Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival

New Music Specialists Performing Works By (Mostly) Living Composers

January 19 - Feb 10, 2018

Music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Harrison Birtwistle, Brian Ferneyhough, Salvatore Sciarrino, Julia Wolfe, Hans Abrahamsen, Heinz Holliger, Laura Kaminsky, Nico Muhly, Andy Akiho, Robert Honstein 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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Hub New Music

Mixed Quartet

A mixed quartet of Flute, Clarinet, Violin and Cello, and a staple of Boston's new music scene, Hub New Music will be premiering a newly commissioned work by Robert Honstein as well as a piece by festival founder Scott Anthony Shell.

"go, listen, and be changed" - The Boston Globe

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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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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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