MATA Jr. Festival: Music by Pre-College Composers with performances by Face the Music

Monday, November 20th, 2017 | 7:30 pm

ShapeShifter Lab

18 Whitwell Place | Brooklyn, NY

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About MATA Jr.

Founded in 2014 as the educational arm of MATA, MATA Jr. pairs pre-college composers selected from a free, global, call for submissions with emerging composers in a six-month mentorship program to create new works for performance by a teen new-music ensemble. While there are many programs that aim to assist young composers, MATA Jr. is unique in that all parties benefit from a collaborative learning process in which participants are both teacher and student.

In late 2015, MATA held an open call for submissions from pre-college composers to select several to receive mentorship and an eventual performance by Face the Music, the teen new-music ensemble based at New York City’s Kaufman Music Center. A jury consisting of composers Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Sam Pluta, and Alex Weiser together with Face the Music’s director, Vasudevan Panicker met in March 2016 to assess submissions, passing their recommendations on to MATA Artistic Director Du Yun. Each selected composer was paired with one of four composer mentors, who shepherded them through the development of a new composition from idea to score to rehearsal to performance.


About Face The Music

The only youth orchestra in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers, Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical community, rapidly becoming “a force in the New York new-music world” (The New York Times). New York City’s favorite youth new-music ensemble performs at venues across the city and beyond, including Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcafé, the Queens Museum, Brooklyn’s Roulette and WNYC’s The Greene Space. Face the Music is the only youth group among the Legacy Partners for Kronos Quartet’s commissioning initiative “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” The recipient of an ASCAP Aaron Copland Award, Face the Music has been featured in Chamber Music Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”