The Talea Ensemble has given many important world and US premieres of new works by composers including Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Jason Eckardt, Pierluigi Billone, Jean-Luc Hervé, Stefano Gervasoni, Marco Stroppa and Fausto Romitelli.
As an active collaborator of new music the Talea Ensemble has joined forces with Ensemble Cairn (Paris), Hyperion Ensemble (Romania) and the iO Quartet (New York). Assuming an ongoing role in supporting and collaborating with student composers, the Talea Ensemble has served as ensemble in residence at Harvard University, Columbia University and New York University.
The Talea Ensemble has recorded works on the Living Artists Label and Gravina Musica. Recent projects include the US Premiere of Fausto Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip, an Indonesian tour and its monthly series at the arts-driven Roger Smith Hotel in midtown Manhattan.
Recently commissioned composers for upcoming seasons include James Dillon, John Zorn, Pierluigi Billone, Eric Chasalow, Victor Adan and Georges Aperghis.
By commissioning and programming progressive works alongside the established literature of modern and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble creates a dialogue that challenges the boundaries of music, fostering a greater understanding of the works of today. The Talea Ensemble wishes to support and advance familiarity with contemporary American works by bringing it to venues in New York and abroad while introducing works from overseas that receive less attention to local audiences. By developing an interactive relationship between composers, performers and audience, the Talea Ensemble builds an environment of reciprocal inspiration.
Essential to the Talea Ensemble is the process of introducing new works to the world of new music while introducing new music to the world. As advocates for this canon of music, the Talea Ensemble aims to increase awareness and understanding of contemporary music through outreach by participating in residencies, performances and projects for broad audiences.