Upcoming Ear Taxi Festival to highlight Chicago's vibrant contemporary classical music scene

The Ear Taxi Festival—a first-of-its-kind celebration of contemporary music in Chicago—will send listeners on a joy ride through Chicago’s vibrant contemporary music scene on October 5-10, 2016. Spearheaded by University Professor Augusta Read Thomas and co-curated by Augusta Read Thomas and acclaimed trumpeter Stephen Burns, the festival will feature 300 musicians, 53 world premieres, and 4 installations in its six jam-packed days of concerts, lectures, marathons, webcasts and artist receptions.

You can read more about the festival on UChicago News, or to see the full event schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit www.eartaxifestival.com

Involved in the festival in a myriad of roles is a long list of University of Chicago faculty, student composers, and more:

FACULTY

  • Augusta Read Thomas, spearheaded ETF (Ear Taxi Festival), co-curator, leader of the festival and has a composition being performed
  • Anthony Cheung, composer with a world premiere in the festival
  • Marta Ptaszynska, composer with a composition in the festival
  • Seth Brodsky, scholar, member of the ETF curatorial board and moderating an ETF panel discussion
  • Joey Brink, performer, University Carillonneur, and composer with a world premiere in the festival, also producing a CD recording of world premieres on our UC Carillon which will be on sale during ETF

FORMER FACULTY

  • Shulamit Ran, composer with a world premiere in the festival 

STUDENT COMPOSERS

  • Iddo Aharony, recent alumnus with a world premiere in the festival
  • Pierce Gradone, current student with a world premiere in the festival commissioned by the prestigious Fromm Foundation of Harvard University
  • Tomás I. Gueglio-Saccone, current student with a world premiere in the festival
  • Gustavo Leone, alumnus with a composition being performed
  • Yuan-Chen Li, recent alumnus with a world premiere in the festival
  • Andrew McManus, recent alumnus with a world premiere in the festival
  • David Clay Mettens, current student with a world premiere in the festival
  • Timothy Page, current student with a world premiere in the festival
  • Igor Santos, current student with a world premiere in the festival
  • Phil Taylor, current student with a world premiere in the festival
  • Francisco Castillo Trigueros, recent alumnus with a world premiere in the festival

ETF CURATORIAL BOARD

  • Seth Brodsky, on curatorial board and leading a Meet the Artists panel discussion
  • Amy Iwano, Executive Director of University of Chicago Presents, member of the ETF curatorial board
  • Bill Michel, Executive Director of the Logan Center for the Arts, member of the ETF curatorial board

FROM UC'S ENSEMBLES-IN-RESIDENCE

  • Third Coast Percussion
  • Spektral Quartet
  • Cliff Colnot, conductor of UC's Contempo series

RELATED TO UC

  • George Lewis, composer with a world premiere in the festival

Check out www.eartaxifestival.com for more info and to purchase tickets!