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Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of 19 dynamic, passionate, and exceptional musicians, performs the most exciting music of now — music by composers who share the air we breathe and express their experience of the world today.
Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has played 60 shows at venues including Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Stone, and gave the first ever performance at Van Dyke Park, New Amsterdam Records' space in Brooklyn. We have been also been featured as guest artists at the Tribeca New Music Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, Neighborhood Classics, and in California at the Berkeley Arts Festival.
A chief goal of Contemporaneous is to provide composers with an outlet for unbridled creativity, encouraging possibility, risk, and challenge, with a desire for the best possible music regardless of what has been and can be done. To date, Contemporaneous has performed 30 world premieres by emerging and established composers from around the globe, including works by Jherek Bischoff, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, and Molly Joyce. In April, 2012 Innova Recordings released our debut album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly, comprising music written for the ensemble by our founding co-artistic director.
We are avid promoters of great new music outside of the concert world, having performed with rock artists such as Amanda Palmer, Fifth Veil, and Yassou Benedict and presented educational programs for such institutions as the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, New York's P.S. 142 and P.S. 321, and the Poughkeepsie Day School.
Contemporaneous is a self-sustaining, independent, not-for-profit organization, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.