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About American Composers Orchestra:

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American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promotion of music by American composers.

 LVMH/ACO Partnership

LVMH/ACO Partnership

Renaud Dutreil, Chairman of LVMH, Inc., explains the company's commitment to innovation and emerging talent, through the new partnership between LVMH and the American Composers Orchestra.

coLABoratory:  Playing It UNsafe
ACO Commissions Composers Who Think Out Of The Box

coLABoratory:Playing It UNsafe - Promo 2012

coLABoratory:  Playing It UNsafe

American Composers Orchestra's "Playing It UNsafe" promo to kick off the latest in a  project that supports the creation of cutting-edge new American orchestral music through no-holds-barred experimentation, encouraging composers to do anything but "play it safe."

coLABoratory: Judith Sainte-Croix Part 1 - Gathering Material

Judith Sainte-Croix Interview

Judith Sainte Croix discusses her piece 'Vision V', which is being written for American Composers Orchestra as part of the 2012/13 'coLABoratory: Playing it UNsafe' series. 'Vision V' will receive its world premiere performance at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on April 5, 2013.

coLABoratory: Judith Sainte Croix Part 2 - Light & Metaphors

Judith Sainte-Croix Interview

Judith Sainte Croix discusses her piece 'Vision V', which is being written for American Composers Orchestra as part of the 2012/13 'coLABoratory: Playing it UNsafe' series. 'Vision V' will receive its world premiere performance at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on April 5, 2013.

coLABoratory: Ray Lustig Part 1 - Establishing Latency

Ray Lustig Video

Ray Lustig discusses his piece 'Latency Canons', which is being written for American Composers Orchestra as part of the 2012/13 'coLABoratory: Playing it UNsafe' series. 'Latency Canons' will receive its world premiere performance at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on April 5, 2013.

2010-11 Playing It UNsafe Introduction

Playing It UNsafe Introduction 2010

George Manahan discusses the "Playing It UNsafe" project and its support of the creation of cutting-edge new American orchestral music through no-holds-barred experimentation, encouraging composers to do anything but "play it safe."

Composer Journeys: Sean Friar Part 1

Sean Friar Playing It UNsafe:  Part I

Sean Friar discusses his piece 'Clunker Concerto', received its world premiere at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on March 4, 2011.

Composer Journeys: Sean Friar Part 2

Sean Friar Playing It UNsafe:  Part II

Auditioning Textures: Sean Friar discusses his piece 'Clunker Concerto', received its world premiere at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on March 4, 2011.

Composer Journeys: Sean Friar Part 3

Sean Friar Playing It UNsafe:  Part III

Handing Off The Junk: Sean Friar discusses his piece 'Clunker Concerto', received its world premiere at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on March 4, 2011.

Composer Journeys:  Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill Interview

Henry Threadgill discusses his piece  'No Gates, No White Trenches, Butterfly Effect' which received its world premiere at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on March 4, 2011.

Composer Journeys: The Schwendingers

Schwendingers Unsafe

Composer Laura Schwendinger and her cousin, lighting artist Leni Schwendinger, discuss their collaboration "Shadings", written for American Composers Orchestra as part of the 2010/11 'Playing it UNsafe' series. 'Shadings' received its world premiere performance at Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC on March 4, 2011.

2009-10 Playing it UNsafe Promo

2009-10 UNSafe Promo

Playing it UNsafe is an opportunity for composers to try-out new ideas. This video highlights the concepts behind this "Research and Development Laboratory" for new orchestra music, and previews two of the composers who are writing new works

Playing it Unsafe: Dan Trueman's Journey

Dan Trueman Journey:  Introductions

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Dan Trueman

Composer Journeys Trueman pt.1

Dan Trueman Journey:  Part I

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Dan Trueman, Part 1

Playing it Unsafe: Dan Trueman's Journey, Part 2

Dan Trueman Journey:  Part II

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Dan Trueman, Part 2

Playing it Unsafe: Jonathan Dawe's Journey

Jonathan Dawe Journey: Introduction

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Jonathan Dawe

Playing it Unsafe: Jonathan Dawe's Journey, Part 1

Jonathan Dawe Journey: Part I

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Jonathan Dawe

Playing it Unsafe: Jonathan Dawe's Journey, Part 2

Jonathan Dawe Journey: Part II

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Jonathan Dawe

Underwood New Music Readings 

UNMR: Ricardo Romaneiro

Ricard Romaneiro UNMR Interview

UNMR: Eric Lindsay

Eric Lindsay UNMR Interview

Composer Eric Lindsay's first video blog entry about his work "Samba Koocho Hairy Boocho". ACO read this work as part of the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings at Miller Theater at Columbia University on May 21 and 22.

Hannah Lash and Matti Kovler - Day 2 Underwood Readings

Hannah Lash and Matti Kovler

Composers Hannah Lash and Matti Kovler talk about their experiences heading into the second day of the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings.

Composer Xi Wang - Day 2 Underwood Readings

Xi Wang Interview

Participant Composer Xi Wang talks about her piece "Symphony No. 1" and her experiences working with ACO in rehearsal at the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings.

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Michael Geller and George Lewis

JCOI:  Geller and Lewis Interview

The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and American Composers Orchestra, brings together jazz musicians from across the country to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra.

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with George Lewis and Dan Beaudoin

JCOI Interview:  Lewis and Beaudoin

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Derek Bermel and Tania Leˇn

JCOI Interview:  Bermel and Leon

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Jane Ira Bloom and Alvin Singleton

JCOI Interview:  Bloom and Singleton

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Anthony Davis and Fabien LÚvy

JCOI Interview:  David and Levy

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Phillip Golub

JCOI Interview:  Phillip Golub

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Nicole Mitchell

JCOI Interview:  Nicole Mitchell

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Rufus Reid

JCOI Interview:  Rufus Reid

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute - Interview with Juan Zhou

JCOI Interview:  Juan Zhou

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Jonathan Dawe

SONiC:  Sounds of a New Century

SONiC: Sounds of a New Century - Sneak Peek

SONiC Sneak Peak

Welcome to SONiC, a New York City-wide Festival of Sounds Of a New Century, October 14 -- 22, 2011. A decade into this new millennium of ours, the soundscape of the new century is being written and re-written by a new generation of composers. All the music is new, as in 21st century new, written by composers age 40 and under. SONiC presents the largest and most startling array of what new composers are up to now, with 9 days of concerts, 16 ensembles, and more than 100 composers.

SONiC: Sounds of a New Century 2011

SONiC Promo

ACO Playing it UNsafe Composer Journeys series, Jonathan Dawe

Composer Portraits
ACO composers share insights
into their craft

All Composer Portraits produced by Jeremy Robins.

Robert Beaser
Kenji Bunch
Uri Caine
Steve Coleman
Bryce Dessner
Paquito D'Rivera
Fang Man
Ryan Francis
Michael Gatonska
Erin And Colin Gee
Philip Glass
Fred Ho
Vijay Iyer
Wang Jie
Tania Leon
Missy Mazzoli
Milica Paranosic
Kate Soper
Ken Thomson

 

About the Filmmaker

Jeremy Robins is a filmmaker and educator in Brooklyn focusing on issues of contemporary music and criminal justice. He has produced projects for MTV and PBS, and his documentary on Haitian roots music “The Other Side of the Water” has been screened at Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as festivals around the world, and is being released in 2010. His current projects include creating videos for Carnegie Hall and the New York State Department of Corrections, and a Ford Foundation project creating a youth-produced documentary with children of incarcerated parents. More information can be found at http://www.ibisdocs.com 

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