The Talea Ensemble is a New York based, twenty-member sinfonietta committed to promoting new and groundbreaking music through innovative programming and fiercely dedicated performances. By commissioning and presenting new American works and introducing important lesser-known works from abroad, the ensemble creates a boundary-challenging dialogue that fosters a deeper understanding of today’s musical culture. Now in its seventh season, the Talea Ensemble is the recipient of the 2014 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award and has been labeled “...a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere” by the New York Times. By presenting the US premieres of large-scale works by composers such as Pierre Boulez, Georges Aperghis, Pierluigi Billone, Rand Steiger, Beat Furrer, Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, and Fausto Romitelli, Talea has become an essential platform for many of the most vital and original voices in contemporary music. Equally importantly, Talea has opened a window to the creative and collaborative process through workshops and rehearsals open to all audiences.
“Championing works like these, and playing them with a compelling lucidity, are precisely what Talea Ensemble does best.” -The New York Times
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Alex Lipowski's Greenroom Picks
I'm partial to this piece of Anthony's because it was my first point of entry into his music, and the seed of what would later become Talea. Anthony and I met when he wrote this piece for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, of which I was a member, and it was instantly apparent how gifted he is. The rest is history: we started Talea together and keep it going today.
Alex's music is always full of drive and energy. Talea programs it regularly, and with its repetitive cells, broken rhythms, and unapologetic nature it's a blast to perform. Alex is a truly unique voice amongst the younger generation of American composers, and it will be a thrill to hear what he writes next.
Spur is a relentlessly intense piece that keeps the players and the listeners on the edge of their seats all of the way until the end. Beat’s music has become central to Talea. We performed the US Premiere of his opera, FAMA, last season, and continue to advocate for one of the most influential composers of today.
We programmed Fred's Oboe Quartet for the first time a few years ago. It's a really rewarding piece for the performers, and thrilling for the audience, too. Fred utilizes the virtuosic capabilities of the players while maintaining playful and inventive music. The interplay between the instruments is brilliantly crafted, and we're looking forward to another chance to program it.
Matthias has an incredible sensitivity to timbre and texture, and his music has such an intricate delicacy to it. Talea has worked with him on some of his other music, and also with him on the podium, and we're looking forward to more in the future.