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NEW YORK POLYPHONY SELECTED FOR A CMA COMMISSIONING GRANT; NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 12

07.28.16
New York Polyphony

On July 25, Chamber Music America announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $483,100 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will make possible a commission for New York Polyphony from composer Gregory Spears, entitled "The Bitter Good." The basis of the work is the theory and hymnody of the colonial settlement in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, an 18th-century extremist commune that produced some of the earliest compositions indigenous to America.

The ensembles selected this year reflect the diverse array of styles performed by small ensembles in the U.S. today, ranging from classical/contemporary keyboard sextet to jazz piano-violin duo to traditional wind, string, vocal, and jazz quartets. Independent peer panels of jazz and classical musicians selected the grantees in their respective programs in the spring. Learn more about the commissioning programs here.

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio) two-time GRAMMY nominee New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. The four men, “singers of superb musicianship and vocal allure,” (The New Yorker) apply a modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval works, has not only earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream

Their latest album, Roma Æterna will be released August 12 on BIS Records. The quartet has released their first video for the album, “Palestrina - Tu es Petrus a 6,”  which features three guest singers, countertenor Tim Keeler, tenor Andrew Fuchs, and bass-baritone Jonathan Woody. Watch here.

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