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A home for New Music in the heart of Queens

Next week, Random Access Music presents the eighth Queens New Music Festival at Long Island City’s Secret Theater.

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Fourteen years ago a collective of composers and musicians formed a coalition enabling them to create music in a more collaborative way and provide opportunities not only for composers to create, but also for accomplished musicians to perform new music.

What started out as the vision of a few artists became Random Access Music (or, RAM), a Queens-based new music collective whose yearly output includes an annual three-concert season and culminates in the Queens New Music Festival (QNMF).

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The composers of Random Access Music. (Curtesy of RAM)

The contribution to the art form is immense. RAM is one of the most active new music consortiums in the United States.

Media from the RAM archives: “Eventide” by Conrad Tao, “Angler” by David Fetherolf and “A Thousand Tongues” by Missy Mazzoli.

The four-day QNMF is designed to bring new music front and center to the Queens community. In 2014, RAM formed a regular list of musicians committed to performing its season each year. The resulting contribution to the art form is immense. RAM is one of the most active new music consortiums in the United States. The output is consistently aesthetically diverse and the consortium presents regularly throughout the year with the sole purpose of performing the music of living composers.

Media from the RAM archives: One movement of a suite for solo violoncello by David Fetherolf, performed by Kate Dillingham, vc.

Next week, RAM will present the eighth Queens New Music Festival at the Secret Theater in Long Island City. The festival reflects the vibe of the borough, drawing comparisons between music that is native to the US, and that of cultures from across the planet.

The New York City borough of Queens is by far the nation’s most ethnically diverse. the US Census Bureau reported in 2013 that just 52% of Queens residents were born in the US.

The 2019 Queens New Music Festival kicks off May 14 with performances by Carpe Diem String Quartet. It runs through to May 19.

More information, tickets, and multi-day discounted festival passes can be found at the newly launched QNMF website: queensnewmusicfestival.org

The 2019 Queens New Music Festival is supported by Affetto records, BoroHotel, Aloft Hotel, Beebe's Restaurant and NYC Ferries. Find out more about the organization at https://www.ram-nyc.org/about

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