Manhattan’s Time Spans festival returns with two-plus weeks of contemporary music

Posted on: August 19, 2021

“The Time Spans festival has carved out a unique place for itself in New York’s musical life over the past decade,” writes Seth Colter Walls in Monday’s (8/16) New York Times. “This contemporary-music event, now a multiweek affair [August 12-29], is that perfect paradox: reliably varied. On successive evenings you might find electroacoustic experiments, meditative string quartets and barreling pieces for chamber orchestra.… The festival’s executive and artistic director [is] Thomas Fichter, a veteran bassist…. Ensembles like the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound may well be familiar to music lovers. But they’re rarely presented in such concentrated helpings. Each Time Spans show generally lasts about an hour … at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan.” Among festival ensembles are Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Yarn/Wire; composers include Freida Abtan, Eduardo Aguilar, Marcos Balter, Carola Bauckholt, Oscar Bettison, Taylor Brook, Anthony Cheung, Zosha Di Castri, Jason Eckardt, inti figgis-vizueta, Ashley Fure, Ben Lamar Gay, Brittany J. Green, Sarah Hennies, Nathalie Joachim, Catherine Lamb, George E. Lewis, Philippe Manoury, Alex Mincek, Erik Oña, Matthias Pintscher, Sam Pluta, Mariel Roberts, Olivia Shortt, Tyshawn Sorey, Caspar Johannes Walter, Amy Williams, Bora Yoon, and Nina C. Young.