Will Mason Ensemble Will Mason Ensemble

Mon September 21st, 2015


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 6:00PM

Show Time: 7:00PM

Event Ticket: $15/$20/$25

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presented by New Amsterdam
Seated: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing:$15 advance, $20 day of show
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.

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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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Will Mason Ensemble

WILL MASON is a drummer and composer from Maine, now living in New York City.
His main project is the Will Mason Ensemble, a chamber ensemble of voice, oboe, alto sax, two guitars, bass, and drums. The ensemble’s debut album, Beams of the Huge Night, will be released on New Amsterdam Records on August 28, 2015. Mason wrote most of the music for the album in a cabin in the woods of northern Maine, away from electricity, the internet, running water, and phone service. He is fascinated by how it feels to be isolated in nature — how everything feels simultaneously beautiful and threatening, and how the elemental and oppressive hugeness of nature can inspire awe or unease. “Beams of the Huge night” is an attempt at capturing those sensations musically.
In addition to writing new music for the ensemble, Mason’s other main project is “Happy Place,” a noise-rock band of two guitars and two drummers inspired by ethnomusicological work on the physical extremes that induce trancing. He also is working on a suite of electroacoustic works for a quartet of tenor saxophone, voice, viola, and percussion, and he works as a sideman with a number of musicians in New York City and elsewhere.
Mason is currently pursuing a PhD in music theory at Columbia University, with primary research in contemporary electroacoustic music and music cognition. Prior to attending Columbia, he received a BMus in music performance and a BA in political science, both from Oberlin College.
Will Mason official site

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