January 15, 2020 – April 15, 2020
9 Concerts, 9 Forums, All Free!
The FIU School of Music celebrates its 23rd year of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival (NMMF), directed by FIU Composer-in-Residence Orlando Jacinto Garcia. This year, the festival runs from January 15, 2020 through April 15, 2020 and includes the presentation of music by composers from around the world, many of whom are present to discuss their music for FIU students and audiences. The festival has continued to expand, featuring new music concerts for acoustic and electro-acoustic instrumentations.
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.
This year’s festival will open and close with the Amernet String Quartet, FIU’s Artists-in-Residence, and will feature chamber music groups and acclaimed musicians including trumpet virtuoso Jeff Kaiser, solo violinist Miranda Cuckson, NWS pianist Michael Linville, percussionist Steve Schick, bassoonist Rebekah Heller, the Misty Shore Duo, FIU’s NODUS Ensemble, and more! The festival will also showcase cutting-edge works by our alumni and feature premieres and pre-concert talks by guest composers including Boris Alvarado, Chen Yi, among others.
The New Music Miami Festival 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 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 oversee 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.