Following 70 years of new music from the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, New York’s top ensembles and performers come together to celebrate a legacy of radical innovation. Founded in 1946, the Darmstadt Summer Course emerged as one of the most critical epicenters for international contemporary music. In the 70 years since the festival's beginnings, many of the twentieth century's most influential composers and performers have premiered major works and engaged in fierce debates about the future of music. Faculty and students at Darmstadt have included Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Olivier Messiaen, John Cage, Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, and David Tudor.
The first evening of the festival will comprise of the Wet Ink Ensemble performing Mathias Spahlinger’s “Extension” for violin & piano followed by Irish vocalist and Darmstadt alumni Jennifer Walshe.
A unique collection of composers, improvisors, and interpreters with a 16-year history, Wet Ink Ensemble has earned an international reputation as one of the most innovative and virtuosic ensembles working today. The septet has collaborated with a wide range of highly-renowned artists including George Lewis, Evan Parker, and Christian Wolff and has introduced NYC audiences to major European figures including Peter Ablinger and Beat Furrer.
Irish vocalist Jennifer Walshe studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Scotland earned a doctoral degree in composition from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Amnon Wolman and Michael Pisaro. Jennifer is the recipient of the 2000 Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. An active improviser and specialist in extended vocal techniques, Jennifer performs in the Ma La Pert duo with Tony Conrad.