NYC has long been an incubator for cross-genre pollination and experimentation in all corners of the music community, not least of all in the classical and jazz scenes. From the minimalism of Reich and Glass in the 60s and 70s to the experimental genius of Zorn and the Knitting Factory scene of of the 80s and 90s, there has been an unparalleled openness to break down walls and assumptions of what so-called “art” music can be and how it should be presented.
As these lines continue to blur and fade into one another, there continues a steady stream of artists and ensembles continuing to carry the torch and push the boundaries. The inaugural Progressive ChamberMusic Festival, curated by the Sirius Quartet, features 8 such ensembles, each with unique identities and a shared desire to define chamber music on their own terms. From downtown heavyweights such as Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier and Shoko Nagai to young upstarts RighteousGIRLS, Warp Trio, and Seven)Suns, the festival, spread across two days in late October at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab will put NYC’s vibrant and eclectic music scene on full display. These are chamber music ensembles of the 21st century, not defined by genre, nor limited by the distinction between concert and popular music, and blurring the lines between performer, composer, and improviser. This is progressive chamber music.
Sirius Quartet and Shapeshifter Plus Present: 2016 Progressive Chamber Music Festival
October 20th and 21st, 7pm
Get tickets at brownpapertickets.com
-Pauline Kim Harris of String Noise