June 9, 2014

Hit or Myth

This Friday, June 13, New York Polyphony will perform Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli (“Pope Marcellus Mass”) as part of the inaugural season of the Early Music Festival New York City. To handle the six voice writing (seven in the final Agnus!) we will be joined by our friends tenor Andrew Fuchs, soprano […]

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March 10, 2014

Devices & Desires: Where are they now?

In 2011, we embarked on a very cool adventure. Partnering with the online music network Indaba Music, we launched three stand-alone remix competitions. Entrants were given access to three Gregorian chants (specially recorded for the contests by New York Polyphony) that they could remix however they’d like. There were no limits on structure, style, or […]

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January 17, 2014

The legacy of the Hilliard Ensemble

Recently, the Hilliard Ensemble announced that they will disband in 2014 after 40 years of performing. The mark they’ve made on the fields of early and new music is huge, and it’s not at all an exaggeration to say that New York Polyphony exists in large part because of the trail they blazed. So, please […]

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December 29, 2013

Thank you for 2013

I had planned to write a lengthy recap of the year.  But at the last minute, I changed my mind.  And for good reason.  It’s not that there aren’t A LOT of great moments to recount, or highlights to share.  It’s just that there are SO MANY people who helped to make 2013 a success, […]

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December 21, 2013

Nowel, Noel, Nowell!

It’s Advent, and because New York Polyphony sings a lot in December, we encounter the word noel a great deal. If you’re like me, you’ve not thought much about the word noel and what it means.  My first time encountering the word was as a small child when I learned the popular Christmas carol “The First Nowell”. […]

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December 1, 2013

The 5th Man

I’m currently reading How Music Works by David Byrne. It’s a strange hybrid: a combination of autobiography and economics primer. In the opening chapter Byrne discusses the idea that the acoustic space available to a composer is what ultimately determines the format of the piece of music he/she writes. As he explains, the rock club […]

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July 12, 2013

Glitter and Ribs

A New York Polyphony fan doesn’t have to look far on the internet to learn about our gastronomic adventures. Whether we’re on the road or home in NYC, it’s quite clear: we love to eat. Besides the best local breakfast (which is usually Craig and Geoff’s quest in a new town), we’re always on the […]

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June 26, 2013

Too much of a good thing?

What do you do when there is too much of a good thing? You make that good thing even better! If you have recently been enjoying summer and haven’t checked our website or Facebook page, you might not have seen that we are running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a music video. The […]

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May 20, 2013

Fifteen misses

File this under NOT early music. People often accuse me of being stuck in the 80s. Not because of a penchant for parachute pants, and certainly not because of my moussed-out, technicolor hairstyle. It’s because I have a terrible memory… until the conversation turns to pop music of the Reagan years. I was not quite […]

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May 6, 2013

Group therapy

Last month, New York Polyphony strayed outside of its artistic comfort zone. Willingly! As part of a two-week residency at Stanford University, we participated in the premiere of Jonathan Berger’s opera cycle Visitations. This wasn’t New York Polyphony’s first foray into [*ahem*] opera—in 2007 we performed Der Jenaische Wein und Bierrufer, a comic cantata by […]

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March 6, 2013

Natural selection

A guest blog entry from Gregory Brown, the composer of the Missa Charles Darwin: “I went to college to become a scientist. My first foray into academic publishing was a coauthored paper with the catchy title The Variation of Tourmaline Chemistry with Metamorphic Grade in Southwest Maine. You’ve read it? I thought not. At some […]

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February 16, 2013

Less clueless about lossless

A few days ago, the four of us sat down to revisit material that is no longer part of our active repertoire.  Some of the old tunes appear on our CDs Tudor City and I sing the birth, so it made sense for us to listen back to those recordings.  Because we’re on tour and […]

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December 28, 2012

Thirty (two) out of fifty

It’s the time of the year when we look back and take stock.  What have we seen?  Where have we been?  What’s left to do? Admission: NEW YORK POLYPHONY WANTS TO PERFORM IN ALL FIFTY STATES! How are we doing?  Here’s a map of the United States, color-coded for your viewing pleasure. (It’s a bit small […]

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December 13, 2012

More than a thousand words

The success of endBeginning has been thrilling for us. We’re excited that many people—and not just early music fans—have responded so enthusiastically to what is a rather obscure program of music. Yes, Crecquillon and Clemens deserve to be rescued from obscurity and we’re hopeful that endBeginning boosts their profile. But we also hope that the […]

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October 27, 2012

Lessons learned

It’s no secret how CHRISTMAS CRAZY I am. So, as the person responsible for programming New York Polyphony’s December concerts, I’m looking at and listening to potential Christmas repertoire…often as early as May. The struggle then is to keep the Christmas tunes off my various media devices as long as possible to avoid the dreaded […]

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October 17, 2012

A (partial) SkyMall Wishlist

Deepen your connection with NYP: Gift us MASSIVE wine glasses! New York Polyphony just returned home from our October tour. We performed 8 concerts in 8 cities in 12 days; we gave 7 master classes, presented one educational demonstration, and sang one private house concert. This tour also brought us 3 state debuts, in Tennessee, […]

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October 11, 2012

Year One

After a recent concert appearance in Dallas, I was talking with two women who were very excited to have discovered us. They are friends, and one of them had arrived at our concert at its beginning. She told us that she heard the first few bars of the first piece and immediately walked outside, called […]

