2017 Queens New Music Festival Lineup

The composers and performers of Random Access Music are thrilled to announce the lineup for the 6th annual Queens New Music Festival.

Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 7pm
Svrček-Ojeda piano duo (Susan Svrček & Nelson Ojeda-Valdes)
(h)artDrive electric guitar duo (Giacomo Baldelli & Nadav Lev)

Saturday, May 20, 2017
3pm  Flutist Robert Dick performs William Hellermann’s monumental work “Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December”
5pm  Coast to Coast: violinist Myroslava (Mira) Khomik & pianist Füreya Ünal arrive from L.A. to perform works by John Adams, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Torke, and more!
8pm  New York City Guitar Orchestra

Sunday, May 21, 2017
1pm  loadbang
4pm  Random Drama: vocal works by RAM composers, Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schulz, as well as guest composer Kamala Sankaram

The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by highlighting the wealth of artists living and working in Queens, as well as inviting artists from other parts of New York City and the country to contribute to the livelihood of the most diverse borough of the city.

The festival will take place on May 19‐21, 2017. All festival performances will be held at the Secret Theatre’s Main Stage (44‐02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens).

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RAM and The Queens New Music Festival Indiegogo Campaign

We are having an online fundraiser, a party, and a silent auction for RAM and The Queens New Music Festival on April 4th, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at LIC Beer Project in Queens, NY.

Auction items include original scores signed by famous composers, including “The Red Violin” by John Corigliano, original artwork by Dina Helal and Klara Golitsyna, and a sunset dinner cruise on Long Island Sound on a 40 foot yacht…

Please consider making a contribution to our Indiegogo campaign, and joining us for some fun and to raise money for a creative cause: MUSIC!

RAM announces the 2016-17 call for scores winner!

The composers of Random Access Music are pleased to announce the winner of our 2016-17 season call for scores.

Oren Boneh of Oakland, CA, for his work Behind the Forget-me-nots for trombone and electronics. [Read more…]

Thomas Piercy in Tokyo

Friday, April 28, 2017, 7pm
Tokyo Opera City, Omi Gakudo Hall

RAM player Thomas Piercy returns to Tokyo with “Tokyo To New York,” a series of concerts in collaboration with Japanese and US composers and performers. This Tokyo performance will be held at a Omi Gakudo concert hall and include a the world premiere of “Quintet,” a new chamber work for mixed ensemble, by RAM composer and artistic director, Guy Barash. This is the perfect opportunity to listen to contemporary music from Tokyo and New York.


Performers: Thomas Piercy (conductor, clarinet/bass clarinet, hichiriki, story-teller), Ryuta Iwase (Clarinet), Christopher Blasdel (Shakuhachi), Reison Kuroda (Shakuhachi), Yumiko Tanaka (Shamisen), Go Mochizuki (Mandolin), Makoto Aruga (percussionist), Mika Tamiya (soprano), Takashi Kimura (Story-teller), Michiyo Honma (harpsichord), Mandolin Quintet: Mamiya Takumi, Noda Madoka, Noda Kazuto, Ando Masato, Suzuki Kenta


Guy BARASH “Quintet” ※ W

David DEL TREDICI “Farewell” ※ J

Peter EOTVOS “Harakiri”

Tomo Hirayama “Small Mary image” ※ W

Yu Kuwabara “New Sextet” ※ W

Hifumi Shimoyama “Ice Fall No.2”

David Su “Innocent Sunrise”

Hiroaki Takaha “Mandolin · Clarinet Duo”

Atsushi Yoshinaka “Momotaro” ※ W

※ W: World premiere

※ J: Japan premiere

2016-17 Call for Scores

Postmark deadline: January 15, 2017. We will announce the winner of the call in early February.

The composers of Random Access Music are pleased to announce our eighth annual call for scores. The members of RAM are looking for adventurous new music, regardless of style, written for: horn, trumpet, and trombone, or any subset of those instruments. The winning composition will be performed at one of RAM’s 2016-17 concerts by John Gattis (horn), Andy Kozar (trumpet), and William Lang (trombone).

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2017 Call for Proposals: Sixth Annual Queens New Music Festival

The members of Random Access Music collective are pleased to announce a call for proposals from new music ensembles for the 2017 Queens New Music Festival (www.queensnewmusicfestival.org) on May 19-21, 2017. Random Access Music seeks adventurous proposals from new music ensembles or individual artists dedicated to performing new music to participate in the Queens New Music Festival.

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Announcing RAM’s Eleventh Season

“Move over Brooklyn, Queens is staking its claim for new-music street cred [via] Random Access Music.”
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

The New York-based composer and performer group, Random Access Music (ram-nyc.org) is the recipient of a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in the amount of $8,900, as well as a grant from the Ditson Fund in the amount of $1,000. These grants will support their 2016-2017 season.

RAM’s opening concert of 2016-2017 will take place Friday, December 2nd, 2016, 8pm at Broom Tree Theatre
(23-35 Broadway, Astoria, Queens 11106). The program includes two world premieres by RAM composers Gilbert Galindo and David Fetherolf featuring music for clarinet, cello, and piano with pianist David Broome, cellist Kate Dillingham, and clarinetist Thomas Piercy.

The board of directors of Random Access Music has selected Guy Barash (guybarash.com), Artistic Director, and Kate Dillingham (katedillingham.com), Executive Director. Together, they will continue the organization’s mission to promote the composition and performance of music by living composers in venues throughout New York City; foster an engaging collaborative spirit between composers and performers, deliver dynamic programming through concert presentations, educational outreach, and the annual Queens New Music Festival.

Season Highlights:

Random Number One

December 2nd at 8pm at Broom Tree Theatre
David Broome (piano), Kate Dillingham (cello), Thomas Piercy (clarinet) perform works by RAM composers Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schultz, alongside Henryk Górecki’s masterpiece, Lerchenmusik.

Random Brass

March 23rd at 8pm at Broom Tree Theatre
John Gattis (horn), Andy Kozar (trumpet), and William Lang (trombone) perform works by RAM composers Barash, Galindo, and White.

The 6th annual Queens New Music Festival

May 19-21 at The Secret Theatre
With RAM composers’ vocal and dramatic works on May 21 (Secret Theatre).

Other important dates:

Call for Scores (for the March brass concert) in December and Call for Proposals (For the May QNMF) in January.