max" (-Strings Magazine). Performing on 6-string bass guitar, Dan shares the stage with Evan Francis - flute and alto saxophone, Yayoi Ikawa - piano and keyboard, and Michael C. Vetter - drum set.

Eclectic Bands will be live streamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook page.


Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it 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 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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