Ghost Ensemble

experimental and experiential music

Inaugural Concert at Willow Place, 3/23/13

Video and high-quality audio from Ghost Ensemble’s premiere performance:

Ghost Ensemble’s inaugural concert, March 23, 2013
Transient Series II.4, presented by Index
Willow Place Auditorium, New York, NY

Part 1:
Pauline Oliveros – The Extreme Slow Song (1997)
Giacinto Scelsi – Hyxos (1955)
Gerard Grisey – Prologue (1976)
David Bird – Squeem (2011)

Part 2:
Somna M Bulist – I Lay My Heart Open To The Benign Indifference Of The Universe (2012)
Joshua Morris – Duet for Doublebass and Doublebassist (2012)
Ben Richter – Healing Ghost (2012)

Somna M Bulist, harp • Joshua Morris, bass • Martha Cargo, flute • Joe Tucker, percussion • Hannah Levinson, viola • David Bird, electronics • Sky Macklay, oboe • Ben Richter, conductor • Audience, voices

Audio recording by Andrew Smith
Video recording by Nick Bremer Korb

Ghost Ensemble seeks to create experiential music.  We see the greatest music as a transcendent bridge between worlds — such music is naturally experienced sensually and intuitively rather than intellectually.  It is fulfilling because it moves beyond informing, entertaining, or “interesting” our minds and creates a complete experience.  Thus, rather than focusing on a particular time period or genre, we look toward the essence of the music’s effect.

Based in New York City, Ghost Ensemble explores both traditional and non-traditional venues to expand the musical experience; the familiar becomes unfamiliar through musical transcendence, while unexpected and unexplored places become a new layer of beauty.

The core ensemble includes flute, oboe, harp, percussion, viola, and contrabass, occasionally joined by other instruments and musicians.