Strange Beautiful Music (SBM) is an annual multi-day new music marathon concert curated by NMD and Detroit Bureau of Sound. Held in Detroit every September, SBM runs the gamut of new music - from contemporary classical and world music to experimental "out" jazz, free improvisation, electronica, and beyond! Check back for a list of artists and venues!
NMD makes their debut at Popps Packing in Hamtramck, MI for Strange Music Cagematch: Classical vs. Noise! NMD performs classical works by standard new music giants John Cage and Joseph Schwantner alongside the virtuosic, sublime, and quirky by Amy Beth Kirsten, Nina Shekhar, Louis d’Heudiere, and Christopher Cerrone.
SBM2018 September 14 - 15, 2018 across three venues in the heart of Detroit: the Charles Wright Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Cube
Featured Artists: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet, Akropolis Reed Quintet, Tia Imani Hanna Ensemble, Maria Chavez, James Cornish Ensemble Opera, Marcus Elliot’s Beyond Rebellious Ensemble, Betsy Soukup, Detroit Composers Project, Whoopknox, Contemporary Directions Ensemble, ONO, Subtle Degrees, Synergistic Mythologies, Saajtak, and New Music Detroit
The biggest festival of contemporary music in the Midwest entered its double digit years! New Music Detroit expands their music marathon to three action-packed days of experimentation and sound exploration.
Locations: Trinosophes, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Cube, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD
Featured Artists: Khemia Ensemble, Juxtatonal, YAK, Trinosophes presents Joel Peterson's "Guitar Quartet" with Lisa Raschiatore, Abby Alwin, and James Greer, New Music Detroit performs Nico Muhly, David Lang, Annie Gosfield, and Nik Bärtsch, Rebecca Goldberg LIVE, Ryan Jewell + Rafael Toral, Aaron Michael Butler, Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Clem Fortuna + Ben Willis, Latitude 49, James Cornish, New Music Detroit performing Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" and "Pendulum Music," Wolf Eyes, Nick Zoulek, Nick Photinos (cellist, founding member of Eighth Blackbird), Wayne State University Music Technology ft. SPLICE Ensemble, Joo Won Park, electronic music ensemble wayne state (EMEWS), Matt Younglove (Saxophone Professor), music by Elainie Lillios, Onyx Ashanti, Donald Sinta Quartet, New Music Detroit: Tribute to the late Pauline Oliveros, Vicky Chow, solo piano presented by Yamaha Music USA, Saajtak
New Music Detroit
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Detroit Bureau of Sound
Yamaha Artist Services
Wayne State University Department of Music
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
We are thrilled to present a program of music at Pro Musica Detroit.
Andy Akiho, Karakurenai
Gabriella Smith, Number 9
Hadi Ayanbod, Gravity
Marc Mellits, Mara’s Lullaby from Tight Sweater
Marc Mellits, Prime
'Strange Beautiful Music IX' Saturday September 17, 2016
Location: Wasserman Projects
Featured Artists: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Marc Mellits, Jocelyn Zelasko, Donald Sinta Quartet, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Latitude 49, Tribute: Steve Reich’s 80th, New Music Detroit ft. Jamaal May and Dennis Nulty, Willo Collective ft. Tanner Porter, Detroit Bureau of Sound ft. Shara Nova
Join NMD at your favorite Detroit experimental venue as we perform recent compositions by North American composers including Gabriella Smith, Sarah Kirkland Snyder, Colin MacDonald, Molly Joyce, Roshanne Etezady and Patrick O'Malley.
Vicky Chow, piano
Ian Ding, percussion
Una O'Riordan, cello
Shannon Orme, clarinets
Erik Ronmark, saxophone
David Buck, flute,
Sheryl Hwangbo, violin
John Madison, viola
Suggested donation $10-100.
Guarantee your seat by purchasing tickets online HERE.
Our annual new music marathon at The Max featuring composer/percussionist Andy Akiho and guests Latitude 49, Elliot Cole and Willo Collective, GVSU New Music Ensemble, Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, Apetechnology and our first Call for Scores winner Hadi Ayanbod!
NMD presents a sneak peak into "The Detroit Project," featuring collaborations and new commissions with local composers Shara Worden, Frank Pahl and Clem Fortuna. Stick around after the concert for a "meet and greet" session with the musicians and composers.
ART X DETROIT is a 10 day Festival hosted at more than a dozen venues located throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center and is free to the public.
Join NMD as we kick off our Knight Arts Challenge fundraising campaign! NMD musicians Ian Ding, Una O'Riordan, Erik Rönmark, Shannon Orme and guest Jani Parsons will perform the music of Steve Reich, Osvaldo Golijov, Anna Clyne and Nico Muhly. Performer and choreographer, Biba Bell, joins us for the Detroit premiere of Derek Bermel's "Orbit Design."
$10 general admission, $25 preferred seating, $125 VIP table for four (includes four tickets). RESERVE TICKETS HERE
Doors 7:30pm. Show 8:00pm
Complimentary beverages and light fare provided by NMD and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Join NMD this Fall at Max M. Fisher Music Center for our annual marathon concert! We have an exciting artist lineup including two world premieres: John Zorn's "Trilogy" and a work by Detroit native, Frank Pahl. New York-based violinist, Todd Reynolds, will join us for a set of composition and improvisation. NMD will perform Detroit's premiere of David Lang's "Death Speaks" with special guest, Shara Worden! We also look forward to appearances by GVSU's New Music Ensemble, Miles Brown Quartet, Donald Sinta Sax Quartet and Clem Fortuna.
For a detailed schedule of the marathon, click here.