Sending sparks through the auditory cortex, SoundMind is a modern wind quintet bringing curiosity and imagination to live chamber music.
The New York City-based ensemble performs the music of living composers, thoughtfully programmed alongside re-imagined works from across an expanse of style, genre, and instrumentation. In their most recent seasons, they performed and recorded new music from Whitney George, Will Healy, Paul Kerekes, and premiered new music for wind quintet on the New York Composers’ Circle and Concrete Timbre series’. Their performances blend new compositions with the ensemble’s own fresh transcriptions of music from Gesualdo to Gershwin, while highlighting the works of living American composers. A SoundMind event is a deliberately different concert experience, with pieces for quintet paired with duos and smaller-scale works, while infusing the timbral spectrum with alto and bass instruments, and occasionally with electronic sound.
Their performances integrate audience discussion and interaction wherever it enhances the experience, and SoundMind commits fully to every listener’s capacity to engage with music from all styles, eras, and cultures. Whether for a small gathering of ten to an hall of hundreds, SoundMind’s concerts feel intimate, personal, and human.
The ensemble often collaborates directly with artists from other media and with multidisciplinary arts organizations in order to curate exhibition-based and site-specific programs, including recent performances at the Clark Art Institute inspired by the visual art of Helen Frankethaler. They perform in unconventional venues including art galleries, libraries, and community spaces, and reach both seasoned concert audiences and new explorers. Above all, SoundMind is in the service of creative artists and the public, bringing quality and enthusiasm to new projects from composers, while cultivating an inventive body of new works for new audiences.
SoundMind has collaborated with composition studios and performance faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and Purchase College, workshopping and performing the music of young composers, leading masterclasses, and heading panel discussions. Calling New York City home, the group has also performed throughout New England, Pennsylvania, and recently in San Antonio, Texas, as featured artists for the Musical Bridges Festival. The ensemble’s members perform with Orpheus, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, International Contemporary Ensemble, American Ballet Theatre, One Found Sound, the Lucerne Festival, and the Annapolis Chamber Music festival, among others, and are on the faculties of the Hartt School, Hunter College, Purchase College, Juilliard MAP, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.