This really sounds fantastic!

The Queens New Music Festival presents 12 concerts over six days at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City from Tuesday, May 14, through Sunday, May 19.

Organized by an NYC-based art collective called “Random Access Music,” this eighth annual series features more than 50 composers and 40 performers with everything from experimental jazz to world to string quartets. (Many of the participants live in Queens.)

Kathleen Supové, a world-renowned pianist who sometimes jams with computers, boxing gloves, robots, and a laptop orchestra, headlines this year’s festival. She’ll play “At Home In My Skin,” a program that includes premieres by John King, Paula Matthusen, Howie Kenty, Jay Derderian, and Richard Belcastro.

The Naked Eye Ensemble is set to pop up throughout the festival, and Iktus Duo makes a special appearance. Meanwhile, other groups, such as the Carpe Diem String Quartet, violinist Kinga Augustyn, and pianist Ju-­Ping Song, are part of the fun because they won a contest.

General admission is $20, but day and festival passes are available at varying prices. (Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: $30; Sunday: $45; All Festival: $120.) Plus, the shows on May 15 and May 18 at 7:30 p.m. are free and open to the public.

Here’s the schedule.

From the Sands of Persia to Montana Newgrass (May 14, 6 p.m.) with Carpe Diem String Quartet playing Erberk Eryilmaz’s “Dances of the Yogurt Maker,” Reza Vali’s “shoob (Calligraphy No. 14),” Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum” and Korine Fujiwara’s Fiddle Suite Montana.

Combo Bend (May 14, 8 p.m.) with Jeff Hudgins on saxophone, Nadav Lev on guitar, Sabina Torosjan on violin and Hilliard Greene on bass.

Spirituals & Art Songs (May 15, 5:30 p.m., free) with soprano Yolanda F. Johnson, accompanied by the RAM players. Expect a new arrangement of “Go Down, Moses” and art songs by Florence Price and Nadine Shanti.

Exposed 20th and 21st Century Unaccompanied Violin (May 16, 8 p.m.) with virtuoso Kinga Augustyn doing 12 pieces, including a New York premiere.

Songs Are Sung (May 17, 6 p.m.) with the ÆON Ensemble offering six songs, including three world premieres.

Consortium (May 17, 8 p.m.) features Joan Tower’s “Rising” for flute and string quartet in honor of Tower’s 80th birthday season. One world premiere and two RAM Call for Scores winners, Nicolai Jacobsen and Niloufar Nourbakhsh, are also involved.

The Once and Future New Yorker (May 18, 5:30 p.m.) explores music by José Luis Greco with Nelson Ojeda Valdés on piano, Myroslava Khomik on violin, Andy Lin on viola, Kate Dillingham on cello and Risa Renae Harman on soprano. The five-song suite has five world premieres.

Sceiron (Free, May 18, 7:30 p.m.) is the Greek God of the northwest wind as well as an allusion to the associations of atmosphere and spaciousness. Iktus Duo offers a similarly named concert with work by composer Ryan Howard. Hristina Blagoeva is on flute, while Chris Graham takes care of percussion.

At Home In My Skin (May 18, 8 p.m.) has pianist Kathleen Supové playing three world premieres and two New York premieres.

All Varieties of Existence (May 19, 2 p.m.) features pianist Ju-Ping Song knocking out three New York premieres and one U.S. premiere.

Beating Back Boring Production Deadlines (May 19, 5 p.m.) involves the NakedEye Ensemble mixing flute, clarinet, saxophone, cello, guitar, percussion, piano and soundtrack.

Episodes & The End of Time (May 19, 7 p.m.) has Ned Rorem’s “Nine Episodes” and Olivier Messiaen’s iconic “Quatuor Pour le Fin du Temps” with clarinetist Thomas Piercy, violinist Laura Jean Goldberg, cellist Kate Dillingham and pianist Marija Ilic.

Located at 44-02 23rd St., the Secret Theatre is within walking distance from subway stations on the E, G, M, N, R, V, W, and 7 lines. Street parking is available, and a few commercial lots are nearby.

Images: Queens New Music Festival


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