About

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 collaborates frequently 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’s first album is forthcoming in early 2018 from Indexical Records.

Ghost Ensemble is Martha Cargo (flute), Sky Macklay (oboe), Ben Richter (accordion), Lucia Stavros (harp), Chris Nappi (percussion), Carrie Frey (viola), and James Ilgenfritz (contrabass), with conductor Carl Bettendorf and frequent collaborators including Meaghan Burke, Maria Hadge, Rebekah Griffin Greene, Alice Jones, and Damon Loren Baker. Former members include violist Hannah Levinson, bassist Joshua Morris, harpist Somna M Bulist, and percussionist Joe Tucker. Ghost has also performed with Lucie Vitkova, Lester St. Louis, Nathan Koci, David Bloom, Tyler Mashek, Ellery Trafford, Brooks Frederickson, Tomek Arnold, Russell O’Rourke, John Rot, and David Bird. 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, Joshua Morris, and composer-members Ben Richter and Sky Macklay.

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.

For booking, media, or other inquiries, please contact ensemble director Ben Richter at ben@ghostensemble.org.

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