Ghost Ensemble

experimental and experiential music


Ghost Ensemble is seeking new works of experimental music for two to five musicians from our core ensemble: flute, oboe, accordion, harp, percussion, viola, contrabass. Works including cello, conductor, electronics, or voices may also be considered, as will open instrumentation scores. Please note that our ensemble does not include piano.

We’re especially eager to discover works that explore new perceptual perspectives and performance practices that may fall outside the norms of contemporary classical music. Traditional notation and graphic, text, audio, and other scoring methods are all welcome. There are no restrictions regarding previous performances of the piece or composers’ age, nationality, etc.

There is no fee to submit your work, but please submit only one piece per composer — the one that you think would be a great fit for Ghost Ensemble.

Works will be reviewed by Ghost Ensemble and considered for performance in the 2018-2019 season and beyond. Please e-mail scores/instructions (and recordings, if available) to by MARCH 1, 2018. Any questions about the call can be sent to the same address.

We look forward to your music!


In the Studio

Ghost Ensemble is at Bunker Studios recording for our upcoming release on Indexical Records — stay tuned!

Photo by engineer extraordinaire Joe Branciforte:
Ghost in studio by Joe Branciforte

Ghost Ensemble Presents: June 2017

Thursday, June 22, Ghost Ensemble presents, along with S.E.M. Ensemble and Infrequent Seams, an album release event for Ben Richter’s Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean, featuring performances by Ben Richter, Object Collection, Providence Research Ensemble, Arthur Kampela, and Margaret Lancaster.

Willow Place Auditorium,
26 Willow Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201
doors: 7:30 PM
concert: 8:00 PM
suggested donation $10

Arthur Kampela: “Happy Days”, “Percussive Dances”
performed by Margaret Lancaster and Arthur Kampela

Object Collection: “Out 2”
by Kara Feely and Travis Just
performed by Daniel Allen Nelson and Avi Glickstein

Ben Richter: “Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean”
performance version for live accordion and tape

Providence Research Ensemble: Music of J. P. A. Falzone

Harp n Ropes (No. 4)

Please enjoy Teodora Stepancic’s beautiful piece from Ghost Ensemble’s December 2016 concert:

Teodora Stepancic – Harp n Ropes no 4 from Indexical on Vimeo.


Thank you!

Ghost Ensemble expresses our deepest gratitude to all contributors who helped make our 2016 commissioning project and December 15 concert a wonderful success!

Ghost Ensemble‘s Hatchfund campaign raised a total of $5,570 from 47 supporters. Your generosity has helped us commission Kristina Wolfe, Teodora Stepancic, Elizabeth Adams, and Andrew C. Smith to create new works for the ensemble, and will continue to aid GhostEnsemble‘s activities in the new year.

Ghost Ensemble’s 2016-2017 season is officially supported by Hannah Wertheim, Helena Martin, Alexis Richland, Laurie & Mike Furdyna, G. Paul Richter, Hauke Holtkamp, Lisa & Harry Levinson, Evan Runyon, Karen & Sanjaya Panth, Eleanor Levinson, Hajnal Pivnick, Casey Anderson, Deborah Granquist, Nancy Eichelberger, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Rocco Di Pietro, Thomas Buckner, Andrew C. Smith, Vincent Pignatiello, Ruth Martin, David Kant, Jan Wertheim, Jodie Rottle, Brice Garrett, Dan Joseph, Jeff Ostroff, John Hastings, Kevin Grose, W. R. Fong, Christopher Goddard, J. Adams, and seven anonymous donors.

Ghost Ensemble 2016 Commissions & Concert

Ghost Ensemble is excited to announce our
2016 Commissions & Premieres Concert and Hatchfund campaign!

Over the course of the past year, Ghost Ensemble has developed five new works with emerging composers at the forefront of experimental music. We need your help to bring these works to life on December 15 and beyond. Your tax-deductible donations are rewarded with live recordings, concert tickets, musical scores, and more.

We’ll be presenting the five new works by Kristina Wolfe, Elizabeth Adams, Teodora Stepancic, Andrew C Smith, and Ben Richter on December 15, 2016 at the Invisible Dog Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the project, please visit our Hatchfund campaign!

Ghost Ensemble: April 2016

Join us for two beautiful evenings of new and experimental music!

April 14: Musical Ecologies

8:00 PM, $10 suggested donation
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An intimate gathering in Brooklyn’s beautiful historic Old Stone House will feature quiet, intense works by Klaus Lang, Marc Sabat, Lucie Vitkova, Pauline Oliveros, and Giacinto Scelsi that explore microtonality and sonic phenomena. A Ghost Ensemble trio (Sky Macklay, Ben Richter, and Joshua Morris) will be joined by accordionist Lucie Vitkova and cellist Lester St. Louis. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by Musical Ecologies curator Dan Joseph, and a reception will follow.
The Old Stone House is located in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

April 16: The Firehouse Space

8:30 PM, $10
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A larger community event will feature music composed for the ensemble by Andrew C. Smith, Sky Macklay, and John Rot, along with rarely-performed works by Pauline Oliveros and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Ghost Ensemble will be joined for the first time by conductor Carl Bettendorf, percussionist Chris Nappi, accordionist Lucie Vitkova, and trombonist Jen Baker for an exciting and expansive evening. The full ensemble will also include Martha Cargo, Sky Macklay, Lucia Stavros, Ben Richter, Hannah Levinson, Joshua Morris, James Ilgenfritz, John Rot, and Damon Loren Baker.
The Firehouse Space is located at 246 Frost Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.