Ghost Ensemble

experimental and experiential music

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.

Ghost Ensemble Fall 2015!

Friday, October 30, 8:00 PM
Ghost Ensemble and Lightbulb Ensemble
Music by Andrew C. Smith, Juste Janulyte, Ben Richter, Pauline Oliveros, Simon Steen-Andersen, Alan Hovhaness
Lightbulb Ensemble performs Brian Baumbusch and Wayne Vitale’s “Mikrokosma” on self-made microtonal instruments

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY

Stay tuned for Spring 2015 dates April 14 and 16!

Ghost Ensemble Fall 2014

Sunday, November 9, 5:00 PM
Ghost Ensemble
World Premieres by Kristina Wolfe, Sky Macklay
Music by Marc Sabat, Michael Finnissy, Christian Wolff
121 Ludlow Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY

Thursday, December 4, 8:00 PM
Ghost Ensemble
World Premieres by John Rot, Leonie Roessler, Ben Richter

 Music by Marc Sabat, Matthew Sargent
Barn & Bail 
161 West 22nd Street
New York, NY

Ghost Ensemble Spring 2014

Friday, March 28, 7:30 PM
Ghost Ensemble
Premieres by Macklay, Baker
Music by Lucier, Berio, Morris, Sainte-Colombe
121 Ludlow Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY

Friday, April 4, 8:00 PM
Ghost Ensemble with Meaghan Burke, cello
Premiere by Bulist
Music by Cage, Scelsi, Richter, Sargent, Sainte-Colombe
East Bank Music Series
Church of the Ascension
127 Kent Street, Greenpoint
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, May 17, 8:00 PM
Ghost Ensemble with David Bloom, conductor, and Meaghan Burke, cello
Premieres by Gann, Richter
Music by Scelsi, Oliveros, Morris, Macklay, Steen-Anderson
Queens New Music Festival
The Secret Theatre
4402 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY

S U P E R N A T U R A L _ S O U N D S

Permutations presents
Ghost Ensemble :: Supernatural Sounds
Works by Hildegard, Crumb, Macklay, Oliveros, Scelsi, Richter

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 (Friday), 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Conservatory
58 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
$20 | $15 — Advance tickets only!
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the concert.
Seating is limited, so please reserve yours now.
This event is a fundraiser for the ensemble’s upcoming recording projects. If you will be unable to attend the concert, you can still donate to Ghost Ensemble at BrownPaperTickets.

Buy tickets || Facebook event || Press release

Note: This event has been moved from its originally scheduled time and location.  It will be held at 7:00 PM at the Brooklyn Conservatory, not at 8:30 PM.


Ghost Ensemble at Inwood Hill Park, Friday, June 21

Ghost Ensemble and Academy will present an early evening of experimental music in the open air of gorgeous Inwood Hill Park for MakeMusicNY on Friday, June 21.  Academy will perform at 5:00 and Ghost Ensemble will perform at 6:30. The performance is free of charge and the audience is invited to participate throughout.

The event will take place on the northern end of the park near the place known as Shorakkopoch.

On Google Maps, this area is labeled “Native American Caves”. To find the location, use the park entrance at the corner of Isham St. and Seaman Ave., near the 207 St. stop on the A train.  Enter facing west from Isham St. and continue straight, passing the flags.  Follow that path as it curves to the right, west of the baseball diamonds (do not bear left uphill).  You will see a large field in front of you, with the Harlem river and a big bridge behind it.  Bear left, staying south of the field.  After walking west with the large field on your right, you’ll run into a boulder in the path, labelled “Shorakkopoch”.  Take a left after the boulder.  Now keep an eye and an ear out for a small path on your right.  Here are the caves!