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September 28, 2012

No end in sight

One year ago (almost to the day) New York Polyphony embarked on a fantastic adventure. We traveled to Sweden to record endBeginning, our first release for acclaimed record label BIS Records. It was the first time any of us had been to Sweden, so we were understandably excited. But at the same time, we were […]

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September 15, 2012

The six year mark

Happy Birthday, New York Polyphony! Here it is– 6 years to the day since we as a group first opened mouths to sing. Craig Phillips, founding baritone Scott Dispensa and I put some of Denis Stevens’ editions of the Worcester Fragments on their feet at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square for […]

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January 1, 2012

Thanks for 2011

It’s that time of year again– time to bask in the glow of Christmas-cookie-induced heartburn and reflect on all the ups, downs and lateral movements of the past year. And what a year it was. 2011 was a monster. Not in the Cloverfield sense, but definitely in terms of its massive tectonic shifts. Personally, I […]

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November 13, 2011

Edits and albums at altitude

Hi fans and friends! Writing this on a plane to Dallas-Ft.Worth International Airport, a hub we’ll see probably a dozen times in the next three-five months. This time around it’s for a concert in Waco, Texas. We’ve had a lovely visit to the beautiful State of New Mexico with concerts and workshops in Portales at […]

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October 31, 2011

Fall 2011 in a nutshell

Hi fans, Since I’m sure Craig will be editing this blog before posting, I thought I’d first take the chance to let you all know that he’s really the unsung hero behind making us sound so good in print and looking so good in photos and in all our social media.  He really is amazing. […]

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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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June 28, 2011

Notatar for “Notatar for eit rekviem”

Greetings for Larvik, Norway! A little post-mortem (literally) about our premiere tonight of “Notatar for eit Rekviem” (Notes for a Requiem).  In short, it’s a stage adaptation of  Odd Klippenvåg ‘s novel about Don Carlo Gesualdo, the innovative composer and Prince of Venosa most famous for murdering his wife and her lover. While his noble status […]

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June 26, 2011

Norwegian would, traffic permitting

GUEST BLOGGER: ERIKA RAUER (Craig’s wife) The week before leaving New York for Norway, I did an exact count of how many diapers Grace uses on a weekly basis. The number was 49: 7 a day. So, for 11 days, I packed 95 (just to be safe) plus an extra few in the diaper bag. […]

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March 19, 2011

NYP > one-trick ponies

There have been so many exciting developments to report over the past few months that it’s easy to overlook the work we do as individuals. Here’s a quick look at what’s everyone is up to at the moment… CHRIS has a few solo projects on the horizon including a performance with Ensemble for the Romantic […]

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December 29, 2010

2010 in Review

Well, here it is— the last gasps of 2010.  On the one hand, it seems like we just watched the ball drop on 2009.  On the other, last winter seems like a lifetime ago. It’s been a huge year for New York Polyphony— full of ups and downs, but mostly ups.  Big ups, actually.  Tudor […]

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December 3, 2010

Do you want to hear what I hear?

On Thursday, we embarked on our three week “Christmas” tour. (Technically, our tour was supposed to begin on Wednesday, but high winds conspired against us and our flight was canceled.) At three weeks, our tour will be the LONGEST tour NYP has ever attempted. So, it’s anyone’s guess if we’ll be on speaking terms when […]

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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 15, 2010

Off the cutting room floor

Thanks to Acis Productions, we were able to rescue a track from Tudor City that didn’t make the final cut: Thomas Tallis’ “Let God Arise in Majesty”. Maybe the key didn’t fit in the sequence, maybe it was a case of “more of the same”…who knows. But whatever the reason, it ended up on the cutting […]

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September 25, 2010

Singing in the rain

This week New York Polyphony gave its first performance in the great north: Minnesota!  For me, it was my first time to the state.  We performed at St. Olaf College, and, no, for all our friends, Rose Nylund was nowhere to be found.  St. Olaf College is actually in Northfield, south of the Twin Cities.  […]

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August 10, 2010

There and back again

We can’t begin to put in writing the thanks we owe to Andrew Smith–our great friend, composer, and collaborator–for hosting us in the beautiful city of Oslo, Norway last weekend. He and his wife Linn opened their home to the band and presented us in concert at the Oslodomkirke (Oslo Cathedral), a lovely Rococo building […]

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August 6, 2010

The state of things in Denmark

Thisted, in the Thy region, pronounced “TEA-stul” and “Tü” (clearly…), there are lots of silent consonants here, nine official vowels, and extra letters at the end of the alphabet: æ, å, ø and Ӝ. (I lied about the last one). Our first full day began with a workshop with the church choir of men and […]

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July 24, 2010

To Denmark and beyond

In two weeks we make our continental European debut with two concerts in Denmark in the towns of Thisted and Sulsted and a special performance in the Oslodomkirke in Norway. We’ll send updates during our travels, but a bit about our trip before we venture to Newark International Airport (always a nightmare!) and I get […]

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April 16, 2010

The joys of embedded video

Bells and whistles.  One of the best things about the redesign of is the ease with which EMBEDDED VIDEO can be incorporated into a post! Oh, technology– you are a friend, indeed.

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