Call for Scores!

We’re very excited to announce our first Call For Scores, for the 2017 – 2018 season! There is no application fee and no age limitation for this opportunity. Echo Chamber will select one grand prize winner to receive a world premiere of their new work in the spring of 2018 as well as a $250 honorarium.

The submission requirements are as follows:

  • 2 – 3 representative scores with recordings that showcase the applicant’s skill and unique voice. The composer’s name must be present on all materials submitted.
  • At least 1 score must be for any medium-sized chamber group. Applicants are encouraged to submit a diverse portfolio of works that demonstrate orchestrational skill.
  • Live recordings are strongly encouraged; at least one submitted work must be accompanied by a live (or studio) recording, and the others may be MIDI realizations if necessary.
  • One 250 word-maximum statement that describes the proposed commissioned work and why it would be suitable for Echo Chamber.

Composers will be judged on the uniqueness of their voice and their orchestrational skill. It goes without saying that submitted scores should be the best representation of the composer; this extends to the appearance of the score itself, which should demonstrate the composer’s professionalism.

The winning composer will write a new work for the group (clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello, bass) of between 8 and 16 minutes. The new work will only be written for the entire group to play (no subsets). (Multiple movements using various subsets are allowed—this can be clarified upon announcement of the winner.)

Completed applications are due no later than July 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified of results by August 15, 2017. For the selected composer, the complete work will be due in draft format by January 1, 2018, with a workshop with the full group to follow thereafter. The premiere will take place in spring of 2018 in New York City, along with a concert of premieres by Brian Petuch and Conrad Winslow.

The winning composer will receive an honorarium of $250 and a live recording of the premiere of the piece. Composers will be invited to attend a workshop and rehearsals; composers who are unable to attend are encouraged to be present digitally. Unfortunately, Echo Chamber is not able to provide any travel accommodations.

Please send all submissions with the subject line CALL FOR SCORES SUBMISSION to echochambernewmusic (at) gmail (dot) com. Any questions may be directed to the same address.

We can’t wait to hear your music!

Non-discriminatory policy
It bears noting that Echo Chamber does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, disability, marital status, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

We’re throwing a party!

Echo benefit
Happy new year, Echo-ites! To ring in 2017—and help support our commissioning and performing activities—we’re hosting our very first benefit/party, at our friends Scholes Street Studio, on Sat January 28, at 7p. Beyond a warm hob-nobbing environment, members of Echo Chamber will be performing music by composers we’ve worked with over the last year and a half, intermittently throughout the night. Plus, special guest composer-performers will including Molly Joyce and Anna Meadors, and Adam Cuthbert of slashsound will be DJing all night long. Come for the music, and stay for the raffle!

Entrance will be by suggested donation, starting at $15. Drinks will be served. Bring everybody you know. See you there!

What: Echo Chamber Winter Fundraiser/Benefit
Performances by members of Echo Chamber, plus special-guest performers Molly Joyce and Anna Meadors
When: Sat, January 28, starting at 7p
Where: Scholes St Studio, 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY
Suggested donation starting at $15

RSVP on Facebook.

If you can’t make it, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Echo Chamber. We’re presenting FOUR new works in 2017, and even small donations help us support the music of our time. Check out the perks we offer on our support page. Thank you from all of us for your continued support.

Season Two, Show One

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Happy fall! We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer, and we cannot wait to dive into our sophomore season with you. We can’t believe our first show is already happening tomorrow, Tue October 18 at ShapeShifter Lab @ 8:15p in Gowanus, Bklyn. On tap is a brand new piece by the prodigious Florent Ghys, for our ensemble plus video. We’ll also reprise works by Brooks Frederickson, Matt Frey, and our own Kyle Tieman-Strauss. Check out more at the FB event and see you there!

What: ShapeShifter+ Presents: Echo Chamber
New work by Florent Ghys, plus music by Brooks Frederickson, Matt Frey, and Kyle Tieman-Strauss
When: Tue, October 18 @ 8:15p
Where: ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Bklyn NY
$12 at door

Our 2nd Season

We’re coming back from our summer break with some exciting concerts in the works for our second season! More exciting announcements to come about some of the composers we’re working with this season (including composer-double bassist prodigy Florent Ghys, composer-vocalist Derek Piotr, and a collaboration with performance duo SlashSound). Before we do that, we’re running a pre-season appeal to help fund our commissioning activities for 2016-2017.

