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NOW Ensemble will open New Music New College season with new music, and dance

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
By Susan Rife

NOWEnsWhen a chamber music ensemble is made up of electric guitar, clarinet, flute, bass and piano, there's not exactly a large catalog of existing music from the classical canon.

The NOW Ensemble, founded in 2004 by a group of students at the Yale School of Music, solved the problem by incorporating composers within its ranks.

"We had a few goals. One was to create an ensemble that was dedicated to creating and performing new music, but also an ensemble where composers and performers would be continuously creating and collaborating," said Mark Dancigers, a composer and electric guitarist and co-founder of the ensemble.

The ensemble will open the 15th season of New Music New College with a performance next weekend that will include original works by several composers, including the world premiere of Dancigers' "Dreamfall," a collaboration between NOW and Fuzion Dance Artists.