The Look + Listen Festival presents the best of new music in New York City art spaces from May 18-21, bringing performances to contemporary art venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan including the BRIC House in Fort Greene.


Beyond South Brooklyn

The Look + Listen Festival presents the best of new music in New York City art spaces in an effort to expand the audience for both art forms. This year’s festival takes place May 18-21, bringing performances to contemporary art venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan: Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea, BRIC House in Fort Greene, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

The New Yorker has said, “This series…builds on the spirit of the postwar New York School by placing vibrant concerts of new music into forward-looking art galleries.” Time Out NY has described Look + Listen as “an ambitious grassroots music and visual art series that grows more impressive with each passing year.”

Showcasing solo works and chamber pieces, each concert will include a line-up of musicians, ensembles, and composers revealing the depth and breadth of 20th and 21st century new classical music. Due to the success of last year’s festival, all events are once again free and open to public.

Rebekah Heller


Bridget Kibbey

Members of Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble and The M6

The festival begins on Thursday, May 18 at 8pm at Hauser & Wirth New York (548 W. 22nd Street) with a program featuring acclaimed ensemble yMusic performing selections from their latest album, First, composed by Son Lux and produced by Thomas Bartlett. The Elizabeth Caroline Unit performs Darious Jones’ “The Oversoul Manual,” and Miranda Cuckson will perform selections from her repertoire. To begin the evening, the audience is lead in Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening meditation “The Heart Chant” by Deep Listening Institute’s Artistic Director Ione. 

The festival continues on Friday, May 19 at 8pm at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) with a program featuring So Percussion performing the New York premiere of Paul Lansky’s "Springs," as well as Michael Gordon’s "Timber," with Yarn/ Wire percussionists accompanying. Yarn/Wire takes the stage to perform Žibuoklė Martinaityte’s Look + Listen sponsored commission, "Unique forms of continuity in space." Jen Shyu presents excerpts from her newest solo work, "Nine" (working title) to premiere at National Sawdust in June. Look + Listen’s Composer’s Competition winner, Nina C. Young’s "Spero Lucern," will also be performed. To begin the evening, Jason Treuting leads the audience in a chant of Pauline Oliveros’ “The Tuning Mediation.”

Look + Listen concludes on Sunday, May 21, 3pm at The Studio Museum in Harlem’s specially commissioned public sculpture inHarlem: Kevin Beasley in Morningside Park (114th St and Morningside Dr), with an evening curated and hosted by Look + Listen Advisory Board member, WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. The program features Craig Harris and The Saints and Aints Brass Choir performing selections along with Carman Moore’s Skymusic Ensemble performing several of his own works, including the gospel themed “Think In An New Way.” Phyllis Chen starts the afternoon by leading a chant of “The Tuning Meditation.”

Look + Listen is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, New Music USA’s NYC New Music Impact Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Amphion Foundation, BMI Foundation, Edward T. Cone Foundation, and the festival piano sponsor is Yamaha/Faust Harrison Pianos.

About Look + Listen

Founded in 2002, Look + Listen is an annual New York City festival presenting new music in art galleries. The goal is to expand audiences for both art forms. The festival showcases a mix of emerging and established musicians and a diverse range of 20th and 21st-century concert music. This includes commissions, premieres, the winning work from the yearly L+L Composers’ Competition and pre-concert ambient music by members of the L+L Composers Collective. Concerts are hosted by prominent members of the industry who introduce and interview composers, visual artists and performers. These informal and informative Q&As explore the creative process and increase concert-goers’ understanding and enjoyment of the arts.

Look + Listen’s Board of Directors includes Sean Carson, Phyllis Chen, Amanda Cooper (President), Suzanne Farrin, Amy Roberts Frawley, Olivia Georgia, David Gordon (Chair), Jessica Hadler (Vice President), Laurel Marx, Bill Seigmund, Valerie Soll (Treasurer), Emily Wong (Secretary), Sebastián Zubieta. The Director of Administration is Sara Heaton. Past Presidents are David Gordon (Founder) and Amy Roberts Frawley.

About Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth was founded in Switzerland by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992, and is now a global enterprise, with spaces in Zurich, London, Somerset, New York and Los Angeles. The gallery has built a reputation for its dedication to artists and support of visionary artistic projects worldwide and represents over 60 established and emerging artists, including Mark Bradford, Roni Horn, Paul McCarthy and Pipilotti Rist, and is responsible for major artist estates and foundations including The Louise Bourgeois Studio, the Arshile Gorky Estate, The Estate of Philip Guston and the Estate of David Smith. In addition to presenting a dynamic schedule of exhibitions, the gallery collaborates with renowned curators to present museum-quality surveys. Hauser & Wirth invests considerable resources in new scholarship, education, research and conservation, and produces noteworthy publications in partnership with leading art publishers.

The New York gallery’s current temporary home in Chelsea is a beautiful four-story masonry structure that hosted Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition from 1987 to 2004. Alongside multiple exhibition spaces and the Roth Bar, the site houses Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ first dedicated bookshop, offering an extensive collection of monographs, artists’ books, historic exhibition catalogues, collections of artists’ writings, and catalogues raisonnés. Under the continued direction of partner and vice president Marc Payot, across its Chelsea and 69th Street New York City locations Hauser & Wirth hosts an ambitious program of public exhibitions, projects, and events. Its program spotlights the work of some of the most respected and challenging artists of the day.

About BRIC

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates fresh work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York.  BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

BRIC’s main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series.  BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression.  This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.

About The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture.

The Studio Museum was founded in 1968 by a diverse group of artists, community activists and philanthropists who envisioned a new kind of museum that not only displays artwork but also supports artists and arts education. The Artist-in-Residence program was one of the Museum’s founding initiatives, and gives the Museum the “Studio” in its name.

The Studio Museum’s most recent initiative, inHarlem, is an expanded way of thinking about the Museum’s relationship to the surrounding community. An exciting new chapter in the Museum’s nearly fifty-year history, inHarlem is a set of projects designed to encompass a wide range of artistic ventures—from site-specific artists’ projects to events in historic parks, libraries, schools and partner organizations in the Harlem neighborhood. inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd is the inaugural curatorial project from the Studio Museum. Four specially commissioned, site-specific sculptural works were created by the artists in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park, St. Nicholas Park and Jackie Robinson Park, respectfully. The artworks are on view to the public through July 25, 2017.