Marty Ehrlich and the Rites Quartet

For our season opener we are pleased to present St. Louis native Marty Ehrlich and the Rites Quartet. Plus KWMU Jazz Unlimited’sDennis Owsley will host a talk and discussion with Marty (see below for details).

Friday October 4, 2013
7:30 PM
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
St. Louis, MO
Multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich is celebrating 30 years as a significant composer, performer and educator on the international music scene. He began his musical career in Saint Louis while in high school with the now renowned Human Arts Ensemble. He graduated with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1977, where his teachers included George Russell, Jaki Byard, Joseph Allard, and Gunther Schuller. Ehrlich has made 25 recordings of his compositions for ensembles ranging in size from duo to jazz orchestra. He has recorded a CD length work for 26 musicians entitled “The Long View”. He has performed and recorded with such acclaimed musicians as Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Julius Hemphill, and John Zorn.

His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition and Clarinetist of the Year from the Jazz Journalist Association. He serves as Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College.

This concert is part of the American Arts Experience St. Louis.

Two related events:

KWMU’s Jazz Unlimited host Dennis Owsley will host a free talk and discussion with Marty Ehrlich on Thursday October 3rd at 7PM at the Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 (across the street from the Pageant). Refreshments will be served.

On the Jazz Unlimited program on Sunday September 29, Dennis Owsley will broadcast an in-depth interview with Marty as well as a selection of his music. The interview will air from 9PM to 10PM on KWMU (90.7FM).


Program Updates

  • All our 2013/2014 concert dates and venues are now confirmed, save for a concert in May which we’ll announce shortly. More details on our concerts page.
  • The Marty Ehrlich Quartet will include Michael Formanek on bass. Michael is one of the most versatile and in-demand bassists in contemporary jazz, and we’re excited that he’ll be joining Marty.
  • We’re in the process of arranging workshops and public talks with some of our artists. More details soon.

New Music Circle Trivia Night Fundraiser

Join New Music Circle for an evening of general question trivia, snacks and drinks on Saturday, August 24th at the William A Kerr Foundation, to help support our 55th season of presenting concerts in St. Louis.

Located just a few blocks from Laclede’s Landing, the Kerr Foundation has freely available parking on the street and east side of the building.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm and we will serve light snacks and soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages, including alcohol (we will have a cups and a refrigerator available). Trivia will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Guests may purchase a table for eight at $160, or individually at $20 a person.

Your support will benefit our upcoming concert season, featuring concerts by: Marty Ehrlich, William Parker, Olivia Block, Claire Chase, Joshua Abrams, and more.

You may RSVP directly to nmc.jeremy(at), or purchase your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets.

Google Maps directions to William A Kerr can be found here: map.

Once in the vicinity, look for balloons and signs pointing to the venue.

*This structure was originally a 19th Century bath-house but has since been renovated into a LEED-compliant community space, serving a broad range of functions, but most notably as the venue for numerous NMC events.

To RSVP or for general questions please email or call: nmc.jeremy (at) / #314-477-3146.


Special Event: Open Studios STL

New Music Circle at Open Studios STL
Saturday, June 22nd, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
At: William A Kerr Founation, 21 O’Fallon St., St. Louis MO, 63102 map
(free snacks and beverages will be served)

In exploration of sound, space, and group dynamics, New Music Circle brings together a wide assortment of St Louis’s most active experimental musicians, with focuses ranging from electronic to acoustic instruments, modern composition to sound art, and tonal to extended techniques. On June 22nd (from 7pm to 9pm), local musicians will perform a continuous and quietly improvised group sound throughout various spaces of the William A. Kerr Foundation building. Visitors will have a chance to hear and see the variety of new approaches, techniques, and technology utilized by local musicians, as well as an opportunity to explore the building.

Located only a few minutes north of the Arch, the William A. Kerr Foundation building is a LEED-compliant, 1894 bathhouse transformed to a community space and situated on the trail head of the North Riverfront Trail.

Confirmed participating musicians: Tracy Andreotti (cello), Joseph Raglani (modular synthesizer), John Tamm-Buckle (computer), Michael Williams (electronics), Connie Su (electronics), Ajay Khanna (guitar/computer), Nathan Cook (electronics), Laura Dempsey (electronics), Fred Tompkins (flute), Dave Stone (saxophone), Henry Claude (percussion), Gwenyth Merner (theremin/electronics), and Patrick Boland.(percussion).