Strange Beautiful Music X: 3-Day Marathon of Contemporary Music
to Sep 24

Strange Beautiful Music X: 3-Day Marathon of Contemporary Music

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 or 313.576.5111 (DSO Box Office)

Friday Sept 22, 5pm-11pm
Trinosophes 1464 Gratiot
Day/weekend tickets:

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 RaschiatoreAbby Alwin, and James Greer

9pm: New Music Detroit performs Nico MuhlyDavid LangAnnie Gosfield, and Nik Bärtsch

10pm: Rebecca Goldberg LIVE
electronic instruments, live PA techno

Saturday Sept 23, 2pm-11pm
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Cube
Day/weekend tickets:

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
Day/weekend tickets:

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), Matt Younglove (Saxophone Professor), music by Elainie Lillios performed by WSU Faculty

6pm: Onyx Ashanti

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

General Admission (Advance) $15
General Admission (Door) $20
General Admission Weekend Pass (Advance) $25
General Admission Weekend Pass (Door) $30
VIP Weekend Pass $110
VIP Weekend Pass holders will receive the following amenities throughout the festival:
• One reserved seat throughout the entire festival
• Complimentary light appetizers for the evening (September 23 only)
• Exclusive buffet dinner (available from 5:30pm-7:30pm September 23 only)
• One complimentary drink, with access to cash bar thereafter

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Day 2:

Day 3:

Select "GA Weekend" on any of the ticket links for the weekend general admission level ticket. VIP Weekend Experience also available, including food and drink courtesy of the DSO.

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)

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Strange Beautiful Music IX
2:00 PM14:00

Strange Beautiful Music IX

Our next annual music marathon, 'Strange Beautiful Music IX'  will takes place on Saturday September 17, 2016 held at Wasserman Projects.

Full schedule for Strange Beautiful Music 9:! Grab your tickets while they last at

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Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
National Parks Commissioning Project

New Music Detroit & friends
Marc Mellits: Escape for marimba & sax (world premiere)
Joseph Schwantner: Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro

Donald Sinta Quartet
music by: Ligeti, Albright, Mellits, Bresnick, Nyman, Maslanka

ÆPEX Contemporary Performance
George Benjamin: At First Light
Pierre Boulez: Notations (in honour of Boulez’s death earlier this year)

Latitude 49
“SHE: the music of female composers”

Tribute: Steve Reich’s 80th
New York Counterpoint, Shannon Orme (clarinet)
Vermont Counterpoint, Ian Ding (marimba)
Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ, with Willo and guests

New Music Detroit
Andrew Harrison: Hum (world premiere) ft. Jamaal May, author and poet
David Lang: are you experienced? ft. Dennis Nulty (DSO Principal Tuba), with narrator and 13-piece chamber orchestra

Willo Collective
ft. Tanner Porter with selections from "The Summer Sinks" 
electronic works for percussion quintet, music by Gold Panda, Caribou, Chrome Sparks, Samaris, Mt. Kimbie

Detroit Bureau of Sound
debut performance of DBS Techno Ensemble, ft. Shara Nova
music by Octave One, Juan Atkins, Omar S, Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson, and other Detroit techno legends, arranged by the ensemble

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NMD @ Trinosophes
8:30 PM20:30

NMD @ Trinosophes

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.

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Strange Beautiful Music 8
to Sep 20

Strange Beautiful Music 8

  • Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

4pm Grand Valley New Music Ensemble: Music in their Words
5pm Ian Ding, solo percussion
6pm Latitude 49
7pm Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet
8pm NMD with Andy Akiho
9pm NMD: George Crumb songs & Hadi Ayanbod premiere
10pm Elliot Cole & Willo Collective
11pm Terry Riley Tribute

Tickets at the door or at

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4:30 PM16:30

Art X Detroit with Shara Worden, Frank Pahl and Clem Fortuna

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. 


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Benefit Concert at Trinosophes
8:00 PM20:00

Benefit Concert at Trinosophes

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

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Strange Beautiful Music VII
4:00 PM16:00

Strange Beautiful Music VII

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.

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