thingNY

About thingNY

The New Yorker's Alex Ross listed thingNY as part of the city's burgeoning avant-garde classical music scene "striking an attitude of resistance to mainstream culture." Comprised of composer-performers from the NYC metro area, thingNY creates and performs theatrically charged experimental music and collaborative fluxus-esque multimedia works, which have included collaboratively created operas, a radio play by Beckett, and over a hundred premieres of new music. Called an "inventive new music cabal" by Time Out New York, thingNY has presented in theaters, concert halls, radio stations, art galleries and DIY venues around New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Washington. Their yearly call for scores, SPAM, has resulted in the premieres of more than 200 new works over three marathon performances. The ensemble took part in Varispeed's Perfect Lives Manhattan, a site-specific retelling of Robert Ashley's opera for television, which made "Best of 2011" lists in both the New York Times and Time Out New York. thingNY also collaborated in 2011 with the Panoply Performance Laboratory to create a multimedia performance with accompanying hardcover book called Time: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts, which ran for two weeks at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn and was called "stunning" and "thoughtful" by Flavorpill. NewMusicBox hailed thingNY's first album, the eccentrically excessive opera ADDDDDDDDD, as "riding this cultural zeitgeist with flair... rapid-fire... pulse-racing... all consuming... packaged with a fun, quirky, comic book libretto. A lovely item that takes the album a step beyond the usual CD release, it makes the physical object in the digital age an interesting piece of art in and of itself, worthy of shelf space and providing plenty of additional visual stimulation." Recently, thingNY has toured their portable Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: an Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. In 2013, the ensemble will record an online album version of their In Housecompositions, perform in Chattanooga's New Dischord Festival and collaborate on a new multimedia opera.

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Queens, NY
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