Queens New Music Festival returns to the borough
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Photo credit: Queens New Music Festival Facebook
Photo credit: Queens New Music Festival Facebook
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By Natalie Rios nrios@queensledger.com

The 7th annual Queens New Music Festival is making its way to Long Island City this May. Starting on May 16th, the five-day music festival will be hosted by the New York-based composer and performer collective, Random Access Music. This annual event brings music to the center stage in Queens.

RAM’s goal is to promote new music by focusing on the wide variety of composers, musicians and ensembles that hail from Queens and beyond. Established in 2005, RAM has produced over 100 works ranging from intimate to formal. These concerts include performance by its own member composers, the yearly call for scores winner, invited guest composers and others.

Each year RAM receives concert proposals from dozens of Queens musicians looking to be a part of the Queens Music Festival. The musicians are specifically chosen to serve as a representation of the unique voices, sounds and cultures of Queens.

The proposal winners for this year are The Bowers-Fader Duo, icarus Quartet, percussionist Zack Baltich, pianist David Holzman, The Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo & The New Music for Strings Festival, and The Resurgam Quartet.

The festival will include works by contemporary music legends such as Thomas Adès, George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, George Perle, Steve Reich and Joji Yuasa; emerging composers such as Andy Akiho, Seth Boustead, Katherine Hoover, Lowell Liebermann, Brad Lubman, John Mackey, and Fernando Otero; and RAM composers David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, and Frances White.

The festival will launch with the Queens New Music Group, a group comprised of composition students at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Founded in 1979, the QNMG celebrates all types of music including tonal harmony, serialism, minimalism, electronic music and more.

The QNMG will be joining the RAM string quartet on opening day. On day two, the festival will kick off with the “Four Decades of Exploration” with Vladimir Valjarević and Mirna Lekić, Piano, David Lisker, Violin, Tali Roth, Guitar, and Kate Dillingham, Cello. Through the weekend the festival will close with a concert of new music for clarinet, violin, and piano featuring RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Croatian composer Ivan Božičević.

This years festival will take place at the Secret Theatre at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. The Secret Theatre is proud to be a part of the neighborhood’s growing art scene. Located just blocks away from other popular art venues such as the Fisher Landau Center for Art, The Dorsky Gallery, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and Flux Factory, the Secret Theatre is a decent venue for the festival.

The Queens Music Festival was made possible by generous grants from the Department for Cultural Affairs, the Amphion Foundation, and the Decentralization Program.

The Queens Music Festival will be a living testament to the fusion of culture and music right here in Queens.

To purchase tickets for individual concerts, or seek more information, visit www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.
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