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Happy Birthday, Darmstadt!

May 17, 2016

Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Happy 70th Birthday, Darmstadt! We were thrilled to have been a part of the Darmstadt Festival @ Roulette. Checkout the review from the New York Times.

Library of Congress

March 15, 2016

Check out the rave review in the Washington Post from our concert last week at the Library of Congress. What an honor it was to premiere a brand new work by Brian Ferneyhough. Hear it in New York on March 16!

Production Coordinator

February 1, 2016

Join the Talea team! Talea is hiring a part-time Production Coordinator, starting in March 2016.

The Production Coordinator will work closely with key members of the Ensemble and administration to support all activities related to operations, production, and general administrative needs. The Production Coordinator is a part time position that requires ten hours per week. Concert and tour scheduling will require evening, weekends, and possible travel. General activities will include:

  • Personnel: Provide support for the Senior Staff to implement the rehearsal and production schedule, which includes maintaining and updating shared google calendar. Manage interns and/or volunteer staff.
  • Production: Consult with Technical Director to assess logistical needs for all projects. Communicate production needs to venues and presenters, including providing program materials,  and any other production related needs.
  • Tours: Book travel and accommodations for all tours; coordinate tour production efforts with presenters; manage musician’s requests with regard to travel, accommodations, and act as point person while on tour. Any touring that this position requires will be compensated accordingly.
  • Marketing: Assist in the dissemination of social media posts and general concert advertisement, keep tabs on the Talea conversation happening online.
  • Office Duties: Provide general administrative support for the Senior Staff.


  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience working in production/operation support
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Proficiency using Google Drive
  • Advanced communication skills, written and verbal
  • Interest in joining a fast growing organization that presents cutting-edge music

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume no later than February 15, 2016 to Elizabeth Weisser at

Talea has been labeled “…a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere” by the New York Times.  Recipient of the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the ensemble performs important world and U.S. premieres to champion established and emerging composers. Talea, a 20-member ensemble recognized internationally as a leader in progressive music, is committed to promoting new and groundbreaking music through innovative programming and fiercely dedicated performances. By tirelessly pursuing new, challenging, and previously undiscovered works Talea has quickly become one of the essential young ensembles in the United States. Talea presents an annual New York concert season and performs regularly throughout the United States and internationally, presenting cutting edge new music from abroad while championing the most exciting American composers of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Boston Globe: Happy End

May 5, 2015

Photo by Ross Karre

We’re gearing up for Friday’s show at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. Check out the awesome preview by the Boston Globe.

Ecstatic Music Festival: John Zorn

February 23, 2015

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

We had a blast with John Zorn at this year’s Ecstatic Music Festival. Working with improvisers, Tyshawn Sorey, Ikue Mori, and Shanir Blumenkranz, along with Zorn himself on a variety of his music was such a thrill. Checkout what the New York Times wrote about the show.

Vienna: City of Dreams

March 20, 2014

Talea is honored to have been a part of Carnegie Hall’s festival, Vienna: City of Dreams, for 2 amazing concerts featuring 3 incredible composers: Olga Neuwirth, Bernhard Gander, and Pierluigi Billone. Indeed, it was a dream. Read what the New York Times wrote about March 4th’s concert.

Grab a copy of this week’s New Yorker for more great coverage about the events, and our favorite quote about Billone’s Mani.Long:

“As in “Salome,” one seemed to be listening at the edge of a cistern, waiting for the axe to fall”
-Alex Ross, New Yorker

CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award

December 10, 2013

Talea is thrilled to be selected as the winner of a 2014 Chamber Music America ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, in the category of best contemporary music ensemble.  The award recognizes ensembles that present ”distinctive programming of music composed within the past 25 years”.  We are honored to be chosen alongside the other 2014 awardees.  The awards ceremony will take place at the Chamber Music America 2014 conference at the Westin Hotel on January 19th.

The Talea Ensemble is committed to promoting new, groundbreaking music through innovative programming thereby communicating the distinctive voices of composers that deserve to be heard.  We are grateful to our audiences and supporters.

As 2013 winds down, we are planning for the next years to come too. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to continue supporting adventurous programming:


May 19, 2013

Photo by Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Beat Furrer’s FAMA hit New York with an overwhelmingly exciting response from audiences, critics, and performers. Checkout what Steve Smith from the New York Times says about the production.

TimeOut NY Best of 2012

December 28, 2012


Talea’s Tzadik CD Anamorphosis: Fausto Romitelli is selected for TimeOut New York’s Best of 2012 Classical Albums by Steve Smith.

Check out the full listing here.

Get your copy here or download from iTunes.  Happy New Year from Talea!

New York Triptych

October 3, 2012

Photo by Chad Batka for the New York Times

Read what the New York Times said about Talea’s opening night on September 21st at the Bohemian National Hall. Featuring three US Premieres by James Dillon, Ondřej Adámek, and Pierluigi Billone, the concert was packed with fresh new hits. Check it out here!

A Few Unusual Suspects Drop By

March 12, 2012

Nanotonal Mouth Organs, designed by Victor Adán

See what the NY Times says about Talea’s Written for Talea!

Talea’s most recent concert on Friday, March 9th, was very special because the program consisted of works written for the ensemble by Hans Thomalla, Ashley Fure, John Zorn, Eric Chasalow, and Victor Adán.  Check out what Steve Smith thought of the concert here!

ArtForum Best of 2011 & Zorn NY Times Review

December 15, 2011

Photo by David Plakke

Talea is honored to have been selected by George Lewis for ArtForum’s Best Concerts of 2011. Olga Neuwirth’s Portrait from May 24, 2011 was selected and featured in the December issue of ArtForum. Go pick up an issue!

“Olga Neuwirth’s audacious yet subtle use of timbre always puts me on the edge of my seat, and I loved the Austrian Cultural Forum-sponsored performance of her music by the Talea Ensemble, one of today’s hot contemporary music bands. In the midconcert discussion, she confessed to her original intent to become a jazz trumpeter after listening to- who else? Miles Davis.”

-George Lewis, ArtForum December 2011

Checkout Steve Smith’s review of Miller Theatre’s John Zorn Portrait in the NY Times: Click Here

Photo by Karsten Moran for the NY Times

New Location + New Look= More Great New Music!

October 21, 2011

The Talea Studio moved to its new home in Long Island City this September. The new building is home to several other great businesses like Jim Henson Productions and features the world’s largest rooftop farm. Additionally, Talea launched its new website early in the 2011/12 season. The website was designed and created by artists Elana Schlenker ( and Andy Mellon (

New York-based composer Christopher Trapani ( received a 2011 Jerome Fund award to compose a cycle of songs inspired by Hurricane Katrina for Talea. Chris will perform with the ensemble on Appalachian dulcimer and steel-stringed guitar in his piece.

Talea’s Artistic Director Anthony Cheung won a Koussevitzky grant to write a new piece for Talea. Anthony is one of the younger recipients of this prestigious award from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation and the score will be archived in the Library of Congress. Stay tuned for the premiere!