The annual New Music Miami ISCM Festival (NMMF) has developed numerous partnerships with presenting institutions throughout the world. The festival has enabled composers and performers to participate and present their work and has included music from countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Canada, and throughout the US.
Last year, our festival was presented partially in person and virtually with our new Festival YouTube channel as an additional way to connect with our audiences here: https://www.youtube.com/c/newmusicmiamiiscmfestival. Seven of the 9 concerts were presented virtually while the last two were realized at our new home in the Wolfsonian – FIU Museum on Miami Beach. We welcomed artists including Duo Duplum from Mexico, guitarists Colin McAllister and Jaime Marquez, flutist/vocalist Alice Teyssier, composers Ken Ueno, Javier Alvarez, and Zosha Di Castri, the Amernet String Quartet and the NODUS Ensemble. We also celebrated works by our FIU alumni and music from North and South America and South Florida.
This year’s festival will include award winning composers Chinary Ung, George Lewis, and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, virtuoso violinists Miranda Cuckson and Pauline Kim Harris, Transient Canvas duo, the Amernet String Quartet, and the NODUS Ensemble and will include music from Miami, North and South America, Europe, and Asia, as well as work by our FIU alumni composers.
The New Music Miami ISCM Festival (NMMF) originally began in 1993 as the May in Miami Music Festival, an annual, week-long festival occurring every May. The festival featured nightly concerts with performances by performers from the New World Symphony and FIU faculty of renowned, emerging, and student composers. In 1997, the festival expanded its scope by scheduling concerts throughout the year and became the New Music Miami Festival. By 2002, FIU became an associated chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), a network that now includes over 60 organizations in over 50 countries, on every continent, dedicated to promoting contemporary music in all is varied forms.
The founder of the festival, Dr. Orlando Jacinto Garcia, runs the Composition Program at FIU, and oversees the artistic direction of FIU’s contemporary ensemble, NODUS Ensemble. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended-haunting sonic explorations” that he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others. Learn More at nmmf.fiu.edu.