June 11, 2014

Psalm 55

One thing’s for sure: David was in a VERY bad way when he wrote Psalm 55. The verses teeter between despair and outrage, recounting in painful detail the insult and injury of betrayal. Norwegian composer Andrew Smith resists the violence of the language in his setting of Psalm 55 however. His interpretation is contemplative, evoking […]

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August 24, 2013

Get Tudored

Get arts-n-craftsy, win a SIGNED COPY of Times go by Turns, the new CD from New York Polyphony! To celebrate the August 27 release of their new album Times go by Turns—featuring music that spanned the rise and reign of the Tudor dynasty—New York Polyphony wants YOU to create your most fabulous TUDOR ERA SELF-PORTRAIT using […]

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May 2, 2013

That new car smell

It started with a new coat of paint. Then a second. Then things got lumpy. Bits and pieces stopped working here and there. Work-arounds were dispatched, many of them ham-handed but effective. But then the work-arounds needed work-arounds. Before long, it was undeniable: what was cool and cutting edge in 2011 had become, well, an […]

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April 5, 2013

Growing pains

The New York Polyphony website is getting a much needed facelift.  Our plan is to return to 100% (or at least 92%) functionality by early next week. But we don’t want to make any promises we can’t keep. If you need a content fix, please visit our Twitter or Facebook pages.   Thanks!  

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February 26, 2013

Gregorian chant. Remixed.

In June 2011, New York Polyphony joined forces with Indaba Music to host  the first-ever online Gregorian chant remix competition. The contest made available three of the genre’s “greatest hits” (Victimae paschali laudes, Gaudeamus in omnes Domino, and Beati mundo corde) which we recorded expressly for the competition. Each chant was featured in a stand-alone […]

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October 18, 2011

A change of season (Part 2)

It started as an idea mentioned in passing.  Something like “oh, we should get together and sing a few things.”  That was the humble genesis of New York Polyphony.  Five years on, we’ve recorded 3 CDs, toured the world and taken part in all sorts of really cool projects, festivals and collaborations.  Now, as we […]

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October 18, 2011

A change of season

To all our fans and supporters– It has been an absolute pleasure sharing my voice with you as a founding member of New York Polyphony. Touring the wide open spaces of this great nation with my friends has been an honour and an adventure, and the warm welcome I have received around the country, has been humbling.  […]

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September 30, 2011

New York by way of Sweden

Today, NYP embarks on a great adventure: we fly to Sweden to record our debut CD for acclaimed record label BIS Records. This afternoon we fly from JFK to Stockholm.  From there, we drive roughly 80 km northeast to the village of Länna where we’ll spend 8 days recording in a beautiful 14th century stone […]

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September 26, 2011

Medieval meets modern

NOTE: for info on Devices & Desires [Expanded Edition], click HERE. This past June, we joined forces with Indaba Music to host Devices & Desires, an online Gregorian chant remix competition. The contest made available three of the genre’s “greatest hits” (Victimae paschali laudes, Gaudeamus in omnes Domino, and Beati mundo corde) that we recorded exclusively for the […]

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October 29, 2010

Lionel Power, animated (free download!)

It’s safe to say that Lionel Power (d. 1445) could never have imagined the digital world we live in.  I doubt he even dreamed that his music (handwritten in a few books) would survive beyond his death much less be sung by a group of guys living in city 3,000 miles away more than 500 […]

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October 11, 2010

Heir(s) apparent?