Part of commissioning new works is a fair fee for the composer; this is where YOU come in! We could only make this new music happen through the support of contemporary music lovers like you. By making a tax-deductible donation to Echo Chamber, you help our emerging ensemble work with some of the most talented composers of the 21st century, allowing us to bring their music to new ears through concerts in New York City and beyond.

We make no secret of the fact that we love contemporary music; join us in bringing new works by composers we truly believe in to life! We offer some modest perks for supporting Echo Chamber; check them out on the support page.

Fractured Atlas!

Big news—Echo Chamber is now fiscally-sponsored by Fractured Atlas. Beyond providing some behind-the-scenes support, we’re now able to accept tax-deductible donations to support our commissioning and performing activities. We aim to pay all of our composers a fair commission fee, and we aim to bring their music to as many places as possible. Through workshops, free public performances, as well as the concert hall, our main goal is to bring New Music to as many people as we possibly can, making the music accessible while challenging audiences with unfamiliar sounds. We rely on our friends like you to help us make it happen!

Please check out our new Support page, where you can find information about making donations to Echo Chamber. You’ll be helping bring new contemporary music by young composers to the world, and you’ll have our deepest gratitude!

— KTS

Crowd Control

Hello internet! Things have been quiet on the blog since we funded our Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, raising over $3300 from more than 50 individual backers. We’re incredibly thankful for everybody’s generosity in pledging to support our project, as well as for spreading the word. The four commissioned composers—Brooks Frederickson, Matt Frey, Molly Joyce, and Pascal Le Boeuf—have all turned in their pieces, and we’ve been hard at work over the past 6 weeks learning their notes and rhythms. All the composers have also stopped by our rehearsals to hear their works in progress, and we’ve been planning some exciting (top-secret) projects that will stem from these pieces. Keep your eyes peeled!

The result of this Kickstarter campaign will be the final concert of our first season in existence, which we’re calling Crowd Control. The program will feature the world premieres of the new works funded by Kickstarter, as well as two commissioned pieces that we premiered earlier this year at Pulsing & Shaking 2016, at NYU: BIRDS, by Gemma Peacocke; and Light Echo, by me, Kyle Tieman-Strauss. The concert will be on May 20 at the DiMenna Center, Benzaquen Hall, at 7:30p. We can’t wait to see you there and celebrate the fantastic new works you helped bring into the world!

PS, here’s a fun photo from our performance on Pulsing & Shaking, where we premiered the aforementioned works, as well as played two works from our repertoire by Florent Ghys and Angélica Negrón.

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More soon.

— KTS

Kickstarter!

A few days ago, we launched a shiny new Kickstarter campaign to help us fund 4 commissions for new works from some of our favorite composers, Brooks Frederickson, Matt Frey, Molly Joyce, and Pascal Le Boeuf. It’s called the Echo Chamber Commissioning Fund. We’re incredibly excited to bring these new works to life, which will be permanent parts of our repertoire. Here’s a blurb about the campaign from the project page:

We need your help to bring these new works to fruition! We’re hoping to raise $2,000 through this campaign to help augment our Commissioning Fund, so we can pay each of these four fantastic composers a fair rate for their work. All of the money we raise will go directly to the composers and their work. If we exceed our goal, the additional funds will help cover other costs associated with the concert, including space rental and making a great audio-video recording.

Amazingly, we’ve already exceeded that original goal (within 24 hours of launch, no less!), thanks to a bunch of super generous supporters. With our first stretch goal, we’re hoping to bring our pledges to $3,500, to cover the costs for space and make a high-quality video of the premieres of these pieces.

We hope you’ll consider backing our project—tis the season!—and sharing with fellow New Music lovers! THANK YOU.

—KTS

Thanksgiving Update

I thought impending Thanksgiving would be a good time to write an update to our blog. First of all, we have a show coming up on DECEMBER 6 @ 8p at the Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., Bklyn). We’ll be performing some fantastic music by Florent Ghys, Angélica Negrón, and Tristan Perich. But wait! Echo Chamber are just half of the program—we’re sharing with the intrepid Exceptet, who are playing a boatload of music written especially for them.

Here’s a video of us playing Florent’s piece on our last show, as a little morsel to entice:

Adam and I have been very busy behind the scenes working on some exciting projects with some exciting composers that we can’t wait to share with you! More on those soon. One of the Big Things that we’re looking forward to is an evening-length piece with the vocalist and composer Derek Piotr. The details are still fuzzy, but it will involve recording personal interviews and weaving them into the piece. Watch this space for more dispatches on this coming up!

That’s it for now. See you all at our December show, and have a restful Thanksgiving.

—KTS