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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 120 collaborating songwriters, composers and performers from different musical backgrounds.

Eleven concerts take place January through March. The festival kicks-off January 25 with Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and continues through March 21.

The Ecstatic Music Festival is curated by Judd Greenstein and presented in association with New Amsterdam Presents. It includes three 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.

Most concerts are $25, $15 for students. Purchase advance tickets to three  or more concerts for $20 each and a festival pass for $150.


Ecstatic Music Festival: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Causing a Tiger & Face the Music

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Carla Kihlstedt joins the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), to premiere Kihlstedt's "At Night We Walk ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: DJ /rupture & Zs

The border-crossing bass visionary and turntable artist DJ /rupture will join Zs, one of “the strongest avant-garde bands in New ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century

Sarah Kirkland Snider's new work for seven vocalists and chamber orchestra, Unremembered, is a 13-song cycle set to poetry by ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Deerhoof & Dal Niente with Marcos Balter

The rock band Deerhoof and the contemporary ensemble Dal Niente will collaborate on a new work for the first time. ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Laurel Halo, Julia Holter & Daniel Wohl with Transit

Composer/performers Laurel Halo, Julia Holter and Daniel Wohl join forces for a new collaborative commission, performed by all three artists ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun

One of the more rock-oriented of American minimalists, the Berlin-based composer and media artist Arnold Dreyblatt collaborates with psych-folk band ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert

The Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund is a radical partnership between artists and audiences to commission works from ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. & Imani Uzuri with Numinous

The stunning vocalist and globally-inspired composer Imani Uzuri teams up with composer and Numinous ensemble founder Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Steven Mackey & Rinde Eckert with Big Farm & JACK Quartet

Grammy winners Steven Mackey (composer/electric guitar) and Rinde Eckert (voice/accordion) present, for the first time, the complete set of songs ...

Ecstatic Music Festival: Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt join forces in Night, a unique collaboration uniting folk, rock and classical worlds, ...