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NS is a music incubator. The musicians are nice enough to let the rest of us listen, but their goal is not performance. It’s creation. The goal is the nurturing of musicians and composers to enable the creation of new music.


NS performances are curated by artists. The curators, composers, musicians have each followed their own unique path to Brooklyn where as Paola said, “everything continues to evolve. It’s a field of dreams.”


Carnegie Hall NOW Ensemble, new chamber music for the 21st century, Nov. 8, 5:00 pm;


1B1, National Sawdust group-in-residence, orchestra and piano versions of Grieg’s HolbergVariations with pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, Nov. 12, 7:00 pm;


Five short films and live musicians exploring contemporary culture from Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, and Angola, Nov. 14, 8:00 pm;


Big Farm featuring Grammy-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, vocalist-lyricist Rinde Eckert; in-demand electric bassist Lek Darger; Grammy-winner and pioneering composer/guitarist Steven Mackey; and celebrated percussionist Jason Treuting (So Percussion), Nov. 18, 7:00 pm;


The New York Virtuoso Singers featuring Brent Funderburk, piano, with The Canticum Novum Youth Choir, Edie Rosenbaum, Director, featuring ten world premieres by ten ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award winners, Nov. 29, 2:00 pm; and much more. 


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BY KENNETH KERN  (continued)

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