New Music Gathering is an annual three-day conference dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support and creation of new concert music.
Hailed as “more than just another new music festival” (Wall Street Journal) and “a joyous celebration of the art and craft, and yes, even the business, of making contemporary music,” (I Care If You Listen), conference New Music Gathering heads to Boston Conservatory at Berklee on May 17-19, 2018.
New Music Gathering brings contemporary musicians, artists, administrators, and musicologists together to meet, talk, and foster relationships in the new music community.
Our 2018 conference proudly features vocalist, performance artist, and Q2 Music host Helga Davis as keynote speaker; her keynote address will focus on the conference’s theme of “Accessibility.” Headlining performers include the boundary-breaking string quartet JACK Quartet on May 17, composer/performer and media artist Pamela Z on May 18, and the Boston-based Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble on May 19.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the New Music Gathering in May of 2018,” says Jonathan Bailey Holland, Chair of Contemporary Music and Core Studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. “The new music community in Boston is, and has been for many years, a thriving and significant component of the rich Boston musical landscape. Students at Boston Conservatory at Berklee premiere hundreds of new works every year, making us an ideal institution to host the gathering. This year's theme of accessibility, with it's numerous interpretations, is both timely and needed, and promises a stimulating and broad conversation.”
With concerts, lecture recitals, roundtable discussions, talks, and everything from composer-performer “speed dating,” to one-on-one consultations with industry professionals. #NMG2018 aims to be both a conference in the traditional sense but also quite literally a collective place for things to grow, improve, solidify and above all get personal.