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Judd Greenstein

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival and the Invisible Architecture of Musical Taste

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 07.22.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Upon experiencing Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, however -- the New York City festival that Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of the band The National were commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to curate -- genre distinctions emerged more grossly superficial than ever before.

Amy Lee

Dan Deacon Learns To Write For Humans

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 03.16.2012 | Home

This is the first in a brief series exploring the Ecstatic Music Festival, a two-month-long musical event pairing musicians from the contemporary clas...

Beautiful Mechanical: yMusic, The Ready-Made Collaborators

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 12.04.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

yMusic has created something stunning and uncanny -- a vital document of the indie-classical movement that simultaneously resists and transcends the connotations associated with the subgenre.

3...2...1... Watch!

Risa Shoup | Posted 07.04.2011 | New York
Risa Shoup

Brilliant young filmmaker and animator Joshua Frankel has created a new animated short, "Plan of the City," that features the architecture of NYC.

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #4: Owen Pallett

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

On March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in New York City's Merkin Hall, Ecstatic Music Festival all-star Nadia Sirota joins two indie songwriters -- pianist Thomas Ba...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #3: Gabriel Kahane

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

The Ecstatic Music Festival is now entering the home stretch. And while the festival hinges on the creation and performance of new works conceived wi...

Ecstatic Music Festival: The First Week in Review

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Note: Because the Ecstatic Music Festival is in large part meant to highlight brand new works that are born from collaboration between artists, for th...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #2: Alarm Will Sound's Alan Pierson and Matt Marks

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Two members of the contemporary music band Alarm Will Sound discuss the group's upcoming concert and the importance of composer Steve Reich.

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #1: Jefferson Friedman

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent phone conversation, Jefferson Friedman and I discussed "record" versus "song cycle," composing on roofs, and New York's "Winter of Love."

WATCH: Best Under-The-Radar Music To See At The Ecstatic Music Festival

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

With a staggering number of composers, singer-songwriters, and performers contributing their talents to the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City-...