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Numinous is a flexible and unique ensemble of up to 25 musicians that was founded in 2000 by composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. to perform his music. In addition to Numinous, the musicians in Numinous have also performed with: Steve Reich, Bang on A Can All-Stars, Signal, Alarm will Sound, Björk, Sting, Stevie Wonder, ICE, Newspeak, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Asphalt Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Houston Symphony, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Henry Threadgill, and many other contemporary ensembles and artists.
Part chamber orchestra, part big band, part contemporary alternative group, Numinous deftly and organically transmutes inspiration from contemporary classical, jazz, world, and popular music as well as cinema, literature, and science. Through its numerous performances—such as at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s Next Wave Festival and the Ecstatic Music Festival—and critically well-received recordings The Music of Joseph C. Phillips Jr. (2003, Numen Records), Vipassana (2009, innova Recordings) and Changing Same (2015, New Amsterdam Records), Numinous reflects Phillips’s musical philosophy of mixed music, a fusion of artistic and cultural influences into one distinctive and singular vision. Numinous and Phillips’s music generate emotions in the listener that resonate with beauty, mystery, and wonder in order to challenge, enlighten, and refresh.
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