Press Release

WHEN: SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014, 4:00PM—11:00PM
WHERE: ROULETTE (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn)
HOW: Individual tickets $10
CONTACT: Ross Marshall, New Music Bake Sale Committee:
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Press photos below


The 2013 New Music Bake Sale, photo by Isabelle Selby

Featuring performances by:
Contemporaneous, Exapno members, Rhymes With Opera,
Newspeak, Hotel Elefant, ensemble, et al., Talea Ensemble

Feb 6, 2014 / Brooklyn, NY — Newspeak and Exapno New Music Community Center are proud to announce the Fifth Annual New Music Bake Sale. The New Music Bake Sale is a collective fundraising and community social event for New York-based new music ensembles and organizations. The event will take place on Sunday, March 16 at Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn) from 4:00pm to 11:00pm.

Participating organizations and ensembles will represent themselves at convention-style tables throughout the space to promote their activities and to sell merchandise and various food items. All proceeds from sales at the tables will remain with the participants. To book a table for your organization or ensemble, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required. The cost is $22 for table space and admission for two people.

The event will also feature performances throughout the day by some of New York’s foremost contemporary classical and new music ensembles, including Contemporaneous, Exapno members, Rhymes With Opera, Newspeak, Hotel Elefant, ensemble, et al., Talea Ensemble, and possible surprise guests. Artists’ bios are below.

The cost of admission is $10 at the door for the full 7-hour event, and includes 1 raffle ticket. Various prizes from (Le) Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, and more will be raffled off throughout the event. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $2 each. Brooklyn Brewery beer will also be available for purchase for $5.

The Fifth Annual New Music Bake Sale is sponsored by:

Lead Sponsor: New Music USA
Sponsors: Brooklyn Brewery, I Care If You Listen, and New Spectrum Foundation

Press Photos

all photos by Isabelle Selby


About the Artists

Contemporaneous is a New York-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of now. Through concerts, collaborations, recordings, and outreach programs, the ensemble has created a thriving community of artists and audience members united by a shared love for the best music being written in our time.

Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has to date played over sixty shows at venues including (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Stone and has been featured as guest artist at the MATA Interval Series, Tribeca New Music Festival, Neighborhood Classics, Music with a View, Make Music New York, and in California at the Berkeley Arts Festival. The ensemble’s recordings have been featured on many radio programs, including WNYC’s “New Sounds” and WRTI’s “Now is the Time.” Contemporaneous supports the work of new and established composers, encouraging artists to take risks, challenge expectations, and defy constraints. To date, Contemporaneous has performed more than thirty world premieres by such composers as Albert Behar, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, Molly Joyce, and Dylan Mattingly.

Exapno is a new music community center. It’s a place where musicians come to compose, rehearse and perform for the monthly price of a gym membership. In a city where renting rehearsal space can be prohibitively expensive and isolating, Exapno creates a cheaper, more inviting option. Though composing is generally seen as a lonely pursuit, Exapno fosters a community of composers working side by side in a supportive work environment. Exapno is a co-presenter of the New Music Bake Sale.

Rhymes With Opera is an ensemble based in both Baltimore and New York City, and is dedicated to creating and performing contemporary experimental vocal music and chamber opera. Rhymes With Opera expands the repertoire of new vocal music by commissioning and promoting new works, collaborating with a variety of artists, and creating works that forge new connections between music and other disciplines. RWO seeks new audiences for contemporary opera by bringing smaller, more flexible productions to a wide variety of venues, creating meaningful connections between the work, the place where it is performed, and the audience.

