EarShot CoLABoratory Showcase Concert at New School Tishman Auditorium

Tishman Auditorium at Mannes School of Music

63 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Event Details

SONiC and Mannes/The New School co-present three new interactive works developed through ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory composer residency program. Inspired by the African-American history of resilience, healing, and awakening post-trauma, Grammy-winner Marcus Gilmore’s Pulse, developed with ACO through the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with his mentor, world-renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain, is scored for drums, jazz ensemble, spoken word, and orchestra. Pulse will feature spoken word by Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Trevor New’s Cohere Touch connects artists across continents using the composer’s own augmented reality environment and performance on viola. Mendi + Keith Obadike’s DreamTrain is an immersive sound installation and performance that encourages audiences to dream collectively as a means of social transformation. The American Composers Orchestra will be led by David Bloom.


American Composers Orchestra
David Bloom, conductor
Paloma McGregor, director/choreographer
Marcus Gilmore Trio
Trevor New, violist
Tracy K. Smith, poet


DreamTrain by Mendi + Keith Obadike, sound artists

Cohere Touch by Trevor New, electro-acoustic violist and composer

Pulse by Marcus Gilmore, drummer and composer, Fellow in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative

Post-Concert Discussion and Q&A, moderated by Melissa Ngan, featuring Rolex Mentor and Protégé Artists Zakir Hussain & Marcus Gilmore, plus CoLABoratory Fellows Trevor New, Mendi + Keith Obadike

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American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

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