Ghost Ensemble

experimental and experiential music

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!

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.