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It’s amazing how many top-notch musicians live in Queens these days. Here’s the opportunity to binge listen.

The sixth annual Queens New Music Festival will unfold at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City all weekend. (Some out-of-borough talent will be on display as well.)

Presented by a local group of contemporary composers known as Random Access Music (or RAM), the three-day extravaganza will feature everything from piano duos to computer-enhanced sounds to an electronic guitar orchestra. General admission is $15, but a few day-pass options exist.

To begin on the right note, the Svrček-Ojeda piano duo — which consists of Susan Svrček and Nelson Ojeda-Valdes — and the (h)artDrive electric guitar duo with Giacomo Baldelli and Nadav Lev will take the stage at the 44‐02 23rd St. space on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

The fun will kick off the next day, May 20, at 3 p.m. with William Hellermann’s “Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December,” a 52-minute score that flutist Robert Dick will execute without pausing. He will demonstrate the art of “circular breathing,” which involves drawing air through the nose without interrupting the flow of sounds. Then at 5 p.m., Los Angeles-based violinist Myroslava Khomik and pianist Füreya Ünal will do works by John Adams, Jonathan Harvey, and Michael Torke. The New York City Guitar Orchestra will take the Saturday nightcap at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m., a group called “loadbang” will showcase works written in Lungpowered, a software program that synthesizes acoustic and electronic works in trombone, trumpet, baritone, and bass clarinet. Then at 4 p.m., the final act, entitled “Random Drama,” will feature vocal works by RAM members Guy Barash (soprano and piano), David Fetherolf (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone), Gilbert Galindo (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone), and Allen Schulz (tenor, mezzo-soprano & piano), as well as guest composer Kamala Sankaram, who has been described as an “impassioned soprano with blazing high notes.”

Image: Rae Maxwell



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