The 8th Annual:

Queens New Music Festival

May 14th – 19th, 2019

General Ticket: $20
Student Ticket: $15
Age: 12 and Under: Free
All Festival Pass: $120.00
All tickets also available at the door.

In twelve concerts over six days RAM celebrates new music rooted in the contemporary concert music tradition as well as convergent music from experimental jazz, world, and other musical spheres. The festival features over 50 composers and over 40 performers.

The New York-based composer & performer collective Random Access Music (RAM) announces the eighth annual Queens New Music Festival taking place at The Secret Theatre (44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens) from May 14-19, 2019.

The Queens New Music Festival (QNMF) is a showcase for new music in Queens and the greater NYC area. The 6-day festival features works created and performed by the RAM collective, as well as invited guests and proposal winners, celebrating the diversity of styles and voices in new music today. Each year RAM conducts an anonymous Call for Scores and the winning composition is featured at the QNMF.

Opening Date:
May 14th, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM

Running Until:
May 19th, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM

Matinee Performances:
May 19th, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
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Special Discounts Pass:

May 14th, 2019
Day: Tuesday
Price: $30
Time: 6:00 PM

May 17th, 2019
Day: Friday
Price: $30
Time: 6:00 PM

May 18th, 2019
Day: Saturday
Price: $35
Time: 5:00 PM

May 19th, 2019
Day: Sunday
Price: $45
Time: 2:00 PM

All Festival Pass
Price: $120
May 14th – 19th, 2019

2019 Queens New Music Festival Schedule:

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

Carpe Diem String Quartet: From the Sands of Persia to Montana “Newgrass”
Performing: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
About the Event: Carpe Diem String Quartet presents “From the Sands of Persia to Montana Newgrass”; four composers interpret folk music influenced quartets from Turkey, Persia and the United States. A unique and sought-after chamber ensemble, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking quartet that has earned widespread critical acclaim. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. Carpe Diem has been awarded five transformative grants from the PNC Foundation for their community outreach in Central Ohio.

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

RAM Presents: Combo Bend
Performing: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
About the Event: Combo Bend explores works for the colorful combination of saxophone, violin, guitar, and contrabass. Taking inspiration from American popular idioms, this program combines the music of RAM composers and guest composer/performers Jeff Hudgins [saxophonist of Anti-Social Music] and Hilliard Greene[bassist]. Our guests join Nadav Lev [guitar] and Sabina Torosjan [violin] for an evening of fresh performances. The RAM Players specialize in new music and are dedicated to delivering exciting performances of works by living composers. Musicians in the RAM Players have been described as passionate, brilliant, sensitive, and energetic by critics for their work in ensemble performances and as soloists with orchestras around the world.

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RAM Presents: Spirituals & Art Songs, Myroslava Khomik: Rhapsody
Performing: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
About the Event:  Soprano Yolanda F. Johnson, accompanied by the RAM players, shares a unique and wide-ranging program of traditional Spirituals, including a powerful new arrangement of “Go Down, Moses,” as well as art song selections by Florence Price and Nadine Shanti. Violinist Myroslava Khomik will perform “Rhapsody” by Boris Skalsky (World Premiere). Yolanda F. Johnson has performed nationally and internationally in several musical venues including opera, concert, oratorio and sacred music. She is an active recitalist/lecturer on spirituals as related to the Underground Railroad, and the works of women composers.

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Kinga Augustyn: Exposed. 20th and 21st Century Unaccompanied Violin
Performing: Thursday, May 16th, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
About the Event: Violin soloist Kinga Augustyn offers a demanding program of 20th and 21st Century works that push the boundaries of both instrument and player. Sparks fly when bow meets string in this extraordinary salon-style performance. Kinga Augustyn is a Polish-born, New York City-based classical concert violinist and recording artist. She has been described as stylish and vibrant (The Strad Magazine), and beyond amazing, one hell of a violinist! (Fanfare Magazine).

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ÆON Ensemble: Songs Are Sung
Performing: Friday, May 17th, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
About the Event: Songs Are Sung is a musical meditation on the passage of time. Works by David Lang, Henryk Górecki, Brian Shank, Lawrence Wilde, and Charles Boguinia explore the acoustic synergy between the human voice and string instruments. ÆON is a New York City-based chamber ensemble specializing in contemporary concert music. Founded by friends at the Juilliard School, ÆON has premiered over 25 new works at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and the DiMenna Center.

