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Wall Street Journal
By Corinne Ramey
On a recent evening in Williamsburg, a hipster headbanged along with the JACK Quartet’s rendition of William Brittelle’s “Future Shock,” which, while pop-sounding and electronic, had intricately layered string riffs and a classical structure.
The performance was part of a benefit for New Amsterdam Presents, which, along with its record label, has become an advocate for a corner of New York’s new-music scene that doesn’t quite belong—and doesn’t want to.
It has been a good year for the label. In addition to a handful of Grammy nominations, this year’s music Pulitzer was awarded to Caroline Shaw, for a work recorded on New Amsterdam. The group’s Red Hook office space has largely recovered from superstorm Sandy, although some questionable mold remains. MORE