Founded on the rag-tag instrumentation of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, New York-based Exceptet is an ensemble with “vast emotional range and onomatopoetic charm” (I Care If You Listen) dedicated to commissioning today’s most compelling emerging composers. Exceptet has been presented by The Johnstone Foundation for New Music in Columbus, OH, Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, the Ecstatic Music Festival as part of the MATA Interval Series in New York, The Times Two Series in Boston, the Queens New Music Festival, The UPenn Composers Guild, and has been showcased several times on WQXR. The group has commissioned new works from a wide range of composers, including Scott Wollschleger, Matt Evans, Brendon Randall-Myers, Sarah Goldfeather, Fay Kueen Wang, Alex Weiser, Fjola Evans, Brooks Frederickson, Paul Kerekes, Brian Petuch, and Eric Shanfield. They have additionally collaborated with Exceptet violinist Sarah Goldfeather’s indie folk-band, Goldfeather.
The members of Exceptet are decorated musicians in their own right, and have played with such notable groups as Ensemble Signal, Metropolis Ensemble, Contemporaneous, the New World Symphony, Asphalt Orchestra, Ed Palermo Big Band; worked with artists such as Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Kimbra, David Byrne, Belle and Sebastian, Wye Oak, Suzanne Vega, Courtney Love, Todd Almond, Artie Lange, and with Beth Morrison Projects; and they have performed on Broadway, at Radio City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bang On A Can Marathon, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, to name a few.