Dal Niente’s musicians are thrilled to join their colleagues and friends in the Chicago new music community as part of the inaugural Ear Taxi Festival, an ambitious six-day celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene. Buy Tickets
Dal Niente harpist Ben Melsky and flutist Emma Hospelhorn team up to present “New Paradigms,” a program that explores new dimensions of this classic instrumental duo. The program will feature two world premieres and three classics of the contemporary flute and harp repertoire. Ticket Info
For their Los Angeles debut, Dal Niente brings their incisive interpretation and electric performance style to four pieces written for them by composers who push the boundaries of new music in radically different directions.
The grades 6-8 music faculty at Elm Place Middle School have invited Ensemble Dal Niente to design and unveil a new project for band, choir, and orchestra students - "Spacetime." Members of Ensemble Dal Niente will demonstrate and teach contemporary music concepts and skills in multiple settings, laying the groundwork for the school's music students to combine and collaborate in guided improvisations. Dal Niente's residency will conclude with a variety of performances featuring students and members of Ensemble Dal Niente.
Ensemble Dal Niente welcomes Enno Poppe to Chicago to work with the ensemble for the first time as guest conductor and program curator for the ensemble’s “Proximity” series. Poppe’s highly original style, marrying strange, organic, and microtonal language with a classical sense of development, has made him a Dal Niente favorite. As critic Paul Griffiths put it: “Poppe writes music that is at once natural and weird, as perhaps nature is.”
Jesse Langen plays a recital of new music for electric guitar with themes of transference and duplication, ranging from the exquisite to the nightmarish. The show will include multiple guitars and stations, with stereo setups, electronics, and talkbox.
Ensemble Dal Niente makes its debut interacting with the full student body at Chicago's Merit School of Music, beginning with a performance on the "Live from Gottlieb" concert series. Dal Niente's performance will demonstrate a spectrum of musical skills, including acoustic and electroacoustic chamber music interpretations, improvisation, songwriting, and arranging. Evening discussions between students and ensemble members will facilitate further examination of related musical topics, including pre-professional considerations.
Flutist Emma Hospelhorn, oboist Andrew Nogal, and clarinetist Katie Schopeflin perform a wide-ranging set of works that reflect the full range of woodwind virtuosity.
Flutist Emma Hospelhorn, oboist Andrew Nogal, and clarinetist Katie Schopeflin perform a wide-ranging set of works that reflect the full range of woodwind virtuosity. More information at Waverlyproject.org
Dal Niente’s (in)famous Hard Music, Hard Liquor series returns, once again featuring both individual performers in solo pieces that push the limits of instrumental possibility, and large-scale ensemble pieces that redefine those limits in a collective context. This concert will mark the close of the second annual Frequency Festival of new music, hosted by writer and impresario Peter Margasak.
Ensemble Dal Niente is delighted to return to Western Michigan University as one of multiple ensembles-in-residence at the Society of Composers, Inc.’s 2017 national conference. Stay tuned for more information about Dal Niente’s programming as selected composers are announced.
For their Iowa debut, Ensemble Dal Niente presents a program that links works from Dal Niente’s core repertoire to music of the past - including works by Greg Saunier, LJ White, Marcos Balter, Jessie Marino, Berlioz, Brahms, and Ligeti.
Dal Niente percussionist Gregory Beyer presents “You Did This to Me!” For the occasion of his 44th birthday, Beyer offers a recital of every solo work he has performed with Dal Niente since first performing with the ensemble in 2011. Join us for this special opportunity to reflect and reconsider a large body of diverse and challenging works that, taken as a whole, celebrate joyous personal transformation through engagement with the musical community.
The annual Dal Niente PARTY: a non-traditional performance space, a flexible floor plan, music paired with food and beverages, a relaxed environment where audiences can mingle and move around, and musical performances that run the gamut from the hilarious to the sublime. Dal Niente is saving some of its most breathtaking performances for its 2017 PARTY, offering compositions of varying extremes and stylistic influence that ensure all audience members will find a personal, unforgettable experience.
Ensemble Dal Niente is delighted to return to June in Buffalo as an ensembles-in-residence at the 27th festival hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for 21st Century Music. Stay tuned for more information about Dal Niente’s programming and activities as participating faculty and students are announced.
Dal Niente’s forthcoming recording project with George Lewis marks the first-ever album solely devoted to the artist’s notated compositions. George’s music is influenced by his decades of boundary-crossing work as a trombonist, improviser, computer musician, composer, scholar, and multimedia artist. His work’s resistance to classification invites recording by Ensemble Dal Niente, whose musicians are committed to stretching themselves through thoughtful and ambitious projects.