Time:Spans Festival Begins

Source: New York Classical Review.

Generalities are unfair but they have their uses. Of the major new music series in New York City—Prototype Festival, MATA, and Time:Spans—the last is the most hardcore.

Supported by the Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust, Time:Spans follows in the tradition of that great avant-garde American composer by focusing on music that sits at the point where high modernism meets experimentalism. And though this year’s edition features the finest new music musicians, the emphasis is strongly on showing less how people play than on how composers think.

This year’s festival is especially extensive, running over two weeks and incorporating a sound walk and a performance installation. That will be presented by the exceptional Italian pianist Marino Formenti, who made his first appearance Tuesday night, when he and the ensemble Yarn/Wire played music by Marina Rosenfeld in the DiMenna Center’s Cary Hall.