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Markku Klami makes his New York debut with ensemble mise-en

Logo of ensemble mise-en. Logo can be found on the ensemble's official Facebook page.
ensemble mise-en. Photo credit: the official Facebook page of ensemble mise-en.

The New York-based contemporary music group ensemble mise-en will arrange their annual MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL at MISE-EN_PLACE in Brooklyn, New York from August 17 to August 20, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will have its concerts streamed live on YouTube.

Each year, the festival program is carefully selected through the group’s annual Call for Scores, targeted to composers of contemporary music around the world. For their festival year 2020, ensemble mise-en selected Markku Klami’s aura for alto flute and electronics, among works by Ted Moore, Alessandro Massobrio, Seán Ó Dálaigh, Epa Fassianos, Jee Seo, Bradley Green, Rodrigo Cadiz, Angeles Rojas and Nicola Fumo Frattegiani.

Kelley Barnett, the flutist of the ensemble will perform Klami’s aura on Thursday, August 20 concert at 2.30pm Eastern Time (ET). The concert marks the US premiere of Klami’s aura. The live stream of the concert on YouTube can be found here.

Rehearsals via Zoom for the US premiere of aura with Kelley Barnett.
Rehearsing via Zoom video call with Kelley Barnett for the upcoming US premiere of aura.

As it is stated on their website, ensemble mise-en is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented young musicians, our personnel strive to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences. We wish to impart an experience that is simultaneously multicultural and intellectually and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the multinational personnel has coalesced around a real aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name “mise-en”: “mee,” in Korean, means “beauty,” and “zahn,” “to decorate,” and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.

The ensemble promotes large-scale, dynamic performances of contemporary music featuring the works of established and budding composers. Since its inception in 2011, ensemble mise-en has collaborated with such esteemed partners as Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Open Meadows Foundation, New York University, New York Foundation for the Arts, I-Park, Goethe-Institute Boston, Villa Gillet (FR) and others. To date, the ensemble has presented a total of 281 pieces, including 114 works written for the group, and 86 US/NY premieres. The ensemble has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Bohemian National Hall, Italian Academy, the DiMenna Center, Tenri Cultural Institute and the cell.

YouTube links for the concerts:


MISE-EN FESTIVAL 2020, Concert I, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2.30pm ET

MISE-EN FESTIVAL 2020, Concert II, Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2.30pm ET


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