The Kennedy Center

Flexible Music Ensemble


Inspired by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen's Hout, Flexible Music enthusiastically explores its versatile instrumentation of saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion. Since its formation in 2003, the group has commissioned over thirty pieces, primarily by American composers, by some of the most exciting emerging and established composers active today. 

Flexible Music’s 2009-2010 season included concerts on the Macau International Music Festival in China and at the Kennedy Center, as well as at William and Mary College in Virginia, Le Poisson Rouge  and Galapagos Art Space in New York, and at the Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory in New York. Flexible Music was a featured guest on the Mid-American Festival of New Music at Bowling Green State University in October of 2008. Last season’s activities included performances at Syracuse University, Evolution Music Series (Baltimore), Chamber Music Now (Philadelphia), a cd release event at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York, a concert at the Issue Project Room (Brooklyn) and master classes at American University and the Peabody Institute of Music. Some of the ensemble's past concerts and residencies include Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Manhattan School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, William Paterson University, Bowdoin College, as well as local New York events at the Chelsea Museum, on the Friends and Enemies of New Music series, Wet Ink Musics,  Music Under Construction (Construction Company Gallery) and at The Stone. Flexible Music's debut cd, FM, was released by New Focus Recordings in March 2009. They can be heard on another release from New Focus, Sustenance, as well as on a Capstone Records release of the music of Allen Brings. The individual members of Flexible Music are all soloists and members of other ensembles, active in several styles. Flexible Music has received grant support from Meet The Composer’s JPMorganChase Regrant Program, American Music Center’s Copland Fund, The Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, and the American Composers Forum.
Flexible Music Ensemble