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Talea Ensemble: Adamcyk's Father, My Father

Americas Society

December 3, 2019


Image: Talea Ensemble

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Music of the Americas will present Talea Ensemble in the premiere of NYC-based Canadian composer David Adamcyk's audiovisual piece Father, My Father. Adamcyk received an ACF | Create grant from American Composers Forum to create this piece, a sonically spatialized project featuring a site-specific video installation, conceived and adapted specifically for Americas Society’s building. The installation will immerse the audience in Adamcyk’s socially-committed music, enhanced by visual stimulation from the moment they enter the lobby and walk up the staircase into the performance space itself. Musical materials for the instrumental ensemble will be derived from the interviews through various types of sound analysis. While some musical gestures might imitate the sound of voices heard in the audio/video montage, the point is to create a musical layer from the audio/video montage that is distinct from the instrumental discourse, yet tightly woven in the overall texture. The piece is divided into six, roughly ten-minute chapters, each featuring one instrument from the ensemble and presenting a distinct musical flavor.


Talea Ensemble perform the World Premiere of David Adamcyk's "Absolue II"

About the Artists


Talea Ensemble

Heralded as “a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere” by the New York Times, the Talea Ensemble is comprised of nineteen of New York City’s finest classically-trained musicians, with a mission to champion musical creativity, cultivate curious listeners, and bring visionary new works to life with vibrant performances that remain in the audience’s imagination long after a concert.

Recipients of the 2014 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Talea has brought to life more than 30 commissions of major new works since it was founded in 2008. Partnering with institutions like the Austrian Cultural Forum or the French American Cultural Exchange, Talea has helped introduce NYC audiences to important works of such esteemed composers as Pierre Boulez, Georg Friedrich Haas, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, or Georges Aperghis.

Praised for their “verve and immaculate virtuosity” by the Washington Post, the Talea Ensemble is sought after both in the U.S. and Europe for its range, precision, risk-taking, and superior performance quality. Recent festival engagements include performances at Lincoln Center Festival, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, the Fromm Concerts at Harvard University, Warsaw Autumn Festival, Wien Modern, Chicago’s Contempo series, Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Vancouver New Music, and many others. Talea’s recordings have been distributed worldwide on the Wergo, Gravina Musica, Tzadik, Innova, and New World Records labels, and been radio-broadcast on ORF (Austria), HRF (Germany), and WQXR’s Q2.

Talea assumes an ongoing role in supporting a new generation of composers, and has undertaken residencies in music departments at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, New York University, and many others.


David Adamcyk is a Canadian composer, electronic musician, and sound engineer living in New York. He creates musical works for the concert hall and theatrical stage, often incorporating technology. He was the assistant to Martin Matalon and Philippe Leroux, has collaborated with artist Julia Randall, and has worked with Quasar, Cairn, the MSO, Talea, ECM+, IRCAM, Esprit Orchestra, and SMCQ. David has taken part in the Nouvelles Rencontres composition program at Domaine Forget, in St-Iréné, and was selected for the National Arts Center's Young Composers program in Ottawa. He has won four prizes at the SOCAN Foundation composer’s competition, and was also one of the five finalists in the CBC/SRC Evolution composition competition. David holds a doctorate in Composition from McGill University, and currently teaches sound recording, live sound, and electronic music at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center and at the Manhattan School of Music.