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Curated by Derek Bermel and Anna Clyne, the SONiC festival was heralded in its 2011 inauguration as “a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium” (The Guardian). SONiC returned again in 2015 with a mission to explore the soundscape of the time through the lens of works by 80+ up-and-coming composers, including over 20 world premieres in every conceivable style. SONiC doesn’t attempt to define this moment in music, but brings composers, performers and audiences together to explore the richness, vitality and diversity of the Sounds of a New Century.
SONiC is curated by ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel (main stage concerts) with Associate Curator Anna Clyne (AfterHours concerts), and is presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, Arts Brookfield, National Sawdust, Kaufman Music Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, DROM, ShapeShifter Lab, and Americas Society, with lead support from The Fromm Music Foundation and additional support from the Howard Gilman Foundation. Q2 Music, the new music online stream of WQXR, is the digital media partner for SONiC.
Read About SONiC Festival
Review: American Composers Orchestra Performs 21st Firsts (I Care If You Listen, 11/17/15)
Review: SONIC Festival’s sounds of a new century enthrall New York (Today's Zaman, 10/30/15)
Review: Sonic’s Final Sounds (ConcertoNet.com, 10/23/15)
Review: Roomful of Teeth, Ted Hearne Sparkle at National Sawdust for ACO's SONiC Festival (Classicalite, 10/22/15)
Review: East Meets West in a New York Debut (The New York Times, 10/21/15)
Sonic Youth: A festival of composers under forty defies categorization (The New Yorker, 10/19/15)
Review: Roomful of Teeth, Making Nerdiness Cool (The New York Times, 10/19/15)
The SONiC Festival's Derek Bermel describes his New York City festival of 21st century music (Downtown Magazine, 10/13/15)