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

RAM Presents: Consortium
Performing: Friday, May 17th, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
About the Event: Inspired by the Baroque consort (a family of instruments), The RAM Players and guests perform new works by RAM composers as well as this year’s call for scores winners. In honor of Joan Tower’s 80th birthday, the program will end with Rising, for Flute and String Quartet, a work she wrote for flutist Carol Wincence.

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Nelson Ojeda Presents: The Once and Future New Yorker, the Music of José Luis Greco
Performing: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 @ 5:30 PM
About the Event: Nelson Ojeda brings native New Yorker José Luis Greco back home after 35 years abroad, with a program of music spanning 11 years, including 3 world premieres, performed by some of America’s finest soloists. You can take the boy out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of the boy. Its streets are still there; its shadows and light; heat and cold; days and nights. The parks and the rivers are there; its music, noise, and its quiet. In 2009, Gramophone magazine hailed Greco’s music: Stripping tonal music of its superficiality, [his] music brilliantly expands and exploits instrumental possibilities. In 2017, American Record Guide spoke of: …profundity and poignancy that linger after the players fall silent and the dreamer wakes. Mr. Ojedo offers a varied program of Greco’s music written between 2001 and 2012.

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Iktus Duo: Sceiron
Performing: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
About the Event: Ryan Howard: Skeiron: flute, percussion, and electronics. Skeiron, the Greek God of the northwest wind, is at once a reference to the prevalence of air and wind sounds in this composition (in both flutes and electronics), as well as an allusion to the associations of atmosphere and spaciousness the work evokes. Iktus Duo (flute and percussion) returns to QNMF for a special free interlude, playing this work by composer Ryan Howard. Iktus is an ensemble based in New York City that specializes in commissioning, promotion, and educational outreach of new music

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

Kathleen Supové: At Home In My Skin
Performing: Saturday, May 18th, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
About the Event: One of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what it means to be a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist in today’s world, Kathleen Supové presents At Home In My Skin—finding a home in the world and within one’s self. Kathleen Supové annually presents a series of solo concerts entitled THE EXPLODING PIANO. In this series, she has performed and premiered works by a Who’s Who of contemporary music. The Exploding Piano is a multimedia experience using electronics, theatrical elements, vocal rants, staging, and collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She has performed with Yamaha Disklaviers, laptop orchestras, robots, and XReality. Upcoming projects include MIGRATION and a CD on the Starkland label, EYE TO IVORY.

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

Ju-Ping Song: All Varieties of Existence
Performing: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
About the Event: Pianist Ju-Ping Song showcases powerful, visceral works for solo piano, soundtrack, and video by four women with strong, individual voices. Their musical styles, while different in many ways, share a similar magnetic and irresistible approach to sound. Ju-Ping Song is recognized as one of today’s champions of contemporary music. Her colorful and beyond-the-recital format performances have won her praise as “an extraordinary pianist” (Boston Globe). In the process, she has inspired the creation and commission of new works for piano and toy piano by today’s under-40 and distinguished composers.

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

NakedEye Ensemble: Beating Back Boring Production Deadlines
Performing: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
About the Event: NakedEye Ensemble showcases its multi-faceted commissioning work from recent and on-going projects. An eclectic eight-member electro-acoustic ensemble with classical, rock, and jazz DNA, NakedEye Ensemble commissions and performs seminal works by cross-over and cutting-edge composers. Presenting music of the imagination utilizing acoustic, electric, toy, kitchen, and noise-making instruments, NakedEye’s body of repertoire reflects the group’s mission to innovate and explore musical expression outside of convention.

Photo Credit: RAM (Random Acces Music)

Random Access Music: Episodes & The End of Time
Performing: Sunday, May 19th, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
About the Event: The RAM players close the 2019 QNMF with performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem and Olivier Messiaen. Rorem’s Nine Episodes represent moments or events in the life of Mr. Rorem and his friends. Messiaen’s Quatuor Pour le Fin du Temps was written while the composer was a World War II prisoner of war in German captivity. It was first performed by his fellow prisoners, outdoors and in the rain, on January 15, 1941. It has come to be recognized as one of his most important works, and one of the most important chamber works of the 20th century.

Kathleen Supové, piano

Special appearances:
Yolanda F. Johnson, soprano
Hilliard Greene, bass
Iktus Duo
Myroslava Khomik, violin
Andy Lin, viola

Performances by:
RAM Players
Cape Diem String Quartet
Kinga Augustyn
ÆON Ensemble
Nelson Ojeda
Ju-Ping Song
NakedEye Ensemble
and others


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