Upcoming Concerts in NYC

Momenta at Cornell University. Photo by Alex Shiozaki.

Dear friends,

Happy Spring time! It’s been an exceptionally busy and productive Spring season so far, but almost all of Momenta’s events have been out of town since March!

We’ve been in Memphis doing outreach concerts and performing with the IRIS Orchestra, and recently returned from our debut concert for the Chamber Music Society of Louisville in Kentucky and an 8-day residency at Cornell University where we gave 3 concerts of music by faculty composers and world premieres by Mexican microtonal innovator Julián Carrillo, as part of our ongoing project with musicologist Alejandro Madrid.

If any of you have friends in St. Louis, we’re about to go there for a concert at Washington University on May 3, but before that –

we have a concert THIS MONDAY in New York City!


Monday, April 30, 7pm
Music by composers from the historic Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM) of the Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aires

The Americas Society
680 Park Avenue (at E. 68 Street)
NY, NY 10065

Admission: Free and open to the public.
Registrations are highly recommended. REGISTER HERE

This concert will draw from the experimental chamber music composed in the 1960s by fellows at the Centro Latinoamericano de Altos Estudios Musicales (CLAEM) of the Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aires, which was a major meeting point for composers from Latin America. Composer Alberto Ginastera founded the center in 1962 and directed it until it closed in the early ’70s. The program is co-curated by Americas Society’s Music Director Sebastián Zubieta and musicologist Laura Novoa, who will come into town from Buenos Aires especially for this event.

Graciela Paraskevaídis (Argentina, 1940–2017): Magma II (1968) for four trombones
Jorge Sarmientos (Guatemala, 1931–2012): String Quartet no. 1, op. 37 (1966)
Mariano Etkin (Argentina, 1943–2016): Entropías (1965) for two horns, trumpet, two trombones, and tuba and
Estáticamóvil II (1966) for string trio


Our next New York City concert will be a co-production with the League ISCM as part of bassist/composer James Ilgenfritz’s residency at the new Stone (in the New School):

Tuesday, June 12, 8:30pm
Music by Improvisers with the Momenta Quartet and James Ilgenfritz

The Stone NYC
The New School
Glass Box Theatre
55 West 13th Street (near Sixth Avenue)
NY, NY 10011

Celebrating the CD release of Adam Rudolph’s “Morphic Resonances” and four world premieres by improvising composers! 2 premieres by James Ilgenfritz and one each by guitarist/composer Anders Nillson and violist/composer Stephanie Griffin (that’s me!).

Admission: $20


And one last thing…. Please save the dates for the Momenta Festival IV in October! All 4 concerts will be at 7pm: Saturday, October 13 at Tenri Monday, October 15 at the Americas Society Wednesday, October 17 at the Americas Society Friday, October 19 at Tenri There will be beer! (And great music.) Exact programs and logistics are still being cooked up but more details will follow soon….

Thanks and best wishes,