On October 5, Sony Music Entertainment launced a “new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store” called Ariama.  According to Sony, Ariama (for now only available in the U.S.) fills a void in the world of digital music delivery. “Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has search and discovery features specific to classical music […]

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October 11, 2010

Interview in Classical Singer Magazine

Our very own Geoffrey Williams is interviewed for the article Brave New-Old World in the current issue (October 2010) of Classical Singer Magazine. (Yes, he’s famous.) In it, he discusses the contemporary relevance of early music, New York Polyphony’s approach to singing and our upcoming concert at Saint Mary the Virgin Times Square on November […]

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August 26, 2010

Cool factor 10

In late June, New York Polyphony spent a beautiful summer evening with photographer Joanne Bouknight. Over the course of three hours in as many as five different locations around Long Island City, she snapped over 700 photos! To put it delicately, we’re intermittently photogenic… which is to say not really at all. So Joanne wisely […]

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August 25, 2010

Sing for Hope event for Pakistani flood relief

This past Monday, New York Polyphony took part in summer music series Beacon Hill Concerts in the Poconos. Aside from being an opportunity to create music in an intimate space and indulge in 5-voice textures with special guest artist Eric Brenner, the concert marked our first appearance as Donor Artists for the organization Sing for Hope. […]

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August 16, 2010

A span of 7 centuries in 60 minutes

Yesterday (Sunday, August 15), New York Polyphony provided the music for the liturgy at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.  Not only did it give us an opportunity to dust off a terrific mass setting from 13th Century England and a few other gems appropriate for the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, it marked the […]

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June 22, 2010

NYP + Smith + Yoon = New EP

Surrexit Christus – EP now available on iTunes! (And other digital download sites, too.) A digital only “spin-off” of our latest CD Tudor City, Surrexit Christus charts new ground for NYP… both in terms of its content and delivery. ABOUT THE EP “For Surrexit Christus, a 3-song digital EP, New York Polyphony teams with experimental […]

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June 16, 2010

Top 10 and Minnesota Approved

Thanks to strong airplay, our WQXR “Featured Album of the Week” status and the segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, TUDOR CITY has cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s classical album chart. We jump all the way to #6 this week. We’ve also made a splash in the Midwest. Valerie Kahler of Minnesota Public Radio […]

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June 6, 2010

NYP Considered

In case you missed it, New York Polyphony  got a great “shout out” on the weekend edition of the NPR program All Things Considered.  The segment was devoted to the best new classical music releases and we’re thrilled to report that Tudor City was among them.  (We lead the segment, in fact!)  What’s more, a […]

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June 2, 2010

Cameo at the Tribeca New Music Festival

Next Wednesday, June 9, New York Polyphony (with special guest baritone Jesse Blumberg) makes a cameo in a performance by Bora Yoon and Pamela Z at the Tribeca New Music Festival. NYP will join Bora for Semaphore Conductus, a “choral sound installation sung in surround, inspired by the conduction of energy, the language of signals […]

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June 1, 2010

Full Rotation

For those of you within range of WQXR 105.9 FM in NYC, Tudor City is the Featured Album of the Week. Read more about it QXR’s website. …

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May 26, 2010

Early praise for TUDOR CITY

Released just last month, TUDOR CITY is now beginning to show up on the radar of magazines, blogs and music critics. A few snippets of what’s been said so far: “…these are beautifully blended voices of individual distinction.” (The Independent) “Exacting standards, a magnificently rich, reverberant acoustic… and a smart selection of [repertoire] make this […]

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May 18, 2010

New Beginnings

As many of you know, baritone and founding member Scott Dispensa is leaving New York Polyphony for a full-time position in the Metropolitan Opera chorus.  More than a great friend and an enthusiastic collaborator, Scott has been integral to what we as an ensemble have achieved over the last four years.  It would be a […]

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May 7, 2010

NYP joins Bora Yoon

Because My End Is My Beginning was such a blast, we’re always looking for reasons to collaborate with Bora Yoon. Well, we have great news: NYP is going to join Bora for her June 9th show at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center to perform “Semaphore Conductus”. The show is part of the Tribeca […]

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April 8, 2010


Tudor City was recorded at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City in June 2009.  The 17-track album album explores the sacred music of Tudor England, but it takes its name from a historic residential complex on Manhattan’s East Side.  The iconic TUDOR CITY rooftop sign has been a feature of […]

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