“the city’s leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers.” 

The New Yorker


Join us for MATA Radical Pairings!

Greg Spears and Doug Balliet

performed by New Vintage Baroque

together with

Emily Hall’s Life Cycle

performed by Eliza Bagg, Ashley Bathgate, & Vicky Chow

MATA presents Radical Pairings: a mix of baroque and gallant-inspired works by Greg Spears and Doug Balliett performed by New Vintage Baroque, together with Emily Hall’s expressive, very much contemporary, song-cycle, Life Cycle, performed by soprano Eliza Bagg, accompanied by Vicky Chow and Ashley Bathgate.

A moving meditation on the joys and fears of motherhood, Emily Hall’s Life Cycle sets text by the acclaimed British author Toby Litt. Of its premiere, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of London’s Southbank Centre, wrote: “Life Cycle was touching, sometimes searing in its delicate exposure of the pain and loss that can surround child birth. Both the music and the libretto left the audience feeling they’d had an important shared experience.”

Bookending the cycle New Vintage Baroque – praised by the New York Times for its “buoyant pulse” and “appealing energy” — will perform two works scored for baroque instruments and voices: a suite from Greg Spears’ elegant Wolf in Skins inspired by the medieval Welsh epic, the Mabinogion, and Doug Balliett’s “rap-cantata” Bacchus, a wild traversal of the Greek myth, with a text inspired by Ovid.


Sunday, December 13th, 2015 | 12 Noon

National Sawdust

80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Tickets available soon!


“There’s nothing quite like MATA, which every year organizes the city’s most exciting showcase for outstanding young composers from around the world”

– The New Yorker

“Playful” … “Haunting” … “Wickedly Entertaining”  

– The New York Times

“tells us a lot about how composers are thinking now.”

-The Wall Street Journal

“ear-opening, satisfying music for every contemporary taste and philosophy”

-The Brooklyn Rail

“Todd Tarantino, executive director of MATA, opened its 2015 festival Tuesday night at the Kitchen with the claim that MATA was the leading new music event of its kind in the world. He may be right.” 

-New York Classical Review


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