The Madison New Music Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of current compositions by contemporary composers whose works are related to the tradition of “written-out music” (concert music) which has been a mainstay of Western musical culture for many years. In an on-going series of concerts, the ensemble desires to share an aesthetic experience with audiences featuring local musicians and guest artists.
The Madison New Music Ensemble (MNME), was formed in the spring of 2019 by Madison-based composer Joseph Koykkar. The six-member ensemble is comprised of local professional musicians who hold graduate degrees in music performance and who perform regularly with Madison orchestras and chamber music groups. MNME’s first public performance was on April 20, 2019, at the First Unitarian Society Landmark Auditorium. The ensemble shared their music with an enthusiastic crowd compromised of students, seniors, community members, and music lovers of various ages. During the summer, the ensemble performed on August 9, 2019, as part of the Summer Serenades series at the Memorial Union. The event organizer shared that this concert was “the most successful of the series,” and had “the most connection with the large audience” at the Union. Most recently, MNME performed on December 13, 2019, at the Capital Lakes Auditorium and the special event was warmly received by attendees.
MNME programs feature music written by composers in the past 30 years and reflect a wide range of styles from the United States as well as Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. In keeping with an open-minded aesthetic of inclusivity of all musical genres, two of the recent concerts closed with an arrangement of “The Word,” a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney which was heartily enjoyed by the listeners.
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