This season, New Music Horizons will present two Collaborative Artists in Concert, starting this Saturday, September 15 with classical composer Yui Kitamura and jazz composer Mark Wade in concert.
Yui Kitamura’s works have been performed at such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Berlin’s Akademie der Künste. Her music was nominated for a 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the classical/orchestral genre.
MARK WADE was voted one of the top 10 bassists of 2016 by the prestigious DownBeat Magazine Reader’s Poll. His current release, Moving Day, and his debut album, Event Horizon, both received international acclaim from such publications as Downbeat Magazine, Jazz in Europe, The New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, and Jazz Life (Japan).
The second concert on Saturday, December 15 will feature Mark Wade and jazz composer Roberta Piket, who will display her prowess as a solo pianist. Each will present a set of their original works followed by an informal Q&A with the composers to follow.
We asked Mark about the season ahead.
What can an audience expect to see/experience at your events?
New Music Horizons presents a mix of jazz and classical composers who are writing exciting new music. Their music ranges from all along the jazz and classical spectrum. Our artists give a brief description of their music to the audience to help give it some context and we encourage our audiences to continue the conversation with the artists after the concert about what they experienced. We believe that this is a great way of breaking down the barriers of understanding new music and giving our audiences a greater connection to the new music scene.
Tell us about you – how you started as an artist?
New Music Horizons was created in 2014 to promote our dynamic roster of jazz and classical composers. We wanted to help give this great music the visibility it deserves.
Where are you based?
New Music Horizons began presenting concerts in 2015. While we are primarily based in Queens, we have also presented our artists at The Clemente Center in Manhattan and have an eye on returning to Manhattan for a concert in 2019.
What do you hope audiences experience at your event?
There is noting quite like the excitement of experiencing something for the first time. We want our audiences to connect to the excitement of new music.
What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?
Flushing Town Hall has been a tremendous platform to showcase the work of our artists and reach new audiences. It’s the center of cultural life in Queens and we are thrilled to partner with them for these concerts.
Want to know more about Mark? Check out this article.