Ghost Ensemble dedicates itself to long-term study of experimental music with a focus on new perceptual perspectives that explore the experience of listening. The musicians of Ghost Ensemble “use sound to seek an altered consciousness, from a meditative awareness to a look, perhaps, into a different dimension” (George Grella, The New York Classical Review). Since its inception in 2012, the group has performed in concert halls, churches, galleries, and chamber music venues across New York City, and explored outdoor soundscapes from the courtyards of Wall Street to the caves at Inwood Hill Park. In 2013 and 2014, Ghost Ensemble inaugurated the release of Pauline Oliveros’s Anthology of Text Scores with the composer at Eyebeam and was featured in the East Bank Music Series and Queens New Music Festival; the 2015-2016 season began with a double-header at Pioneer Works in Red Hook with the experimental gamelan group Lightbulb Ensemble. Ghost Ensemble has frequently collaborated with record label and concert producers Indexical, including a 2016 commissioning project culminating in an evening of premiere performances at Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center.
Ghost Ensemble is Martha Cargo (flute), Sky Macklay (oboe),Ben Richter (accordion), Lucia Stavros (harp), Chris Nappi (percussion), Hannah Levinson (viola), Meaghan Burke (cello), Joshua Morris (contrabass), and James Ilgenfritz (contrabass), with frequent collaborators including Damon Loren Baker, Carl Bettendorf, Somna M Bulist, Joe Tucker, Rebekah Griffin Greene, Brooks Frederickson, David Bloom, and Nathan Koci. Composers who have created new works for the ensemble include Kyle Gann, Andrew C Smith, Elizabeth Adams, Teodora Stepancic, Kristina Wolfe, John Rot, Leonie Roessler, Somna M Bulist, Lucie Vitkova, and composer-members Ben Richter, Sky Macklay, and Joshua Morris.
Ghost Ensemble’s 2016-2017 season has been generously 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.