NOW Ensemble is a dynamic new music group that is dedicated to the presentation of works by emerging composers. Formed as a means of facilitating communication and shared music-making between composers and performers, we give chamber music a new sound and a new vitality for the next generation of musicians, composers, and listeners. For repertoire, the group relies on the creation of new music for the ensemble, making composers and composition an integrated part of every performance. Our audience is a cross-section of the New York music scene, capturing listeners from all generations, and fans of many musical genres. Our shows are lively, unpretentious events, featuring musicians of the highest caliber in a context that younger audiences find comfortable and older audiences find refreshing.
Based in New York City, NOW Ensemble has performed at a variety of concert halls, art galleries, and clubs around the city, including Merkin Concert Hall, The Wave Hill Cultural Center, BAM Café, the Knitting Factory, the Tenri Cultural Institute, Galapagos Art Space, the Juilliard School, VIM: TriBeCa, Williamsburg's DuBuQuE Concert Series, and the Look & Listen Festival in Chelsea's Robert Miller Gallery. We have toured Southern California, been in residence in numerous prestigious universities, and were recently heard on the world famous 2007 Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center. WNYC's John Schaefer singled us out for special mention in his broadcast of the Marathon, playing us at the beginning of the broadcast and calling us "one of the great surprises of the 2007 Marathon." We have been praised by critics such as Alex Ross of the New Yorker, who gave us special mention in an article about Steve Reich, and Steve Smith of the New York Times, who praised our "highly attractive, rock-influenced works" at the Bang on a Can Marathon.