An interview with Michel Galante of Argento New Music

Source: Van Magazine.

In the big pond full of big fish that is the New York contemporary classical music scene, the Argento New Music Project, led by composer and conductor Michel Galante, is an unusual and irreplaceable specimen. As artistic director of the ensemble, Galante combines two qualities that rarely go together: An ear for logical and creative curation, and a meticulous rehearsal style that gets the music right down to a 12th of a tone. I mean that literally: Argento has developed a speciality in microtonal and spectral music from Europe and the United States, creating transparent and striking interpretations of works by composers such as Gérard Grisey, Tristan Murail, Giacinto Scelsi, Georg Friedrich Haas, and more. Galante moved to Berlin in 2018, but still works with Argento regularly; we spoke on Zoom, since we had both come down with different flavors of this season’s popular illnesses.