HNMF 2014 Festival Schedule

17 Apr

April 19th 3:00 pm  –  Kevin Hufnagel and Deborah Goffe, presenting music from Kevin’s Ashland album performed live with interactive choreography/dance by Deborah Goffe

The Natural Tendencies Installation will open in the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Main Gallery following the Hufnagel/Goffe concert.

April 21st-26th the installation will be open to the public in the main gallery.

April 26th 7:00 pm  –  The Generous Ensemble premieres Michael Gatonska’s Timberline and Scott Comanzo’s Nonet-Octet.  The concert ends with Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together.

All events will take place at Charter Oak Cultural Center.  There is a suggested donation of $10 for the two concerts but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.


Purim Party Fundraising Success!

2 Apr



Last month, the Hartford New Music Festival put on a fundraiser in conjunction with the Generous Ensemble. The Purim Party, which included as much hamentashen as you could eat, and manischewitz as you could drink was a huge success. There was a crafts table where you could make your own noise maker for use during the telling of the story of Esther, raffles which included memorabilia from past festivals as well as this one, and several extremely varied renditions of Esther’s tale. Meanwhile the Generous Ensemble improvised to the chaos and sounds of the party. All in all, the Purim Party Fundraiser raised over $500 for the Hartford New Music Festival. If you were there and had a good time, or if you weren’t there and this sounds like a crazy, fun adventure, make sure you come out for the Festival concerts starting April 19th!

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Purim Party, Fundraising Bash & Book of Esther Slam

12 Mar

GE Purim Poster 11x17


4 Feb

Deadline for submissions:  March 19th 2014

Audio and Video for the Hartford New Music Festival’s Natural Tendencies Exhibition

Audio and Video shorts will be presented in the main gallery of the Charter Oak Cultural Center.  The installation will feature works from composers and video arts from across the New England area.  The installation is part of the Natural Tendencies concert series of the 2014Hartford New Music Festival.  The installation will run from Monday April 21st until Saturday April 26th.  During this week it will be open to the public.

Time-based material only: Please do not send still images or images of artwork.

The two themes: All material should be related, in some way, to nature or the environment in general.  These themes can be interpreted very broadly. Don’t feel you have to take these themes too literally. Your work can be related to the urban environment as well as a variety of aspects of nature.

Criteria: We will select material that is in the spirit of the project: altered or processed views of the environment and nature (including human nature, animal behavior, etc.) will be given priority.  Works that have a unique expressive voice will also be given due attention.

Honorarium: There is no financial compensation for involvement in the installation.  Proper and prominent credit will be given to all artists including any web-links you would like us to include.

Length of submissions: from 10 seconds to 10 minutes per piece. Please send multiple entries.  We anticipate accepting multiple entries from one person or group. (These time requirements are approximate only; we are flexible.)

Credit line: Identify yourself as the creator by including your name exactly how you want it listed and (if you like) a web address where people can see more of your work.


as AIFF or WAV files.
Video (without audio):
as Quicktime files.

Files, ideally, should be sent through Dropbox (or comparable service, Sync, Box, etc.)

Please send as high quality recordings as you are able to make.

Send entries to:          Lief Ellis

If your work is accepted: you will receive an email notification by April 10th.  Copyright of the material will remain yours.


Help Us Pay Our Resident Composers!

1 Oct

Please help us make a difference in our community by contributing to the Hartford New Music Festval on Indiegogo!!

HCD 2013

The West End String Quartet

26 Sep

The West End String Quartet is a group of musicians who share a passion for chamber music and are advocates for contemporary music. They strive to bring new and uncommon repertoire to their concerts, pairing them with traditional works. WESQ has been entertaining audiences across New England with an exciting and varied repertoire of chamber music since 2005.

In past seasons, the quartet has performed at St. James’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford, the Universalist Church of West Hartford, on the Music @ First Series, River Crossings Concert Series, at the Arts Institute of Western Maine, and at Wesleyan University, Western New England College, Trinity College, and the Hartt School

Dedicated teachers as well, the quartet leads the chamber music program at Wesleyan University, and presents a series of chamber music masterclasses at The Hartt School Community Division. Members of the quartet teach individually at The Hartt School Community Division, Baypath College, Three Rivers Community College, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar at Hartt, and Strings by the Sea in San Diego, and perform in Hartford, Springfield, New Haven, Vermont, Eastern Connecticut and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras.

To learn more about The West End String Quartet visit


2013 Hartford New Music Festival Program Schedule

6 Sep

All concerts presented free of charge

Sacre du Automne: 016 New Music Ensemble

Friday, October 11th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 8:00 pm FREE

Kevin Good Plays The Indy Avante Garde: Michael Schelle Progeny Concert

Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 12pm – 7pm FREE


Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 7:30 pm FREE

(not) The Third Viennese School: Neely Bruce Progeny Concert

Friday, October 18th, 2013
Trinity College Chapel, 8:00 pm FREE


Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Charter Oak Cultural Center, 7:30 pm FREE

The Finale IS the Encore

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
The Connecticut Historical Society, 2:30 pm FREE


The Generous Ensemble

2 Aug


The Generous Ensemble commissions highly entertaining, challenging music and is determined to bring these important works to the widest possible audience. Based in Hartford Connecticut, they are designed to be a development lab for the most talented, persnickety, and exciting young composers in the world.

To learn more about The Generous Ensemble Click Here

016 New Music Ensemble

2 Aug


016 is a new music ensemble based in Hartford, CT. Why 016? The name is a reference to the three-note cell perhaps better known as {0,1,6} in musical set theory, a three-note cell common in a great deal of twentieth century music.

To learn more about 016 New Music Ensemble Click Here

Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra

2 Aug

The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra is a Hartford-based ensemble devoted to enrichment through superb artistry. The ensemble forges its unique path through the canon of musical literature, engaging audiences across Greater Hartford and beyond with programming aimed at broadening understanding of chamber music.

To learn more about HICO Click Here