2013/14 Season Update

While we’re still working on confirming some of the dates and venues, our concerts page has a sneak preview of what’s coming in our 2013/14 season. We are very excited to open the season with Marty Ehrlich and his Rites Quartet. This will be a rare chance to see this St. Louis native and University City High School alumni.

In addition to our regular season, we are very pleased to announce a special summer concert, presented in conjunction with the St. Louis Art Museum. The concert will be on Friday, August 23’rd and will feature bassist Darin Gray. For more information on this and all our upcoming concerts, see our concerts page.


New Music Circle 2010-2011 Season

Trio Kinsella

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 7:30 pm
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand

  • Jonathan Borja, flute
  • Ben Gitter, cello
  • Brendan Kinsella, piano

On this concert, Trio Kinsella will perform George Crumb’s famous 20th century masterpiece, Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale), in addition to works by Narong Prangcharoen, John Corigliano and Joseph Schwantner, with one of the highlights of the evening being the World Premiere of “Falling Through Infinity” by Nicholas Omiccioli.

The Kinsella-Gitter-Borja Trio is devoted to performing the music of our time. The group was featured in the Heidelberg New Music Festival in 2009, where they performed Vox Balaenae for Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Crumb. Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) is scored for electronically amplified flute, cello and piano and demands nearly constant extended techniques. The work is highly dramatic – the performers appear in masks amid a wash of deep blue stage lighting.

The group continues to perform Crumb’s work, along with new works by young composers, throughout the Midwest. Trio Kinsella is featured in the upcoming recording of Thailand’s Narong Prangcharoen’s chamber music CD on Albany Records.

An exerpt from an article in the Kansas City Star (2009) reads:

“The highlight of the evening was one of Crumb’s best known works, the 1971 “Vox Balaenae” (“Voice of the Whale”). The composition worked well for a Halloween night concert, since Crumb required the performers to wear masks. More theatricality was added by turning off all lights but those used by the performers.

Pianist Kinsella, flutist Jonathan Borja and cellist Ben Gitter displayed full control of the challenging score. In addition to playing their instruments, they were called upon to sing, whistle, hum and play percussion.”


2010-2011 Preview

Thank You for 2009-2010!

Look Forward to NMC’s 2010-2011 Season

Thanks for an exhilarating 2009-2010 season, the NMC’s 51st!

And now for coming attractions…


We’re looking for new faces, new sounds and innovations in music – we’re expanding the “new” in New Music Circle and hope you’re as excited about next season as we are. More details to follow…

check your emails – check www.newmusiccircle.org

• The Golden Quartet – Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, John Lindberg, Pheeroan AkLaff

• LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams

•The Bloom Project – Thollem McDonas & Rent Romus

•Trio Kinsella – Brendan Kinsella, Ben Gitter, Jonathan Borja

•New Music Circle Showcase – Ron Coulter. Lauri des Marais, BaBa Mike Nelson, Eric Hall plus one artist selected by you – see below!

•Visual Music Improv – Zlatko Cosic, John Consiglio, Brad Decker

•Tom Hamilton

•Peter Henderson

•Craig Hultgren

•Laptop Orchestra Project organized by James Hegarty

The fifth performance spot on the new Showcase is reserved for a musician/composer from the St. Louis area who has been referred to us by our subscribers and audience members.

Who do you want to hear? Contact us with your suggestions at:
Email: newmusiccircle.info@gmail.com
Mail: New Music Circle, PO Box 9337, St. Louis, MO 63117
Telephone: 1-888-NMC-STL 1


Douglas Ewart and Zimbabwe Nkenya

Saturday, January 30, 2010 – 7:30 pm
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
CAMA Event

Douglas Ewart and Zimbabwe Nkenya come together for the first time in an improvisational evening of music and visual art. The sensual exploration is designed to stretch the aesthetic imaginations of audience members and performers alike.

Perhaps best known as past president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and instructor in the AACM School of Music, Ewart– work has been called &8220;death-defying improvisations combining master musicianship and acting – that the whole might be mistaken for the work of a small culture rather than one man.” He has performed throughout the world, including collaborations with Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and others.

Zimbabwe Nkenya’s work on double bass has been described as “a choir of otherworldly voices and cries, resonant with double and triple stops, interspersed with muscular phrases articulated gracefully.” Nkenya has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, and the Knitting Factory, among other places, with some of the finest creative musicians in the world. The evening will feature solo and duo performance work and the visual art of both of these artistic masters.