May 9, 2024, 7:30P / Noise Catalogue, Dice Trio, Shutterspeed Duo, Spark Duo

Noise Catalogue, Dice Trio, Shutterspeed Duo, Spark Duo

A pop-up concert of mini-sets from four of New York City’s emerging classical ensembles, showcasing a selection of contemporary classics and world premieres from composers like Erich Barganier, Dániel Matei, Sam Friedman, and more.


Erich Barganier (guitar/violin/electronics) and Ford Fourqurean (clarinets/electronics) are Shutterspeed Duo, a composer/performer ensemble combining contemporary classical composition, diy aesthetics, multimedia electronics, and video art. The group released their debut EP Iris in February 2021. The Classicyl Vine described their latest release as “a kaleidoscope of textural and timbral shifts in the electronic processing of acoustic instrumentals,” and pushes the genre of indie-classical to new realms.

Described as “compelling”, “highly energetic”, “fascinating”, and “loud” by New York Concert Review, Noise Catalogue is a contemporary music collective comprised of Madeline Hocking (violin), Dániel Matei (percussion), and Jonathan Collazo (percussion), in addition to the vast array of musicians and artists with whom they collaborate in their unique concert curations. Noise Catalogue was founded upon a shared passion for bringing new musical works to life, and a vision for diversifying the artistic voices in the world of contemporary music. Their work is centered around intimate collaborations with composers and creators in other mediums, and composing genre-fluid original works which explore the members’ rich array of musical influences as performer-composers. The ensemble maintains a busy performance schedule at venues such as the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Tenri Cultural Institute of NYC, the New School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Sō Percussion Studio, and Bito Performance Space at the Bard Conservatory. They have been awarded grant funding from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, and were winners of the 2023 Dwight & Ursula Mamlok Junior prize, awarded to individuals or ensembles making a significant contribution to the performance of contemporary music. Recent performance highlights for the ensemble include playing a double bill concert with the Rhythm Method Quartet in New York City, being featured on the ‘Sō Laboratories’ concert series in Brooklyn, performing in the Evolution: Classical Festival in Banff, Canada, and collaborating with composers Thomas Palmer, Bahar Royaee, and visual artist Knox Peters on an interdisciplinary concert program which premiered last spring.

Dice Trio commission and perform innovative chamber music for saxophone, flute and trumpet at a professional level, support boundary- pushing composers who belong to under-represented backgrounds, provide the public affordable concerts in non-traditional venues, and participate in community engagement projects to provide audiences with a deeper understanding of chamber music in today’s world.

Kate Amrine and Ford Fourqurean are Spark Duo, performing new premieres for clarinet and trumpet, mixing solos, duos, improvisations, and live electronics. They are actively expanding the repertoire with new premieres to be presented in Spring 2024. They have performed new premieres In early 2020, they performed in New York and on tour visiting Arizona State University, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and the Interference Series. They have actively commissioned a large repertoire of new works for them using both multimedia and interactive electronics. In past seasons, they toured Upstate New York and Vermont performing at Superior Merchandise in Troy and on The Community of Sound series in Burlington.Kate and Ford both have active careers performing in New York City and across the United States. Ford regularly gives guest artist performances and lectures with his groups Unheard-of//Ensemble and Shutterspeed Duo as well as freelancing in New York and teaching music technology courses. Kate is extremely dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her debut album “As I Am” was released in Fall 2017, featuring new music by women composers. Kate’s second album of music inspired by politics and social concepts is due for release in late 2019. Spark Duo was a recipient of 2021 and 2022 Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grants to work with Caleb Burhans and Jessica Meyer, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust, as well as a recipient of a 2021 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts grant, funding three new commissions by Cassie Wieland, Felix Jarrar, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh in outdoor and streamed performances in Brooklyn.