Frisson is explosive! From New York City, the chamber ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Listen and enjoy as Frisson expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, nonets, and a small chamber orchestra. The ensemble debuts in major cities across the United States during the 2017-18 season and they are rapidly becoming one of the busiest classical music ensembles with dozens of performances planned for the 2018-19 season. frissonensemble.com
Merging the talents of five conservatory trained musicians from New York City, Founders is a virtuosic super-group captivating audiences everywhere. Combining classical, folk music, original compositions and pop arrangements, Founders is re-imagining the concert experience. As the New York Music Daily states, “Their excellent debut album, You & Who, is unlike anything else out there right now.” foundersmusic.org
“In each case, the [commissioned] composers created bounded material, but the performances were improvisational, spontaneous, and joyful.” -NewMusicBox
Formed on the sharp edge of contemporary classical and jazz fusion, Triplepoint (Jonny Allen, Doug Perry, Sam Suggs) composes and commissions new works for improvising jazz trio. The ensemble has been in residence at Avaloch Farm’s New Music Institute with numerous composers, given performer-composer-improviser clinics at Kansas University and James Madison University, and toured Northern Europe and West Africa. As collaborators, Triplepoint serves as the core rhythm section in crossover projects with PUBLIQuartet and string trio Chartreuse.
Marked by rhythmic vitality and inspired by the creation of unexpected sounds, The Foundry is adventurous and melodic, breaking through barriers of style with their enthralling performances. Led by composer and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho with bassist Sam Suggs, cellist Mariel Roberts, drummer Kenneth Salters, harpist Kathryn Andrews, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, and violinist Domenic Salerni find innovative ways of blending new sounds, jazz, reggae, Caribbean, and Soca, with contemporary classical techniques. The diverse septet traverses genres and boundaries, leading its audiences through sophisticated harmonic and melodic motion.
An exemplary ensemble of classically-trained, forward-thinking performers, Foundry represents the future of new music, and explodes with excitement, energy, and creativity. Foundry won 2nd prize in the Open Division of the 2015 M-Prize Chamber Arts competition, and has represented the US in the 2012 International Drum Festival in Taiwan, performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Noguchi Museum in New York City (presented by Bang on a Can), and National Sawdust in Brooklyn, among others. foundryensemble.com
In collaboration with internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Suliman Tekalli, Goliath Duo formed in 2015 to workshop Krzysztof Penderecki’s Duo Concertante with the composer. Since then, the duo has performed the madcap work memorized, winning accolades at the International Bradetich Solo Bass Competition and is currently pursuing a bold, new transcriptions of Beethoven and Mozart.