Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival

New Music Specialists Performing Works By (Mostly) Living Composers

January 19 - Feb 10, 2018

Music by Steve Reich, György Ligeti, Lou Harrison, Jacob Druckman, Brian Ferneyhough, Hans Abrahamsen, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andy Akiho, Andrew Norman, Robert Honstein, Laura Kaminsky, Timo Andres, Martin Bresnick, Emily Cooley, Fjóla Evans, Jascha Narveson and many more!

Featured Performers:

Ashley Bathgate

Solo Cello

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time.

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The City of Tomorrow

Wind Quintet

Forging a new identity for the wind quintet, the City of Tomorrow commissions new works, seeks relevancy for older compositions from the 20th century, and continues to shatter expectations for a concert of wind chamber music.
"..extraordinary sense of ensemble, not just in terms of rhythmic precision but in tone color, balance, gesture, and sensitivity.” --New Music Box

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Sandbox Percussion

Percussion Quartet

Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jawdropping virtuosity,” Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences
with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning as they seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.

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Orlando Cela

Solo Flute

Venezuelan born flute player Orlando Cela has been a strong proponent of contemporary flute music, releasing 2 CD's dedicated to showcasing extended techniques of the instrument through works by living composers. He is also an accomplished award-winning conductor, residing in Massachusetts.

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Delgani String Quartet

String Quartet

An up-and-coming champion of new music based out of Eugene OR. Delgani String Quartet will be performing Ligeti's String Quartet #1 along with a recently commissioned work by Benjamin Krause. This work is part of their recently released 2nd CD of contemporary classical music.

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Iktus Duo

Flute / Percussion Duo

From New York City, Iktus Duo is a unique combination of flute and percussion. Aspiring to develop its repertoire with the audiences throughout the USA and abroad, the duo has commissioned and premiered a diverse list of composers such as Erin Rogers, Philip Schuessler,Seth Boustead, Ronaldo Cadeu, Hiroya Miura, and Kostadin Genchev.

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