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 […]

Read more
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, […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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.

Read more