NEWSPEAK, named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell’s 1984, is a powerhouse ensemble that became an early standout within New York’s “indie-classical” scene. The current stellar line-up–David T. Little (composer/drums), Mellissa Hughes (voice), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Caleb Burhans (composer/violin), Taylor Levine (guitar), Brian Snow (cello), James Johnston (piano), and Peter Wise (percussion)–began performing together in 2008, and has been featured as part of the Tune-In Festival with eighth blackbird at the Park Avenue Armory, the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC, on New Sounds Live, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and on the 25th Anniversary Bang on a Can Marathon. They have headlined on the MATA Festival, shared bills with The Fiery Furnaces as part of Wordless Music, and performed as part of John Zorn’s Full Force festival, and this summer will make their international debut at the Muziekgebouw as part of the 2014 Holland Festival. Actively committed to the music of its time Newspeak has commissioned and premiered work by David T. Little, Caleb Burhans, Corey Dargel, Oscar Bettison, Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli and many others. “You could call this punk classical,” Lucid Culture wrote, “fearlessly aware…(and) resolutely defiant.” New Sounds host John Schafer called them “important players on the new music scene here in New York.” Newspeak has released two critically acclaimed albums, sweet light crude (2010, New Amsterdam) and Soldier Songs (Innova, 2013) and is currently planning its third.

Hotel Elefant is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the works of innovative, living composers. Formed in 2011 by composers Leaha Maria Villarreal and Mary Kouyoumdjian, Hotel Elefant ambitiously presents new music through commissions, performances, and moderated discussions between composers, performers, and audiences. Committed to modern sounds and sonic explorations, this vibrant ensemble brings a keen awareness of today’s music to the general public and highlights those living composers who are blurring lines, pushing boundaries, and fostering creativity. With a flexible roster of more than twenty musicians, Hotel Elefant has worked closely with such progressive composers as Robert Ashley, Michael Gordon, David T. Little, Angélica Negrón, and Chinary Ung. Past performances have included the 2013 Bang on a Can Marathon and Make Music New York; collaborations with IKTUS Percussion and The Nouveau Classical Project; and partnerships with Experiments in Opera and Opera on Tap. Hotel Elefant is proud to have been chosen by Carnegie Hall and David Lang’s “New Voices, New Music” workshop, which will culminate in a premiere of a work by Mary Kouyoumdjian in Zankel Hall this fall.

ensemble, et al. is a Brooklyn-based percussion quartet who strives to create a boundary-crossing sound that is progressive yet accessible. The group employs elements of contemporary chamber music, instrumental rock, and modal jazz with a “garage band” approach to its compositions. ensemble, et al. performs original compositions and collaborations by its members Ron Tucker, Charles Kessenich, J. Ross Marshall, and Jeff Eng. Placing the search for beautiful sounds and textures above all else, the band keeps its all-instrumental music grounded in lyrical patterns and song forms that tell a story. Elements of improvisation trickle into ensemble, et al.’s minimalist platform, adding excitement and spontaneity. The timbres of marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and drum set dance playfully together, creating a mosaic of sounds that blend and richly complement one another. The group’s goal is to create music that represents the next wave in the stylistic synthesis of the contemporary classical, jazz, and pop traditions, and to win over a wide-ranging audience from the staunchest traditionalist and the most progressive listener alike.

The Talea Ensemble is committed to promoting new, groundbreaking music through innovative programming thereby communicating the distinctive voices of composers that deserve to be heard. By commissioning and programming these progressive works alongside the established literature of modern and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble creates a dialogue that challenges the boundaries of music and fosters a greater understanding of the works of today. Additionally, the Talea Ensemble wishes to support and advance familiarity with contemporary American works by bringing it to concert halls and venues not only in New York but also abroad. By developing an interactive relationship between the composers, performers and audience, the Talea Ensemble builds an environment of reciprocal inspiration that sparks the imagination of all. Essential to the Talea Ensemble is not only the process of introducing new work to the world of new music, but also introducing new music to the world. As advocates for this canon of music, the Talea Ensemble aims to increase the awareness and understanding of contemporary music through academic residencies, outreach concerts in addition to performances, projects and workshops for broad audiences. The ensemble believes that bringing people of diverse backgrounds to a common place fuels rich discourses of the arts and creativity while creating a platform for a greater understanding of each other.

The New Music Bake Sale Committee is Kevin Clark, Lainie Fefferman, David T. Little, Eileen Mack, Matt Marks, J. Ross Marshall, and Jascha Narveson


New Music USA is a Lead Sponsor of the New Music Bake Sale:
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The New Music Bake Sale is also sponsored by:

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