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Hailed as “a deft young group gaining attention” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) and “a smart young chamber group that straddles a line between contemporary classical music and indie rock,” (John Schaefer, WNYC), NOW Ensemble is a collection of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute (Alex Sopp/Andrew Rehrig), clarinet (Sara Budde), electric guitar (Mark Dancigers), double bass (Logan Coale), and piano (Michael Mizrahi), NOW Ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with a blend of musical influences that reflects the diverse backgrounds and listening experiences of their members. NOW has premiered over 50 works, including those by composer-members Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, and Judd Greenstein, along with many more by a cross-section of the top young voices in contemporary composition, such as Ryan Brown, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and dozens more. NOW Ensemble has performed at a wide variety of venues, such as the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Festival Internacional de Chihuahua, Pittsburgh’s Music on the Edge, the Carlsbad Music Festival, Sarasota’s New Music New College, Wordless Music, and Look & Listen; in New York, they can regularly be heard at diverse venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, Galapagos Art Space and the Chelsea Art Museum, as well as on WNYC radio. Their first album, NOW, was released in 2008 to rave reviews around the country, including on AllMusic.com (five stars): “a first-class debut…more of this is demanded, not requested.” Newsweek’s Seth Colter Walls wrote, “NOW… imports a catchy inflection to classical forms… Striking a balance between the old and the new has rarely sounded this good.”Their self-titled debut album is available now through New Amsterdam Records.

Listen: NOW, “Folk Music”

Listen: NOW, “How About Now”

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