Strange Beautiful Music X

Strange Beautiful Music X
September 12, 2017 paperlesslion
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New Music Detroit and friends present the best of the best in contemporary music: Strange Beautiful Music X. To commemorate its first decade, the festival has expanded the music marathon to three action-packed days of experimentation and sound exploration with performances at The Max, Trinosophes, and MOCAD.

See and hear and enjoy a weekend filled with live concerts featuring top talents of today performing work by living composers. Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.

For ticket reservations, click here.


The biggest festival of contemporary music in the Midwest enters its double digit years! New Music Detroit expands their music marathon to three action-packed days of experimentation and sound exploration. Weekend and Day General/VIP passes on sale at dso.org or 313.576.5111 (DSO Box Office).

Friday Sept 22, 5pm-11pm @ Trinosophes 1464 Gratiot, Detroit

  • 5pm: Khemia Ensemble – chamber ensemble from Ann Arbor
  • 6pm: Juxtatonal – Jocelyn Zelasko, voice / Bryan Hayslett, cello
  • 7pm: YAK – Bowed strings+cymbals and electronics, music for yaks
  • 8pm: Trinosophes presents Joel Peterson’s “Guitar Quartet” with Lisa Raschiatore, Abby Alwin, and James Greer
  • 9pm: New Music Detroit performs Nico Muhly, David Lang, Annie Gosfield, and Nik Bärtsch
  • 10pm: Rebecca Goldberg – LIVE electronic instruments, live PA techno

Saturday Sept 23, 2pm-11pm @ Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube in The Max M. Fisher Music Center

  • 2pm: Ryan Jewell + Rafael Toral – free improvisation, percussion and electronics from Ohio
  • 3pm: Aaron Michael Butler – minimal compositions, “A Vast Absence” for tam tam and live electronics
  • 4pm: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble with music off their new album “RETURN”
  • 5pm: Clem Fortuna + Ben Willis – piano and bass free improvisation, this will be their first time performing together
  • 6pm: Latitude 49 – contemporary compositions ft. Steve Mackey’s “Micro Concerto”
  • 7pm: James Cornish – Detroit radical improvisors performing and opera
  • 8pm: New Music Detroit performing Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” and “Pendulum Music”
  • 10pm: Wolf Eyes – inzane psycho jazz

Sunday Sept 24, 2pm-10pm @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD

  • 2pm: Nick Zoulek – “Rushing Past Willow”, saxophone and video
  • 3pm: Nick Photinos – (cellist, founding member of Eighth Blackbird) music and live video from his new album “Petit Artefacts”
  • 4pm: SHOWCASE: Wayne State University Music Technology – ft. SPLICE Ensemble (Kalamazoo), Joo Won Park, electronic music ensemble wayne state (EMEWS) (photo), Matt Younglove (Saxophone Professor), music by Elainie Lillios performed by WSU Faculty
  • 6pm: Onyx Ashanti – musical robotics/cybernetics
  • 6:30pm: Donald Sinta Quartet – saxophone quartet, winners of Concert Artist Guild Prize
  • 7:30pm: New Music Detroit: Tribute to the late Pauline Oliveros
  • 8pm: Vicky Chow – solo piano presented by Yamaha Music USA
  • 9pm: Saajtak – 4-piece glitchy avant-rock / experimental jazz

Event sponsors and supporters include:

  • New Music Detroit
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Detroit Bureau of Sound
  • Yamaha Artist Services
  • Wayne State University Department of Music
  • Knight Foundation
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)