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Tuesday:  Dan Deacon with
NOW Ensemble and Calder Quartet
Saturday:  The Mountain Goats
with Anonymous 4


The Kaufman Center, in association with New Amsterdam, presents the second annual Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall.  This week's concerts are the 9th and 10th out of an 11-concert series.

On Tuesday, March 20, energetic electronic musician and rapidly ascending composer Dan Deacon returns to Ecstatic after last year's acclaimed collaboration with So Percussion. This time, he comes with new compositions for the Calder String Quartet ("outstanding" New York Times) and NOW Ensemble ("a deft young group gaining attention," New Yorker). The two acclaimed ensembles will also combine into a mini-chamber orchestra to play new work by Deacon, who stands out as a composer "through his humor, independent spirit, and brainy inventiveness" (Alarm Press).  The performance will be available as a live audio webcast via Q2 Music and New Sounds Live and will be archived for on-demand listening on the WQXR website. Go here for more details.




On Saturday, March 24, the festival will present the Mountain Goats and the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. Both will perform their own sets before embarking on their collaborative project, Transcendental Youth, by the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, a dynamic songwriter who is "paradoxically passionate but controlled, uncompromising but instantly likable" (Pitchfork). Featuring arrangements by musical polymath Owen Pallett, Transcendental Youth will conjure rich, intimate portraits of the outcast inhabitants of a distant, misty Puget Sound community.


About Us

New Amsterdam Presents is a non-profit presenting and artist service organization of which New Amsterdam Records is a subsidiary. Our mission is to support the public's engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres. Our label's diverse catalogue and presenting history reflects New Amsterdam's commitment to supporting and nurturing projects that wholly fulfill the intent of their creators, resulting in music without walls, without an agenda, and without a central organizing principle. Since the our organization's inception, New Amsterdam and its artists have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Studio 360, in prominent print publications such as Newsweek, the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Alarm Press, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York, and in tastemaker online magazines such as Pitchfork, The Awl, PopMatters, and BlackBook.  Newsweek's Seth Colter Walls called New Amsterdam "an upstart label that's been releasing one quality disc after another since its founding", and the Sunday New York Times lauded our first slate of releases in two separate year-end best-of articles.  New Amsterdam has presented or co-presented over 60 concerts of groundbreaking new music over the past four years. Highlights include 2009's Undiscovered Islands series, the 2009-10 Archipelago chamber music series, and 2011's Ecstatic Music Festival (presented in association with Kaufman Center). As part of its ongoing programming, New Amsterdam has made a priority of forming partnerships with other like-minded organizations, including Cantaloupe Records, MATA, Galapagos Art Space, Minneapolis's Southern Theater, Nonclassical (UK), the Manhattan New Music Project, Search and Restore, Kaufman Center, and AMC's Counterstream Radio.  2010-2011 was a season of unprecedented praise for New Amsterdam releases - the label garnered it's first Grammy Nomination, and our titles were included the New York Times Gift Guide, on the NPR and New York Times Top Ten Classical Releases of the Year List, eMusic's Best Albums of the Year (3 titles), Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago's Best Classical Releases of the Year, and NPR's Top 5 Genre-Defying Albums of the Year - not to mention two effusive reviews on the tastemaker website

New Amsterdam Presents

In This Edition
Ecstatic Music Festival
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Upcoming Events:


The Ecstatic Music Festival

See calendar below for details


Darcy James Argue's Secret Society at Tarleton Jazz Festival 

March 24, 2012 

Tarleton State U, Stephenville TX 


Michael Mizrahi 

Mar 27, 7:30 PM

Indiana University

South Bend, IN 


William Brittelle & Nadia Sirota w/ Michael Mizrahi

March 29

Presented by Kate Nordstrum Projects 

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater 

Minneapolis, MN 


Darcy James Argue's Secret Society at Atlas Arts Center  

April 4, 8PM

Washington DC


janus @ Atlas Arts Center

April 5, 8PM

Washington, DC


janus and Big Farm @ Inside The Whale series

April 7, 7 PM

Public Assembly

Brooklyn, NY


Matt Marks's The Little Death, Vol. 2 on MATA Festival

April 19


Brooklyn, NY


Corey Dargel @ Galapagos

April 20, 8:00 PM

Galapagos Art Space

Brooklyn, NY


Corey Dargel @ (le) Poisson Rouge

April 22, 8:00 PM


New York, NY


Sarah K. Snider's Penelope (world premiere of play version) with Ellen McLaughlin

April 25-29

Playmakers Repertory

Chapel Hill, NC

yMusic at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

May 3, 6:00 PM

BAM Caf�


NOW Ensemble at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (playing Dancigers, Snider, Greenstein, and more)

May 4, 5:00 PM

BAM Caf�


Victoire at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

May 4, 6:00 PM

BAM Caf�


Judd Greenstein's The Yehudim at Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

May 5, 5:00 PM

BAM Caf�


Newspeak @ Princeton, feat. new work by Fefferman, Collins, and Tymoczko

May 8, 8PM

Princeton, NJ


William Brittelle and ACME: "Loving the Chambered Nautilus"

May 11, 8PM

The Kitchen

New York, NY


Check out the full concert calendar on the New Am website!
Ecstatic Music Festival

All events at:

Merkin Concert Hall

129 W 67th St.

New York, NY 

click here for more information 


Dan Deacon with NOW Ensemble & Calder Quartet

March 20, 7:30 PM


Mountain Goats & Anonymous 4

March 24, 7:30 PM


Derek Bermel, Samson Young, Gaybird Leung, Du Yun with Music From China & Music From Copland House

March 28, 7:30 PM

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