All genres—from rock to classical—collide in the Ecstatic Music Festival at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall. Be surprised by the new sounds churned out by the 150 collaborating songwriters, composers and performers from different musical backgrounds.
Eleven concerts take place in February and March, all at the concert hall on West 67th Street.
The festival kicks-off on February 4 with Jherek Bischoff and the Wordless Music Orchestra joined by David Byrne, Craig Wedren, Greg Saunier and the Parenthetical Girls.
The festival continues through March 28 with programs pairing pop artists with classical composers in collaborations such as Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Perry with Son Lux and yMusic; Dan Deacon with NOW Ensemble and the Calder Quartet; and the Mountain Goats with Anonymous Four.
The Ecstatic Music Festival is curated by Judd Greenstein, co-director of New Amsterdam Presents, and includes New Sounds® Live concerts hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer, which will be webcast live on Q2 Music and taped for future broadcast on WNYC.