SONiC, a festival of new music co-curated by composer Derek Bermel [pictured] and pianist Stephen Gosling, will take place at ten venues in New York City from October 14 to 22, featuring works by more than 100 composers age 40 and under. The festival will open with the American Composers Orchestra performing world premieres by Kenji Bunch, Christopher Stark, Alex Temple, Andreia Pinto-Correia, and Wang Lu. Other highlights of the festival will include the eighth blackbird ensemble performing works by Bruno Mantovani, Dan Visconti, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans; the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) performing pieces by Du Yun, Marcos Balter, and Nathan Davis; Either/Or playing music by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Keeril Makan; and Alarm Will Sound in a world premiere by David T. Little plus works by Nico Muhly and Aleksandra Gryka. Extended Play, an all-day event on October 16 at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre hosted by the JACK Quartet, will feature ensembles including Talea Ensemble, Imani Winds, PRISM Quartet, and NOW Ensemble. The festival ends on October 22 with a free concert by ACO at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer and broadcast live on the radio program New Sounds, featuring new works by Bryce Dessner, Paul Yeon Lee, Ruby Fulton, Ryan Gallagher, Andrew Norman, and Suzanne Farrin. SONiC is produced by American Composers Orchestra and The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Complete information about SONiC is available at

Posted July 25, 2011